Israel is expanding its range of luxury five-star hotels to cater for a rise in travelers.
From elegant city hotels and chic urban boutiques to seaside resorts along the Mediterranean, investors, hoteliers and entrepreneurs from Israel are seizing the opportunity to take part in the country’s burgeoning hotel scene.
Here is a collection of some of Israel’s newest properties.
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, just a minute’s walk from the Jaffa Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem, Alrov Mamilla mall and Independence Park, will open in April 2014. In addition to its Ottoman architecture and more than 200 designer rooms, the hotel will feature a fitness suite and two full-service spas, as well as two restaurants and a chic lobby bar. www.waldorfastoriajerusalem.com
W Hotel Jaffa
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have recently announced plans to open a W Hotel in the seaside city of Jaffa in 2015. Located within a converted 19th-century building that once housed the French Hospital, the W Jaffa will include 125 rooms and suites and 38 adjacent W-branded residences. http://wtelavivresidences.com/w-tel-aviv.php
Ritz Carlton Herzliya
Located just 15 minutes north of Tel Aviv, the all-new Ritz Carlton Herzliya features 197 luxurious rooms with 82 suites, including studios, one and two-bedroom suites, and penthouse suites, all with balconies overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the coastal city of Herzliya.
The first Ritz Carlton to open in Israel, the hotel is adjacent to the Herzliya Marina and shopping mall, and is just 25 minutes from the new Caesarea Golf Course, Israel’s first 18-hole course. The hotel will also boast a rooftop pool, luxury spa and special kosher facilities for large groups and families.
In addition, the Ritz Carlton Herzliya will include The Residences, which will include one and two-bedroom units, duplexes and stylish penthouses connected to the hotel. www.ritzcarlton.com
The Norman Hotel, Tel Aviv
The Norman hotel is located within two carefully preserved Bauhaus and International-style buildings adjacent to Tel Aviv’s King Albert Square in the heart of the “White City,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Norman will open in June 2014, and feature 50 individually designed rooms, including two apartment-style suites with terraces, refurbished hardwood floors and luxurious amenities, as well as a Japanese-style tapas restaurant and rooftop infinity pool. http://thenorman.com
Cramim Resort & Spa, near Jerusalem
The latest edition to Isrotel’s Exclusive Collection, Cramim Resort and Spa is nestled within the hills of Jerusalem, ten minutes from the city center and boasts 156 rooms and suites, a high-end spa and boutique wine bar. The hotel offers a wide range of fitness and relaxation activities, as well as wine tastings and guided tours of the Judean Hills region. www.isrotelexclusivecollection.com/kiryat_anavim
Arthur Hotel, Jerusalem
The newest property by the Atlas Hotel Group, the Arthur Hotel opened in March 2013 and is located near Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem just a few minutes’ walk to the Old City sites.
The hotel is the newest addition to Jerusalem’s emerging boutique hotel scene, and combines colonial, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern stylistic influences with photos of Jerusalem in the 1930’s adorning the property. The hotel features 54 rooms of varying sizes, and offers buffet breakfast, free wireless internet and a complimentary happy hour every evening. www.atlas.co.il/arthur-jerusalem
Leonardo Hotel, Ashkelon
The Fattal Hotel Chain will unveil the new Leonardo Ashkelon, a 131-room business and leisure property in Israel’s southern seaside city of Ashkelon overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Leonardo Ashkelon includes a large swimming pool, spa with six treatment rooms, sauna and a gym, as well as a state-of-the-art business center. www.leonardo-hotels.com