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Exploring the Best of Israel’s Mediterranean Coastline

August 18, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email
Leaving no stone unturned, we’ve mapped out our favorite spots along Israel’s Mediterranean coastline for jetsetters and world travelers to use as a starting point for their upcoming travels to this Middle Eastern hotspot on the Mediterranean.

From Tel Aviv, annually listed amongst the Best Beach Cities in the World by top travel publications, up the coast to historic (and ancient) towns of Caesarea, Zichron Yaakov, the Old City of Akko and beyond, Israel’s Mediterranean coastline is robust with culinary attractions, natural landscapes, cultural and historical sites from the Byzantine, Crusader and Ottoman-eras that will intrigue even the most discerning travelers.
WHILE IN TEL AVIV…..
 
The city that never sleeps is home to a melange of innovative hotel concepts, from luxury hotels with world-class restaurants, or future-funky boutique hotels with rooftop pools, to button-up business hotels literally engrained into the coastline, Tel Aviv is a home to an innovative hospitality scene that rivals the world’s best.
Carlton Tel Aviv
 
Contemporary business hotel, with all of the offerings of a resort…
 
Carlton Tel Aviv is an independently owned, 268-room luxury beach front property just steps away from the Mediterranean Sea. With a rooftop pool, two restaurants by Chef Meir Adoni, including Lumina and Blue Sky (located on the 15th floor of the hotel with panoramic views of the sea and city), along with state-of-the-art business facilities, Carlton Tel Aviv is an ideal option to stay for a fusion of business and pleasure.
The Poli House
 
Futuristic urban oasis…
The Poli House is a 40-room-and-suite “experimental luxury” hotel harnessing the zeitgeist of Tel Aviv past, present and future while embracing a contemporary hospitality. Housed in a meticulously restored Bauhaus architecture-style building, the hotel features futuristic interiors by world-renowned industrial designer/architect Karim Rashid, as well as a panoramic rooftop pool, sunbathing lounge, cocktail bar, restaurant and serene treatment rooms for solo or couple’s spa treatments.
Hotel Montefiore
Intimate boutique luxury…
Hotel Montefiore is a 12-room boutique property embodying the essence of unparalleled luxury, intimacy and exquisite style in a picturesque, meticulously restored building in the heart of Tel Aviv, just steps from Rothschild Boulevard. Hotel Montefiore is the pioneering boutique property that paved the way for Tel Aviv’s burgeoning hotel scene. Head to the hotels’ hotspot restaurant for a daily changing menu featuring an Israeli interpretation of Franco-Vietnamese Brasserie fare along with an expertly curated list of international wines and artisanal cocktails.
Manchego oozing out of pork chop wrapped in bacon? Yes, please!
CoffeeBar
 
Modern bistro dining experience…
CoffeeBar is Tel Aviv’s beloved bistro and a culinary institution offering a European-influenced take on modern Mediterranean cuisine.  With more than 150 seats divided throughout multiple indoor dining areas – dressed in black-and-white tiles, cinematic lighting schemes and flower vases – along with an al fresco terrace, CoffeeBar is a must-visit for any visitor from abroad interested in an authentic homegrown dining experience.
Carmel and Levinsky Markets 
 
Colorful food markets…
Be sure to visit the city’s famed Carmel and Levinsky Markets, chock-full of colorful food-stalls, produce, dairy and spice purveyors, and some of the best street food stalls in the Middle East, ranging from generations-old Moroccan, Persian, Turkish, Iraqi and Bulgarian homestyle eateries.
Eager Tourist
 
Insider experiences…
For insider-guided culinary experiences in Tel Aviv, custom-book food-sampling experiences with Eager Tourist, a hyperlocal travel concierge founded in Tel Aviv. Eager Tourist also offers expert-guided nightlife and architecture experiences in Tel Aviv.
Israël Abou
Tel Aviv Joie de Vivre…
 
Israël Abou, or Gregory Abou as some call him, a Parisian implant with a multi sensory concept store has an affinity for the minute details that encompass an effortless and masculine aesthetic. From home furnishings and a well-curated selection of clothes from Homecore, along with local and international fashion designers, Israël Abou brings the best of Tel Aviv fashion under one roof.
Now that you’re dressed for the occasion, time to taste Tel Aviv’s famed nightlife, kicking things off with:
 
  • Rothschild 12 (R12), both an address and a locale is where Tel Aviv‘s influential creatives gather after their respective 9-5’s for (easily) the best happy hour cocktails in Tel Aviv. Local DJs spin alternative tracks that leave guests spilling out into the back area lounge space well into the wee-hours of the morning.
  • Kuli Alma is a music and art-focused nightlife institution nestled into the creative crux of south Tel Aviv. Having opened in March 2014, Kuli Alma focuses on bringing out-of-the-box content to a far-reaching audience of insatiable night owls, music lovers and culture enthusiasts, whether embedded within the local creative community or first-time visitors to Tel Aviv’s thriving nightlife landscape.
  • The BlockGodfather of Tel Aviv’s nightlife scene, located in the far end of south Tel Aviv, in the Central Bus Station. The establishment plays host to the world’s Top DJs/Artists arriving in Tel Aviv (James Blake, Diplo, SBTRKT, Gilles Petersen) and hosting insanely fun nights. 
IN ZICHRON YAAKOV….
Sits Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel, a 95-room luxury spa resort perched atop the lush and majestic precipices of Zichron Ya’akov at the southern tip of the Carmel Mountain Range overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel features Israel’s most state-of-the-art auditorium (replete with 25 acoustic banners allowing the space to be acoustically customized, a wide variety of video, audio and lighting capabilities and a pipe organ designed by Orgelbau Klais), an unparalleled Israeli art collection displayed in several gallery spaces and a world-class spa, all housed within the meticulously restored Brutalist architectural-style building created by Yaacov Rechter in 1968.
Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel was originally erected as the “Mivtachim Sanatorium” in 1968 and gained worldwide recognition for its innovative design, earning architect Yaacov Rechter the prestigious Israel Award for Architecture in 1973. The hotel is also home to Oratorio Restaurant, boasting sumptuous menus of Mediterranean specialties made from ingredients sourced within thirty kilometers of the hotel, ideated by Chef Gil Aviram.
IN AKKO…..
 
Nestled in the picturesque 4,000-year-old City of Akko (Acre), the Efendi Hotel overlooks the historic city walls and the magnificent Mediterranean Sea. The unique structure of this boutique hotel combines two ancient houses built during the Ottoman Era that have centuries of history stored within their walls. These houses were meticulously reconstructed and merged into one building before being converted into a boutique hotel. The Efendi boutique hotel is the fulfillment of a dream long held by Uri Jeremias, chef and proprietor of the famed Uri Buri restaurant, and features 12 majestic rooms and suites, an authentic Turkish Hammam, subterranean wine cellar (Byzantine era), and a stunning rooftop overlooking the Mediterranean, as well as several plush and luxurious lounges and reading spaces.
Hailed as one of the best seafood and fish restaurants in the Middle East, Uri Buri is the brainchild of autodidact chef Uri Jeremias. Chef Jeremias’ unprecedented seafood knowledge and distinct intel on Galilean cuisine make for a multi-sensory dining experience within an Ottoman-era edifice. Diners can anticipate innovative dishes of: Sliced Sashimi Salmon drizzled in soy sauce and topped with a dollop of wasabi sorbet; Buttered Barramundi served in sage and lemon sauce along with with a cauliflower pureeSea Bream served with yogurt and lemon saucePorcini Sea Bass in a cream and porcini mushroom sauce.
 
 
Efendi Hotel has launched new, exclusive guided culinary tours in the Old City of Akko’s historic market, paired with chef-led dining experiences at the chef’s acclaimed namesake restaurant, now available through private reservation. The one-of-a-kind experience begins in Efendi Hotel’s Byzantine-era wine cellar with an information session on how to choose, maintain and cook fish. Guests then put knowledge into practice during a two-hour guided walking tour of Akko’s marketplace where participants can meet and mingle with generations-old shopkeepers and peruse the authentic Middle Eastern spice stalls.

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