Israel21c recently published an eclectic list of anticipated new hotel openings you should keep in mind as you plan your Israel travels this year.
1. The Setai
More than 20 years of preservation work, led by the Israel Antiquities Authority, helped maintain the building’s original Ottoman-era stone work and features. Stone and marble corridors connect the property’s five buildings, featuring 120 luxury rooms situated around a central courtyard. Amenities include a restored Turkish hamam and an infinity rooftop pool overlooking the Tel Aviv skyline.
2. The Vera
With a focus on collaborating with local designers and brands, the Vera “aims to expose guests to Israel’s unique creative talent and craftsmanship,” reported Israel21c. A lobby vending machine dispenses cocktails created by local mixologists, who also operate the hotel bar.
The interior, designed by Yaron Tal Studio, combines the industrial style and roughness of the original 1950s office building, its raw floors and unplastered walls, with high-end design sensibility and an abundance of indoor and outdoor greenery.
3. The Jaffa
Operated by Manhattan-based real estate company RFR Holding and designed by world-renowned architect John Pawson in collaboration with local architect Ramy Gill, the Jaffa is set within a new building as well as a 19th century building that once housed Jaffa’s French hospital.
Experts carefully preserved architectural features from the original building, like vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows, reported Israel21c. The hotel will have 127 rooms, a spa, private beach and outside deck with a pool, and guests will be able to dine underneath Crusader-era arches in the hotel’s signature restaurant.
4. Six Senses Shaharut
Nestled into a cliff in the Negev’s Arava Valley, the Six Senses Shaharut is scheduled to open in late 2018. With a focus on sustainability and wellness, the 58 suites and villas, many with private pools, are designed to blend in with the desert topography and preserve the terrain.
The Six Senses Spa will feature desert views and offer personalized spa treatments as well as fitness and nutritional advice. Other facilities will include a camel stable, offering morning and twilight camel rides, an open-air amphitheater, and a tented Bedouin dining experience.
5. Dave South
“If the second, Dave South, is anything like its sibling, it will combine the eccentric soul of the city with the standards of a luxury hotel and the familiarity of a local bar,” reported Israel21c; and, according to the Dave TLV website, “will leave plenty of cash in your wallet to eat, drink, party and whatever else tickles your fancy in our amazing city.”
6. The Drisco
Originally opened in 1870 as the region’s first luxury hotel, this historic property will reopen in April as The Drisco, part of the Leading Hotels of the World group. Situated in southern Tel Aviv, The Drisco will have 42 rooms, with some offering views of the waterfront and others overlooking Jaffa or the hotel’s courtyard.
7. Sea of Galilee
Developer Avihu Tal, owner of the Restel Hotel in Tiberias, is one of several developers working to build up the tourist infrastructure on the Migdal Shore of the Galilee, reported Israel21c. His new hotel, Sea of Galilee, is scheduled to open in late 2018 and will have 200 rooms, each with a balcony facing the Sea of Galilee and Mount Arbel.
In late 2018, the Rimonim hotel chain is slated to reopen the Kedma hotel in Sde Boker, a kibbutz in the Negev desert best known for the home of David Ben-Gurion. Designed by architect Lea Rubanenko and interior designer Ruth Arad, the boutique hotel “will incorporate materials, fabrics and colors that capture the spirit of the desert and the ancient Spice Route,” reported Israel21c. Its regional tour center will offer activities for guests including hikes, camel rides, bike rides, off-road tours, and ideas for those looking to enjoy desert tranquility.