Tel Aviv has become one of the world's great food cities, with an ever-evolving culinary scene. Here are five restaurants we recommend.
Jerusalem has suitable hotel options, but the Old City has lacked a pedigreed boutique hotel. Our editor travels there to see if Villa Brown fits the bill.
Finding Tel Aviv buzzing and fashionable, our editor stayed in three hotels in three different areas: Jaffa, the "American Colony" and downtown's "White City."
Our editor had positive experiences in two of the hotels he stayed at in Tel Aviv. He split his time between Jaffa, the American Colony and the White City.
Housed within two Ottoman mansions, in the ancient city of Acre, The Efendi Hotel has been a labor of love for proprietor Uri Jeremias.
Each year, we have the pleasure of recalling our travel experiences and singling out a number of particularly memorable hotels and resorts. Here are the properties that Andrew Harper selected in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
On our way down to Jerusalem from Galilee, our guide proposed a visit to Megiddo, or more specifically, to the mound or "tel" that contains the archaeological remains of at least 26 successive cities.
Masada is inseparable from the psychology of modern Israel: Schoolchildren are taken there to absorb its lessons; army recruits are obliged to hike up its steep slopes in the heat, the better to appreciate its message; and "No more Masadas" has long been an Israeli battle cry. Never again.
Israel's chefs employ an eclectic mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ingredients and culinary styles. Here are my favorite restaurants in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
At the time of my visit, two new properties were about to open. It is likely that they will transform the hotel scenes in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
For Jews and non-Jews alike, a visit to the Western Wall is a remarkable experience. It is one of those places that is the focus of such passionate emotions that it is impossible to remain unmoved. Non-Jews are allowed to sit in the plaza and to approach the wall itself.
Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust is located four miles west of the Old City on the slopes of Mount Herzl, adjacent to the Jerusalem Forest.
It is a two-and-a-half-hour drive northwest to Tel Aviv (an hour by helicopter), which was founded in 1909 on land purchased by the Jewish National Fund just north of the old Arab city of Jaffa. Today, the two are combined in the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo, with Jaffa having become a district of galleries and restaurants.
A video of our experience on the Israel Drive Tour as reviewed in the July 2014 issue of the Hideaway Report.
A video of our stay at the Beresheet Hotel in Israel as reviewed in the July 2014 issue of the Hideaway Report.
To the east of Jerusalem, the land falls away abruptly into the Judean Desert, a grand “Lawrence of Arabia” landscape bounded by the distant mountains of Jordan. We headed south, following the shore of the Dead Sea and passing the caves at Qumran where the eponymous scrolls were discovered in 1946.
With the Palestinians, on my recent trip, Israel did not feel like a country in crisis. As one Israeli explained, “Here, the abnormal is quite normal, so people just try to get on with daily life.”
On April 11, 1909, a group of 66 Jewish families gathered in sand dunes a mile north of the ancient port of Jaffa to divide the patch of barren land that had been purchased on their behalf.