Middle East


Five Tel Aviv Restaurants

Tel Aviv has become one of the world's great food cities, with an ever-evolving culinary scene. Here are five restaurants we recommend.

A Quest to Find a Boutique Hotel in Jerusalem

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.

Tel Aviv's Stylish New Boutique Hotels

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."

Newly Recommended Hotels in Israel

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.

Beat the Crowds in Egypt: Cruising the Nile on a Yacht

The best way to see the archaeological sites in Egypt -- without the crowds -- is to take a small luxury cruise down the Nile River.

The Incomparable Nile Valley: Assessing the Sites — and Security — of Egypt

Visitors are returning to Egypt. Our editor takes the temperature of the place himself and finds it still one of the most exquisite places in the world.

Video: A Trip Along the Nile Valley

We visited the classic sites of the Nile Valley to assess the situation in Egypt. Here are videos from Giza, Luxor and the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel.

Letter From the Editor: March 2019

For the March issue, our editor journeys up the Nile Valley from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan, staying in new hotels and taking the temperature of the country.

Grand Egyptian Museum: Pharaonic Antiquities Get a New Home

At a cost of $1 billion, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza will be the world's largest archaeological museum and house more than 20,000 items never seen before.

The Middle East: Mr. Harper's Trip in Photos

Photo outtakes from Mr. Harper's recent trip to Oman and Abu Dhabi, which he writes about extensively in the May 2017 Hideaway Report.

Spectacular Resorts in Oman and Abu Dhabi

Oman is steeped in ancient history and culture while Abu Dhabi is an ultra-modern city-state. Both have recently given rise to spectacular new hotels.

A Stay on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat Island joins Abu Dhabi by a bridge. While the St. Regis Saadiyat Island proved disappointing, I still recommend the Park Hyatt there.

Indulge the Senses on the Musandam Peninsula

Cut off from the rest of Oman by 75 miles of the UAE, the Musandam increasingly attracts foreign visitors. Six Senses Zighy Bay is my hotel of choice there.

Newly Recommended Hotels in Oman and Dubai

The May Hideaway Report follows Andrew Harper's travels to Oman and Dubai, where he finds three new luxury hotels to recommend.

Qatar Airways Introduces Private QSuites

Qatar Airways seeks to outdo the competition with the introduction of its business-class QSuite, which provides private space to passengers.

Letter From the Editor: May 2017

This month Mr. Harper discovered four fine inns in Northern California, and also visited the ancient country of Oman and the ultra-modern Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Historic Hotels: The Efendi Hotel

Housed within two Ottoman mansions, in the ancient city of Acre, The Efendi Hotel has been a labor of love for proprietor Uri Jeremias.

Asia, Africa and the Middle East | 2015 Grand Awards

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.

Israel Sightseeing: A Trip to Armageddon

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.

Israel Sightseeing: Masada

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 Notable Restaurants

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.

Hotel Debuts 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.

Visiting the Western Wall

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.

Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

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.

Israel: An Enthralling Two-Week Journey, Part 3

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.

Israel Drive Tour Video

A video of our experience on the Israel Drive Tour as reviewed in the July 2014 issue of the Hideaway Report.

Beresheet Hotel Video

A video of our stay at the Beresheet Hotel in Israel as reviewed in the July 2014 issue of the Hideaway Report.

Israel: An Enthralling Two-Week Journey, Part 2

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.

Israel: An Enthralling Two-Week Journey, Part 1

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.”

Web Exclusive: Tel Aviv Walking Tour

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.

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