It is doubtful that luxury is the first thing that springs to mind when Israel is mentioned in polite society. And perhaps that is the correct response. However, for those whose idea of slumming it whilst on vacation is a five star hotel, then they having nothing to fear when booking their trip to Israel.
Israel is a first world country with first world amenities. It contains more billionaires than Australia despite having approximately a third of the population. Similarly, many wealthy individuals from around the world have either a second home in Israel or holiday there at least once a year. These people have absolutely no intention of staying in backpacker accommodation. This is just one of the reasons that the market for Israel luxury real estate has been booming over the last few years. Whether it be five star hotels or luxury apartments, Israel has got you covered.
If it is fine dining that keeps you coming back for more, fear not as Israel has a vast array of restaurants offering every type of cuisine. Given that Israel is the home for so many different ethnic groups, there is a veritable smorgasbord of different dining options. Although Israel is perched on the Mediterranean Sea and has a climate conducive to seafood, that isn’t the only option available – far from it.
Israel also has a highly evolved café society. Breakfast is a local institution and is served fit for a king. Nothing can beat an Israeli breakfast from a restaurant on the beach with the stunning view and the incredible ambience.
What would a luxury holiday be without designer shopping. Perhaps the best known and most renowned shopping street in Israel is Kikar Hamedina located in Tel Aviv. Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi – you name it, they’ve got it. And if you have a penchant for jewelry, Israel is one of the diamond capitals of the world. A trip to the Diamond Exchange (Boursa Yahalomim) is enough to make any woman’s dream come true. Not that money is a factor, but you since you are dealing directly with importers and manufacturers of diamonds, you can usually achieve a much better deal than almost anywhere else in the world. The diamonds will also be sales tax free to tourist, further reducing the price by approximately 17%.
Israel is many different things to many different people; however you can never say that it is devoid of luxury.