|all photos by Itay Sikolski [via Menorah Group and Wallpaper]|
Now that I feel fully settled in our Tel Aviv apartment, let the adventures begin! Last weekend, it was a trip to the darling northern town of Rosh Pina, but I've got my eye on Zichron Ya'akov next, if only for a chance to stay at the stunning Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel.
Israel does many things well (food, beaches, nightlife), but luxury travel is not one of them. Nevertheless, a number of beautifully designed boutique hotels have been popping up in the last few years, mostly in the cosmopolitan hub of Tel Aviv. The Elma, though, is more than an hour's drive north of the city, a place where romantic yet rustic B&Bs rule and a high-end arts hotel is a welcome surprise.
The Elma was designed by Ranni Ziss Architects and Rechter Architects with interiors by Lea Mahler. The team paired two state-of-the-art concert hall and two galleries with a 95-room hotel to create the ultra-modern structure that overlooks the Mediterranean from its hilltop perch. Airy looking guest rooms are spread throughout the main building and among stand-alone cottages decked out in original art and plenty of modern blond wood. And did I mention the Turkish Hamam?
Could the little town of Zichron Ya'akov possibly possess the design chops of my beloved Tel Aviv? It seems so, but there's only one way to find out!