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The best hotels in Israel to escape to up north

Take a break from reality, lie in luxury at these hotels in northern Israel

© Assaf Pinchuk

The rainy season is coming to an end, and with Pesach just around the corner, what better time than now to plan a spring escape up north before tourist season takes over. Whether planning an Israeli wine tour in the Golan Heights, a spa trip on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, or a history-charged overnight in Akko - one of ancient Israel’s remaining historical gems, you’ll want the perfect place to rest your head. We’ve rounded up the best of the best in northern hospitality and come up with a list of the best hotels in Israel to escape to up north. Once you lie in luxury, you’ll never want to return to reality.

The best hotels in the Golan Heights, Galilee, and Akko


The Scots Hotel

On the shores of the Sea of Galilee, The Scots Hotel is set in a historic building overlooking the Golan Heights. This former hospital is now a luxurious hotel with swimming pool. The Scots Hotel's rooms are divided between the old and the new wing. They are all air-conditioned and come with a fridge and a tea/coffee maker. Some rooms overlook the lake. You can tour The Scots with a guide who will tell you its long, fascinating history. There is also an art gallery on site. The Torrance restaurant serves rich gourmet food, including Galilee specialities. The wine cellar is stocked with local and international wines.

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Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel

Offering an outdoor pool and an indoor pool, Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel is located in Zikhron Ya‘aqov. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. There is also a coffee machine. The private bathroom also comes with a bath or a shower. Extras include satellite and cable channels. At Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel you will find a spa and wellness centre, a restaurant and a fitness centre. The property offers free parking and luggage storage. The property is located 7 km from a sandy beach. Ben Gurion Airport is 65 km away.

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Mizpe Hayamim Spa Hotel

Mizpe Hayamim offers a spa, swimming pool, and panoramic terraces overlooking Galilee. Set between the artist colony of Rosh Pina and the historic city of Sefat, the property is also a 20-minute drive from the Sea of Galilee. Rooms at the luxurious Mizpe Hayamim spa hotel come with air conditioning and an LCD TV. Most have a balcony, and the private bathroom offers free toiletries and a hairdryer. Tea and Coffee Corner comes with fresh free range milk and fresh herbs picked from the garden. There are 2 restaurants, one serving vegetarian cuisine, while the other is a Gourmet Chef Restaurant. Mizpe Hayamim spa hotel is renowned for its organic dairy farm and its production of organic fruit and vegetables. In the farm shop you can buy homemade products like cheeses, pastries, fresh baked bread, jam, liquors and sun dried fruits, as well as organic vegetables and fruits picked up daily from the farm. The Spa offers a wide choice of body & facial treatments, some of which include herbs and olive oil from the organic garden. On site you can also admire artists at work as they produce jewelry, ceramics, soaps and candles. The gallery hosts art exhibitions and the library features a great rare-book collection.

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Pinchas & Gaston Holiday Home

Offering absolute privacy in a quiet place, Pinchas & Gaston Holiday Home offers air-conditioned accommodation with a private heated swimming pool. The nearest beach is 2 km away, with two national parks a short distance away.Each holiday home comes with a spa bath on the balcony, as well as a home theatre with 100 free films to watch. An equipped kitchenette and a private bathroom are included into each unit.An Israeli breakfast is included and is delivered into the room each morning. Coffee, milk, cookies, fruits and soft drinks in the minibar are provided free of charge. A grocery shop is 300 metres away, while several restaurants can be found within a 600-metre radius.Holiday Home Pinchas & Gaston offers free bike rentals, as well as massages at a surcharge. Hiking, watersports, horseback riding and ATV tours are all available in the vicinity of the property.Achziv National Park is 2.5 km from Pinchas & Gaston, while Rosh HaNikra National Park is located at a distance of 3 km. The centre of Nahariyya is 8 km away, while the distance to the ancient town of Acre measures 16 km. Nahariyya Train Station is 7 km away.

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Cnaan Village Boutique Hotel & Spa

Offering panoramic views of the Sea of Galilee, the Cnaan Village features luxury suites with a hot tub and private garden. Its spa includes a free sauna and indoor swimming pool. Set in the small village of Had Nes in the Golan Heights, Cnaan Village Boutique Hotel & Spa enjoys a romantic, peaceful location. All spacious suites come with flat-screen satellite TV, a fireplace, and a kitchenette. Guests receive complimentary wine, chocolates and fruit, as well as free mineral water, milk and soft drinks in the fridge. An rich Israeli breakfast is served by the pool, with homemade pastries, omelettes and local cheeses. A chef restaurant at the village offers various dishes and guests can enjoy wine tasting tour at a local boutique winery. At the spa, guests can book massages, body peeling and aromatherapy treatments.

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Grand Vista Boutique Hotel And Spa

Boasting panoramic views of the Golan Heights, Grand Vista Boutique is in Kfar Yuval near the Lebanese border. Free snacks and champagne are served all day around the swimming pool.All accommodation is spacious and air conditioned, with views of the surrounding mountains. Each has a spa bath, plasma-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchenette.Grand Vista Boutique Hotel And Spa is for couples only, guaranteeing total relaxation. Fresh fruit and homemade cookies are available throughout the day at the pool and in the bar.Grand Vista features a spa with free sauna and hot tub. The restaurant is only open when requested in advance. A free transfer service is provided to and from the local bus station, with other destinations available at an additional cost.

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Maskit Boutique

Offering both an outdoor pool and an indoor pool, Maskit Boutique is located in Liman. It offers air-conditioned junior suites with spa baths and free WiFi access. Rosh HaNikra Nature Reserve and the sandy beach of Achziv are both 2 km away. Each one of the junior suites at Boutique Maskit is equipped with a seating area and a flat-screen satellite TV. The dining area offers a coffee machine and a minibar, while the bathroom comes with a shower and a bathrobe. A deluxe breakfast is included in the rate. Chef meals of Galilean dishes with a touch of Italian and French cuisine can be served in the rooms or in the mansion's lounge. Guests get to use the property's bikes free of charge and activities in the surrounding area include cycling and hiking. Free private parking is available on site.

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Boutique Hotel Tamarin

Boasting panoramic views of the Sea of Galilee and Hermon Mountains, Tamarin features a spacious terrace with a swimming pool, hot tub and sun decks. Set in Rosha Pinna, its elegantly decorated suites are fitted with air conditioning, spa bath and free Wi-Fi access.All units comprises a flat-screen cable TV. The bathroom includes a bathrobe and free toiletries.Guests are offered with fresh fruits, pastries and hot drinks all during their stay, while Israeli breakfast is served daily.A variety of dining options and a grocery store can be found within 650 metres from the Tamarin.Safed is about 9 km away. Local bus stops just 100 metres from the property. Free on-site parking is provided.

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The Efendi Hotel

The luxurious Efendi Hotel features a beautiful terrace with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. It is located in the historic centre of Acre. Haifa is a 30-minute drive away. Only a 10-minute walk from the beach, this hotel is surrounded by picturesque alleys and is 100 metres from the promenade. The Jezzar Pasha Mosque is 200 metres away. Set in 2 buildings, rooms are all modern and air conditioned, and overlook the mountains and the sea. Each has free WiFi, and a living area with an LCD satellite TV and DVD player. The restaurant at Hotel Efendi specialises in fresh seafood and local recipes. A varied Israeli breakfast is served and includes eggs, salads, bread, and hot and cold drinks. A relaxing session in the Turkish bath or in the massage rooms is not to be missed.

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Akkotel-Boutique hotel

Built into Acre's city walls, the Akkotel-Boutique Hotel is just 50 metres from the seafront. It features a roof terrace with Mediterranean-Sea and Old-City views, and rooms with vaulted ceilings. Rooms at the Acre Akkotel are air conditioned and come with free Wi-Fi, LCD satellite TV, a fridge and a private bathroom. Each is uniquely furnished and maintains the original stone walls. The Akkotel-Boutique’s restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine. An Israeli breakfast is served each morning. The Akkotel Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Acre Marina. The Treasures in the Wall Museum is 200 metres away.

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