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Live it up like a celebrity in the Holy Land

Ever wanted to know what top international celebrities are up to when they visit Israel? Well, now you can follow in their footsteps because we have the inside scoop on where famous faces like Madonna and Mick Jagger like to sleep, eat and play

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Madonna

When the Queen of Pop comes to Israel, which happens every few years, she expects the royal treatment - and that’s exactly what she gets. Madonna likes to stay at either the classic Dan Tel Aviv or the more modern David InterContinental, both of which she turns into her own private palace during her stays. Last time Madge took up residence at the InterContinental, she stayed in the lavish Presidential Suite, and her entourage occupied an entire floor of the imposing hotel. At her majesty's request, the hotel had plenty of fresh organic produce available as well as a selection of special teas to ensure her throat was in good shape for her performance. When Madonna goes out to eat and drink in Tel Aviv, she does it with style, especially the time she hosted a private party at one of her favorite restaurants, Seatara. The upscale celebrity hangout by the sea was redesigned in the style of a New York lounge according The Material Girl’s specific tastes, with 80 security guards ensuring that the riff raff stayed out. The exclusive shindig started at 1 a.m., with VIP guests enjoying a selection of cocktails, all of which were pink, and fancy appetizers created specially for the event. Legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold provided the music and the celebrations continued until the sun came up.

Natalie Portman

Having been born in Israel, Natalie “she’s one of us” Portman is in the Holy Land all the time. Whether she’s shopping in the fancy Mamilla Mall in her hometown of Jerusalem, eating out at Fattoush on Haifa’s upscale Ben Gurion Boulevard or just spending quality time in Jaffa’s Old City with her partner, she does it all as if she’s a local. To get away from the hustle of city life, she heads to the exclusive Hasseuda Ha'achrona retreat in Moshav Amirim, in the heart of the Upper Galilee. When she was there last with her partner Benjamin Millepied, the couple hired local chef Alon Shochat, who specializes in vegan and vegetarian cooking, to be their personal cook during the stay and he brought the meals directly to their suite, allowing them to dine in privacy. When she’s in Tel Aviv and needs some pampering, Natalie is a regular at the Herzel branch of the popular beautician chain Yullia, where she enjoys facials, manicures and pedicures. Yulia, who has a long list of local celebrity clients, says that Natalie goes for more subtle pastel tones and baby pinks when she’s deciding what color to paint her nails. Classy lady!

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