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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
@philhopkinsuk
8:00 AM 26th April 2021
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Israel Set To Get Green ‘Holiday’ Light?

Israel is being touted as one of this year’s holiday hotspots thanks to the country’s impressive management of Covid-19 and its strong vaccination rollout programme.

The UK Government’s ‘green list’ – announcing those ‘safe’ countries with UK clearance to visit – will be formally announced on May 10th when there’s a strong chance that Israel will be encouraged to ‘open its doors’ to Brits from May 17th.

Little Emperors, the private members luxury hotel club, says 10% of its members have already made bookings to this Mediterranean hotspot with the hotel group recording a 50% increase in enquiries for Israeli hotels compared to last April.

The country is well known for its vibrant culture, the Dead Sea, desert activities, culinary scene, as well as its boutique hotel offering. With the new Six Senses hotel opening in the Negev Desert this August, Little Emperors is predicting that this soar in bookings will continue towards the second half of this year too.

Below is a selection of top hotels in Israel to visit from 17th May 2021:

The Norman Tel Aviv
The Norman is the only luxury boutique hotel in central Tel Aviv, perfectly situated in the heart of the city. Guests will experience the stunning rooftop, infinity swimming pool and sundeck, all with beaming views over the city. Elegant Mediterranean dining options are available at the hotel restaurant, as well as Japanese tapas merged with European delicacies to tantalise taste-buds.

Nightly rates at The Norman Tel Aviv start from £320 when booking with Little Emperors. Members receive preferential rates and dedicated benefits including complimentary breakfast with best rate guaranteed.

The Setai
The Setai offers a tranquil oasis, overlooking Jaffa’s port and the Mediterranean coastline. Previously used as a prison, the restored building is an inspired hotel which blurs ancient Israel with five-star contemporary styling. Located along Tel Aviv’s expansive beach, guests can enjoy long walks, cooling dips in the ocean and sun-filled days by the pool.

Nightly rates at The Norman Tel Aviv start from £300 when booking with Little Emperors.

The Six Senses Shaharut – Opening 5th August 2021
Six Senses Shaharut is set in the Negev Desert, a vast, limitless and serene landscape. Originally due to open December 2020, the hotel is now one of the most highly anticipated openings for 2021. With a number of exhilarating desert activities from jeep safaris and camel rides to discovering archaeological sites and excursions to the Red Sea, for those who are particularly active the possibilities are endless at this resort.

Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem
The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is a quiet hideaway in the centre of the bustling city of Jerusalem. The hotel is perfectly situated for those fascinated by the culture, history and religion, as it is of one of the World’s most famous holy cities. The elegant design by Sinan Kafadar has enabled to hotel to be recognised for its fantastic design, with the lobby winning a number of award accolades.

Nightly rates at Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem are available upon request.

Mamilla in Jerusalem
The Mamilla Hotel is by the same group as Café Royale in London and boasts a stylish design. Located a short distance from important historical sites of the city, the Mamilla Hotel is a elegant oasis which has considered all of the small details to ensure guests feel truly relaxed and looked after. The hotel boasts a wine shop where guests can purchase favourite local wines and stock up on Israeli olive oil.

Nightly rates at Mamilla are available upon request.

Little Emperors annual membership fees start from £250. Tel +44 203 178 4984 or email info@littleemperors.com. Book through the Little Emperors website, MYLE.App, or In-house Team.