Tel Aviv, Israel
The Norman Tel Aviv
What it is
A 50 room retreat tucked within two 1920s towers, with a sceney rooftop bar (plus infinity pool) and topnotch service.
What it isn't
Kosher, necessarily. The two restaurants on-site are non-kosher, putting the focus on the food. (At Alena, order the octopus puttanesca with scorched plum tomatoes.)
What we think
Luxury is paramount here. For proof, look no further than the in-room amenities list, which could wow Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman herself. You’ll be treated to an in-room Tivoli Bluetooth radio and iPad; 300-thread-count Frette linens; smart control system that can command everything from the AC to the Do Not Disturb sign; gratis housemade treats; a Nespresso coffee machine; and fresh flowers. Your en-suite bathroom will feel more like a spa, thanks to the rainforest shower head and sumptuous Turkish towels. Book a Grand Deluxe room for a roomier floor plan (377 square feet) and a deep soaking tub to steep in after a day exploring the city, or the 807-square-foot King Albert Suite, which has a French-style balcony shrouded in climbing flowers.
You're here because
Their concierge team is renowned for exemplary service, which begins long before you check-in. They can handle everything from your airport transfers to your car rentals, plus behind the scenes Tel Aviv tours.
The only thing better than a rooftop infinity pool? A rooftop infinity pool with an ocean view. (All the frothy fun, none of the sand in surprising places). Reclining on your daybed, you make a rezzie for a swedish massage—perhaps the only thing that could make this already perfect day any better.
Restaurants & Bars
Norman Brasserie - The French Mediterranean menu was inspired by cuisine Niçoise, from the Old Town of Nice near the Italian border
Dinings Restaurant - A unique fusion of traditional Izakaya-style Japanese Tapas and modern European cuisine,
The Library Bar - An elegant 1940s colonial style bar with a DJ at night and afternoon tea
Flanked by the Bauhaus architecture of the White City district—largely designed by architects who’d fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, and now a UNESCO site. While you’re here, you’ll be within strolling distance of the Gutman Museum, where paintings by Nachum Gutman are tucked within an 1887 home.