Waterfront hideaway surrounded by the tranquil landscapes of northern Israel.
The Setai Sea of Galilee gives a stylish twist to the traditional Israel hotel scene. This much is clear as soon as you walk into the golden lobby, with its polished stone and eclectic cow-print sofas. You wouldn’t expect anything less of the younger sibling of The Setai Miami, of course. Tucked away among the peaceful foothills of the Golan Heights, the 110 low-slung villas and suites are strung along the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, all offering a tantalising glimpse of the water and the ancient holy city of Tiberias. These seafront hangouts are awash with soothing creamy hues, accented with muted metallic tones and lots of pale wood. Pick a Kinneret Villa to take advantage of a spacious living room that opens onto a furnished balcony, with either a private plunge pool or hot tub for an extra slice of luxury.
The hotel centres around an outdoor infinity pool, where only a handful of swaying palms come between you and the sea. Grab one of the sun loungers perched on wooden terraces over the pool for the best views or, come evening, cosy up around the crackling fire pit. An indoor pool, filled with skin-softening mineral water, can be also found in the stylish spa complex, along with a Turkish bath and dry sauna. A vast treatment menu spans everything from aromatherapy, reflexology and shiatsu to Ayurveda, facials and hot stone therapy – be sure to try the skin-softening Turkish hammam massage.
That’s not the only tempting menu at the hotel either: Israeli cuisine is served up at the elegant bar-restaurant, whose interiors also draw upon the natural surroundings – acres of wood and basalt stone, shot through with flashes of black metal.
Steps from the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel
Good to know
Minimum stay: 2 nights 19-27 Apr, 29 Sep-01 Oct and 13-21 Oct.
110 villas and suites
• Test your mettle with adrenaline-pumping watersports on the Sea of Galilee • Take a dip in the region’s bubbling hot springs • Hike and cycle among the rural landscapes of Golan Heights • Discover the archaeological ruins dotted across northern Israel.
Breakfast at the restaurant
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £52 • Breakfast and dinner at the restaurant.
*Denotes local charge