AKARYN Hotel Group specializes in the management of small luxury resorts in Southeast Asia
and is the owning and management company for Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga (aleenta.com/
phuket), Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi (aleenta.com/huahin), and Aleenta Retreat Chiang Mai
(https://www.aleenta.com/chiang-mai). AKARYN Hotel Group also operates akyra Manor Chiang
Mai (theakyra.com/chiang-mai) and akyra Thonglor Bangkok (theakyra.com/bangkok). The Pure
Blue Foundation (purebluefoundation.com), established in 2010 by AKARYN Hotel Group, is a
charitable foundation supporting marine conservation and community projects throughout
Thailand. In September 2015, founder and director Anchalika Kijkanakorn was named as a
“Hero of Philanthropy” by Forbes Asia in recognition of her dedication to supporting valuable
The ‘FEAST’ collection is a leap forward into the world of lifestyle for Yotam Ottolenghi after opening his first eponymous delicatessen in London in 2002. Over nearly two decades, Ottolenghi has become a pioneer in what we know today as contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine, with his restaurants and cookbooks considered a perennial source of inspiration internationally.
Encompassing 100 unique pieces, the expressive new tableware collection represents everything the British-Israeli chef stands for, designed with the intention of coming together in celebration of food, family and friendship. Featuring a playful assemblage of colourful plates, bowls, cups, glasses, cutlery and serving stands, the expansion into tableware is a natural next step for the acclaimed culinary artist renowned for his contemporary Middle-Eastern cooking, with Serax as proud partners.
The visionary behind FEAST is Ivo Bisignano, the artist responsible for all of Ottolenghi’s creative graphics. Distinguished by two main motifs, the range is decorated with forms of an impulsive ‘O’-shaped brushstroke for ‘Ottolenghi’ and abstract vegetable shapes as a nod to the food group most championed by the chef. The result is a bold, honest and spirited collection, full of contrasting colour combinations for a range as vibrant as Ottolenghi’s dishes.
OWIU, an abbreviation for The Only Way Is Up, is a full-service architecture and design firm located in the heart of Los Angeles. The firm’s office and showroom are located in the burgeoning Art’s District, a spot that has become the Silicon Valley for young creatives. Their fields of expertise include Architectural design, Construction, Urban Design, Product Design, and Architectural visualization services. OWIU approaches every project with a strong emphasis on aesthetics and precision of form, coupled with a strong narrative and conviction. OWIU is the brainchild of Joel Wong and Amanda Gunawan, two designers with proficient architectural knowledge.
Founded in 1986, ADDP Architects (renamed to ADDP Architects LLP in 2011) is a multi- faceted architectural practice based in Singapore. We thrive in extensive levels of experience, expertise and resources that encompasses the fields of Master and Urban planning, Architecture and Interior Design. Over the years, ADDP has established a strong base of expertise and competence in providing consultancy services for a wide spectrum of project types in a comprehensive, efficient and effective manner thus gaining acknowledgement and recognition at an international level. ADDP is one of the first architectural firms to be certified ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System in Year 2005 as the management is committed to green and sustainable buildings design. ADDP Architects have been awarded the BCA Built Environment Leadership Award (Gold Class Award Winner) in 2016. ADDP Architects have been awarded BCI Asia Top 10 architectural firms in Singapore for years 2005 to 2019. To date, the firm is honored to have achieved 174 awards for its projects.
Tel Aviv’s most anticipated beachfront property officially opened its doors to guests in April 2022. The David Kempinski Tel Aviv is the group’s first property opening in Israel and will assuredly raise local hospitality standards with Kempinski’s authentic five-star commitment experience. Boasting 250 rooms, most with sea views, including 56 suites and a three-floor penthouse of 450m2 (the most prominent hotel penthouse suite to date in Tel Aviv), the 34-story property offers exceptional dining and entertainment facilities. Peer out beyond the sea at the Cloud51 rooftop bar, dine at the upscale Sereia Restaurant Lounge, relax at the pool bar, and inside the majestic infinity pool facing the Mediterranean sea or kick back at the Common Bar, the whisky and cigar lounge with more than 15 labels. One of the hotel’s most enticing offerings is the top-floor private lounge and pool, reserved exclusively for the hotel’s signature suite category guests.
Glassworks is a vision specialist in the heart of Tel Aviv. A space dedicated to vision, Glassworks provides a calming and well-designed boutique where guests can escape the Tel Aviv heat and explore a library of curated frames from around the world – cold drink or coffee in hand. Your eyes are a feat of biological engineering and they need to be taken care of. Glassworks’ professional optometrists assess your eyes and share their findings in a language you can understand. To truly appreciate a frame, you need to understand the maker. From the tales behind each brand to their technology and materials used, Glassworks knows what makes every pair. From lens selection to fabrication, the in-house laboratory is equipped with all the tools to individually customize your lenses and frames – with a fast turnaround.
The David Citadel Hotel is a 385-room-and-suite five-star hotel located in the bustling city center of Jerusalem. Overlooking the magnificent views of the Tower of David and the historic Old City walls, The David Citadel opened in 1998, and over the years, has become the choice property of international statesmen, politicians, and guests of the highest stature, including Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pompeo, as well as high-profile international celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Mariah Carey. Over its 24-year tenure, The David Citadel Hotel has received international recognition and awards, including in 2021 when the hotel was awarded 3rd Best Hotel in Israel as part of the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.
Boasting 194 rooms and suites, Mamilla Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Jerusalem, offering
guests a magnificent view of the holy city. From the Old City walls to the Jaffa Gate, Mamilla guests are
situated at the forefront of Jerusalem’s rich cultural heritage. Designed in collaboration with world-
renowned architects Moshe Safdie and Piero Lissoni, the design of the Mamilla is minimalist while
achieving undeniable elegance. Five years ago, Mamilla Hotel was acknowledged by the prestigious
Leading Hotels of The World (LHW), a collection that accepts only the world’s most exclusive hotels. The
hotel was also selected by Conde Nast Traveler’s editors for its 2016 ‘Gold List,’, a selection of the
editor’s picks for the top hotels in the world. In 2019, Mamilla Hotel was honored by the Conde Nast
Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, who ranked the hotel #5 in the Top Hotels in the Middle East.
Built on the ruins of the 20th-century French Custom House constructed during the Ottoman Empire, Pereh Mountain Resort was reimagined as an innovative boutique resort founded on the pillars of leisure, nature, and gastronomy. Owner and visionary Leo Glaser preserved and restored the original edifices, including the two Bauhaus buildings that house the suites and garden rooms, all under the supervision of the Israel Conservation Authority.
Pereh, which translates to “wild” in Hebrew, is a private estate perched on a ridge with views of mountains and valleys. With vast outdoor spaces, breathtaking landscapes and an innovative iteration of local gastronomy, the resort encapsulates the best of the Galilee and Golan Heights region. The property boasts large terraces, orchards and gardens, as well as an outdoor infinity pool with hot tub and bar, an intimate spa, Rouge restaurant helmed by Chef Roee Dori, a wine cellar, and event and meeting spaces.
Having opened in 2017, Baranowitz Goldberg partners Sigal and Irene have been collaborating as colleagues in many different commercial design projects. After a few years of successful joint work, the two architects established their own practice, paving a new way based around their diverse expertise.
Irene Sigal’s comprehensive experience in different fields of design allow the studio’s work to vary and include all scales. Whether it be a product or a building, creating a story that will ignite the creative process is the leading principle of their work.
The studio’s projects are characterized with a playful balance between art and design while adhering to strict yet poetic principles of proportion, and a true integration between conceptual thought and functionalism.
When created within a strong conceptual framework, creativity can turn to unpredictable yet coherent directions. The studio’s goal is to allow each project to pave its way toward a unique architectural interpretation.
Located on Rothschild Boulevard and the latest project by impresarios Mati and Ruti Broudo, R48 Hotel and Garden is a pinnacle of style, design, and white-glove hospitality. A testament to the architectural heritage of Tel Aviv, R48 boasts just 11 rooms and suites with starting rates of nearly one thousand dollars per night, replete with landscape architecture by Piet Oudolf, mastermind of the green spaces and foliage in Manhattan’s High Line park, interior design, and furnishings by Liaigre, preservation by AN+.
A 180-hectare estate comprising a 12-room boutique hotel “Locanda La Raia”, a biodynamic
farm, and a winery. The estate’s most eye-catching project is the Fondazione La Raia. The
contemporary on-site art foundation encourages artists of different disciplines to create unique
site-specific works and exhibitions to spotlight the local landscape: one of several installations is
The Art Path walking route across the La Raia estate.
La Raia is located in Gavi, a small town marked by its lush landscape of rolling hills and vineyards, known for its Barolo wine (one of Italy’s top white wine appellations), and during the autumn season, as a mecca for truffle foraging. The grapes of Gavi grow alongside Roman ruins, historic sites, world class galleries and stunning hospitality hideaways, characterized by their Ligurian-Piemontese classical architecture.
Bar Orian Architects was established by Tal and Gidi Bar Orian in 1990. First recognized for its work in preservation, the firm’s sophisticated approach to additions and extensions of historical structures quickly won it international attention and a growing number of projects. Setting a high standard for the renewal of the old city of Tel Aviv–Yafo, Bar Orian is credited as the main creative force behind its architectural reinvention.
Today, Bar Orian Architects is engaged in a wide range of projects from high rises to high tech bridges. The studio’s design, construction, engineering, and urban planning divisions enable it to continuously expand into new domains while maintaining and optimizing its own standard for highest quality.
Some of Bar Orian’s acclaimed projects include the Beer Sheva pedestrian bridge, the Brenner Compound (home to Tel Aviv’s regional center for the Ministry of Welfare and Income Tax Authority), The Levee historic villa and apartments, and the Graduate Student Village at the Haifa Technion. Internationally, the firm’s repertoire includes such projects as the planned high-tech park at the foot of the Alps in Brosh, Switzerland, two apartment buildings in Brooklyn, New York, and hundreds of housing units in Katowice, Poland.
The history of Lopota Lake Resort Spa arises from a dream of a courageous man, in combination with hard work and the diversity of local nature. In 2008, Goga Maisuradze, the hotel’s founder, discovered one of the forgotten lakes in the Kakheti region. With his far-reaching plans, Maisuradze managed to turn Lopota Lake into an important touristic destination and put it on the world’s touristic map. Lopota Lake Resort Spa began as a seven-room family hotel, and over time, has become a unique resort with top-tier service, a sprawling property with 232 rooms and suites, an indoor spa and wellness center, as well as an on-property wine chateau, multiple restaurants, a horse stable and vineyards.
With sustainability and exploration at core, Hurtigruten Expeditions founded expedition cruising in 1896. Today, Hurtigruten Expeditions is the world’s largest and leading expedition cruise line.
Building on 125 years of experience, Hurtigruten Expeditions offers big adventures on small ships, taking guests to over 250 spectacular destinations in more than 30 countries worldwide.
Hurtigruten Expeditions operates a fleet of small, custom-build expedition cruise ships, including the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ships.
Hurtigruten Expeditions is part of Hurtigruten Group, the world leader in exploration travel, which also operates Norwegian Coastal Express, known as ‘the most beautiful voyage in the world’ and extensive land-based activities – including hotels, restaurants and more – through Hurtigruten Svalbard.
ArtLink is an art consultancy with a vision to harness the power of art and craft, driving awareness to the fragility and preciousness of the world we live in. For 25 years, ArtLink has collaborated with the world’s leading hospitality brands simultaneously with thousands of the finest artists and artisans to produce intimate and meaningful art collections. Paving the way for a new industry standard, ArtLink is steadily becoming the world’s first certified, sustainable global art platform through a combination of eco-sensitive practices, sustainable logistics and nourishment of local creative communities.
Studio Gad is an Israel-based interior and architectural design firm established in 1986. Studio Gad specializes in commercial projects – boutique, leisure and business hotels, recreation spaces, restaurants, medical facilities and cultural centers. In every project, the nature of work includes the formation of the designing language while emphasizing the light element, to the level of creating custom-made lighting fixtures for every space. Studio Gad was founded by Gad Halperin, a graduate of Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, in Jerusalem, and Pratt Institute, New York. Today, Ganit Porat works as an Associate Partner of Studio Gad. Porat has been a designer in Studio Gad since 2015 and holds a B.A. from the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT).
Penderyn is an independent distillery located in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, UK. Recognized as one of the most influential Welsh exports, Penderyn is credited with reviving the country’s whisky industry after more than a 100-year absence. Renowned for its high-quality single malt whisky and other distillates, Penderyn is also recognized for respecting the long heritage of whisky production and combining it with an innovative approach to distilling. Penderyn is exported to over 40 countries, including Canada, the USA, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Australia, and China.
Yotam Ottolenghi is the restaurateur and chef-patron of six London-based delis and restaurants. He is the author of eight best-selling cookery books, including renowned titles as Plenty, Jerusalem, and Simple. Amongst several prizes, Yotam won two James Beard awards in the US and the UK National Book Award. Yotam has been a weekly columnist for The Guardian for over thirteen years and is a regular contributor to The New York Times. His commitment to the championing of vegetables, as well as ingredients once seen as ‘exotic,’ has led to what some call “the Ottolenghi effect.” This is shorthand for the creation of a meal which is full of color, flavor, bounty, and sunshine’. With the Belgian design label Serax, he is now launching his first range of tableware: FEAST.
Originally from Sicily and trained as an architect, Ivo Bisignano is an artist with many different souls. Beginning with fashion illustration early in his career, he has made significant contributions in media ranging from sculpture to painting to video and animation. Throughout his work, a distinctive and consistent note is a poignant sense of nostalgia, applied to characters both real and imaginary, and often linked to references from world literature and cinema. Bisignano’s art is also imbued with a strong sense of play and irony, evoking an aesthetic of past and highly detailed worlds with an often surrealistic atmosphere. Bisignano’s extensive work in the fashion industry has taken him worldwide and has included collaborations with Prada, Missoni, and Fratelli Rossetti. Bisignano’s meeting and subsequent work with renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi has led to the realization of numerous collaborative projects, including sculptures for many of Ottolenghi’s London restaurants (including interiors for the newest, Rovi), exclusively-designed products for Christmas 2017, as well as a complete line of tableware in linen.
Ben Ori Gitai was born in Paris in 1985, pursuing his first studies in Paris and then in Haifa, where he completed his BA in 2003. In October 2007, he began studying at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette. He focused on social housing and design, and in 2012, he obtained his diploma of Architecte d’état. In December 2014, he opened GitaiArchitects. The offices, situated in Paris and Haifa, work mainly on urban development and architectural typologies for housing and offices in conflict territories. GitaiArchitecture‘s latest project is the Landroom Observatory, a star and desert gazing structure manifested as a minimal environmental structure located in the world’s largest geological crater in the Negev desert. Landroom is made entirely from local sandstone and limestone extracted from the circumambient ground and processed as its primary material. Built to accommodate two people (suitable for the social-distanced world we are now living in), Landroom’s atmosphere changes in response to environmental conditions throughout the day, serving as a shelter from the sun during the day and a warm cocoon for stargazers in the evening.
Located 50 meters (approximately 164-feet) from the Mediterranean seafront, the project features 40 exclusive luxury apartments along with a five-star hotel. Port Tel Aviv is housed within a new architectural icon inspired by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque’s Cubist art and designed by leading architecture firm, Ilan Pivko Architects. The ten-story property is situated in the Namal Tel Aviv Port’s heart, in the city’s highly coveted Old North neighborhood. Port Tel Aviv is set to deliver new benchmarks for quality and value in the Israeli real estate market and will be delivered in Q4 2022.
MH Distillery (Milk Honey), established by entrepreneur and investor Gal Kalkstein, is Israel’s first whisky distillery and produces high-quality distillates. All raw materials, equipment, casks and processes were selected to ensure the final product – whether white distillates or aged whisky – meets the highest quality standards and tastes. MH Distillery received guidance and advice from Dr. Jim Swan, a world-renowned master distiller. Each of the distillery’s products is Kosher. MH Distillery is currently launching worldwide its first Single Malt Whisky.
Designed by Moshe Safdie and Piero Lissoni, The David Citadel is a design icon in its own right and the centerpiece of a grand architectural vision, uniting this ancient and contemporary capital. Guests are pampered by the largest bedrooms in Jerusalem — serene, sophisticated and rich in indulgent surprises — and linger over meals on the luxurious garden terrace, an oasis filled with birdsong. The unique location unites the Old City of Jerusalem and the new, and allows guests to stroll to many of the destination’s most famous sites.
Mamilla Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Jerusalem, offering guests a magnificent view of the holy city. From the Old City walls to the Jaffa Gate, Mamilla’s guests are situated at the forefront of Jerusalem’s rich cultural heritage. Designed in collaboration with world-renowned architects Moshe Safdie and Piero Lissoni, the design of the Mamilla is minimalist while achieving undeniable elegance. Mamilla houses various dining options for guests and visitors, including Rooftop, a premier destination restaurant with award-winning cuisine and breathtaking views; Mirror Bar, considered one of the most beautiful, posh bars on the Jerusalem nightlife scene; and Happy Fish Restaurant, an exclusive seafood restaurant.
MCR and MORSE Development have reignited the magic of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, restoring and reimagining it as a first-class hotel. At the center of the hotel is Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center, where restaurants, bars and retail outlets have taken flight. Two hotel wings, designed to reflect and defer to the landmark TWA Flight Center, sit behind the historic building and contain 512 guestrooms with views of JFK’s runways and the TWA Flight Center.
Dunton Destinations is a collection of extraordinary, secluded, unique resorts and homes situated in the most striking locations. Providing authentic, immersive experiences, and value in all of the things money can’t buy, Dunton Destinations is a celebration of exceptional food, wine, and active engagement with stunning natural surroundings.
Herzl 16, opened in 2017 by Ruti Mati Broudo of R2M Group, is a cafe-cum-restaurant- cum-nightlife hotspot that has emerged as one of the most happening destinations in Tel Aviv. Housed in an Eclectic architectural-style edifice, Herzl 16 features an open, internal courtyard resembling a secret, urban garden and hosts a weekly selection of local and international DJs, musical artists, culture, and artistic events open to the public, free of charge.
The Drisco Hotel Tel Aviv resides within an iconic building dating back to 1866, built over 40 years before the establishment of Tel Aviv in what was formerly the first and most prestigious hotel outside the former gates of Jaffa. Dormant since the 1950s, a decade of meticulous renovations have transformed the classic architectural wonder into a heritage, high-style luxury hotel befitting the modern-day traveler.
In one of the most elegant streets of Florence’s historic center, there stands a magical place where ancient and modern go hand in hand. The renaissance walls and patterned façade of the Hotel Calimala now house designer rooms and suites, equipped with the most exclusive comforts.
This solid palazzo and one-time home of Florentine poet and writer Aldo Palazzeschi, is now a four-star hotel adorned with winged cherubs and a distinctive personality. The outstanding location, the breathtaking view of the Florentine skyline and green hills, and the pool and rooftop restaurant are just the prelude to a very special stay in Florence
Palácio Belmonte is about light, privacy, and beautiful landscapes; it is an attitude and a lifestyle. Featuring ten suites, seven terraces, and an infinity pool across a 3,700-square-meter property, Palácio Belmonte is a sparkling oasis in the heart of Alfama. The Palácio’s discreet and attentive staff are as devoted as they are charming. Serving as the house of the Earl of Belmonte, Cabral, and the Marquis of Atalaia for the past 500 years, the Palácio Belmonte represents the synthesis of two millennia of Portuguese history, and stands today as the premier example of authentic Portuguese luxury and hospitality.
OPA is a plant-based and design-focused eatery located in Tel Aviv’s lesser-known Levinsky Market. OPA offers a tightly edited menu of five to seven plant-based dishes created by chef Shirel Berger. OPA’s interior design is the result of a collaboration between creative duo Craft Bloom and interior designer Vered Kadouri and goes hand in hand with Shirel’s menu; minimal, clean, and locally sourced. In a town where value and portion size remain the markers of a successful dining experience, Opa is trying to take its guests on a more subtle culinary journey.
Alphonse Maitrepierre is a 23-year-old fashion designer, living and working in Paris. After graduating from architecture and visual arts school, La Cambre, in 2016, Alphonse began work as an assistant stylist to Jean Paul Gaultier in his Haute Couture Studio.
Margalit Winery is a family-owned winery founded in 1989. The owners and winemakers have a particular interest in Bordeaux varieties; therefore, the winery focuses on producing red wines typically found in the French appellation. After many years of experimentation and distributing amongst friends, Margalit Winery launched in 1991. The public interest in the new winery grew quickly because of two key reasons: it was the first boutique winery in Israel, and secondly: because of the wine’s quality and uniqueness.
Opened in March 2019, The Levee is a dignified Tel Aviv address whose building has was restored and transformed into an eight-apartment “villa” for travelers to experience pure luxury, design, and comfort when arriving in the White City. The Levee is an authentic bolthole for guests seeking space, comfort, and a home-away-from-home feel that is unparalleled in Tel Aviv, offering eight unique, luxurious apartments.
HGU NYC is an urban haven for the savvy traveler. Based in the NoMad neighborhood of New York City, the boutique property offers a unique ambiance and gourmet dining at Osteria Lumaca, chef John DeLucie’s coastal Italian restaurant, and lounge. Restful sleep is paired perfectly with an intoxicating art collection throughout the rooms, corridors, and living spaces; each corner a destination of possible repose or reverie. Derived from the style coveted by the leisure and business set, HGU New York awakens all senses and consistently impresses. This is not Midtown; this is NoMad.
In January 2018, the Stockholm-based Magasin III opened a permanent satellite space in Jaffa, with an inaugural exhibition by Haim Steinbach. The space is located on 34 Olei Zion, in a residential neighborhood that borders Jaffa’s famous flea market at the center of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim populations of Jaffa. Magasin III Jaffa’s diverse program features both local and international artists.
The office of Amir Mann and Ami Shinar focuses on the architectural and urban design of a broad spectrum of projects, ranging from city planning, new urban quarters, residential neighborhoods as well as new office, commercial, hi-tech, and public buildings. Recent projects include the new American Consulate General in Jerusalem, commissioned directly by the U.S. State Department; a new international airport for Eilat; an office tower and commercial center for the Azrieli Group; headquarters and campuses for high-tech companies such as HP in Yehud, Motorola, Mirs, and Audiocodes; the central support and operations building at Ben-Gurion International Airport and a residential tower in Tel Aviv, and more.
As you might expect from its name, Anomaly is no ordinary agency; it is more of a response to the countless calls for agencies to drag themselves into the 21st century. Anomaly bills itself very clearly as a new model agency. It describes itself as a response to the notion that the old agency models “are all broken” and “the traditional solutions are becoming less and less effective.” Its positioning sounds like a bunch of clichés because so many agencies are talking about the need to re-gear their approach around the same principles: ideas-led, media-neutral, integrated, multi-disciplinary. Anomaly, though, launched with these principles at its core. Anomaly decries tradition and craves revolution. Its real selling point is that its principals have diverse skill sets in interactive marketing, media strategy, and design – as well as advertising – so that clients can have faith they will get a marketing solution rather than an ad campaign.
Roy David Studio is an architecture, design, and concept-driven practice based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The studio offers an experiential and holistic approach to design by integrating digital art, landscape, and architecture to create compelling and thought-provoking spaces. The studio combines an intelligent, pragmatic response to each client’s brief with a thorough understanding of the opportunities created by site and context. They work across a range of projects, from large private houses, restaurants, offices, commercial to major multi-residential, hotels, public building international competitions. Their work is driven by a passion for light, space and natural materials combined with the use of new technologies such as 3D planning and parametric design, coupled with an acute awareness of the sustainability challenges facing the built environment of today’s complex society.
Inside Travel Group Ltd is an award-winning specialist tour operator focusing on Asian destinations. The company provides travelers with unrivaled destination intelligence, travel planning, and in-country support under the InsideJapan Tours brand in Japan and the InsideAsia Tours brand in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar (Burma). Inside Travel Group brings the expertise and connections to open doors that are usually closed to outsiders, to allow travelers to get beneath the surface and obtain insights through interactions and experiences in these fascinating destinations.
Brown Hotels is an international design hotel collection with hotels located in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Greece and Croatia, all rooted in devotion to service, design, innovation, style and authenticity. Founded in 2010 by Hoteliers Leon Avigad and Nitzan Perry, and partners of Nir Weitzman, Brown Hotels evolved out of the desire to create dwellings that not only showed tourists the real culture and creativity of the city’s youthful population, but also to expand the nightlife and neighborhood joints for locals. Brown Hotels strive to make each of its hotels unique, independent and imbued with a true sense of place. Recommended by the world’s leading international lifestyle, design and travel publications, properties from the Brown Hotels portfolio have been featured in Vogue, The Times, Wallpaper*, Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic, New York Times and more.
Hotel Montefiore is a unique oasis of style, service, intimacy and luxury in Tel Aviv. Hotel Montefiore is perfectly placed in the heart of Tel Aviv, just steps away from Rothschild Blvd. This meticulously restored 1920s building houses 12 elegantly appointed rooms along with a world-class restaurant and bar.
Nestled in the picturesque narrow lanes of Acre, the Efendi Hotel overlooks the historic city walls and the magnificent Mediterranean Sea beyond. The unique structure of this hotel combines two ancient houses that have hundreds of years of history stored within their walls. These houses were meticulously reconstructed and merged into one building before being converted into a boutique hotel.
The Efendi Hotel is the fulfillment of a dream long held by Uri Jeremias, chef and proprietor of the famed Uri Buri restaurant. Complex preservation and restoration work over a period of eight years gave birth to a gorgeous, breathtaking pearl that was truly a labor of love. Thought was invested in each and every detail of the preservation work, which was performed under the supervision of the Antiquities Authority. Artisans were specially flown in from Italy in order to undertake this delicate work, as well as the restoration of the beautiful ceilings. Also preserved was a fresco of the city of Istanbul, which was found at the site; the fresco was created in 1878 in honor of the new Orient Express train station.
Nestled in the heart of Chelsea’s buzzing gallery district, The High Line Hotel is a completely unique and inspiring respite from the harried pace of downtown Manhattan. Just off 10th Avenue, the gated Parisian style courtyard complete with lush gardens demarcated by gas lamps, beckons passers-by to step into a different era. The centuries-old collegiate gothic-style brick buildings lend an air of gravitas without overwhelming the property. Step inside, however, and timeless design shares center-stage with timely design. The High Line Hotel, much like its groundbreaking, elevated namesake 50 yards to the west, is not a simple homage to the past but rather builds on this epic, distinctly American history, guiding it directly into the heart of the contemporary city.
Located on the Mediterranean Sea at the entrance to the ancient city of Jaffa, The Setai Tel Aviv is a 120-guest room suite urban resort and the second Setai outpost in Israel following the 2017 opening of The Setai – Sea of Galilee. The property, initially constructed as a fortress during the Crusader Kingdom’s rule over Jaffa in the 12th-century and transformed into one of Israel’s most luxurious hotels, is the first in Tel Aviv to be designated as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World organization.
Dedicated to the roots of Christianity and preservation of the Holy Places, Terra Sancta Museum is located along the Old City of Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa at the Monastery of the Flagellation, the Biblical site associated with Antonia Fortress and the Praetorium of Pilate. The first section of the Terra Sancta Museum opened in 2016 in association with Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Custody of the Holy Land and Association Pro Terra Sancta. The Terra Sancta Museum offers an immersive multimedia experience that brings visitors back in time through the history of Jerusalem, beginning with the birth and life of Jesus through present-day Christianity, and touching upon spirituality and religion through a historical-archaeological lens.
GalGaon is an architect, designer and art entrepreneur spent his childhood between the archaeology, design and contemporary art departments at the Israel Museum, where his father was Chief Curator and Founder of the Architecture Design Department. Gaon‘s design and art works refer to natural phenomenon and the manifestation of nature. During his career, he has designed and directed numerous projects in architecture, design and art installations, strategic consultancy and futuristic concepts. GalGaon is the owner and Art director of GalGaon Gallery; He is a professor in the Israeli academy and the former head of Interior Design department at HIT (Holon Institute of Technology). Gaon holds a B.Arc from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and an Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Gordon Gallery is one of the leading and most prominent galleries in Israel. Since its establishment in 1966, the gallery has held hundreds of exhibitions and published dozens of catalogs and art books. Gordon Gallery has three exhibition spaces in Tel Aviv, which serve as a platform for dialogue between contemporary Israeli and international artists.
Kimmel Eshkolot Architects is an Israeli architecture practice founded in Tel Aviv in 1986 by Etan Kimmel and Michal Kimmel Eshkolot. In their first years of practice, Kimmel Eshkolot Architects were involved in the preservation and rehabilitation of Neve Tzedek, the historical neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Throughout the years, they won several national competitions for the design of high-profile public projects, such as the expansion of the Kiryat Hamemshala government compound in Jerusalem, the Davidson Museum in the Archaeological Park near the Western Wall, and the Memorial Center for Israeli military casualties in Mount Herzl.
In 2011, Kimmel Eshkolot Architects won the Rechter Prize for Architecture, considered the most prestigious award for architecture in Israel. They were nominated for a RIBA 2018 Award for their Mount Herzl Memorial.The practice is currently involved in dozens of projects on different scales, both in Israel and Europe.
In 2017, Xhibition was commissioned by German creative agency neulandherzer to conduct a worldwide media campaign and consultancy for Lufthansa Airlines’ #inspiredby HEIMWEH initiative. The #inspiredby HEIMWEH campaign examines the feeling of belonging and identity of individuals around the globe, depicting travel as a means for personal development by showcasing its transformative power. The campaign surrounded the #inspiredby HEIMWEH – The Colors of Home, a video journey trailing NYC-based jewelry designer Arpana Rayamajhi as she travels back to her hometown of Kathmandu to reestablish her personal and creative identity through the heritage of strong Nepali women, resulting in top-tier feature stories in the most visible publications in the world.
Extraordinary Journeys specializes in creating unique, custom safari experiences in East and Southern Africa as well as other select destinations around the world. Whether crafting the perfect expedition for couples, families or individual travelers, Extraordinary Journeys has established itself as an authority in finding just the right combination of safari camps, lodges, and private villas that create a sense of place, with experiences that highlight the natural beauty and cultural richness of each destination. Extraordinary Journeys was founded and operated by mother-daughter team Marcia and Elizabeth Gordon.
Founded and led by the young designer Maya Reik, Marei1998 is a fashion house characterized by luxury and quality. The geographic location on the land bridge connecting Asia, Europe, and Africa has served as a subconscious inspiration for the nascent fashion label, which champions the design influences from the three continents. Embodying the zeitgeist of the Art Deco period and Neoclassical renaissance, Marei1998 further draws inspiration from the aesthetics and artistic approaches of Man Ray, Modigliani, and Matisse. www.marei1998.com
Galerie Derouillon is a pivotal art gallery founded in 2012 by financier-turned-gallerist Benjamin Derouillon in Paris within the evolving Upper Marais district. Committed to exhibiting the works of innovative and thought-provoking artists across disciplines and formats with acute sensitivity to selection and curation, Galerie Derouillon has established itself as a staple art space among the world’s most renowned galleries.
Named the #1 safari outfitter by readers of Travel+Leisure magazine, Deeper Africa provides unique cultural and wildlife experiences in East and Southern Africa. Deeper Africa’s hands-on, personal approach to planning trips to those regions is unrivaled. Whether it is Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, or the Swahili Coast, Deeper Africa’s established network of local personalities and expert guides allows it to offer unique, educational, and immersive experiences in each destination.
Saar Zafrir is an Amsterdam-based designer, investor, and developer of hospitality projects throughout Europe. Following a successful career of over a decade in the capital markets sector, Saar Zafrir switched gears and followed his passion for design and hospitality development. An interior designer by heart, Zafrir manages projects from A to Z from concept to design to purchasing and construction. Recently, Zafrir launched some of Europe’s hottest new design hotel properties, including The Brown Beach House Croatia, Sir Sevigny, Max Brown Hotels, and Provacateur.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a municipal museum, and one of Israel’s leading artistic and cultural institutions. The museum comprises various departments: The Department of Israeli Art, which holds a comprehensive collection of local art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present; the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, which encompasses international works from the mid-19th century to the present; the Department of Prints and Drawings; the Department of Photography; the Department of Architecture and Design; and the Old Masters Department, with art from the 16th to the 19th century. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s award-winning Herta and Paul Amir Building is a work of art in itself; supported by the museum’s conjoining Main Building and satellite Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art.
The Brodsky Organization is one of Manhattan’s most established developers, owners, and managers of residential and commercial spaces in New York City. The Brodsky Organization’s relationship with its residents is the foundation of its success. Every element of building life is supported by a dedicated and attentive management team. The Brodsky Organization offers intelligently designed apartments, many with breathtaking views, located in some of the most desirable neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The company has developed over 8,000 apartments in more than 80 rental, condominium and co-op buildings. The portfolio ranges from charming brownstones, to renovated pre-war doorman buildings, to newly constructed high-rises with extensive building amenities. The neighborhoods span from West and Greenwich Village to Chelsea, Midtown West to Morningside Heights, and Midtown East to Carnegie Hill and Downtown Brooklyn.
An invitation only, high-profile cocktail-fueled gathering, the Wallpaper* Tel Aviv City Guide launch event was sponsored by The Norman and Grey Goose Vodka and included vinyl records spun by DJ Yotam “Yogo” Goldman, canapés by the Norman Restaurant Executive Chef Barak Aharoni, and a curated guest list including Wallpaper* and Phaidon representatives along with Tel Aviv-born and bred designers, entrepreneurs, hoteliers, artists, creatives and representatives of the city.
Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel is a 92-room luxury spa resort perched atop the lush and majestic precipices of Zichron Ya’akov at the southern tip of the Carmel Mountain Range overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel features Israel’s most state-of-the-art auditorium, an unparalleled Israeli art collection displayed in several gallery spaces and a world-class spa, all housed within the meticulously restored Brutalist architectural-style building created by Yaacov Rechter in 1968.
Founded in 2003 by Arch. Asaf Gottesman AA Dip RBA II, and Arch. Ami Szmelcman DPLG, Gottesman–Szmelcman Architecture is an international practice that focuses on projects requiring innovative, multi-disciplinary solutions. It has developed particular skills in the domains of hospitality, urban planning, mixed-use residential developments, and one-off iconic developments that tend to crystallize key issues and generate extraordinary values.
CONFESS is a web series about the secret sexual encounters of the swipe-and-fuck generation. CONFESS is created by Moshe Rosenthal and produced by CONCH Studios. Each episode is based on the confessions of sex-dating app users who have shared their experiences with the show’s creators.
Down the Deep, Dark Web examines how the hidden part of the internet affects and may permanently alter the course of global politics, economics, and digital monitoring. A selection of issues addressed in Down the Deep, Dark Web includes: How ISIS communicates with its worldwide terrorist cells; the accessibility of online drug and gun markets; and the growth of online forums for child abuse and pornography.
Israeli Chef Yuval Fachler has anchored in Tel Aviv to conceptualize “Salva Vida”- Restaurant in Movement, the innovative chef’s newest culinary endeavor, which opened at the Brown TLV hotel in 2016.
The Salva Vida residency at Brown TLV is a creative partnership that brings Chef Fachler’s delectable incarnation of California-meets-Mediterranean cuisine centered upon urban gardening techniques and dedication to unwaveringly fresh raw materials with deft techniques digested from studying at the C.I.A.
In 2016, the Israel Pavilion at the Venice Biennale focused on LifeObject: Merging Architecture and Biology, a large scale sculptural installation exhibited alongside seven speculative architectural scenarios relating to the Israel spatial reality. The pavilion was re-conceived from a mere exhibition space into a research-oriented platform that fostered renewed dialogue between architecture and biology, and will open to the public during the preview weekend, May 26 – 27, 2016, and was open to the public through 2016.
Kedem Shinar Design is a Tel Aviv-based architecture and design studio, independently active since 2013. They offer complete branding packages that create a unified, cohesive design language, specializing in architecture interior design, visual communication design, web design, and company branding and product packaging design.
Milu Hotel, located in the heart of Florence on the exquisite Via de Tornabuoni, boasts 22 stylish rooms that embody the essence of understated luxury. With a focus on geometric precision, Milu Hotel fuses old world elegance with modern designs that span across its five floors. Each of the five floors is seamlessly connected by way of a meticulously preserved staircase from the 15th century. At Milu Hotel, stairs are not a mere way of transit, they are a means of engagement and exploration, mending the cracks separating past from present and blending the classicalism of Florence with the international aesthetic of today.
Xhibition Creative Agency and Moody Roza collaborated to curate a morning of modern luxury showcasing the 2016 spring/summer collections of Helga Design Weber Selivansky Jewelry while Tel Aviv’s elite sipped on fresh cocktails provided by Martini at the exclusive Norman Hotel.
Keshet International is Keshet Media Group’s global distribution and production arm. Headed by CEO Alon Shtruzman, it includes Keshet’s local production outposts (Keshet UK, Keshet Asia, and Keshet Studios in the US) as well as its global distribution arm.
KI’s catalog consists of over 70 tried and tested properties that appeal to audiences worldwide, spanning all genres.
Highlights include hit drama Prisoners of War, the original Israeli version of prime time Emmy® winner Homeland; gripping espionage thriller False Flag; touching family drama The A Word; the high octane game show BOOM!; hit interactive talent show Rising Star and children’s talent show Master Class; reality dating format Girlfri3nds; and ‘buddy comedy’ Traffic Light, winner of an International Emmy® award.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a municipal museum, one of Israel’s leading artistic and cultural institutions. The museum comprises various departments: The Department of Israeli Art, which holds a comprehensive collection of local art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present; the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, which encompasses international works from the mid-19th century to the present; the Department of Prints and Drawings; the Department of Photography; the Department of Architecture and Design; and the Old Masters Department, with art from the 16th to the 19th century.
NewCO2Fuels Ltd., founded in 2011, commercializes a technology conceived by Professor Jacob Karni’s laboratory at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Professor Karni and his team conducted eight years of research on high-temperature CO2 dissociation and showed that the technology has the ability to convert CO2 into fuels.
NewCO2Fuels is managed by experienced executives in the high technology and cleantech industries and employs talented engineers working in collaboration with Professor Karni’s team to develop and build an economically viable CO2-to-fuel reactor using solar thermal energy.
NewCO2Fuels Ltd. is a subsidiary of GreenEarth Energy Limited (ASX:GER), a diversified Australian renewable-energy company with interests in conventional geothermal resources as well as the development of new technologies in Australia and abroad.
Feinberg Projects’ mission is to represent Israeli artists in the global arena, as well as to exhibit international artists in Israel and abroad. Represented artists share an artistic outlook that resonates with contemporary international discourse while remaining responsive to the local tensions of the Israeli ‘here and now.’ The gallery represents innovative emerging artists, side by side, with more established ones with a bold artistic vision. Feinberg Projects maintains relationships with leading museums and galleries both in Israel and abroad. Their curatorial approach is interdisciplinary, encouraging the exploration of connections between visual art and other mediums, as well as with philosophical concepts, which results in multilayered and multiple context exhibitions.
ORIENTED is a feature documentary exploring the lives of three gay Palestinian best friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv. It is the debut for filmmaker Jake Witzenfeld. The film premiered at the Sheffield Doc Fest before opening its U.S. run at the LA Film Festival prior to touring around the world.
World Jewish Heritage was established in 2011 to preserve Jewish heritage worldwide and promote tourism to a variety of sites and cultural events of great importance to the Jewish people. The non-profit organization hopes to honor past generations and maintain Jewish heritage for those to come.
Kuli Alma (Aramaic: “The Whole World”) is a music- and art-focused nightlife institution nestled in the creative crux of south Tel Aviv. Having opened in March 2014, Kuli Alma focuses on bringing out-of-the-box content to a far-reaching audience of insatiable night owls, music lovers, and culture enthusiasts, whether embedded within the local creative community or first-time visitors to Tel Aviv’s thriving nightlife landscape.
Ronit Gafni Expert Property Services is located in the lively and historic Jaffa and assists with all things property related whether it is looking to buy a home for your personal use or to add to a property portfolio as a strategic investment. Ronit will also provide management of your home’s planning, construction, renovation and styling as well as personal concierge services to look after your dream home.
Contemporary by Golconda was founded by Dr. Ronald Fuhrer, a longtime luminary of the Israeli art world and a cousin of pioneering Israeli artist Yitzhak Danzinger. Located in the south of Tel Aviv in an 80-year-old building that was formerly a Tahini factory, Contemporary by Golconda essentially jump-started what is today known as “the Soho of Tel Aviv.” The Gallery reemerged as The Ravel Museum of Contemporary Art in August 2015 and continues to strive to showcase promising contemporary artists and expose their work to the Israeli and international public.
The Norman Hotel was recently awarded “Best Boutique Hotel in the World” by Jetsetter magazine and is situated in two meticulously renovated heritage buildings in the heart of Tel Aviv, the Norman Hotel has brought an unparalleled level of luxury hospitality and refinement to the city.