Tel Aviv-Jaffa 2011

Unique boutiques

By Nathan Jeffay, November 11, 2011

For many travellers, a "boutique hotel" is an unknown quantity. any of us Brits think "boutique" is just a euphemism for a posh B&B.

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Access all arias

By Simon Griver, November 11, 2011

The Israeli Opera, based at the Tel Aviv Centre for Performing Arts, is one of the country's leading artistic institutions and one of the world's foremost opera companies.

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Dramatic lead

By Mordechai Beck, November 11, 2011

This summer, Tel Aviv witnessed some live theatre in the shape of a major demonstration against the cost of living in Israel's chief urban centre. How ironic that most of the uproar took place on Rothschild Boulevard, directly down the road from the largest cultural project of the last decade - the renovated Habima National Theatre complex.

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Water features

By Nathan Jeffay, November 11, 2011

When the stars visit Tel Aviv, they don't want to lose sight of the Mediterranean for a minute… even in the bathroom.

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Carving a niche

By Nathan Jeffay, November 11, 2011

It's cool cuisine. Literally. Order sashimi in the Olive Leaf restaurant in the Sheraton Tel Aviv and it comes on what looks like a glass tray with circular sections for soy sauce, ginger and chilli mayonnaise. But the tray is actually an ice carving, prepared by chef Charlie Fadida.

Mr Fadida is one of Israel's top ice sculptors.

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Children's kingdom

By Ann Goldberg, November 11, 2011

Holon, once famous only for its sand dunes, has now become known as children's paradise. Just a drive around the city will show you why. At crossroads you'll see models and sculptures of animals and cartoon characters, while large coloured murals decorate the school walls around town.

Story gardens have been set up in 13 parks around the city.

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Art for art's sake

By Ann Goldberg, November 11, 2011

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art houses the largest collection of Israeli art in the world.

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Going places

By Steve K Walz, November 11, 2011

Tel Aviv is not only on the map, it is also rapidly becoming one of the Mediterranean region's most popular "sea, sun and fun" destinations.

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A new New York

By Nathan Jeffay, November 11, 2011

The constant flow of discerning business travellers through Tel Aviv sets the bar for luxury hotels very high. After all, many are regulars at the smart hotels of New York, London and Paris and expect the same kind of standards wherever they go.

This is reflected not only in the level of service, but also in the determination of hotels to constantly refurnish, renovate and redesign.

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Pedal winners

By Ann Goldberg, November 11, 2011

Tel Aviv residents have discovered a better way to get around their hometown.

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