The Setai Tel Aviv is like its luxury South Beach sibling but with Mediterranean flair

The Setai Tel Aviv offers glistening views of the Mediterranean Sea. Photograph by Assaf Pinchuk Photography.

Fans of The Setai in Miami Beach can now experience its familiar luxuries when traveling to Israel with the recent openings of The Setai Sea of Galilee and The Setai Tel Aviv.

The newest property, The Setai Tel Aviv, opened its 120 guest room-and-suite urban resort this spring. It is the first hotel in Tel Aviv to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World.

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The Setai Tel Aviv’s original building has a storied history. Photograph by Assaf Pinchuk Photography.


Originally a 12th Century fortress, the building the hotel now occupies has been around through the Crusader period, the Turkish-Ottoman Empire and British rule over Jaffa. It had been used as a police station until 2005, when the restoration process to turn it into a luxury hotel began.

As part of the renovation effort, architects restored the original structure, added three floors and dug out a basement. The basement dig spurred a series of archeological finds, unearthing artifacts that are now on display throughout The Setai Tel Aviv.

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White sea stone is a design hallmark of The Setai Tel Aviv. Photograph by Assaf Pinchuk Photography.


Created by Ara Design Studio, The Setai Tel Aviv’s rooms, suites and public spaces feature rich walnut furnishings, white sea stone from the building’s original structure, custom brass fixtures and Middle Eastern fabrics. JAYA restaurant celebrates Israeli food culture while honoring the culinary heritage of Jaffa and the property’s Turkish roots. A full-service spa and gym offer extensive menus of services and state-of-the-art equipment.

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