The Island is very new and very good and is great if you don't fancy the hustle and bustkle of nearby Netanya or Tel Aviv. If you're looking for night life on your doorstep, look elsewhere, at least for the next few years, while they develop the South Beach area in which the hotel has a prime position, although it's a good 15-minute walk to the nearest pedestrian access to the beach so don't expect to be able to roll out of bed and onto the sands below. We found the complimentary rental car useful for trips to the bech (2 minutes by car) when we were too lazy to walk!
Operated by the same group as Okeanos in Herzliya this is a lovely all-suite (1- and 2-bed) hotel on the cliffs about a 30-minute walk from Netanya.
There are only 5 suites on each floor and all have large sea-facing balconies. The finishes are high quality and very trendy and there's a lovely 'pool area (and small kids' 'pool) facing the sea, surrounded by lots of wooden decking which fits the whole vibe. There's a great little shop beneath the hotel which is open 24 hours except on Jewish Holidays and a fab ice cream parlour, with another 3 or 4 units waiting to be let.
Food at the hotel is variable, but generally good without being great. The staff are unfailingly helpful or try to be, although they don't speak English as well as you might expect, given how widely English is spoken in Israel. So be prepared to use some Hebrew or French and it will take you a long way.
In addition to the rental car, you can use the hotel's free shuttle service (9am - 5pm weekdays and Sunday) to Netanya or Ramat Poleg; a taxi would cost just £4 but it's a nice touch by the hotel.
This isn't the full hotel experience as it's a suites hotel (or apart-hotel if you prefer) but we would definitely return, so long as they maintain both the building/services and quality. An unexpectedly good find at late notice and one I'd recommend.
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