The Perfect Weekend
- Play a Morning Round of Golf.
A short 20-minute drive north leads to Gaash Golf Club, one of two golf courses in Israel. The stunning nine-hole course is bordered by Gaash Natural Reserve and Hof HaSharon National Park, and the ocean is close enough that you can smell the salty breeze.
- Make a Pit Stop at Caesarea.
On your way back to Herzliya, make a detour to stop at this national park on the coast of Israel that includes many Roman ruins alongside beautiful beaches. Spot pillars, reconstructed frescoes and a large amphitheater. Check the schedule ahead as concerts are sometimes held in the old amphitheater.
- Lunch at the Port.
Enjoy a midday meal while watching the waves of the Mediterranean crash ashore at Old Caesarea Port. For fine dining in an elegant atmosphere, duck into Helena, where dishes like grilled calamari, goose liver terrine and fresh burrata cheese are the star of the show.
- Art Appreciation.
After lunch, take a stroll through the port area and explore the area’s vibrant art scene. Places like The Old City Casesarea Gallery provide the perfect starting point for a lesson in modern and contemporary Israeli art.
- Fun in the Sun.
Head to the Herzliya Promenade to while away an afternoon at the beach. Enjoy a relaxing beach walk along the shores of the Mediterranean or opt for a more adventurous afternoon and head to the Herzliya Marina for a sailing lesson.
- Shop On.
Directly adjacent to the marina is the Arena Mall, one of Israel’s most luxurious shopping malls. Pop inside to pick up a few souvenirs or a new outfit for dinner.
- Enjoy an Elegant Dinner.
A modern brasserie, Sebastian restaurant is rooted in the classic traditions of restaurants that provide a good meal and an enjoyable outing at any time of day. Try the salmon pappardelle with sage butter and artichoke and pair it with a glass of wine from their expansive selection.
- Take a Morning Walk on a Peaceful Beach.
Just north of Tel Aviv, the especially gorgeous strip of coast known as Sidney Alley Beach has powdery soft sand. Locals go for its beauty and superb fishing. The rocks that border the coast have a number of caves that are safe to explore.
- Enjoy Kosher Asian Cuisine.
Popular with locals, Zozobra is the dream-child of Israeli chef Avi Conforti, who wanted to share his love of Eastern food with kosher diners. Enjoy Tibetan noodles with pumpkin, Cambodian curries and veal gyoza. Don’t miss refreshments like the Samoi Coconut, a frozen drink with coconut and local palm honey.
- Visit Herzliya’s Quirkiest Local Site.
The Hermit House is a bit like a fairy tale come to life. Built into the dunes of a beach, this permanent sand castle has stood since the 1970s and includes tunnels carved into rock. Owner Nissim Kachlon has incorporated recyclable materials like blue-glass bottles into the structure over time.
- Enjoy an Afternoon Snack.
Every weekday at 6 p.m., the staff at the casual Blends Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya prepares fresh hummus, the traditional dip made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
- Recharge at the Spa.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Herzliya has countless ways to relax and rejuvenate. Enjoy a few rounds in the Turkish-style hammam or dry sauna, arrange for a deep tension-relief massage to smooth out stubborn kinks in your muscles.
- Dine at a Celebrated Kosher Restaurant.
At Herbert Samuel at The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya, Chef Mor Cohen prepares innovative fare from an open kitchen. Dine on crispy arancini with mushrooms, tortellini with pine nuts, oregano and scorched eggplant, and simply prepared Mediterranean catches like grilled grouper with saffron.
- Catch a Show
Check the schedule at the Herzliya Performing Arts Center, which plays host to various multicultural theater, dance and music events. Ask the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya for assistance with booking tickets.