WHAT: Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel (Elma), a 95-room hotel by Israeli philanthropist and art collector Lily Elstein.

WHERE: Zichron Ya’akov, a seaside Israeli village

WHY WE LOVE IT: Lily Elstein wanted Elma to be “a place where those who enter its doors can find art in every corner and at every moment”, and has done this successfully while maintaining a friendly, unassuming environment – though no less sophisticated.

Elma is indeed an immaculate and stunning space, and we like that it uses a variety of materials (such as oak and terrazzo tiles) in a way which showcases their best features. 

A bold art piece is a must for this luxury hotel-cum-cultural center, which features a 750sqm gallery space and two performance halls. Interesting fact: Elma’s architectural make-up is classified as postwar Brutalism. This 26-ton marble piece called “Tzimaon” is by Israeli artist Sigalit Landau.

Designed by Lea Mahler and architectural firm Baranowitz & Kronenberg, the hotel plays with elements of high modernism, such as exposed cement, clean white lines, and natural walnut furnishings. 

The custom-designed textiles by designer Neora Warshavsky are said to reflect Zichron Ya’akov‘s heritage and traditions.

To maintain the hotel’s clean design, minimalist and monochromatic sofas and benches as well as oak and walnut stools were chosen.

Elma’s spacious rooms, suites, and free-standing cottages are all decorated with Kilim rugs, natural oak furnishings, and original artworks from Elstein’s extensive private collection. The way they were arranged, and the colours that were picked, were also done to play off the jaw-dropping view of the surrounding forests and vast sea.