Originally published in the Hollywood Reporter on 25-12-16 by
Madonna has a $20M pad there, Barbra Streisand has taken 100 rooms and Gerard Butler has been bailed out by pals in the new trendy getaway that has been called the “sexiest city in the world.”
It may be smack-dab in the middle of the Holy Land, but over the last decade Tel Aviv has unveiled itself as a kind of glamorous new Sin City. The tantalizing beaches, cafes and nightlife, along with its unique mix of the Middle East with a Mediterranean party atmosphere, ensure the lifestyle-loving capital continues to buzz with energy. It couldn’t be more contrary with the image of many of the uninitiated: “People think we’re still riding on camels!” one local told THR. “They also think we’re always at war — and it’s not safe here.” Yet upon arrival, one finds a bustling urban respite with all the things sophisticated seekers are hoping to find, and more.