Winter-Spring 2013CROWNE MAGAZINECROWNE PLAZA & HOLIDAY INN HOTELS – ISRAELGUEST MAGAZINE           www.crowneplaza-il.com
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief                 Winter - Spring 2013    Contents   Eyal Shmueli                               ...
Dear Guests,                                                                                                         Ludwi...
News from the ChainRejuvenating. Exciting.The Crowne Plaza Israel chain continues to surpriseall the time, offering you a ...
It’s Excellent; It’s Crowne Plaza     IHG, the world’s largest hotels corporation, has chosen the Crowne     Plaza City Ce...
What a Beauty                                                      Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the hottest woman of ...
said in an interview with         too will find my own prince       series of turbulent break-ups   comments do not affect ...
Presidential                                          When you want to feel treated   Every prestigious hotel, in        p...
To 120                 When you want to wish                                                                          Tips...
Holiday Inn:                                                 With 3413 properties                                         ...
transportation arteries. It    been placed were published         Holiday Inn Ashkelon -     took no more than two        ...
Happiness, with a capital J                                                                                               ...
Miley Cyrus           Jessica Simpson                                                                                     ...
Eilat on Ice                           Close your eyes for a moment and imagine an ice cool                           holi...
Warm Eilat Winter: Enjoying the Best of All Worlds                       Winter never stays long              while adults...
A Palace of a Hotel                                                                               Nature is the star playe...
Crowne plaza israel magazine winter spring 2013
Crowne plaza israel magazine winter spring 2013
Crowne plaza israel magazine winter spring 2013
Crowne plaza israel magazine winter spring 2013
Crowne plaza israel magazine winter spring 2013
Crowne plaza israel magazine winter spring 2013
Crowne plaza israel magazine winter spring 2013
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  1. 1. Winter-Spring 2013CROWNE MAGAZINECROWNE PLAZA & HOLIDAY INN HOTELS – ISRAELGUEST MAGAZINE www.crowneplaza-il.com
  2. 2. Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Winter - Spring 2013 Contents Eyal Shmueli Managing Director Tal Shmueli Graphic Design Studio T Marketing Manager Sigal Shmueli Marketing Yuval Nevo News from the Chain 13 What a Beauty 16 Presidential Aspirations 20 To 120 24 Holiday Inn: 27 An International Success Story Gossip Girl 31 Eilat on Ice 34 A Palace of a Hotel 38 Produced & Published by: The International Business Club: 40 You Deserve More Israel Travel News Ltd. Romantic Winter 42 11 Gush Etzion St. The Restaurants of Crowne Plaza 44 Givat Shmuel 54030 ISRAEL and Holiday Inn Tel: 972-3-5251646. Fax: 972-3-5251605 Culture Vultures 49 office@itn.co.il www.itn.co.il “Wine, which 53 Gladdens the Heart” Africa Israel Hotels and Israel Travel News Ltd. are not Crowne Plaza & Holiday Inn 57 responsible for the contents of Hotels in Israel any advertising appearing in this publication.6 Crowne Magazine
  3. 3. Dear Guests, Ludwig van Beethoven was not just a famous composer, but also someone with an exceptional outlook on life, and one thing he said comes to mind every now and again: “A united force will always overcome a larger force that is splintered.” And why am I sharing this thought with you? Since it is our worldview at Crowne Plaza & Holiday Inn Israel Hotels. With this perspective in mind, all the employees at each of our hotels workHappiness is as a team, to transform your stay with us into a happy and unforgettable experience.just a check-in I am sure you can see the results with your own eyes. We invested largeaway… sums this past year to implement large-scale renovations in our hotels in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and by the Dead Sea. Although particular emphasis was placed on refurbishing our Presidential Suites and turning them into absolute gems, we also focused on improvements in the public areas, for your wellbeing and comfort. Crowne Plaza Israel is a part of the international InterContinental Hotels Group, and this is why we are so particular in preserving our uniformity Enjoy a magical stay and the look of our hotels, in keeping with worldwide standards. Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv, New York, or London - wherever you are - you are sure to in Israel at the largest enjoy the same uncompromising, high-level standards, as well as personal International Hotel quality service, at every hotel in our chain, anywhere in the world. Chain - Crowne Plaza As members of an international hotel chain, we view service as our guiding principle. I am certain you will find our staff members attentive to you; they will be pleased to do their utmost to answer your needs and requests. Please, do not hesitate to turn to us on any matter or question - before, during, and also after your stay. Please allow me to extend to you a personal invitation to join our Priority Club. Membership entitles you to a myriad of discounts and benefits the next time you stay with us. Whether you’re on the road for a night, out of town for business or venturing off to a far away destination, we offer extraordinary benefits that ensure you get the very most out of your travel. All our staff members join me in thanking you for choosing us, and I wish you and your family a happy holiday stay.Crowne Plaza NewsFree Wi-Fi at all hotels Free shuttle to the Beachfrontat Crowne Plaza City Center Tel Aviv Free shuttle tothe city center at Crowne Plaza Jerusalem Ron Yariv,Crowne Plaza Israel: Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv Jerusalem Haifa Eilat Dead Sea Holiday Inn Ashkelon General Manager Look us up atContact your travel agent for more details, or call: Crowne Magazine 9Tel: +972-3-5390808 Fax: +972-3-7602035 www.crowneplaza-il.com
  4. 4. News from the ChainRejuvenating. Exciting.The Crowne Plaza Israel chain continues to surpriseall the time, offering you a wealth of unforgettable experiences. “Are You Being Served?” are accessible to hotel Crowne Plaza Israel Hotels guests for any question places enormous emphasis or request. They will be on personal service for all pleased to beofassistance their guests. As a way of with any transportation offering guests accurate, arrangements, as well as updated information recommendations on on what is taking place cultural activities, shopping, Are You Happy? We Have the Right Club for You near each hotel, a new entertainment venues, The Crowne Plaza Israel guest loyalty club is celebrating the first concierge service was booking excursions and anniversary of its discounts, benefits and special offers. Thousands inaugurated recently at the tours and any additional of happy members have already begun to enjoy five set benefits: a chain’s hotels in Tel Aviv, information. 20% discount on accommodations for couples during the months Jerusalem and Haifa. Plans in which each of their birthdays falls, with each of the two receiving call for it to be expanded The Internet sites of each one additional benefit; a 15% discount on accommodations to all the hotels in the of the participating hotels during a couple’s wedding anniversary month; a 15% discount chain. feature a short film in for accommodations on a chosen month of the year (except English, which highlights for July, August, and on Jewish holidays); a 10% discount on food A professional and the top sites in its city. and beverages at the hotels’ restaurants and in the lobbies, even efficient staff of concierges Moreover, guests can use it when not staying at a hotel; a 10% discount on a variety of spa is in charge of the to contact the concierges treatments, even when not staying at a hotel. new personal service directly, even before they concept, and concierges arrive. Club members are also invited to special events, such as “Happy Morning” (a members-only breakfast and talk) and early booking.Crowne Plaza Presents: Shuttle Service for Guests Members receive an e-mail newsletter each month, featuringThe Crowne Plaza City Center Tel Aviv - the ideal hotel for an information on new special offers and articles of general interest.urban vacation in tune with the city’s rhythm. The hotel operatesa shuttle service, free of charge, to and from the seashore, so that Club Manager Naama Shveki keeps in touch with every member,guests can take advantage of everything Tel Aviv offers. An elegant and deals personally with every inquiry or matter. She may beminibus departs every two hours on the hour to the Crowne contacted by e-mail: club@crowneplaza-il.comPlaza Tel Aviv beachfront and back. The service begins at 10 a.m.and runs until 10 p.m. Airport transfers are available too, for an If you are not yet a member, joining is easy: by telephone - *3993additional charge, when booked in advance. from any telephone in Israel; on the Web (www.crowneplaza-il. com), or via the front desk at each hotel in the chain. The one-The Crowne Plaza Jerusalem also operates a shuttle service, with time fee is NIS 200, and Crowne Plaza Israel donates half of thetwo stops: the Machane Yehuda (“Shuk”) area and the Mamilla registration proceeds to “Elem,” an association caring for the needsCenter. Shuttles depart every two hours, and guests may board of youth at risk.and alight freely, to enjoy all the sites along the route. Crowne Magazine 13
  5. 5. It’s Excellent; It’s Crowne Plaza IHG, the world’s largest hotels corporation, has chosen the Crowne Plaza City Center Tel Aviv as one of the three leading hotels in the European/Mediterranean Basin area, for quality of service and level of product, for 2012. The accolade was bestowed upon the Crowne Plaza City Center Tel Aviv, the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam and the Crowne Plaza City Center Bruges. In addition, the Crowne Plaza Haifa and General Manager Herzl Levy were finalists for the Business in Ashkelon Tal Feist, in keeping with Employee Facilities Award. The Holiday Inn Ashkelon the chain’s international “The Crowne Plaza City Center Tel Aviv, in the very heart of the served as a magnet last standards. city’s most desirable business and shopping district, offers both year, attracting many The hotel has inaugurated Israeli and foreign guests a hospitality and service experience based businesspeople, and the a modern business lounge on the topmost international standards,” affirms hotel General chain has answered the too, which includes a Manager Michael Pelsz. needs of this market spacious room with intimate TripAdvisor has also recognized the Crowne Plaza City Center segment for a more sitting areas, PC stations and Tel Aviv - along with the Crowne Plaza Haifa and the Holiday pleasant and efficient stay daily newspapers. A new Inn Ashkelon - and the prestigious hotel evaluation website has by upgrading the hotel’s meeting room has been awarded each with a “Certificate of Excellence.” Business floor. Twenty designed to accommodate rooms on the floor were up to 12 participants, and converted to spacious a billiard room has been Deluxe rooms, based on a created for the enjoyment modern design by architect of guests. Worthwhile Investment Crowne Plaza Israel invested NIS 60 million in upgrading its properties this past year. The Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv, situated on the Mediterranean shore, was graced with a new Presidential Suite comprising a luxurious Presidential Suite floor, a family suite, a junior suite and four deluxe suites. Five floors were renovated and redesigned at the Crowne Plaza Jerusalem, and the Presidential Suite, standard rooms and suites were all renovated and redesigned at the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea. “As part of our strategic program to position Crowne Plaza Israel as one of Israel’s leading chains of hotels, we implemented wide- ranging series of programs last year that are aspects of our service strategy, which positions guest comfort at the center of things, as well as the daily needs of both business and private guests,” explains the chain’s General Manager Ron Yariv. “The decision to upgrade the hotels is in keeping with the chain’s management concept, Left to right: VP Operations & Business Development Dudu Oz; which espouses the necessity to renew and preserve the hotels at Crowne Plaza Haifa General Manager Herzl Levy; Crowne Plaza the highest and most up-to-date level.” Tel Aviv City Center General Manager Michael Plesz, and Crowne Plaza Hotels Israel General Manager Ron Yariv, pictured at IHG’s Executive room in the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea ceremonial awards gala at Dublin, Ireland’s Abbey Theatre this past November.14 Crowne Magazine
  6. 6. What a Beauty Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the hottest woman of them all? Why, Bar Refaeli, of course.This is the story of how a small-town freckle-faced girl became the object of desire for so many men. Whether just returning how their grandmother radio personality at the time, By Galit Edut sweating after taking her dog was once selected as the took the pretty baby to a for a walk, or in a bikini while most beautiful woman in professional photographer. on vacation in Mykonos, the world. I have no greater She has been featured in Bar Refaeli looks like the feeling than when my dad ads ever since then, and girl next door. There are no looks at me and says: ‘What has played small roles on stories in her past about a beloved daughter I have,’ TV. Her big breakthrough addiction to drugs a la Kate or when I feel amazing love occurred when she was 15, Moss, or Naomi Campbell- from my friends.” soon after removing the style outbreaks of rage. braces from her teeth, whenShutterstock Aside from the friends that she appeared in ads for a She is simple, accessible and love and admire her, she number of Israeli fashion it is easy to connect to her also has more than 300,000 companies like Castro, Fox, clean, healthy look. Perhaps followers on Twitter, who Pilpel, and won the “Model this is the secret of her enjoy reading stories about of the Year” award. success. “It’s a combination sun, sea and her good of appearance, charisma, life. How wonderful is it? Bar’s first opportunity out of intelligence and charm,” Let us remind you that Israel came two years later, summarizes Yefe Scott Leafs, well-respected business and after that the sky was the director of Refaeli’s agency magazine Forbes ranked her limit! She has appeared on in the United States. as the highest-paid model in the covers of top magazines Israel, with earnings of more around the world, modeling That also is probably what than $5 million. glamorous lingerie for a the editors of the men’s Victoria’s Secret campaign, magazine Maxim thought, Beautiful Baby and being photographed for when they chose her When she was no more the cover of Sports Illustrated. from all the world’s most than a baby, everyone who She is the face of the perfume beautiful women as the knew Bar Refaeli knew Escada, for which she is hottest of all. But Refaeli is what fate had in store for believed to have received one supermodel with her her. She was born in a one million shekels, and she feet firmly on the ground. moshav called Olesh, to appears in advertisements This is what she chose to Tzipi, a former model, and for global jewelry company, say in an interview with the Rafi, a businessman. When H. Stern. And that’s not the newspaper Israel Today: “One she was two years old, the whole story. day, when my breasts will be family moved to the town down to my belly button, I of Hod Hasharon, where “In the past, I only wanted will be able to take out the her parents still live. At the to be involved in modeling; copy of Maxim magazine age of just eight months, today, I also want to take and show my grandchildren Shosh Atari, a well-known part in other things,” she 16 Crowne Magazine Crowne Magazine 17
  7. 7. said in an interview with too will find my own prince series of turbulent break-ups comments do not affect me; website Mako. And what Bar on a white horse.” followed by well-covered I am not offended and do wants, Bar usually gets - like get-togethers. Then there not feel the need to protect developing an acting career. All Those Men were the two visits to the my mother.” Nor her father, Her resumé states that she The prince, you ask? Well, Holy Land covered by a who was convicted last played in the Israeli TV series if you believe the rumors, frenzied media pack, and year of maliciously causing “Pick Up” that was broadcast Refaeli turned down Prince even a ring - engagement damage to a paparazzo that on Channel 10and had an Harry of Britain. But let’s be ring or not. And then it was ambushed his daughter. even bigger role in Chaim honest; we don’t need to over. Buzaglo’s movie “Session.” worry about the cover girl. There were more scandals When she was 19 years old Although gossip columns related to money and Also, she took the stage she was seen in the arms link her name now and then business contracts, but, during the Hanukkah holiday of “Baywatch” star David with famous celebrities, she above all, there was the last December, with her Charvet, and he was followed is unattached now, although issue of her not serving in good friends, the “What’s by millionaires Oded Kobo there are many who are the Israel Defense Forces. A the Connection” trio, in the and Dean Stern. Then Leo willing to swear that the few days before she was due musical “Cinderella,” where, DiCaprio came along. He story with DiCaprio is not to enter the army, a fictitious as expected, she played the chatted her up at a party over. Time will tell. marriage to a family friend main role. “Playing Cinderella and well, how could she was arranged. When details is the dream of every young turn down such a handsome Never a Dull Moment of the marriage became woman,” she said in the Hollywood star? They were Scandal or festival, that’s known, she came in for interview. “I just hope that I an item for six years, with a how Refaeli’s life seems to some very tough criticism be. When you are that big a in Israel. But it seems that Bar Refaeli featured in an story, scandals stick to you. Refaeli has become Israel’s H. Stern campaign. Already at the beginning of unofficial ambassador her career, there were kind around the world in recent hearts that claimed that her years, with the result that mother Tzipi was the real the army affair has been power behind the throne, forgotten and forgiven. pushing her daughter forward - mostly for good And what now? Refaeli but also for worst - and recently launched an online dealing with all her private lingerie sales venture she and professional issues. promotes energetically in interviews on the world’s “Are people retarded? What biggest and most famous do they want, that a 15-year- talk shows. In addition, we old girl - Bar or any other will very probably continue - should travel to Cuba or to see her in coming years Zanzibar alone? Oh, really,” at all kinds of spectacular she said in an Israel Today launches, well covered Photo: Tom Monero interview. “I really do come by the media, and on the from a warm and loving covers of international home, and I never needed glamour magazines, always anyone’s permission to look surrounded by beautiful for love outside the home. people. The good life. That’s why even poisonous Indeed, why not?18 Crowne Magazine
  8. 8. Presidential When you want to feel treated Every prestigious hotel, in pampering stall shower. Crowne Plaza Dead Sea: other pampering extras, Aspirations Israel and everywhere else Security services and CCTV to feel in heaven at the help make for an ideal stay. like royalty - and if you can in the world, features a are available upon request. lowest point on Earth. The afford it - there is only one Presidential Suite, designed Presidential Suite, on the Crowne Plaza Jerusalem choice:The Presidential Suite to meet the needs of VIPs, Crowne Plaza City Center 12th floor and setting new The pampering Royal Suite, and for anyone else willing Tel Aviv international standards for on the 20th floor, offers regal to pay for the pleasure. The Presidential Suite, beauty and comfort, has hospitality in an exclusive Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Dead Sea These super-luxurious looking out over Tel Aviv’s been designed in shades of ambience.The salon features accommodations are exciting urban landscape grey and blue, which blend a sitting area and a dining quite spacious, as you can from the height of the 21st harmoniously into the sea table for 8.The commodious well imagine, and they set floor, is a very large suite and desert landscape as seen bedroom features a king-size new standards for design, and includes two spacious from the its large windows. bed, work area, TV area and décor and hospitality. They bedrooms and a salon, all The elegant, modern design, elegant wood furnishings. usually are situated on the furnished with an exclusive highlighted by high-quality The large bathroom has upper floor of the hotel, Italian décor. Each bedroom Italian wood furniture, been outfitted with marble rewarding guests with truly features an adjustable bed completes the picture. flooring reminiscent of the breathtaking views. with a thick and coddling The salon offers a luxurious ambience of a prestigious mattress to ensure the sitting area, dining table spa, and it also offers a sauna Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv maximum in sleep comfort, for 8, work desk and an and a Jacuzzi. The salon has A paradise of comfort and a large and pampering informal lounging area. been decorated in light and beauty in the heart washroom. Guests are also The expansive bedroom colors that blend perfectly of Tel Aviv. The Executive treated to a bar stocked features a king-size bed, into the landscape as seen Presidential Suite, with alcohol and soft drinks. work desk, and large-screen from the large windows located on the 13th Presidential Suite guests TV, while the washroom’s - the Old City, Mt. Herzl floor and overlooking enjoy the services of a bathtub and separate stall and the Knesset building. the Mediterranean Sea concierge 24 hours a day, shower along with all the and its blue vistas, has and are eligible to use the been designed to afford hotel’s Executive Lounge prestigious hospitality on free of charge. Crowne Plaza City Center Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza Eilat an international level. The Crowne Plaza Jerusalem salon, featuring marble Crowne Plaza Eilat flooring, includes a modern The Presidential Suite, Italian-style sitting area and located on the eighth floor home cinema system, along of the hotel, opposite the with a dining table for 8, a amazing scenery of the Eilat work area outfitted with lagoon and the Bay of Eilat, computer and fax, and a features a salon with elegant kitchenette equipped with a parquet flooring, a sitting coffee machine, wine cooler, area furnished in leather, a dishwasher and ceramic TV area and a dining table sink. for 6.The separate bedroom is especially spacious, and The bedroom features a the washroom has been comfortable, adjustable king- outfitted with both a Jacuzzi size bed and large-screen bathtub and a stall shower, TV, while the expansive along with bathrobes, washroom offers both a slippers and other indulgent Jacuzzi bathtub and separate extras.20 Crowne Magazine Crowne Magazine 21
  9. 9. To 120 When you want to wish Tips for a better and longer life are also essential for its anti- Thales proclaimed, and so its amazing rehabilitative 11. Throw out Your Can Opener and Eat Fresh Food Only. 12. A Recipe for Improving AgingBy Kfir Akerman aging mechanisms. DHEA An active sex life does it all - someone a long and it is only natural that water health properties. Western levels peak at about age 25, psychologically and physically. prosperous life you say: “May should be highly appreciated researchers have affirmed and then go down steadily Remain sexually active. you live to 120.” The World down through the ages for the efficacy of a variety of Health Organization has with age. People in their 70s, its therapeutic benefits. treatments based on ginseng. for example, tend to have A Happy Winter recommended a dozen tips Centenarians all over the for Golden Agers to help us maintain a healthier DHEA levels about 80 percent world swear by their local 8. Fenugreek: Reawakening The Crowne Plaza Eilat and more vital existence. lower than those of young water and claim it as the Your Vitality adults. Eat sweet potatoes and invites all golden agers to source of their longevity, and Chinese medicine has known enjoy a wonderful holiday, 1. Weekday Vegetarians; yams throughout the year and scientists agree that the local about fenugreek for a very filled with entertainment and Weekend Carnivores celebrate into your golden water in places like these long time as a substance to years! cultural activities, exciting Generally, vegetarians suffer may in fact contribute to life enhance vitality, and uses it performances, interesting less from degenerative extension and health. One to fight listlessness, enhance workshops, and rich culinary diseases and various types 3. Less Salt; Longer Life quality shared in common by recovery from serious offerings. of cancer than meat eaters Salt is great for preserving local sources of water is their illnesses and to treat sexual purity: no chemicals and no A program designed with do. Estimates are that in food, a fact well known to dysfunction. toxins. The more clean water golden agers in mind has about one third of patients sailors, who would use it we drink and bathe in, the been scheduled for selected suffering from cancer the on long voyages to keep better off we will be. dates through March 2013, disease developed because their food from rotting. and features a cornucopia of of a diet lacking sufficient Unfortunately, salt does not attractions: guided morning quantities of plant-based preserve health. Recent 6. Orange Peel: Peels away walks; a lecture on Kabbalistic whole fibers. Nevertheless, research has shown that the Cholesterol numerology; a chef ’s it is not necessary to abstain increases in blood pressure Traditional Chinese 9. Stop Your World workshop; a ballroom dancing totally from meat in order levels and the prevalence medicine has always used Less plastic, please. It is competition; social interaction to reach longevity; limiting of many other medical orange peel to help in convenient, cheap and games; a production by the the intake of meat, or eating conditions are in direct digesting rich, fatty foods, available, but it also releases “Bustan Sfaradi” Theater; it on weekends only, are two proportion to the intake and it is a staple in many harmful chemicals. If a Russian cabaret show, plausible options. of excessive quantities of Chinese beef recipes. In fact, possible, use wood, glass, and a Mongolian circus salt. This does not mean it is more effective than all cotton or wool instead. performance. 2. Sweet Potatoes & Yams swearing off everything the drugs on the market in In addition, the hotel lounge, Much more than holiday saline, but try substituting lowering cholesterol levels. 10. Your Bedroom is Your with newspapers, hot side dish ingredients, these vinegar, garlic, herbs, or Castle drinks and table games, is two powerhouse vegetables similar products. 7. An Anti-aging Plant with It is the place for reenergizing, open to visitors. Luncheon contain more beta-carotene a Proven 5000-year-old and since you spend roughly 4. Sprinkle Oats on Your treats include soups, pastas, and Vitamin C than do Track Record one third of your life sleeping, Food salads, and breads from the carrots, more protein than Korean ginseng may be the bedroom is the most Oat bran, the oat’s hotel’s own bakery corner. wheat and rice, and more the world’s best-known important room in your outer layer, offers rich The lobby piano bar will fiber than oat bran. They medicinal herb. It is in popular house. Ideally, it should be concentrations of soluble feature live music during the also are rich in DHEA use to enhance energy and far away from the entrance fiber, which help trap evening, as well as various (dehydroepiandrosterone), strengthen immunity, and and from the street, in the cholesterol and remove it enjoyable shows by the in- a precursor hormone has been used medicinally quietest area of your home, Istockphoto quickly via the intestines. house entertainment staff. produced by the body’s in China for more than where human traffic is For further details and for adrenal glands. The body uses five millennia. Ginseng is minimal. Minimalist design booking: Tel: *3993 (from DHEA to make androgens 5. A Liquid for Longevity worth its weight in gold in is also important, and it is any telephone in Israel) and estrogens, the male and “The world started from China, probably because recommended not to clutter www.crowneplaza-il.com female sex hormones, which water,” the Greek Philosopher the Chinese attribute to it with a TV set or computer. 24 Crowne Magazine Crowne Magazine 25
  10. 10. Holiday Inn: With 3413 properties and more than 100 million overnights annually,an International Holiday Inn is one of the world’s largest chains of hotels.Success Story It all began when Kemmons Memphis, on 1 August 1952. four additional hotels on the Wilson set out on a road The name was suggested by road leading to Memphis.The trip with his family, from his architect, Eddie Bluestein, chain expanded dramatically Memphis, Tennessee, to as a joke, in reference to the in 1957 by signing franchise Washington D.C., and he Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire agreements with properties found the roadside motels movie. all across the United States, he encountered to be together with a policy of The initial hotel was a unacceptable. He decided strict adherence to uniform success, and Wilson hooked to take matters in hand, and standards of cleanliness, up with investor Wallace he opened his first hotel in service and access to main Johnson in order to develop Crowne Magazine 27
  11. 11. transportation arteries. It been placed were published Holiday Inn Ashkelon - took no more than two on Facebook, and people a Local Vacation with an International Feel years for the 100th hotel to using the social media to It begins with the location: just a 40-minute drive from Tel Aviv. bear the Holiday Inn logo; leave messages about the The hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean by 1960, it had become an competition were eligible to Sea, the promenade and the marina, and thanks to its brilliant international brand; and in win some wonderful prizes, architectural design, unique views of the sea can be had from 1972, when Wilson was from one-night stays at a every one of its spacious guest rooms, which can sleep a family chosen as Time magazine’s specific hotel, to weeklong with two children, easily. Man of the Year, more than family holidays at any 1400 hotels all over the Holiday Inn destination. Everything is in place for an ideal vacation: lawns; a large swimming world had become part pool; a nearby beach; a spa and fitness room; children’s and youth of the chain. Nowadays, The Green Transformation club; an abundance of all types of food that kids also love, and a Holiday Inn is part of IHG, All Holiday Inn properties all variety of attractions in the vicinity. the world’s largest hotel over the world underwent chain, with more than 4600 an international revolution As a member of the international Holiday Inn chain, the Holiday properties. not long ago, and new Inn Ashkelon was rebranded not long ago, in keeping with the parameters included a chain’s worldwide revolution. Many areas of the hotel have Happy Birthday renewed emphasis on been upgraded, based on the chain’s strict new standards - the To mark the celebration uniform standards. As a business lounge, guest rooms, lobby and dining room, as well as of its 60th anniversary, result, Holiday Inn hotels the external grounds. the Holiday Inn chain hid now bear a similar look: $50,000 in diamonds in logo; lighting; furniture; music hotel rooms selected at in public areas; renovated random, and guests staying guest rooms outfitted and at Holiday Inn properties adapted to the international in the U.K., Spain, Germany, chain’s stringent demands. France, Belgium, Holland, That is why guests, no Turkey and Russia won the matter which Holiday Inn right to discover diamonds hotel they visit, in Vienna, weighing two carats and San Francisco or Ashkelon, more under their pillows. feel they have returned to Clues and riddles as to the very same home. where the diamonds had28 Crowne Magazine
  12. 12. Happiness, with a capital J Kim Kardashian Kylie Minogue Britney Spears Rounding Out Kate Winslet By Natalie Silver After having denied they’re an item, claimed they were no more than friends, and were inseparable, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting. West broke the news at one of his concerts, when he yelled out to the crowd to congratulate his “baby mom” and brought Kim out on stage. Could be that Penelope and Mason, the two young scions of Third Time’s a Charm the Kardashian clan, put British actress Kate Winslet (37), tied the knot for the third time, her in the right mood. and the groom was Ned Rocknroll, her partner these past 18 months. It took place in New York, at a private, unannounced ceremony, with only a few close friends in attendance, along with Winslet’s two children from her two previous marriages. And who gave her away? Close friend Leonardo DiCaprio, her Oops. Did it Again “Titanic” co-star. Singer Britney Spears just finished shooting “X-Factor” with Simon Cowell, where Gossip Girl she served as a judge on the panel, only to start something new… with rumors flying that the father of her eldest son was not the man who had been her partner and husband when The Heir Adi Ezra the child was born, but his Adi Ezra, a charming and brother, with whom she rich businessman, can add had been carrying on at theCrowne Plaza Jerusalem invites you Angelina Jolie one more feather to his cap - boyfriend to Israeli same time. Confused? So are we. By the way, according toto enjoy top class hospitality and a Getting Tattooed supermodel Bar Refaeli. reports, life in general is not Quite an accomplishment,magnificent view to one of the worlds Angelina Jolie was married some time ago to Billy filling the very large shoes of smiling down on Spears. Not only is it uncertain that shemost prized metropolitan jewels. Bob Thornton, and they her ex, Leonardo DiCaprio. will continue with X-Factor even made twin tattoos. for another season, she mayFree shuttle to the city center She plans to repeat it with also begin the new year current husband and long- without her partner Jasonat Crowne Plaza Jerusalem time partner Brad Pitt: a Trawick, who has been heard tattooed ring immortalizing talking about separation.Crowne Plaza Israel: Tel Aviv City Center Tel Aviv Jerusalem Haifa Eilat Dead Sea Holiday Inn Ashkelon their love. Look us up atContact your travel agent for more details, or call: Crowne Magazine 31Tel: +972-3-5390808 Fax: +972-3-7602035 www.crowneplaza-il.com
  13. 13. Miley Cyrus Jessica Simpson Jennifer Aniston Expecting Again Having Fun Only seven months have At the same time her ex passed since actress/singer was planning a wedding with Jessica Simpson gave birth to another woman, Jennifer her first daughter, Maxwell Aniston (43) packed up her Drew Johnson, and she is fiancé, actor Justin Theroux, already tweeting photos of to spend some warm quality Tom Cruise herself in early pregnancy time together this Christmas - bare midriff and without and New Year in Mexico. Going Wild make-up - to the whole Actor Tom Cruise (50) must really like being single. It’s a fact: he has world. been spotted enjoying himself at all types of events and clubs, and on dates, and one report speaks of a new girlfriend by the name of Cynthia George. They have been seen together on the streets of New York and at a city nightclub, where they danced together wildly and sensually. Wonder whether ex Katie Holmes knows about any of this. Rihanna Baby Boom “Homeland” star, actress Claire Danes (33), and her partner, the actor Hugh Dancy, have received the ideal New Year’s present. Danes gave birth to their first child, Cyril Michael Christopher, just before Christmas, and the parents have been seen strolling with the new addition Comeback to their family along the Matthew McConaughey It seems that she is incapable streets of Manhattan, dressed for winter from Third on the List of learning from her mistakes, top to toe. Mazal Tov to actor Matthew or maybe it’s just that love is McConaughey and wife too fierce and strong. There Camila Alves. The parents are no other ways to explain of Levi (4) and Vida (2) Rihanna’s tete-a-tete trysts have announced the birth with Chris Brown. The two this past September of their were seen closer than ever third child, Livingstone Elvis. this Christmas as they took in a Los Angeles Lakers game. Claire Danes32 Crowne Magazine Crowne Magazine 33
  14. 14. Eilat on Ice Close your eyes for a moment and imagine an ice cool holiday in Eilat, Israel’s eternal summer destination: an Olympic-size ice-skating rink complemented by anBy Meirav Levi Deyamant igloo, covered amusement park for the children, seven- dimension movie theater, a gallery featuring Oriental works of art and - if this weren’t enough - a huge shopping compound. Now open your eyes and go visit the Ice Park & Mall, the city’s new entertainment, fun and attractions center, the only one of its kind in Israel and the entire Middle East.There’s something original and exciting in Eilat; no wonder Dubai is showing interest! It’s quite out of the ordinary, family and every budget. developing an ice skating rink Well-designed shops selling in the hottest city in Israel. brand-name fashion, toy Introducing the Ice Park & stores, food counters, shoe Mall, a cool and sparkling shops, and even opticians can gem of an attraction in the be found, along with chains heart of the desert. offering goods at appealingly discounted prices. And this is The ideal combination of aside from all the enjoyable entertainment, attractions and entertaining attractions, and shopping draws people guaranteed not to leave you of all ages to the new indifferent. rink and mall, a unique architectural masterpiece. The 18,000 m² Olympic- the Ice Rink & Mall will The seven-dimension movie handicrafts, and Oriental Future plans call for the park size ice skating rink, situated bring this image to life for theater, which works on all taste delights. It’s a great place to be open evenings as well, There’s no missing the in the compound’s center, both adults and children. the bodily senses, has been to spend a few hours. with pubs, and clubs that will immense landmark dome of is the perfect place to fulfill Babylon Park, yet another designed for people of every “Eilat is crying out for new remain open until the wee the mall, which offers a mix an ice skating fantasy. Mall fun area, is Israel’s largest age. A movie is screened in attractions,” explains Haim hours. So if you happen to of the joy of shopping and visitors are invited to enjoy covered and air-conditioned 3-D, to the accompaniment Accad-Cohen, general be in Eilat, don’t miss Israel’s the attractions themselves, a professional ice skating amusement park, covering of moving seats, winds manager of the Ice Park & most talked-about attraction some of which cannot be show every day at a set about 1200 m², with 100 of blowing, the senses of flying Mall. “Our compound offers a - a fun experience from seen anywhere else in the time, performed by a 16- the world’s most innovative and falling, spraying water, complex of attractions never another dimension. country. There are 150 man skating ensemble that game machines, simulators, aromas, and many surprises. before seen in our region, shops and stalls on the was brought especially to amusement park rides, a Adults are sure to have fun at all under a single roof, in this Special benefit for Crowne premises. The main shopping Eilat from abroad. huge maze and a range of the Ice Park & Mall’s Oriental amazing building.” And when Plaza Eilat guests: 50% boulevard, with more than new bumper cars. A games Art Gallery - 49 small shops Haim, a veteran hotelier, discount on ice skating, 10,000 m² of commercial Another Snow Attraction area for very young children that invite you to enter a speaks of his new “baby,” his valid to mid March 2013. space, is the longest in Israel, If you have fond memories features especially innovative world of ethnic culture and eyes gleam, and no wonder. offering a variety of shopping of snowflake crystal balls, activities. art.Take in the rich mixture of Such attractions do not open options suitable for the entire the Igloo attraction at aromas, tastes, spices, jewelry, up in Eilat every day. 34 Crowne Magazine Crowne Magazine 35
  15. 15. Warm Eilat Winter: Enjoying the Best of All Worlds Winter never stays long while adults are sure to in Eilat - if at all, and the take pleasure in the evening winter weather in Israel’s shows staged by the in- southernmost city is just house entertainment team. perfect for a relaxing and The food is delicious and tranquil hotel vacation varied, the fitness room enhanced by all the features the latest in attractions outside. workout equipment, the pool is wonderful, and The Crowne Plaza Eilat Internet connectivity is free is situated in a wonderful of charge. location - on the promenade, opposite the magnificent An hour-long massage at lagoon landscape, and a the hotel’s Prana Spa will short walk away from the Ice complete your enjoyable Park & Mall and all of Eilat’s holiday experience. The other attractions. The hotel, professional staff will show with 266 spacious rooms, is you the spa’s rich menu of especially suited for family treatments, carried out in holidays, and two children coddling rooms. The hotel can be accommodated in staff will be pleased to offer their parents’ room. The wholehearted personal, Freckles Club, designed professional service and will for children, offers a wide direct you to all the tourist range of exciting activities, attractions and touring workshops, and movies, routes in and around Eilat.36 Crowne Magazine
  16. 16. A Palace of a Hotel Nature is the star player reaches a small nature at the hotel, located in reserve where rare horsetail the “Land of Streams.” plants bloom. The blue of the sky, the trickling water and greenery The open spaces of the all around, serve as the hotel enable children to ideal background for the wander freely throughout Emir Faour, the Ottoman ruler of the Northern Hula Valley and the hotel’s rooms. Some of the the property, and even visit Golan Heights, owned a magnificent winter palace with views to accommodation units are the petting zoo adjacent the snow-covered Golan Hills and Mt. Hermon. Many years passed, situated along a tributary to Nahal Dan. A sports of Nahal (river) Koren; the complex also is located and its frame served as the basis for the development of the Hagoshrim snow-covered Golan Hills there with two swimming Kibbutz & Resort Hotel, one of Israel’s most pastoral properties. and Mt. Hermon are visible pools - one heated and from others, while the covered, the other outdoors Naphtali Hills plateau and - a well-equipped fitness the Hula Valley can be seen room, sauna, and a spa from some of the rooms. compound offering a menu of diverse treatments. Small streams and picturesque brooks traverse A number of Israel’s loveliest the grounds of the hotel tourism sites are just a short Nature in Room Service and the kibbutz on which drive from the hotel - Lake The Hagoshrim Hotel it stands, enhancing the Hula, Mt. Hermon, and the features 206 rooms ambience of this enchanting Banias Nature Reserve - separated into three wings. natural gem. Just step out and x-treme aficionados will The Country wing comprises of your room and you enjoy a variety of activities one-storey rustic country will be in the “Valley of in the area, including jeep units for the most part; the the Disappearing River,” tours, ATVs and cycling Classic wing consists of well- where you can set out on a routes, as well as kayak equipped, pampering hotel circular pastoral hiking tour rafting (where guests receive rooms; the new Boutique suitable for the entire family, a set discount). wing is for adults only and which follows the route includes amazingly designed of Nahal Koren, passing “Muse in Nature” programs spacious romantic rooms. among bulrushes and poplar take place weekends at Guests in this wing enjoy trees, through magical the hotel throughout the free access to the upgraded waterfalls and along small year, with the added value business lounge featuring wooden bridges. A turbine of activities, workshops, unhampered vistas from its to generate electricity and lectures and tours of local windows, as well as a free an early flourmill stand sites, all at no extra charge. open buffet, quality coffee, alongside the path, which magazines, newspapers and a pleasant atmosphere. Special offer for our readers: 10% reduction on room rate and 2 glasses of wine, when booking dinner for two.38 Crowne Magazine Crowne Magazine 39

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