[Stephanie Holmes at the Efendi Hotel’s roof top bar, in Acre, Israel]

Stephanie Holmes’ best travel of 2017

Stephanie Holmes has had a remarkable year in Travel, travelling to various locations in 10 countries, as well as many New Zealand weekends away. Here are her top picks from a year on the road … and in the air.

Best hotel: Efendi, Acre, Israel

Two ancient houses were reconstructed and merged over a period of eight years, restoring original features such as colourful ceiling frescoes and a 400-year-old Turkish bath. Think natural light-filled, rooms with high ceilings and views of the Mediterranean ocean and nearby mosques. Calls to prayer float on the breeze as you watch the sunset from the rooftop bar. Absolute perfection.

[Read the full article on the NZ Herald here.]