Tel Aviv Bookend Stays: Melody Hotel and Nina Cafe Suites Hotel
Just minutes from the front door of the Melody Hotel, pictured above, two brides walk the shoreline. White dresses trail the fine sand beach, but with the glint of the setting sun on the teal blue Mediterranean sea, it takes a few moments for the scene to register. Plus, they are holding hands.
Then it hits: the “brides” are actually men.
“Cut” is yelled, and I turn to find a gaggle of gay men sporting cameras and make-up brushes; I’ve busted in on the filming of a commercial, an advertisement for Tel Aviv gay life.
Still, it’s Tel Aviv – meaning no one blinks an eye at the men in drag. Just a five minute walk from the Melody, this is the unofficial “gay” beach, but only yards to the right is the “dog” beach and just around the curve of the picture-perfect bay is the a sex-segregated Orthodox swimming zone. Here, on alternate days, men and women dip just out of the public eye.