In the heart of Istanbul’s luxury shopping district, yet also secluded in historical gardens, Swissotel The Bosphorus offers five-star, state-of-the-art accommodation. Awarded as The European Luxury Hotel 2013 by World Luxury Hotel Awards, the hotel continues to raise the bar under the guidance of renowned architect Khuan Chew (think Burj Al Arab, Dubai). All guests now stay in the fully renovated West Wing, many with amazing Bosphorus views. There’s a spacious, award-winning spa offering holistic treatments, a fitness centre with personal trainers, sports classes such as pool biking (yes, pool biking), plus a jogging track in the hotel grounds. Babysitting services are available for families but if your child loves the water, note that the outdoor pool is under renovation, most likely until 2016. Working guests will appreciate the business centre with rooms available for private meetings and functions.


Maçka is a leafy upmarket district of Istanbul that overlooks a park of the same name. It blends into neighbouring Nisantasi and is home to high-end fashion brands such as Hermès and Armani, both of which have unique emporiums here. There is also a plethora of local brands, boutiques, galleries, cafés and restaurants to explore.

Bayıldım Cd. No:2, 34357 Maçka / Beşiktaş/İstanbul

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