The Istanbul EDITION: exquisitely designed luxury hotel in Istanbul

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Top Turkish hammams in Istanbul

If you are in Istanbul, you must pay a visit to a Turkish hammam (a traditional Turkish bath). A Turkish bath is exactly the perfect thing to do after a tiring day of sightseeing. This tradition has been passed down from the Romans to the Byzantines to the Turks. The Islamic emphasis on personal cleanliness and purification […]

Top restaurants serving Turkish cuisine in Istanbul

One of the greatest pleasures of visiting Istanbul is eating Turkish food. Turkish cuisine ranks among the top five in the world because of the variety of ingredients used in their dishes, the inventiveness of the way they are prepared, the exquisite and unusual mix of flavours, and the artistry of their presentation. The origins of […]

Pera Palace Hotel celebrates history and grandeur in Istanbul

Few hotels in the world can match the Pera Palace in Istanbul for its history and grandeur. Opened for the first time in 1895 to accommodate passengers on the Orient Express, the hotel received guests such as Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey; Greta Garbo (who reportedly stayed for 21 days); and Agatha Christie, who […]

The House Hotel Nisantasi: luxury design boutique hotel in Istanbul

If you are looking for a boutique hotel in Istanbul, check out The House Hotel Nisantasi, located in Nisantasi, the most upscale neighborhood of the city, where you will find excellent restaurants and fancy designer shops. This neighborhood is the city’s “see-and-be-seen” hangout with lively bars and restaurants featuring beautiful young things dressed in impossibly […]

Ajia Hotel: luxury boutique hotel in Istanbul

If you are going to Istanbul and want to stay in a historic luxurious hotel, check out the A’jia Hotel, right on the shores of the Bosphorus. Located in a restored 1870s Ottoman mansion, the hotel has only 16 rooms (six of which are suites), with stunning views across water. The suites are range in […]

Guide to the best hidden boutique hotels around the world

Here’s a list of some of my favorite hidden boutique hotels. They’re not all in remote locations. Some are in cities such as Amsterdam, but the hotels are distinctive and quirky, definitely not boring and standard. Hill Lodge: tropical hideaway in Chiang Mai, Thailand If your idea of a holiday in Thailand does not include […]