New Sky Suites at Gezi Hotel Bosphorus

Nov 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Amongst the newest additions to the trendy Taksim Square area of Istanbul is the Gezi Hotel Bosphorus, Design Hotels™. Next month four new sky suites will open at the hotel, giving guests a view of the Bosphorus from bed to bath. Each suite features Jacuzzi tubs and private balconies for guests to take in the scenery of Istanbul, the bridge to the Orient. The sleekly modern design fits in well with the surrounding neighborhood and offers not only elegant furnishings and appointments but also the hotel restaurant, G’nova, filled with Mediterranean cuisine, modern Turkish dishes and creative cocktails. In the spa, experience signature spa treatments and check out the state of the art fitness center.... Read More

Design Hotels Welcomes Six New Member Hotels

Sep 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Design Hotels has added six new properties to the collection, adding up to a total of 25 properties. The new properties are located in cities including London, Paris, Buenos Aires and Istanbul as well as in stunning landscapes on Portugal’s Northwestern coast of Caminha and the remote Swedish island of Gotland. “As the collection of Design Hotels™ properties evolves each year, we look beyond their bricks and mortar to the actual experiences that they open up. Each hotel is colored with the passion of its owner, be it cuisine, art or regional wines. These facets add rich layers to the discovery of new and familiar places,” says Claus Sendlinger, CEO of Design Hotels™.... Read More

Luxury Hotels Around the World Feature Stunning Design Elements

Apr 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza  |  1 Comment

With all of the innovative and luxurious hotel properties out there it’s hard to choose the best, but we have rounded up a few of our latest favorites. These picks feature some of the coolest amenities, breathtaking locations, as well as stunning architecture and design elements. Take a look below to see a few of the world’s most amazing hotels and top getaways.... Read More

Victoria's Secret to Open Two Stores in Istanbul by Year's End

Nov 9, 2011  |   Contributor: Rana Babac

Million dollar bras; women who make the goddesses themselves jealous; the most awaited fashion show in the world; glamour, glitter and gossip. In Turkey, especially in the last six to seven years, it has been a New Year’s tradition to watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after midnight. Over time Victoria’s Secret angels slowly but surely replaced the popular belly dancer performances that people used to watch on New Year’s Eve.... Read More

GQ Magazine Will Open Their First Bar in Istanbul Next Year

Sep 27, 2011  |   Contributor: Rana Babac

GQ— a premier men’s magazine for over 50 years— has been providing coverage of men's style and culture with its unique and powerful design, talented photographers, and award-winning writers. In March 2012 GQ is to debut in Turkey, but according to Women’s Wear Daily Condé Nast has bigger plans for its popular title.... Read More

Paris Hilton Launches Her Shoe Line in Istanbul

Sep 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Rana Babac

Paris Hilton touched down at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport at about 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday where she was welcomed by her "Istanbullu" fans. "I am very excited about being back in Istanbul, it is a very beautiful city. I missed the Bosphorus Tour in Istanbul and her night clubs," Hilton told reporters minutes after she arrived from London.... Read More

Istanbul Fashion Week 2011

Sep 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Rana Babac  |  1 Comment

The fifth Istanbul Fashion Week (IFW) started Wednesday and lasted four days with a total of 22 invitation-only runway shows for 22 different designers and five brands. The budget for the whole event - supported by the Istanbul and Beyoðlu municipalities - was approximately 1 million euros.... Read More

Street Art Exhibition 'Stars of Istanbul' Launches to Benefit UNICEF Turkey

Sep 9, 2011  |   Contributor: Rana Babac  |  6 Comments

‘Stars of Istanbul’ is the biggest multi-purpose outdoor arts event to be held in Istanbul for the benefit of UNICEF Turkey. The three-dimensional graphic- and artistic- renderings, inspired by the culture and the history of the city dating back thousands of years, will be displayed on top of giant star-shaped sculptures throughout this autumn. Bringing together the international business world and creative industry, the project draws attention to the ‘Brighter Future for Children’ movement.... Read More

The Famed "Orient Express" Arrives in Istanbul

Sep 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Rana Babac

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express— aka The "Orient Express"— departed from Paris on Sept. 2, 2011, and has arrived in Istanbul on Wednesday through Budapest, Bucharest and Varna with its 97 passengers from 31 different countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, US, France and Italy.... Read More

Amanresorts to Open Amanruya On Turkey's Aegean Coast

Jun 29, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Amanresorts has announced the opening of its latest luxury property, Amanruya, in a quiet valley on Turkey's Bodrum Peninsula overlooking the Aegean Sea.... Read More

Pera Palace Hotel: Historic Istanbul Landmark

Jun 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Rana Babac

King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, Emperor Franz Joseph, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Sarah Bernhardt, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have strolled through the halls of this iconic hotel. Being the prominent symbol of Istanbul's urban culture for over a century, Pera Palace has always been the heart of cosmopolitan Istanbul, bringing together neo-classical, art nouveau and oriental styles in an elegant mix.... Read More

Bosphorus' Anjelique Restaurant Celebrates the Summer Season

Apr 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Rana Babac

Without a doubt, Bosphorus is the source of life in Istanbul. Depending on the time of the day and season of the year, its beautiful deep blue waters are sure to gravitate you to the colourful life that surrounds its European and Asian shores alike. That being said, summers by the Bosphorus are simply special.... Read More

A Michelin Star Arrives in Istanbul

Apr 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Rana Babac

A gazillion different tones of star dust spread over seven hills, cut through by the crystal waters of the Bosphorus. The reflection of the city on the water doubles its glitter. It goes without saying: Istanbul is astonishingly beautiful. However, for a while now, the city has been missing one star in her skies - a Michelin star.... Read More

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Istanbul, Macka Palas

May 10, 2010  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

Hotel Review: Istanbul is nothing, if not a city of contradictions. Situated where Asia meets Europe, it's a collection of ancient mosques and modern museums, old world customs and 21st century mores.... Read More

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