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See the World Inside a Romantic Rail Car With These 6 Luxury Train Tours

May 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s no secret around here that our Executive Editor has a crush extreme love of travel-by-train excursions. Maybe it’s the slow-paced life inside the richly decorated, wood-paneled rail cars, or the hours of conversations you’re afforded with other passengers as you pass through beautiful countrysides, either way, there really is something very romantic about locomotive travel today. 

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Sumahan on the Water: A 19th Century Alcohol Factory Transformed

Jun 5, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Transformed from a family heirloom — an alcohol factory owned by the mid-nineteenth century Ottoman family — Sumahan on the Water is a rare hotel on the very edge of the Bosphorus Straits in Istanbul. The Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean surround the family-owned property and offer picturesque landscapes to hotel guests.... Read More

Modernity of French Luxury in Istanbul at Festival Colbert

Jan 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Rana Babac

Today marks the end of the first Festival Colbert in Istanbul during which twenty-six companies of the prestigious Comité Colbert of France presented their own take on modernity to the public.... Read More

The Bentley Hotel Istanbul Gets a Makeover

Dec 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Bentley Hotel, a product of architects Piero Lissoni and Nicoletta Canesi’s creative inspiration, has undergone a complete refurbishment, revitalizing the cool, sleek design that has established it as a meeting point for local and international trendsetters. The Bentley Hotel is representative of Istanbul’s unique location between Europe and Asia, and the revamp has given the hotel a new ambiance while retaining the cool, minimalist appeal achieved by Lissoni and Canesi’s design. As part of the renovation, each room has been given a fresh look, including a new twin-bed option, perfect for friends visiting for a weekend trip to explore all the city has to offer.... Read More

Travel to Turkey to Live Like a Sultan at The Four Seasons Istanbul

Nov 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Located in Sultanahmet, The Four Seasons Istanbul was originally an Ottoman Empire prison. Used to detain political prisoners, including famous Turkish poet and communist revolutionary Nazim Hikmet, the neoclassically designed jail was converted into a luxury hotel in 1996. Nestled in the heart of Istanbul’s "Old City," the building is only a stroll away from grand historical attractions like the 17th century Blue Mosque or the 6th century St. Sophia. The former penitentiary now houses 65 opulent guest rooms and suites run by over 200 dedicated multilingual staff.... Read More

Istanbul Tourists Get Five Star Hotel

Nov 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Michael Pearse

The new Hilton in Istanbul, set to open in the summer of 2013, will give travelers to the must-go tourist city the opportunity to relax in style with 829 rooms at the heart of the Sisli district. Dubbed the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center, the impressive building is expected to be a rewarding enterprise.... Read More

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

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