Istanbul, Turkey, was always one of Europe’s most attractive cities, and throughout its history has represented the cultural convergence between East and West. For millennia, merchants, explorers and businessmen have marveled at its eclectic beauty and contributed to its growth until it became the most populous city in the continent, with a population of around 15 million.
This dream city, described by travelers as “one of the most beautiful in the world,” boasts, since 2014, an oasis of luxury and relaxation in the center of its busy business district. We are talking about the new Raffles Istanbul, which since its opening has attracted the attention of locals and foreigners alike for its exquisite decor, excellent cuisine and its main attraction: unique spa services.
The central theme of the decoration of the Raffles Istanbul spa is the constant flow of water. Its outdoor pool offers spectacular panoramic views of the stunning Bosphorus Strait. On the other hand, the light fixtures of the indoor pool are shaped like waterdrops and create an atmosphere of aquatic relaxation. More on beauty and wellness.
The spa’s amenities also include dry and wet sauna, Turkish baths, tropical rain showers as well as Pilates and yoga studios, fitness and beauty salons. In total, the spa boasts 32,000 square feet specially designed to provide the highest level of services in an atmosphere of classic but modern luxury.
Among the exquisitely decorated 136 rooms and 49 suites, one can only marvel at the Raffles suite, a stunning 4,500 square-feet apartment with two bedrooms, en suite bathrooms, living room, private bureau, entertainment room, gym, locker rooms and a central dining area. As if all that were not enough, the suite also has a private 925-foot terrace with panoramic city views, a fireplace and private chef. The privileged guests can opt for helicopter transfers from and to the hotel. Undoubtedly, the service is truly exceptional.
Two upscale restaurants serve first rate cuisine, and there are five bars to relax and enjoy the most delicious libations in finely decorated rooms. The Rocca restaurant prepares an exciting range of Mediterranean dishes with clear Turkish influences. Arola is the restaurant run by chef Sergi Arola Gastro, whose venue in Madrid has two Michelin stars. Arola offers a distinctive menu of Spanish tapas, perfect for sharing with friends or family.
The Raffles Istanbul hotel is a contemporary oasis where luxury, modern design, attentive service and relaxed comfort are the protagonists. ■