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Sirene Belek Hotel given €2M refurbishment

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The Turkish Sirene Belek Hotel has announced  a major €2million refurbishment…

As part of an on-going investment programme, Sirene Belek Hotel in Turkey has announced an extensive renovation that will include all 233 Standard Junior Suites in the main building of hotel being given a modernised and fresh new look.

Each guestroom – which measure from 47 to 95sqm – is being redecorated and equipped with an array of new furnishings including top-of-the-range beds as part of the upgrade but disruption will be kept to a minimum, with the work due to be completed before February 1.

One of two five-star all-inclusive hotels at PGA National Turkey Antalya Golf Club – one of Europe’s premier golf resorts – the 442-room Sirene Belek boasts an array of outstanding sports and leisure facilities including the resort’s two world-class 18-hole golf courses.

The Pasha, which was also designed by David Jones in association with European Golf Design, is wider and more inviting as it meanders through a mixture of towering pine trees and woodland.

Alongside the Kempinski Hotel The Dome, the Sirene Belek Hotel is one of two five-star hotels at PGA National Turkey, with both offering access to a variety of five-star golf, sports and lifestyle experiences.

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New design hotel opens as tranquil retreat above bustling city of Istanbul

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Autograph Collection Hotels has welcomed Sofa Hotel Istanbul to its portfolio of boutique design-led hotels… 

Challenging the design of existing hotels in the area, the newly opened Sofa Hotel Istanbul is a chic retreat situated in the historical heart of Turkey. Boasting contemporary interiors and a private collection of thoughtfully curated artwork, the 82-key hotel evokes its enviable location in the heart of Istanbul’s chic shopping district, Nişantaşı. The boutique property joins Autograph Collection Hotels’ unique portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels around the world that share the brand’s values of vision, design and craft.

“As Autograph Collection Hotels’ first property in Turkey, Sofa Hotel Istanbul proudly exemplifies our commitment to providing guests with exactly like nothing else experiences,” said John Licence, VP Premium & Select Brands Europe at Marriott International.” As the official sponsor of Istanbul’s Contemporary Art Fair, Sofa Hotel celebrates the city’s art scene, showcasing the works of local and international artists throughout the building for guests to enjoy.”

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Designed by renowned Turkish architect, Hakan Kiran, the hotel’s interiors are tranquil and relaxing, offering a contrast to the city’s bustling streets. Sleek lines, custom-designed furniture, bespoke artwork and modern light fittings complete the 82 guestrooms, which are decorated in grey tones with splashes of deep red, mustard and copper throughout. Five suites and a selection of terrace rooms with private balconies offer more space as well as stunning city views. Each guestroom offers a large marble bathroom with standing shower and luxurious separate bathtub.

Alongside bespoke pieces of artwork throughout the hotel reception rooms and guestrooms, Sofa Hotel hosts Turkey’s leading annual art fair, Contemporary Istanbul. Now in its 13th year, the prestigious art fair in September offers a platform for the city’s thriving art scene, as well as access to the best contemporary art from the wider region. As part of a permanent exhibition, the hotel also offers art-enthusiasts the opportunity to view exclusive works by celebrated Turkish artist, Ekrem Yalçındağ during their stay, truly showcasing Sofa hotels support of the art world and commitment to its ‘mark of craft’ celebrating the hotels individuality.

Located on the first floor, Sofie Restaurant is a 24/7 hotspot providing gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Highly acclaimed Frankie Istanbul, one of Istanbul’s hottest rooftop destinations, offers an elegant and energetic ambiance alongside a unique fusion menu of innovative Mediterranean dishes and local cuisine. Guests can also soak up spectacular views of the city at the stylish bar and lounge area, and enjoy the impressive wine list on offer.

For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the Green Spa is an oasis of wellbeing and tranquility utilising the latest Asian and European wellness therapies. Spa-goers can chose from an array of body and beauty care, from Indian healing massages to hot stone therapy and traditional Turkish Hammams. The signature treatment – the ‘Sultans Special’ – is a traditional Turkish scrub that originates from the Ottoman era. As well as personalised treatments, guests can revive in the relaxation pool, Jacuzzi and luxurious Turkish bath.

Meetings and events are expertly catered for in the hotel’s two meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology. A flexible area for bespoke events, 300 people can be accommodated throughout the meeting space.

The Bodrum EDITION opens to lay down a new kind of luxury on the Turkish coast

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Signifying a new energy for Bodrum, the new EDITION hotel is said to redefine luxury for a new kind of resort….

From the next chapter in the growing EDITION legacy comes Ian Schrager’s visionary concept: The Bodrum EDITION. Schrager, in partnership with Marriott International, redefines the contemporary luxury hotel experience with his expanding global influence.

Once an ancient city known as Halicarnassus of Caria, Bodrum was famous as the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and is now home to the latest hotel in the fast-growing EDITION brand. Today, on the West side of the peninsula, in Yalıkavak Marina, The Bodrum EDITION is tucked into a wind-sheltered cove, bringing with it a new wonder to the modern incarnation of the historic region.

Bringing a new energy to the area, Schrager is responsible the concept, programming and creative direction of The Bodrum EDITION, an Aegean utopia within the Yalikavak bay. Born for the world stage, the hotel is a natural Amphitheatre acting as a venue for 21st century recreation, socialising, and networking with an unparalleled vista overlooking the azure waters of the Turkish Riviera.

In keeping with the EDITION philosophy, 102-key hotel redefines the hospitality landscape in Bodrum bringing a new lease on outdated luxury by balancing sophisticated design and personalised, attentive service with one-of-a-kind food, beverage and entertainment offerings reflecting the best of the cultural and social milieu of its location. The brand’s enhanced approach to high-end travel informs the hotel’s extraordinary service which offers all the personalised attention one might want in a luxury hotel, but in a friendly, unpretentious, and current manner, with superb training and efficiency, without the gold epaulettes or obsequious formalities.

Set within 22,000 sq metres (72,200 sq feet), the property highlights a balance of contrasts, where classical elements meet cutting-edge culture, simplicity conveys sophistication, and skilled design amplifies the natural beauty. In keeping with EDITION’s customised, individual approach, The Bodrum EDITION draws inspiration from local influences and native natural resources yet infuses each space with surprising, ultra-modern twists. The landscape, conjured as a Mediterranean oasis, reflects the peninsula’s indigenous flora and fauna. Native olive trees that are so significant to the Turkish landscape as well as local stone have been used throughout the resort to create a sustainable and captivating scene, in keeping with its natural environment. The jewel in The Bodrum EDITION’s crown and its most significant characteristic is the magnificent white beach, spread out below the property and leading into the irresistible turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea.

The grounds begin at the highest altitude of the property, where the hotel’s open reception area sits. Its contemporary glass atrium frames the stunning view over the bay that receives guests upon arrival. Filled with a variety of comfortable seating groupings and intimate lounging areas, the lobby embodies EDITION’s next-generation spirit, a place where the lines between work and play, socialising and networking, begin to blur.

It’s an international ethos with a local product: a more comfortable stay, and an elevated experience

As the horseshoe-shaped grounds slope downward towards the beach and jetty with its private cabanas, the pathways and leisure areas are interspersed by the hotel’s 102 guest rooms, bungalows with private pools and sublime four bedroom private villa with pool. Between these are the lounge bars, and cocktail areas, as well as the hotel’s two signature restaurants by the pioneering Peruvian chef Diego Munoz, formerly of the world’s most celebrated restaurants, El Bulli and Mugaritz. For the socially inclined, Discetto, the night club at The Bodrum EDITION, plays host to local late night revelry with live music, DJs, celebrated EDITION cocktail mixology and superior bar and lounge areas. For private events and business travellers, the hotel offers 1,200 square meters (4,000 sq feet) of both indoor and outdoor meeting and event space including meeting studios, a ballroom for events, parties, and weddings. Finally, at the base of the resort lays an infinity pool which ends at the sea overlooking the magnificent curve of the peninsula.

Destined to be Bodrum’s premium gathering place for sophisticated guests, the hotel’s 100-metre (350 feet) long beach area plays host to one of the main social hubs of the resort, with its casual-cool beach bar and club welcoming resident guests to lounge in the private cabanas as well as yacht-transported visitors from the nearby Greek islands, just a 50-minute sail away. Here, every aspect of the traditional beach hotel has been re-imagined for the needs and desires of a new generation, and every thought given to enhancing a guest’s stay. At Beach Bar, a menu that lends itself to relaxed, al fresco dining offers dishes celebrating the biodiversity of the local environment such as ceviche and a variety of “Pide” (flatbread) served from a traditional outdoor brick oven. Matched with aperitifs and elevated cocktails, Beach Bar is the perfect setting to refresh after soaking in the sun.

Every luxury hotel, of course, is ultimately judged by its guestrooms and its service

Throughout the property, specialty restaurants celebrate culinary innovation and creative design. The largest of these, KITCHEN, is inspired by the relaxed lifestyle of the Balinese and Hawaiian coasts, offering an all-day brunch menu focussed on health and wellness. Meanwhile, BRAVA offers an edgy and sumptuous family-style menu.

In addition to the hotel’s seamlessly designed infinity pool, garden lounge, and beach-to-table, come-as-you-are laidback restaurants and bars, The Bodrum EDITION houses a unique, state-of-the art spa facility complete with Turkish Hammam, salt treatment room, sauna, steam room and plunge pool. 14 tranquil treatment rooms will offer world class treatments. The Hammam, while studiously traditional, gives a renewed style of luxury to the ancient Turkish bathing ritual with its sophisticated design vernacular.

Every luxury hotel, of course, is ultimately judged by its guestrooms and its service. The Bodrum EDITION’s rooms, suites and magnificent private villa are both generous and elegant in their design, their warm wood finishes and airy fabrics exuding a relaxed, beach-house feel, offering a “refuge,” in Schrager’s words, with “everything you need and everything you want.” Embodying his deep belief that “simplicity is true luxury,” the spacious, light filled rooms contrast stone floors against a clean, light colour palette, with each and every space enjoying ensuite marble bathrooms and terraces with an unparalleled view over the Aegean Sea. A private villa encompass the EDITION sophistication with its own private pool area and sauna,
perfect for families and larger groups, whilst two further suites enjoy the use of private plunge pools and terraces.

In the magical sanctuary of Bodrum, the jewel of the Turquoise Coast, The Bodrum EDITION is a secret village of paradise, a portal to a separate, more relaxed reality. By understanding that a hotel is more than just a place to sleep—it’s a hub, a meeting place, a centre culture, a site for relaxation, reflation, and hard-earned leisure time, and place for life and play—Schrager creates not just a hotel but a seamlessly integrated experience, a small city within a city. It’s an international ethos with a local product: a more comfortable stay, and an elevated experience.

The hotel is the fifth property to launch from EDITION Hotels, with this year being a focused time for the brand to expand with a further five openings scheduled in Barcelona, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Times Square New York, Bangkok for this year alone.

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Rotana brand arrives in European side of Istanbul with two new hotels

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The connecting stylish hotels located on Basin Express road feature 305 luxurious rooms, suites and apartments to lift the company’s total inventory in Turkey to 578 keys…

Two hotels by Rotana, Centro WestSide and WestSide Arjaan, have opened and mark the firm’s arrival in the European side of Turkey.

Situated on the popular Basin Express road in the Güneşli neighbourhood of Istanbul, the contemporary properties are in close proximity to key landmarks in the city, including Istanbul Atatürk Airport.

The building which shelters the two hotels has been designed by  the award-winning architecture firm Suyabatmaz Demirehe. Its iconic triangular concept won the Future Project Award in 2013 at the famous MIPIM Real Estate Exhibition in Cannes, France.

“We are delighted to open these two new properties, which join our two existing hotels in Istanbul to double Rotana’s Turkish presence and increase our global room count to 16,466,” said Chairman of Rotana Nasser Al Nowais. “Our smart and stylish Centro brand provides an affordable lifestyle hotel concept, whereas WestSide Arjaan by Rotana offers guests a home away from home with its elegant and comfortable hotel serviced apartments.”

Offering affordable luxury and effortless comfort, Centro WestSide features 152 rooms and suites. WestSide Arjaan by Rotana offers 153 fully-furnished one and two-bedroom serviced hotel apartments for cosy living.

Opening a new world of dining, recreation and entertainment in Istanbul, the two connecting hotels boast three outstanding dining outlets, with each offering attractive outdoor seating areas that make the most of the city’s pleasant Mediterranean climate.

Guests staying at the hotels can benefit from the access to Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club which includes a modern gym and large indoor swimming pool with stunning city views. A Jacuzzi, sauna, steam and three treatment rooms are also available at Centro WestSide and WestSide Arjaan by Rotana for guests to relax and unwind.

The hotels feature a business corner, which include five meeting rooms and a hall, all equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment to suit a wide range of occasions.

With its expanding tourism offering, Turkey has become a destination of choice for travellers from around the world. In the first two months of 2018 alone, the country welcomed three million foreign visitors and is projected to receive a record of 40 million tourists and over $30 billion in tourism revenue this year.

 

Six Senses Kaplankaya opens

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Hotel brand Six Senses has opened its third property this year. The opening of the 141-key Six Senses Kaplankaya, Turkey, suggests that tourism in the region is alive once more.

Located across the bay from Bodrum on a naturally beautiful stretch of ancient Aegean coast, Six Senses Kaplankaya is carved into giant rock formations with green-roofed buildings layered down towards the coastline.

The hotel opens with the aim to encourage positive economic and social growth in Turkey. New York-based design house Clodagh Design preserved the spectacular natural surroundings and heritage of the local area when imagining the hotel.

The resort is surrounded by undulating hills clad in evergreens, rugged rocks, wild olive trees and cypresses, and flanked by secluded golden beaches and the turquoise sea’s lapping waves. Kaplankaya itself is steeped in history and art, with the Six Senses a striking mosaic of architecture blending world-class contemporary design with the diverse and dramatic landscape’s raw beauty.

High design

Seamlessly merging old with new, Six Senses Kaplankaya combines contemporary architecture and high-tech comforts for its 141 guestrooms including Suites and Pool Villas. Pioneering eco-conscious spirit, Clodagah has captured the essence of stylish destination.

Upon arrival, guests walk through a lantern-lit portal through wooden doors and into a sky-lit lobby, where there is a glass railing to look down over the floors below and out to sea.

Beneath the lobby, a sculptural collage of kilim rugs and leather-clad ottomans atop layered Turkish rugs are interspersed with tables crafted from large pieces of wood from the local olive trees. An expansive, gold-leaf wooden table glows, as it offers Turkish delicacies and signature beverages to arriving visitors.

The warm, yet contemporary design, influenced by traditional Turkish touches, continues in the guestrooms where features include woven leather and local flat-weave carpets. The soft hues are grounding and conducive to sleep, along with two lamps specially designed to regulate circadian rhythms with the incorporation of indigo, ochre and flashes of deep turquoise lights. In-room amenities include high-spec coffee machines, a well-stocked minibar and a pass through to the outside corridor for the discrete delivery of room service. On the technology front, there’s an iPad for mood control of air-conditioning and lights, Marshall Bluetooth speaker and WiFi.

Expert wellbeing

Six Senses Kaplankaya is home to one of the most extensive and advanced spa and wellness offerings within the Six Senses portfolio, providing guests and residents with a truly integrated approach to optimal wellness.

Spread over 10,000m² (107,640ft²), the spa journey at Six Senses Spa Kaplankaya begins with a seven-metre (23-foot) meditation walk, illuminated by glowing ottoman patterns and a ceiling filled with glittering lights to create a magical and soothing guest experience. The spa is spread over two floors and includes 20 treatment rooms, multiple steam rooms, hydrotherapy pool, traditional Turkish Hamman, ice room, crystal steam room, Finnish sauna, private watsu pool, nail salon and hair salon, and the much-loved Six Senses Alchemy Bar – first introduced at Six Senses Douro Valley – where guests can skilfully blend organic and sustainable ingredients to create their own lotions and potions.

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Elsewhere in the hotel, Mediterranean and Aegean-inspired cuisine is the overarching theme at the three dining venues: Sage & Sea Restaurant and Bar, Wild Thyme Restaurant and Bar, and Mezze by the Sea Restaurant.

With a further four hotels slated to open this year, Six Senses continues to experience substantial international growth in the market.

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TUI Blue expands its portfolio to ten hotels

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Two new openings for the lifestyle hotel brand in Majorca and Turkey.

TUI Group’s two year-old lifestyle hotel brand TUI Blue has grown its portfolio to ten hotels, with the addition of TUI Blue Rocador in Majorca and TUI Blue Marmaris on the Turkish Aegean.

The newly opened TUI Blue Rocador 4-star hotel is located directly on the beach in Cala d’Or in the southeast of Majorca and offers 211 rooms. The TUI Blue Marmaris – also 4-star – has begun receiving its first guests, offering 279 rooms spread across cottage-style villas in a pine forest.

Both hotels focus on adults and couples and can be booked by guests over 16. TUI says the Blue brand offers a ‘modern interpretation of typical regional cuisine’, cutting-edge technology and the Bluef!t concept for fitness, wellness and nutrition.

“With TUI Blue, we have launched a hotel brand that blends TUI’s quality and brand propositions with entirely individual and authentic holiday experiences,” said Erik Friemuth, Managing Director TUI Hotels & Resorts. “The success of our hotel concept is reflected by high customer satisfaction levels. We will continue to expand the concept in future.”

“This new type of hotel is now represented by ten hotels in eight countries,” added Artur Gerber, Managing Director TUI Blue. “We are now planning to take the next step by offering our customers further destinations in the medium- and long-haul segments.”

YOTEL inks deal to manage 451 room Istanbul New Airport hotel

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Site represents London-based YOTEL’s first foray into Turkey.

İstanbul New Airport (İNA) operator İGA and YOTEL have agreed an exclusive hotel management contract at the international connection hub.

The hotel, which the partners say will be one of the biggest airport hotels in the world, with both airside and landside access, will offer 451 rooms and will be located inside the main terminal building.

İGA sees the deal as an indication of İNA growing importance to holiday makers and business travellers, point out that the airport was ranked third in terms of total departing passenger numbers in Q1 2018.

The stats back this up – İNA is Turkey’s biggest ever infrastructure project and will replace Ataturk Airport when it opens in October this year. The capacity of İNA will be expanded up to 200 million people once all four phases are completed and will have a total of six runways and three terminals, hosting nearly 100 airlines.

İNA says it will set an example for the global airport architecture with its flexible and spacious terminal design rooted in Istanbul’s unique cultural and architectural values. Besides aesthetics, it will also have a ‘simple and practical setup with touches of traditional motifs’.

For its part, YOTEL says it will will introduce its design and technology in two zones – one airside (102 rooms) and one landside (349 rooms). Both parts of the new hotel will feature public spaces including YOTEL’s Club Lounge concept with smart vending, working and relaxing areas, wellness centres and planted glazed atriums.

In addition, the landside zone will include a restaurant, bar and 24/7 gym. The new hotel will also feature meeting spaces, which YOTEL says will be suited to small, large, formal and casual meetings.

The site will be YOTEL’s largest airport hotel – it currently operates four under the YOTELAIR brand at London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Making History

“We are delighted to have chosen YOTEL as our new airport’s exclusive air and landside hotel operator”, said Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of İGA Airport Operation. “We are making history with İstanbul New Airport, already in its construction phase a multiple-world record breaking project that is likely to change the transportation and aviation dynamics of a tri-continent region covering Europe, Asia and Africa, and certain to have a lasting impact far beyond this geography.

“YOTEL will contribute to our perfect passenger experience approach with unique innovative elemental luxury and technologically decked space.”

Hubert Viriot, YOTEL’s CEO, said: “We’ve witnessed Turkey’s and particularly Istanbul’s remarkable economic and urban development, transformation and its noticeably increased popularity over the past few years. İstanbul New Airport will only further increase Istanbul’s ever-expanding popularity and economy and YOTEL is delighted to be a part of it. The prevailing ambitious vision to make İstanbul New Airport the largest transit hub in the world made it very attractive for us to be there, and we are extremely honoured to be chosen for this exciting project. This city aspires to high growth success, just like YOTEL, so we are a perfect match.”

 

Room Mate Hotels adds Istanbul Property

Room Mate Hotels adds Istanbul property

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Room Mate Hotels, the Spanish global company founded and chaired by Kike Sarasola, has increased its portfolio with a new opening in the heart of the exotic city of Istanbul.

Room Mate Emir contributes to the international expansion of the company, which plans to inaugurate in the following year new hotels in cities like Rotterdam, Madrid and Paris.

Room Mate Hotels is an innovative company which is based on the idea that the best way to travel is by visiting friends all around the world. Every Room Mate Hotel has a person’s name and a completely different personality. In this case, Emir is elegant, classic and adventurous, the perfect travelling companion to know in depth the marvelous Istanbul.

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Room Mate Emir has also a spectacular interior design. In this case, the project bears the signature of the acclaimed designer Lázaro Rosa Violán. Emir is the perfect blend of avante-garde furnishings set in a classical building, making it all the more striking. Lázaro Rosa Violán chose to keep the building’s history alive through a distinctive combination of modern day elements, designer furniture, and different materials, all enhanced with an abundance of natural light. Room Mate Emir offers large and spacious suites with everything that everyone would need for a perfect stay.

Its founder and president, Kike Sarasola, is one of the best known and recognised entrepreneurs in the hotelier sector. After succeeding as an Olympic equestrian and working in different business sectors, Sarasola is currently a reference of innovation and creativity in the hotel industry.

Room Mate Hotels adds Istanbul PropertyIn Sarasola’s own words: “Room Mate Hotels are located in the centre of the most emblematic and cosmopolitan cities in the world and Istanbul is one of them. A place where exoticism and culture merge to offer a unique travel experience. We are completely in love with Istanbul. For this reason, we are very proud to increase our portfolio with Emir, our new elegant, modern and stylish new friend. A really special hotel that will bring our guests closer to the wonders of Turkey”.

Room Mate Hotels was born in 2005 with Room Mate Mario as its first establishment in Madrid and currently has 21 more with presence in Milan, Florence, Amsterdam, New York, Miami, Mexico City, Madrid, Barcelona, Salamanca, Malaga, Granada and now Istanbul. Last year, Room Mate Hotels increased revenues by 32% and hopes to continue with this positive tendency in 2017.

Fairmont Quasar

Fairmont Quasar Istanbul now open

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, the luxury hotel company’s first property in Turkey.

Situated on the banks of the Bosphorus Strait and overlooking the waterway’s sapphire blue waters, the Fairmont Quasar Istanbul sits at a crossroads in Istanbul, where East meets West and modernity meets centuries of eclectic history. This idiosyncratic experience is reflected in the hotel’s design, with blue leather-tufted headboards calling to mind the Bosphorus; leather-bound and studded minibars inspired by vintage travel trunks; and ensuite showers designed to resemble traditional Turkish hammams.

Fairmont Quasar Istanbul provides 209 guestrooms including 25 suites. Each has a wide panoramic view overlooking either the serene Bosphorus or the city skyline. Rooms are designed to maximize comfort and technology, with stylish flair and extra touches, plenty of space and natural light. The Royal Suite offers guests unrivalled luxury, while forty exclusive Fairmont Gold rooms create a boutique feel with unparalleled service and access to exclusive services.

The hotel’s unique concept provides a new icon for the vibrant Mecidiyeköy district, where eclectic neighbourhood bazaars and colourful side streets meet modern shopping centres with contemporary architecture and design. Set on the site of the 1930’s Robert Mallet Stevens-designed Art Deco liquor factory, Fairmont Quasar blends a sense of urban culture and industrial flair with the city’s heritage of long-held customs and traditions.

Fairmont Quasar is the fifth property of parent company AccorHotels luxury brand portfolio within Istanbul, joining sister properties Raffles Istanbul, Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Pullman Istanbul Airport and Convention Centre and The Elysium Istanbul MGallery by Sofitel. AccorHotels presently has 32 hotel and resort properties across Turkey, with an additional three hotels slated for opening in Istanbul in 2017, including Galata Hotel Istanbul MGallery by Sofitel.

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Elite World Hotels opens new property In Istanbul

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Elite World Hotels, which has been operating in Turkey for more than 15 years, has announced the opening of Elite World Europe, the largest hotel of the chain.

This five-star hotel will open its doors on Thursday February 2, 2017. This new signing will accompany the existing five properties: Elite World Prestige, Elite World Istanbul and Elite World Business in Istanbul, Elite World Van in Van and Elite World Marmaris in Marmaris.

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Elite World Hotels is part of Worldhotels, a global brand that brings together some of the world’s most unique independent hotels. Worldhotels’ CEO Geoff Andrew: “I have personally visited this hotel and it is a stunning addition to the Worldhotels portfolio, especially for the business and MICE markets. We are delighted that our partner Elite World Hotels is continuing to add high quality hotels into the market offering the very best in independent, authentic hospitality.”

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Elite World Europe is located five minutes away from Istanbul Atatürk Airport and 25 minutes from the city centre. It operates a brand new “Business to Happiness” approach, which puts the concept of happiness at the center of service and underlines it with the slogan “If the mood is good, all is good”. Chain General Manager Ünsal ŞINIK says: “We define service at Elite World Europe Hotel in a very specific way. We go beyond satisfied customers; we make them smile.”

With 58 suites, 401 rooms and eight meeting rooms, Elite World Europe offers the latest technology and comfort for congresses, seminars and meetings. With its two ballrooms, that are 925 and 995 square meters respectively, its botanical garden and its outdoor pool it is also an ideal choice for weddings, invitations and cocktail parties.

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Hampton by Hilton - Hilton's Hampton by Hilton brand has announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton by Hilton Istanbul Zeytinburnu

Hilton unveils new hotel in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu District

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Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand has announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton by Hilton Istanbul Zeytinburnu.

The 162-room hotel joins the Hampton by Hilton family of Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton hotels, and joins a further 44 Hilton properties in Turkey.

Hampton by Hilton Istanbul Zeytinburnu is conveniently located 13 kilometres from Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy Environment Design) Platinum certified property has been recognised for its green building features, including its significant water and energy savings. Preserving the environment is one of the key pillars of Travel with Purpose, Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy.

Free Wi-Fi, a business centre and five meeting rooms are also available. Each guestroom features high-quality amenities, including the brand’s signature Clean and fresh Hampton bed®, 40-inch LCD TV and complimentary coffee and tea.

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Steigenberger Airport Hotel Istanbul opens

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The Steigenberger Hotel Group has opened its second hotel in Turkey – the Steigenberger Airport Hotel Istanbul.

“We are proud to open our second hotel in Turkey and to expand our international portfolio further. Our guests will enjoy Turkish hospitality meeting German standards in one of the most pulsating cities of the world,” said Puneet Chhatwal, CEO of the Steigenberger Hotel Group.

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All 209 guest rooms feature both innovative design elements as well as flexible workspaces. All guests have free Wi-Fi access, and rooms are equipped with LCD flat screens. The hotel also houses a modern health and beauty spa centre along with a spacious gym with the latest exercise equipment, a Turkish bath, a steam room, a sauna, a jacuzzi and an indoor swimming pool. For conferences or meetings, the hotel offers an 860 square metre pillar-free Grand Ballroom and three additional meeting rooms.

Hotel General Manager Ali Türk said: “I am very excited about our cooperation with Steigenberger. Combining our knowledge of the hospitality industry in Turkey and Steigenberger’s quality and expertise in the marketplace, I am confident that Steigenberger Airport Hotel Istanbul is poised to develop at an exceptional pace. I believe that the long lasting reputation of our company with its association with Steigenberger will enable this unique business hotel to achieve its full potential and pave the way for a successful and mutually beneficial collaboration for many years to come.”

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya Club House

Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in Kaplankaya, Turkey opens

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Set on a spectacular peninsula on the Aegean Coast, Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya will be the anchor of an exclusive waterfront development on the exclusive Turkish Riveria near the city of Bodrum.

Located to enjoy year-round sunshine and surrounded by completely unspoiled coastline and landscapes, Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya – the first international destination for the US wellness pioneer – will integrate the signature wellness and lifestyle programme the brand has become famous for with a strikingly modern setting.

Wellness Facilities
With nearly 40 years’ experience and expertise of helping its guests achieve wellness, the offering at Canyon Ranch is completely unique. All guests at Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya have access to the resort’s 107,500 square foot spa, fitness and Health & Healing centre which houses 38 individual treatment rooms and offers the complete integrated wellness experience that Canyon Ranch has become renowned for. All of the treatments combine the very best of traditional and eastern medicine that concentrate on rejuvenating and revitalizing every guests’ inner wellness.

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Each of the resort’s 141 rooms – 75 hotel rooms and 66 exquisite Ridge Rooms and suites – offers breathtaking sea views of the crystal clear Aegean Sea. Every room has open plan spaces that embrace the clean contemporary design that flows throughout the resort.

Design
Designed by world-renowned, Barcelona-based architectural firm OAB, the principle architect Carlos Ferrater worked hard to honor the natural beauty of the landscape when creating the plans for the resort. Constructed with environmentally conscious materials and finished to complement the surrounding scenery, the ultra-modern design fits effortlessly into an area that exudes wellbeing and pleasure.

The opening of the Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya will allow one of the world’s leading wellness brands to reach a whole new audience in Europe and further their message of health and wellbeing beyond the US.

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Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort opens fifteen new luxury villas

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Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, an all-inclusive retreat on the southern coast of Turkey, has unveiled fifteen new luxury villas this month. Two ‘King Villas’ and thirteen ‘Baron Villas’ add to the resort’s extensive accommodation offerings, from the elegant rooms and suites in the main hotel, to The Golf Residences, overlooking the resort’s championship golf course.

Sporting sprawling views of the Regnum Carya Golf Club, the Baron Villa offers travellers the upmost in style, comfort and accessibility. Complete with sun-drenched decking area and heated infinity pool, the 350sqm properties are hedged, offering more intimacy. From the three spacious bedrooms and the chic living area to the American kitchen and luxury bathrooms, each villa is furnished with stone-washed, neutral hues, peppered with splashes of Regnum’s signature blue, reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea, which boarders the south side of the resort.

Baron Villa at Regnum Carya

The neighbouring King Villa, housing a swimming pool and open-air hot tub, boasts five bedrooms, including a master-suite with Jacuzzi, living room, kitchen area and five bathrooms, each equipped with luxury amenities and Bulgari cosmetics. When guests aren’t lounging by the pool, they can take advantage of the villa’s spa and gym, complete with treatment area and state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

Baron Villa at Regnum Carya

The new villas add to the resort’s already comprehensive accommodation offerings, from the 438 elegant rooms and suites located in the main hotel, each offering either a sea or golf course view and a balcony, to The Golf Residences, comprising of 100 stunning private villas, each with a private swimming pool. The jewel of the resort is the Crown Villa, a 3,500 sqm space that includes 5 luxury bedrooms, 5 private bathrooms and dressing rooms, meeting rooms, bar and entertainment area, 440sqm heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi area and panoramic views of the Championship Golf Course.

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