Category: Turkey

Top 10 places every food lover should visit

Top 10 places every food lover should visit

This might not seem the most obvious list going but here – according to Tripadvisor – are the top 10 places every food lover should visit.  Interestingly, neither New York nor London get a mention. Click on the comments and tell us where you think they’ve missed. 1. Lyon, France 2. Bologna, Italy 3. San […]

Top 5 activities for a luxurious trip to Istanbul

Top 5 activities for a luxurious trip to Istanbul

Istanbul is a bustling city with something new and exciting for every day of the week.  There are so many options, that it sometimes be overwhelming to choose what to do to make the post out of your time in Istanbul.  These are our top 5 suggestions for the ultimate luxurious vacation to Istanbul exploring […]

Top 5 luxury clubs in Istanbul

Top 5 luxury clubs in Istanbul

There are many entertaining activities to participate in Istanbul during the day, and you can follow the Istanbul event calendar to find something new every day of the week. However, Istanbul is also a city that never sleeps. Make the most of your luxurious vacation by taking advantageous of everything the city has to offer at […]

7 luxury restaurants in Istanbul that you really shouldn't miss

7 luxury restaurants in Istanbul that you really shouldn’t miss

Istanbul is a magical city with buzzing bazaars, impossibly grand mosques and smoky cafés coupled with a modern, ultra-dynamic metropolis where signs of a renewed cultural vibrancy come hand in hand with a physical renaissance. When visiting for the first time, Istanbul can be overwhelming with so many choices of where to stay, what to […]

2011 Summer holiday hotspots according to Great Hotels of the World

2011 Summer holiday hotspots according to Great Hotels of the World

In a bid no doubt to build awareness for its members, Great Hotels of the World has revealed its holiday hotspot predictions for Summer 2011 based on searches made on their site. 1. Tenerife, Spain The Canary Island of Tenerife is a firm favourite with holiday makers and continues to be one of the most […]

5 truly luxurious all-inclusive 5 star resorts in Turkey

5 truly luxurious all-inclusive 5 star resorts in Turkey

Want to know more about five star hotels in Turkey? Let us first dispel the myth that all-inclusive holidays in the Mediterranean are limited to budget and mid-market hotels. There are some exceptional five star resort hotels in Turkey if you know where to find them. Here’s a selection of some of the best all […]

The latest pampering craze… fish pedicure anyone?

Instead of having your feet scrubbed to get rid of dead skin cells, how about a fish pedicure?  This is a practice that first became popular in Turkey before moving to other parts of Asia and on to the US where fish feed on the dead skins cells on your feet.  Supposedly, it’s therapeutic although […]

Turkey with all the trimmings for Easter

Turkey specialist Exclusive Escapes is opening its Kalkan programme for the Easter holidays, from 16th April 2011, including a range of hi spec private villas with pools and the Kalkan Regency boutique hotel. This news should appeal to hard working singles and parents, since as the Easter weekend is followed by the Royal Wedding and […]

A new beach club on its own castaway Turkish island

Neilson is opening its new Beachplus club in Turkey on its very own island in Marmaris Bay in May this year. The club is an addition to Neilson’s existing resorts in Ortakent, Teos and Foca. Club Adakoy will boast of all inclusive waterskiing, tennis, sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and mountain biking and is […]

Refurbished grandeur in Istanbul’s Pera Palace Hotel

Refurbished grandeur in Istanbul’s Pera Palace Hotel

Since 1st September 2010 and after several years of painstaking restorations, the Pera Palace, Istanbul’s most emblematic hotel, has opened its doors again to welcome discerning travelers who appreciate the ultimate in luxury and modern ammenities combined with an unequaled flair of art and history. Pera Palace, Orient Express and Agatha Christie are un inseparable […]

Top 15 romantic Valentines hotels

Top 15 romantic Valentines hotels

Looking to go somewhere special this Valentines?  Then take a look at this list of the top 15 romantic Valentines hotels, as decreed by Tripadvisor. Bar a token entry for Bodrum in Turkey, they’re all in Europe, which seems a little odd, but perhaps subscribers from other parts of the world, are given a different […]

Swissôtel offers access to the most exlusive clubs in Berlin, Istanbul and Shanghai

Swissôtel offers access to the most exlusive clubs in Berlin, Istanbul and Shanghai

Guests taking advantage of Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts Finest Clubs Package can now gain admission to top clubs. The first hotels in the international hotel chain to offer this exclusive package are Swissôtel Berlin, Swissôtel The Bosphorus in Istanbul and Swissôtel Grand Shanghai; other hotels are to follow shortly. The package was created especially for […]

Scheduled for 2012: Shangri-La Hotel, Istanbul

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts‘ first hotel in Turkey, the Shangri-La Hotel, Istanbul is set to  open in April 2012. The hotel will be located between the Dolmabahce and the Maritime Museum on the European coast of the Bosphorus Straits, the 30km stretch of water separating Europe and Asia. Set within the Besiktas district, the shopping […]

New Black Sea voyages for Crystal Cruises

Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has expanded its 2010 European cruise collection to include two Black Sea voyages this summer. The two new itineraries feature a maiden visit to Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as calls in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey. Steeped in artistic, military and architectural history, the 12-day cruises sail from Venice to Istanbul […]

New convention centre at Swissôtel Izmir

Business representatives can now convene in style at the Swissôtel Grand Efes, Izmir on the Turkish Aegean. The elegant hotel, a Leading Hotel of the World, celebrated its opening last year, and now the Grand Efes Convention Centre, within the hotel complex, has also opened for business. The centre is one of the largest and […]

Interview with Catherine Leech of 101 Holidays

Interview with Catherine Leech of 101 Holidays

Catherine Leech has worked in luxury travel for more than 25 years. She started in PR before becoming European Director of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, then Managing Director of luxury tour operator, Caribtours. After the tsunami of 2004 she moved to Sri Lanka where she worked for two years, mostly as a volunteer, […]