Category: Turkey

The new Park Hyatt Istanbul-Maçka Palas is a grand design!

The new Park Hyatt Istanbul-Maçka Palas is a grand design!

Istanbul’s historic Maçka Palas – built in 1922 by the Italian architect Guilio Mongeri and one of the finest buildings in the city – has now become home to Park Hyatt Istanbul-Maçka Palas, following the opening of the hotel on 7th November 2008. Mongeri, who was from Milan, was inspired by the elegant Palazzos in […]

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts open two new Amrita Spa & Wellness Centers

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts open two new Amrita Spa & Wellness Centers

Anyone fond of the spa experience at Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts will be pleased to know the group has opened two new splendid Amrita Spa & Wellness Centers; one is at the Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul, and the other is in Swissôtel Grand Efes, Izmir. The ‘Amrita Spa & Wellness’ concept, if you are familiar […]

Interview with Joseph Amissah of Blue Cube Aviation

Interview with Joseph Amissah of Blue Cube Aviation

Joseph Amissah is  the founder of Blue Cube Aviation and decided to set up the company to meet the growing demand for International private jet travel, for clients seeking an alternative form of transportation other than commercial airlines. Recently, the company has seen a sharp rise in the number of charter request due to the […]

The new jewel of the Bosphorus

The new jewel of the Bosphorus

Topaz, the new restaurant in the heart of Istanbul is the city’s latest place to be and to be seen while it indulges its guests culinarily and visually. The atmosphere of the restaurant as well as the subtle décor designed by Koray Ozgen reflects the calming and relaxation effects of the Topaz stone. It is […]

W Hotels heading for Europe

W Hotels heading for Europe

The first W Hotel in Europe – W Istanbul – will open next month. Originally scheduled for the back end of 2007, it has been designed  by Geomim and  will serve as  a centerpiece of the redevelopment of the landmark Akaretler Row Houses in Besiktas.  In walking distance of  the Museum of Painting and Sculpture, […]

Grand Samsun Hotel goes into receivership

Imagine staying at a 5-star hotel and having to vacate your room because the bailiffs were in town! Shocking it might sound… but it actually happened at the Grand Samsun Hotel on the Black Sea. Here’s the footage:

World's sexiest beaches

World’s sexiest beaches

Concierge.com, the online home for inspired travel from Conde Nast has  posted its picks for the third annual World’s Sexiest Beaches list.   Beaches are both on and off the beaten path and are chosen for their beauty, buzz factor and overall steamy appeal.   Here’s their top ten: Caprera Island, Sardinia, Italy Salvador, Bahia, […]

Oyster Residences Olu Deniz, Turkey

Oyster Residences Olu Deniz, Turkey

The Oyster Residences Olu Deniz is a delightfully friendly family-run boutique property owned by the famous White Dolphin restauranteurs, Gunsenin and Mehmet. With just the promendade separating it from the stunning shore of Olu Deniz, Turkey’s most photographed beach, this hotel is perfect for those in search of an unhurried beach holiday.

Crystal Adventures Hotel Program

Crystal Adventures Hotel Program

There are some new additions to Crystal Cruises‘ 2007 European Crystal Adventures Hotel Program. Four new hotels – Venice’s venerable Hotel Cipriani and Hotel Danieli, Istanbul’s Ritz-Carlton and Athens’ Hotel Grande Bretagne – join an expanded collection of Europe’s most prestigious properties  (15 in all) offering savvy travelers luxurious options to extend their Crystal vacations […]

The new Queen Elizabeth Elite Suite Hotel in Turkey

The new Queen Elizabeth Elite Suite Hotel in Turkey

The Queen Elizabeth Elite Suite Hotel & Spa will be opened in April 2007. It is located in Göynük/Antalya, where the legendary Taurus Mountains and the sparkling turquoise Mediterranean meet in southern Turkey,  and has  mostly suite rooms  built within an original architectural transatlantic design. It classes itself as a 5*++ de luxe hotel… make […]

Interview with Guido van den Elshout of Haagsche Suites

Interview with Guido van den Elshout of Haagsche Suites

A former tax lawyer, Guido van den Elshout is  owner of the luxurious  Haagsche Suites (click here for last year’s special feature on A Luxury Travel Blog) in The Hague.   He is also a contributor to two travel blogs. What is it that  you do exactly? I’m a 58 years young sort of Jack […]

Turkey 2007

See Turkey in a way you’ve possibly never seen it before, with this 40-second clip. The video is very nicely done.

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A  weekly  pick of luxury travel  links for your perusal… Submerse yourself in Turkish hospitality at Ada Hotel Meet South Africa’s master tracker at Royal Malewane Check out Vancouver’s PuSh Festival schedule Embrace the ambience of Ritz-Carlton

Interview with Trisha Johnson of Aegean Sails

Interview with Trisha Johnson of Aegean Sails

Trisha Johnson is President of Aegean Sails  which offers high end yacht (gulet) charter services in the Aegean Sea (Greece and Turkey). Trisha previously worked in tourism in the 1980s, but spent several years in the relocation business working with New York corporations, before getting back into travel in 2000. What is it that  you […]

O Property Collection

O Property Collection

The owners of the Magic Life Group, one of Europe’s most well-loved ‘high end’ travel and property groups have announced the launch of the O Property Collection. The new venture will be focused on unparalleled service, luxury accommodation and facilities. The flagship development for the company is set to open in 2008 on the private […]

Taycasa Villas, Dalaman, Turkey

Taycasa Villas, Dalaman, Turkey

International Property Specialists Taycasa Villas have dramatically reduced the price of their exclusive Lakeside Villas by 30%. These exceptional 3 bedroom triplex properties are situated in Dalaman, southern Turkey, 15 minutes from the airport. With the first golf course in Dalaman  expected to be  completed in 2007/2008, the rental from these properties could see significant […]