Whether you want a city escape with culture and history or a seaside resort with warm skies and turquoise waters, you’ll find it all in Turkey. Choose a getaway with the help of the recently released Forbes Travel Guide 2023 Star Awards in the heart of Istanbul and the beautiful paradise of Bodrum. This year is the first time that FTG’s incognito managers have rated Bodrum’s amazing sites, all of which are easily opened this month for the 2023 season.
Although neither Istanbul nor Bodrum were destroyed by the earthquakes that have devastated the southern part of Turkey recently, the country’s courageous response to the disaster has shown the generosity, love and pride that go with the culture – the same qualities that distinguish the 12 winners mentioned below.
Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbull
Enjoy all the best of city and sea at a Five Star Bosphorus getaway. It combines the intimate feel of a hotel (it has only 100 rooms) with luxurious amenities (including a 38,000-square-foot spa, indoor and outdoor pools, elegant rooms courtesy of Tihany Design and tempting restaurants like Olea Bosphorus & The Bar and Novikov Istanbul).
Cırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Adding to the wealth of the sultan, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star property includes a palace that was rebuilt in the 1800s and a modern palace that has many guest rooms and facilities. Within this beautiful setting, the hotel has a waterfront location (and a heated pool to enjoy) and a unique fitness center such as the traditional Turkish hammam.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul in Sultanahmet
Located in the heart of Istanbul’s historic center, this five-star hotel preserves no remnants of its former prison life. In fact, the spectacular design (arched windows and sparkling interiors with Murano chandeliers and stunning stone floors) and quality workmanship create a space that feels like home.
Located within the Zorlu Center, home to the country’s largest shopping mall and art gallery, Raffles Istanbul offers a modern and stylish retreat. It highlights the international beauty and modern craftsmanship that has been imported into the Five-Star hotel found in all areas, high tea in the Lavinia lobby with live piano and guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city.
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
Inspired by the vision of paradise captured in Lost Horizon, a classic book by James Hilton (which you can find on every bedside table), the Four-Star hotel offers an impression presented through an elegant interior. Here, chandeliers hang from the high ceilings, the scent of fresh flowers fills the space, European and Asian paintings decorate the walls and each marble bathroom comes with a fireplace and a separate bathtub. You’ll find another paradise at the resort, which features an indoor heated pool, sauna and steam rooms and hammam services.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul on the Bosphorus
This 18th-century Ottoman palace on the shores is Turkish in style, with works of art by local artists, unforgettable hammam experiences at the spa and suites housed in a former palace. Enjoy fresh Turkish seafood at the famous Aqua restaurant while sitting outdoors by the Bosphorus.
Fairmont Quasar Istanbul
The Forbes Travel Guide recommended the location of the hotel – a commercial and residential area close to many capitals, shopping centers and the main streets of the city – makes it an ideal place for business travelers. However, the hotel’s beauty and art-decorated interiors, outdoor infinity pool and spa make it an attractive choice for any traveller.
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Located on the first 12 floors of Suzer Plaza – a modern skyscraper that rises above the city – the Four-Star hotel shines, and not just because of its spectacular views. The unique seasonal landscape, terraced suites, lounge and dining area shine as brightly as the view.
The city of St. Regis Istanbul
A beautiful place like the neighborhood of Nisantasi, a picture frame of the Four-Star hotel, one of the few places in Europe famous chef Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, pieces borrowed from the Demsa Collection of Art, original paintings created by The St. Regis is the brand’s signature service.
Susona Bodrum, LXR Hotels & Resorts
Named after a mermaid-like figure in Turkish history, this four-star hotel boasts stunning water views, panoramic views, terraces stretching across the Aegean Sea with elegant, Mediterranean-style guest rooms.
Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum
At the Five-Star hotel located on 150 acres on the shores of the sparkling Aegean Sea, you will find olive trees and fragrant pine; two private beaches; 11 spectacular restaurants and bars; two bathrooms, overlooking the water; with more than 130 modern rooms, suites, villas and houses which are the largest in the area.
The Bodrum EDITION
Choose between the infinity pool that blends seamlessly with the sea or the beach club at this beautiful Four-Star hotel. Afterwards, dine alfresco at famous Peruvian chef Diego Munoz’s delicious Brava or order his dishes poolside while you soak up the sun. End your day in a home with tiled floors, warm wood accents and plenty of natural light, courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows.
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