A Turkish Delight


16648504503_142e916220Istanbul is always an exciting destination, but when I got the opportunity to stay at the conrad Istanbul Bosphorus after they had announced the completion of a four-year renovation project that has transformed almost every aspect of the hotel, I was really eager to go.All 76 sumptuous suites and 553 luxury rooms, plus the restaurant, spa, swimming pool and lobby, have been redesigned in a contemporary and lavish style. This is exciting enough, but the big surprise comes after I am picked up by a luxury limousine from the airport and driven in style to the hotel.
The $70 million renewal of Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus was completed with the renovation of the lobby area, which welcomes me with a stylish design exhibiting some of the best works of art by prominent Turkish painters, such as Hüseyin Avni Lifij, Halil Paşa, Canan Tolon and Faruk Cimok, bringing masterpieces back to life.
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus is centrally located in the vibrant Besiktas area of Istanbul, and boasts panoramic views of the city spanning from the Bosphorus Bridge to the Old Town. Besiktas is also home to designer boutiques, beautiful mosques and historic palaces. The hotel’s famous neighborhood offers the perfect blend of the old and the new which makes the city so fascinating.



As I enter my home for the next few nights, I remain in awe: my suite is the presidential suite, and I discover 240 square-metres of modern art and luxurious décor. The vast terrace offers the most amazing city panorama you could dream of, with the most stunning views of the Bosphorus and its famous bridge.
The suite even has a fitness room, a sauna and a whirlpool tub. A perfect passe-temps for me! The dining table is for eight people, and I could even host a cocktail party for 50 friends.For my relaxation after shopping and exploring all the wonderful cultural sightseeing Istanbul has to offer, I am given the choice to enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The totally transformed outdoor pool is surrounded by greenery and is the perfect escape from the rush of the city for a while. The separate swimming pool for children gives them their own dedicated play space and adults the chance to relax!

An exquisite dining experience awaits me at Manzara restaurant with no less amazing panoramic views which I am able to enjoy from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The creative blend of Mediterranean cuisine with some of the best grapes gives you the opportunity to enjoy a romantic evening. At the Summit Bar and Terrace, the stylish bar that offers signature cocktails and incredible 360-degree vistas of the Istanbul skyline from its 14th floor, we truly enjoy the breathtaking Bosphorus view when day turns to night and the city shines in its million lights. On Saturdays, the rhythms of DJs are the perfect addition! Don’t let your weekend pass without the finest selection of brunch delicacies on Sunday – the Savoury Sunday Brunch at Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus is a must.

I have the chance to visit the health club – kitted out with the latest Technogym exercise equipment – and improve my tennis skills on one of three clay courts to burn away all these beautiful calories that I have graciously accumulated with so much joy. But who would not be tempted by staying in a presidential suite, having the fabulous city of Istanbul lying before you and being pampered from head to toe. Never just stay, stay inspired. That is the slogan of Conrad hotels. They really understand how to use every moment of your journey and turn it into an inspiration. Till the next time Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, thank you for the wonderful experience! For further information about Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus please visit the website, or call +2123102525.