Polished service. Outstanding outlets.
If one wants to discover a city’s history, Turkey’s largest metropolis is an all time favourite.
Sightseeing in Istanbul with its numerous scenic and historical places is simply fabulous – indeed, a paradise for the explorer in you on a trip for adventure holidays.
A bright and pleasant environment will enchant you at the Grand Bazaar where a sense of peace and security wraps you tightly in Hagia Sophia, a former Greek Orthodox basilica transformed into an imperial mosque and now a museum.
There is likewise rich history in Topkapi Palace, which was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans; Sultan Ahmed Mosque popularly known as the Blue Mosque for its blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior; and the Basilica Cistern which dates back many years ago.
Raffles, a luxury hotel with a flagship property in Singapore which also counts among the best hotels in the world, has opened its first hotel in Turkey very near the hub for art, culture and fashion. The hotel has an "Art Concierge" to take you to a tour of the city’s exciting new art scene.
Meantime, check into Raffles Istanbul for a polished service, outstanding outlets and jaw-dropping views of the Bosporus, a major attraction.
The Bosporus connects the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea, acting as a partition marking Istanbul's European and Asian sides. A really awesome view is the sunset which casts a picturesque hue on the city with the silhouettes of the mosques in the background.
Inside Raffles Istanbul is a modern rendition of traditional Turkish design where glass and crystal stand in distinction with present-day montage in low-key tones.
Getting hungry? Head to Arola, then. The hotel’s signature restaurant named after and led by Spanish two Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Sergi Arola offers authentic and avant-garde Catalonian dishes.
Classic Catalan dishes with a modern spin is what awaits you at Arola. Savour mouth-watering dishes that have its roots on Mediterranean origins celebrated with only the finest of flavours.
Feast on exhilarating creations, share food and quality time with friends because you definitely missed a lot if you had been to Raffles and not dined at Arola.
The Raffles Spa is also an experience that should not be missed. Pamper and revitalise yourself with traditional Turkish treatments in the hammams. It’s divine.
Bridging two continents, Istanbul is a unique city that, much like Raffles, gives guests a glimpse of the best in both.
Apart from the major tourist sites, a favourite among the Turkish for refreshments is Kumkapi. The quarter in a district located along the northern shore of Marmara Sea is dotted with street cafes and invites visitors to try the tasty traditional Turkish dishes.
In a city where Asia meets Europe and heritage meets the contemporary, one can find Zorlu Center, which impresses with a stunning Performing Arts Center which hosts a wide choice of Broadway and West End shows.
Zorlu Center manages to transform Istanbul into a cultural metropolis where the young and fashionable predominate. Not just art and culture lovers will be thrilled.
Among various shops and elegant boutiques a visit to Baymen is a must. This Turkish fashion industry’s leading store carries lots of international world known brands and provides personal shopping assistance to guests staying at the neighboring hotel.