Why you should visit Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is an enigma. The ancient city straddles the line between Europe and Asia, past and present. Two millennia (and then some) of changes in the region created a confluence of cultures and histories that are entirely unique in the world. Istanbul is a bucket list destination for luxury travelers. We have put together a perfect luxury itinerary for Istanbul, including transportation, accommodation, and dining for the discerning traveler.
Istanbul is a hub to the rest of Europe, as well as major cities in Asia and the Middle East. It is a sweet spot of a travel destination with plenty to do and see. However, the journey might be the best part.
Getting to Istanbul
Istanbul has two major international airports with flights arriving from the US around the clock. On this itinerary, travelers will be flying to Istanbul in style aboard either Turkish Air’s 777 or 787 Dreamliner, nonstop from major cities on the West or East Coast. The Istanbul-based airline prides itself on impeccable hospitality and service. Large fully flat beds in business class, a la carte food menu, amenity kits with Versace products, and super wide screens for a commercial aircraft, Turkish Air business class passengers will arrive well rested and happy.
Where to stay in Istanbul
Now that you’ve experienced the Ritz-Carlton of the skies, how about staying at the actual Ritz-Carlton Istanbul? The 5-star hotel is centrally located, only a 10-minute walk from Taksim Square and shopping. The Ritz offers picturesque views of the Bosphorus Strait and nearby Dolmabahce Mosque. Ritz hotel staff will go above and beyond for their guests, living the hotel chain’s classic motto of ladies and gentlemen who serve ladies and gentlemen.
Amenities include a roof-top infinity pool and a luxury spa with a steam room modeled after a 16th-century Turkish bath. The rooms are the furthest thing from stuffy with light colors and large windows.
Things to do in Istanbul
It goes without saying, but Istanbul has a glamorous and boisterous nightlife and food culture. Visit the Grand Bazaar during the day and be sure to make a reservation at Nicole for dinner. This restaurant is Michelin star caliber serving contemporary Mediterranean fare that will please any palate. As part of your visit, you should certainly visit one of the many museums and mosques in the city. Cross the water to the northeast and make your way to Pierre Loti Cafe for panoramic views of the city. Sip a tea, look out over Istanbul, and imagine the cityscape across the ages. From Byzantium to Constantinople to today. What a journey for the city of Istanbul, and for you.