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By Chris Boyle

The celebrated Hôtel Les Ottomans beckons guests with its coveted location, exquisite interiors and on-site Caudalíe Vinothérapie® Spa.

On the banks of the Bosphorus, Istanbul’s active and scenic waterway, the property resides in what was once a pasha’s 18th-century mansion. A meticulous, extravagant restoration of the stately home pays lavish tribute to Istanbul’s Baroque revival. Each of the boutique hotel’s ten suites has been designed with the principles of feng shui in mind, coupled with stylish and luxurious detailing reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire’s golden era. Accommodations come complete with the latest technology perfect for business travelers, and the hotel’s vinotherapy spa, the first and only of its kind in Turkey, is a blissful retreat for vacationers and honeymooners.




Square footage: 1,572

Nightly rate: From about $4,113

Number of rooms in suite: Four

Number of entrances to suite: One

Number of baths: Two, one with walk-in shower and Jacuzzi

Suite style: Named for the wife of an Ottoman emperor, this magnificent suite’s décor exudes regal opulence (think rich fabrics, ornate mirrors and gilded molding) fit for sultans and celebrities alike.

Key selling points: The 753-square-foot living room boasts a harp and panoramic views of the Bosphorus. Combined with a dining room table that seats ten to 12 and round-the- clock guest services on the suite’s floor, entertaining here is a breeze. The suite is also equipped with AMX remote control technology, laptop, printer and fax machine, and it can be connected to the glamorous Nurbanu Sultan suite.

Number of suites in hotel: Ten



The unique, wine-themed Caudalíe Vinothérapie® Spa offers a variety of grape-based treatments that replenish the body and revitalize the skin, in addition to a selection of traditional massages and therapies from Europe, the Far East and of course, Turkey.

Unwind and heal in a seawater pool and Jacuzzi, luxury hammam, salt inhalation Laconium, Finnish sauna, ice fountain and meditation oasis.

Spa Director Lenka Doskoçilova,


Most requested therapists: Leyla, Julide and Wayan

Signature treatments: Traditional Hammam Treatment, Caudalíe Massage, Les Ottomans Signature Massage, Oxygenating Facial HAMMAM / CAUDALÍE VINOTHÉRAPIE® SPA


Yalı Restaurant: With views of the beautiful Bosphorus, Yalı is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner crafted by the hotel’s executive chef Çagla Önal.

Suyani Bar: In the summer, Suyani’s waterside tables host many of the city’s movers and shakers, while indoors, a resident DJ keeps the atmosphere vibrant late into the night.



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