• Saturday, December 14, 2019

Six Senses Opens a Luxury Hotel in Istanbul

Luxury Hotel in Istanbul: Six Senses' Latest Addition
November 13, 2019
By , Contributor

Six Senses resorts are known to be where history meets hospitality. But now that they’re opening a location in Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul, they may need to change their slogan. Because when you combine the powerhouse of luxury hotel service with the monumentally historic significance of Istanbul, the phrase “history meets hospitality” doesn’t do it enough justice. This a marriage of the best; a joining of the giants; a partnership of the titans. In short, this particular luxury hotel in Istanbul is a really big deal. 

Six Senses Kocataş Mansions is located in the Sayira district of Istanbul, which many have described as a beautiful hybrid of eastern and western culture. The story of the Kocataş Mansions is tragic. This 19th-century mansion (though “palace” may be a better word) was constructed under the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II, but was destroyed in a fire just over 20 years ago. Fortunately, the property has been revitalized and refurbished to welcome upscale luxury guests, while paying homage to the original designs by architect Sarkis Balyan—the construction of which ran to the tune of $200 million.

And it was totally worth it. The spacious 43 rooms are all designed to give guests the feeling of Istanbul’s rich culture without sacrificing any of the luxurious western amenities upscale travelers and jet setters require. Everything about its design feels like a cultural contradiction, but one that works wonderfully. Six Senses put it best themselves: “the interior design blends traditional local flavors with contemporary Six Senses signature touches” – which is what makes this particular Six Senses location so unique.

Now, this waterfront property is a must-see for anyone not only interested in a luxury getaway, but those who truly want a historical experience. Looking over the Bosphorus Strait, guests will be viewing the same waters sailed by the Romans to navigate paths from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Whether it’s the scenery or the champagne (or probably both), it’s hard not to marvel at the significance of this spot. 

Finally, in line with Six Senses’ reputation, their choice of cuisine is impeccable. As many have grown a little more health-conscious over the last decade, most of us are also unwilling to sacrifice life’s sweet little indulgences. Enter Six Senses. The Toro Latin Gastro bar mixes Pan-Latin and Asian cuisines against the backdrop of eastern décor, giving you a dining experience unlike you’ve ever had. Plus, for that afternoon pick-me-up, their bohemian-style café can’t be beat, including the view.