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Vogue Reviews: Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul

Where: Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey

The Lowdown: With its rich history, dazzling mosques, glamorous nightspots, and stunning vistas, Istanbul makes for a perfect city break – and located right on the shores of the Bosphorus straits is the Ciragan Kempinski Hotel. Once home to the sultans of the Ottoman Empire, this majestic 17th-century palace has been exquisitely renovated into a luxury five-star resort. Unsurprisingly the hotel has hosted endless numbers of visiting royalty, A-list actors, rock stars, and fashion designers throughout the years. The hotel decor is just as regal as you would imagine with its Baroque-style interiors, soaring ceilings, and Turkish handmade crystal chandeliers. Outside, leisure certainly carries the day with an enormous infinity pool, decadent landscaped gardens, and jaw-dropping views. Accessible by boat, helicopter or limo, Ciragan Palace is the ultimate Turkish delight.

Stylish Eats: Dine like a sultan at one of the hotel’s sumptuous restaurants. Enjoy a truly decadent Ottoman feast at the award-winning Tugra restaurant or enjoy the legendary brunch at Laledan where it is impossible not to people watch. A visit to the Gazebo Lounge is a must where you can sit back and soak up the breathtaking vista whilst sipping on a classic Istanbul tea and sampling the traditional pastries and sweets. During the summer months, the Bosphorus Grill serves up fab regional dishes and Le Fumoir is a great spot in the midst of the lush and manicured gardens to enjoy an authentic hookah.

Suite Talk: The 313 rooms including 20 suites in the hotel and 11 VIP suites in the palace are all magically decorated in an imperial mix of East meets West. Whilst all rooms boast super luxurious interiors and amenities, sweeping views and personal butler services, it the Sultan Suite, which truly defines lavish. At an eye-watering EUR 30,000 a night, this two-bedroom suite, complete with a private lounge, will wow you at every turn. Of course, the suite also comes with a 24-hour private butler.

Insider’s Tip: If you are looking for an authentic Turkish hammam in a regal setting then head to the hotel’s spa. Offering a fab range of treatments, take advantage of the spa’s opulent surroundings or opt for an al fresco treatment in a private booth overlooking the waterway.

Vogue Verdict: An opulent and regal stay with unparalleled views and exquisite dining options in the beautifully frenetic city of Istanbul.

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