There is no better time than spring to experience Turkey’s spectacular coastline, majestic mountains, cosmopolitan cities and quaint villages. Spring brings the Istanbul Tulip Festival, when the city bursts with color and life as parks like Emirgan Korusu are filled with blooming flowers everywhere. Good weather welcomes a cruise up the Bosphorus, the artery that slices right through Europe and Asia, where visitors can marvel over the imposing castles, marble palaces and seaside villas.
Travelers heading to Turkey this spring will be offered the most luxurious hotel accommodations at Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, a former Ottoman Palace (reachable by yacht, helicopter and limousine) with a magnificent view of the Bosphorus and conveniently located within walking distance of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. The property treats guests to ultimate luxury, while offering unique experiences for every type of traveler:
Ciragan Palace Kempinski’s renowned Sanitas Spa offers guests indulgent and distinct treatments such as therapeutic massages, traditional Asian massage therapies, rejuvenating face and whole-body beauty treatments and of course, an authentic Turkish Hamam experience. A “Hammam” (Turkish bath) is an ancient Oriental custom where the body is carefully rubbed with a textured mitt and covered with the fragrant froth of soap, which cleanses and revitalizes the skin, creating a feeling of relaxation and well-being. The spa also boasts a fitness center, heated indoor pool, a whirlpool, a sauna and an outdoor Infinity pool, among other amenities.
Istanbul, one of the most romantic and sensual cities in the world, is a magnificent place for a vacation for two. Its mix of ancient and modern; the sights and sounds of the streets, bazaars, and calls to prayer; and the proximity to water, from the Golden Horn to the Bosphorus, present an exceptional environment for a romantic getaway. Enjoy champagne and a romantic dinner for two at Ciragan Palace Kempinski’s award-winning Tuğra Restaurant & Lounge with authentic local fare amidst live classical Turkish music and rich Ottoman décor. Couples will cherish their alone time in the exquisite Sultan Suite—one of the largest suites in Europe—where they can enjoy a 24-hour butler service, a panoramic view of the Bosporus and a bathroom with their very own Turkish hammam.
For families looking for a learning experience of a lifetime, Istanbul is the ideal city, richly layered with history and culture. More experiential than any museum, Miniatürk is a playground of wonders where children can tower over 120 miniatures of Turkish and Ottoman monuments and historical sites, such as the Hagia Sofia and the Galata Tower. A kid’s imagination will also go wild at the Istanbul Toy Museum, a vibrant extravaganza of more than 7,000 antique and collectible toys and miniatures curated by the Turkish poet and novelist, Sunay Akin. At Ciragan Palace Kempinski, children can enter the “Sultan for the Day” contest where they’ll have a chance to dress up in a crown and fine robes, choose from a plethora of toys and be treated to a royal sundae fit for a king.