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Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

Hidden away in the scenic folds of the Taurus Mountains in southwest Anatolia lie the provinces of Isparta and Burdur. This is Turkey’s lake district: the rugged peaks, which form a spectacular divide between the Mediterranean coast and the central Anatolian plain, create an ideal agricultural...

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Önder Tiryaki - photo by Merve Göral

Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

If eyes are the window to the soul, the face is it’s finely fashioned gateway. Meet accomplished beauty experts in Istanbul who are leaders in their craft, as adept at high fashion as they are everyday street style. Melis İlkkılıç After two years in the banking industry, Melis İlkkılıç decided to...

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Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı

Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

Life in the merry, crushing din of Istanbul sometimes requires a retreat far from the squall of horns and cellphones. Enter the hammam, where you can scrub away the city’s grit, seduced by beautiful surroundings and traditional treatments as tensions melt with the steam. Here are some of the best...

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Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

Who doesn’t like to escape all the rush and noise of the city, to unwind and relax for an hour or two? In other words, who doesn’t love a spa session? A city like Istanbul sets a fast pace that has everyone trying to catch up. This makes regular spa visits nearly mandatory - and luckily, there is...

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Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

We’d like to start this article by thanking a 16th-century pirate named Kılıç Ali Paşa; an Italian who converted to Islam and rose up the ranks from slave to Captain of his ship. It seems there were fewer glass ceilings in those days as, due to his keen intelligence and navigational skills, he...

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Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı

Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

The Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı, also known as the Haseki Hürrem Sultan Hamamı, is located in a building designed by legendary architect Sinan in 1556 for the notorious Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana) a concubine who became the wife of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. For decades, the building housed a...

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Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

Located in a 16th century historical building that forms part of the Kılıç Ali Paşa complex, which also comprises of a mosque, a medrese, a türbe, and a fountain, this hamam exudes class from the outside in. The complex was commissioned by Kiliç Ali Paşa, an Italian slave turned Grand Admiral of...

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Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

This hamam, located in Sultanahmet near Hagia Sophia and the Yerebatan Sarnıcı, is a popular choice with tourists. The hamam, built for Sultan Mahmut I in 1741 to help pay for the upkeep of his library in the Hagia Sophia, showcases some of the most magnificent Baroque styles. The hararets , or...

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Open air spa at The Ritz-Carlton

Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

There is no rule that spa facilities must be located on the bottom floors or under the buildings, yet 99 percent of them are. Let’s talk about the remaining one percent then – Istanbul’s only open-air spa, located at The Ritz-Carlton hotel . The outdoor alternative to classical therapies has been a...

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Raffles Istanbul, Spa

Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

A wise man once said that bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Anyone who repeats this saying is proved wrong the moment they enter the premises of the Raffles Spa. This 3,000-square-meter facility, which occupies the dedicated floor of Raffles Istanbul hotel, is a fine example of what luxury...

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Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

Located within Swissôtel the Bosphorus Istanbul , Pürovel Spa & Sport is a spacious, luxurious, modern spa that offers facial treatments (firming age repair, deep cleanse facial, instant eye repair, peeling), exfoliating and detoxifying body treatments, slimming and firming packages, hand and...

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Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

This historical hamam, located in Üsküdar, was commissioned in the 1640s by Kösem Sultan, the wife of Sultan Ahmet I, during the building of the nearby Çinili Camii (Tiled Mosque); the hamam's own tiles have since been stolen by thieves. In the center of the great camekân is a stunning marble...

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HH Hair Design Ulus

Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

Unless they have dreadlocks or live a life of self-sufficiency in Belgrad Forest, most long-term visitors to Istanbul will feel the pressing need for some professional hair attention. Luckily, the city has many locales for you to find the right kuaför , from traditional to modern and budget to high...

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Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

This luxury spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus offers a wide array of spa treatments in addition to a traditional Turkish hamam experience. Among the many services guests can avail themselves of at the spa are facial treatments with exclusive skincare products by Sodashi,...

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Le Meridien Etiler, Explore Spa & Fitness

Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

Situated at Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler, Explore Spa offers everything you might need from a spa. With local touches like a Turkish hammam and additions such as a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the facility is a well-equipped holistic wellness center. To really discover the...

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Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı

The Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı, also known as the Haseki Hürrem Sultan Hamamı, is located in a building designed by legendary architect Sinan in 1556 for the notorious Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana) a concubine who became the wife of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. For decades, the building housed a...

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Located in a 16th century historical building that forms part of the Kılıç Ali Paşa complex, which also comprises of a mosque, a medrese, a türbe, and a fountain, this hamam exudes class from the outside in. The complex was commissioned by Kiliç Ali Paşa, an Italian slave turned Grand Admiral of...

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This hamam, located in Sultanahmet near Hagia Sophia and the Yerebatan Sarnıcı, is a popular choice with tourists. The hamam, built for Sultan Mahmut I in 1741 to help pay for the upkeep of his library in the Hagia Sophia, showcases some of the most magnificent Baroque styles. The hararets , or...

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Open air spa at The Ritz-Carlton

There is no rule that spa facilities must be located on the bottom floors or under the buildings, yet 99 percent of them are. Let’s talk about the remaining one percent then – Istanbul’s only open-air spa, located at The Ritz-Carlton hotel . The outdoor alternative to classical therapies has been a...

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Raffles Istanbul, Spa

A wise man once said that bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Anyone who repeats this saying is proved wrong the moment they enter the premises of the Raffles Spa. This 3,000-square-meter facility, which occupies the dedicated floor of Raffles Istanbul hotel, is a fine example of what luxury...

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This historical hamam, located in Üsküdar, was commissioned in the 1640s by Kösem Sultan, the wife of Sultan Ahmet I, during the building of the nearby Çinili Camii (Tiled Mosque); the hamam's own tiles have since been stolen by thieves. In the center of the great camekân is a stunning marble...

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Located within Swissôtel the Bosphorus Istanbul , Pürovel Spa & Sport is a spacious, luxurious, modern spa that offers facial treatments (firming age repair, deep cleanse facial, instant eye repair, peeling), exfoliating and detoxifying body treatments, slimming and firming packages, hand and...

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This luxury spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus offers a wide array of spa treatments in addition to a traditional Turkish hamam experience. Among the many services guests can avail themselves of at the spa are facial treatments with exclusive skincare products by Sodashi,...

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Le Meridien Etiler, Explore Spa & Fitness

Situated at Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler, Explore Spa offers everything you might need from a spa. With local touches like a Turkish hammam and additions such as a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the facility is a well-equipped holistic wellness center. To really discover the...

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Imagine an oasis in the heart of Istanbul where you could unwind after a day filled with business meetings. Ideally, it would be easily accessible by car or public transport, or better - located walking distance from the office. Imagine it was situated in the center of activity, yet isolated enough...

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When it comes to Spa visits, there are two types of people: those who need a special occasion to pamper themselves, and those who use every opportunity that comes along. If you're the former, and expect your exceptional, golden-starred day to come with service that truly makes you feel like a VIP,...

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HH Hair & Makeup Zorlu Center

HH Hair Design offers a wide range of services, including manicures and pedicures, as well as waxing, threading (the ancient technique of hair removal with a thread) and make-up. The initials are those of owners, brother and sister, Haluk and Hande Feyzioğlu, who opened its first well-run salon in...

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Located on the Asian side in the Çiftehavuzlar neighborhood, Diba is an upscale hair salon where the talented Rasim Lök will give your hair the treatment and look that is best.

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With a Flora and Fauna concept, natural materials are used in the spa both in its decor and its world famous natural products. Services include more than 14 distinct massage treatments; facial, skin, and body care; Turkish Bath; solarium and sauna; outdoor pool with a bar; a relaxation center with...

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Çırağan Palace Kempinski hotel's spa is managed by Sanitas and features an infinity outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a whirlpool, massage and beauty treatment rooms, an authentic Turkish bath, and a fully-equipped fitness center open around the clock.

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The LifeCo (also known as the Istanbul Well-Being Center) in Akatlar's Club Sporium (behind Mayadrom) offers a wide range of therapies including detox programs, well-aging therapies, spa & massage services, and yoga & flexibility classes, in addition to smoking cessation and weight...

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Located by the metro entrance of the Kanyon shopping mall, Foot Bliss is a mini spa offering reflexology, foot detox, hand and feet care, anti-aging face massage, and Garra Rufa fish treatments by therapists from China.

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Rebul first opened on popular İstiklal Caddesi as a pharmacy in 1895. Over time, the pharmacy sold more perfumed products than any other, specifically lavender and lemon kolonya . Today Atelier Rebul, creates alternative eau-de-cologne such as amber and even fig as well as their traditional orange...

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Sultan's retreat When Ahu Aysal opened Hotel Les Ottomans, she sought to create a retreat for those who appreciate history, tradition, and modern indulgence. Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, located at the hotel, is the quintessence of that philosophy. It comes as no surprise then that its signature...

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The California Nail Bar in Nişantaşı provides professional manicures and pedicures in a pleasantly peaceful environment. Here you recline in comfortable lounge chairs, close your eyes and listen to soft music or leaf through a magazine while trained attendants buff your nails, peel off the rough...

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