Top 7 Istanbul ‘staycation’ ideas
Have ongoing travel restrictions put a crimp in your summer vacation plans? Fortunately, Istanbulites don’t have to go far to enjoy relaxing changes of scenery. When it comes to weekend getaways, the city offers an array of safe and high-quality ‘staycation’ options for every conceivable personality type.  

Embrace the royal lifestyle at Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul  

Have you always wanted to stay at Istanbul’s most famous landmark hotel? If so, now’s the perfect time to make your dream come true. With a range of excellent packages to choose from, guests can enjoy a number of special services as a part of the deal. We recommend organizing a luxurious picnic on the palace lawn, the perfect setting for forging summer memories. Visit the website.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul  

Enjoy a mindful weekend at Swissotel The Bosphorus 

Known for its excellent wellness programs, Swissotel offers guests great outdoor facilities, including a private park, gym and spacious pool area. Those seeking safe ways to socialize, for example, can take yoga classes in a natural setting. If privacy and a peaceful environment are both on your checklist, consider booking a suite with a private terrace overlooking the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea. Visit the website.

Swissotel The Bosphorus 

Escape urban chaos at Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center 

Named ‘best city hotel’ for 2020 by Travel+Leisure World, Raffles Istanbul is a quiet oasis amid the hustle and bustle of our favorite metropolis. A potent antidote to the chaotic urban lifestyle, a brief stay here will bring you peace of mind in a heartbeat. Visit the website. Visit the website.

Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center

Unwind in the open air at Ritz Carlton Istanbul at the Bosphorus 

There are certain places where a strategically-placed infinity pool can make all the difference, and the Ritz Carlton Istanabul’s open-air terrace is certainly one of them. A great alternative to all-indoor venues, the area will provide the discerning guest with much-needed tranquility, spectacular views of the city, and ultra-chic accommodations. Visit the website.

Ritz Carlton Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Take a stroll through history at the Pera Palace

If your idea of fun has more to do with culture and history than sunbathing, why not follow in the footsteps of famous 19th- and 20th-century personages who stayed at Istanbul’s Pera Palace hotel? You can enjoy a creative retreat in one of the rooms (like Agatha Christie did) or visit the numerous historical landmarks located nearby. Visit the website.

Pera Palace

Bask in luxury at the new JW Marriott

Even if you’re a regular on Istanbul’s hotel circuit, you may have missed the new JW Marriott amid the ongoing pandemic crisis. Istanbul’s latest luxury hotel, the top floors of the JW Marriott offer incredible views of both city and sea, along with an excellent rooftop restaurant called ‘Octo.’ Visit the website.

Octo at JW Marriott

Live the island life at Splendid Palace 

Nothing says ‘isolation’ more than an island in the middle of the sea. Despite current circumstances (or perhaps because of them), Istanbul’s island of Buyukada has remained a favorite summer getaway. With all the ambiance of a bygone era (and a welcome ban on motor vehicles), Buyukada’s Splendid Palace hotel is the perfect place to reminisce about what summer holidays in the city used to be like. Visit the website.

Splendid Palace

Dear Readers,

Our publication witnessed a lot of ups and downs in the last 29 years, but in 2020 we have faced truly unprecedented times.

Despite our best efforts, as of August 2020 we are pressing pause on our overall activity, thanking all of our readers, followers, and partners for their ongoing support and words of encouragement.

We will miss you, just like we miss the city’s uplifting energy that kept us motivated throughout the years.

Stay safe!