The spice-scented bazaars of Istanbul have enraptured you.
For long moments, you have lost yourself in the intricate patterns gracing the
soaring dome of Hagia Sophia. With the morning's memories glowing in your mind,
you return to the embrace of Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul.
greeted, as always, by warm and attentive service. The feeling of enchanting
hospitality continues when you open the door to your immaculate suite. The
hotel, ideally located in the financial and entertainment district of Besiktas,
yields breathtaking views of the Bosphorus Strait. As you step onto your
private terrace, you are dazzled by the Strait's deep blue waters, a living
line between two continents.
The promise of a delectable lunch eventually
tempts you downstairs. Tantalizing aromas lead you to Shang Palace, the
culinary pride of Shangri-La. An array of traditional Cantonese delicacies,
exquisitely prepared, are sweet and savoury on your palate.
by the meal, you head out to explore nearby attractions. A short walk away is
Dolmabahce Palace, where chandelier-accented rooms built for Ottoman sultans
astonish you with their opulence. The afternoon also holds luxuries of a more
modern kind at the upscale boutiques of Nisantasi.
A memorable day like
this is made perfect by a restful ending. On your return to the hotel, you
check into CHI, The Spa. The soothing hands of a skilled therapist melt away
each knot in your body, leaving a sensation of deep relaxation.
blissful massage is followed by another treat you have been anticipating: a
hammam, or Turkish bath. Enveloped in cleansing heat, you lie back with a sigh
as wisps of steam caress you. Thoughts of your upcoming adventures entice, but
for now, you're grateful to linger in this place of complete serenity.
This is the sanctuary you've been seeking. This is Shangri-La Bosphorus,