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.
Invigorated 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
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.
This 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, Istanbul.