RAFFLES ISTANBUL: A new Spa Destination

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One of the key features of the brand new Raffles Istanbul, open September 2014, is the signature Raffles Spa, set to be one of the most comprehensive luxury spas in Istanbul.

Like the hotels in which they sit, each Raffles Spa is a tranquil oasis, embodied by the lotus flower, a symbol of calm, as it blooms amid watery chaos. So too, every Raffles Spa is serene space allowing guests to be themselves. Careful emphasis is placed on the choice of spa products for each location of Raffles’ spas around the world. For Istanbul, there are two lines of products and treatments; from The Organic Pharmacy and Gazelli Skincare.

Asli Sakizli has been appointed as Director of Spa. Asli has worked with some of the most well-known names in the spa business. She joins from The Istanbul Edition, where she was Director of Spa for the hotel’s ESPA Spa.

Raffles Spa in Istanbul offers a choice of pools, saunas, steam rooms and hammams. Seven treatment rooms and two VIP spa suites provide privacy for personal treatments. The fitness centre and gym are supported by a personal trainer.

Raffles Istanbul offers a new perspective on a timeless city, at the heart of the new Zorlu Center, a next-generation bazaar where high fashion, performance, fine food and the arts converge.  On the European side of Istanbul, the hotel has sweeping views over the Bosphorus and the Prince Islands.  The 181 rooms and suites – some of the largest in the city – all have floor to ceiling windows and private balconies.  The sleek modern interiors are embellished with a large collection of contemporary art, much of it specially-commissioned from local artists.  The authentic Raffles touch is personified by the legendary Raffles Butler Service, which currently extends from Singapore to the company’s eleven hotels around the world.   The extensive Raffles Spa offers signature treatments by Organic Pharmacy and the rooftop pool has unforgettable views over the Istanbul skyline.  The hotel has two fabulous restaurants – Arola by Michelin starred chef Sergi Arola and Rocca with Mediterranean dishes and a Turkish influence – and three glamorous bars – the Writers Bar, the Champagne Room and a new take on the Long Bar, an Istanbul twist on its Singapore original, the place to be seen.

This is a new destination overlooking this ancient metropolis, above the Bosphorus, where modern luxury sits alongside heritage and culture.  A modern oasis welcoming the well-travelled to the most timeless of cities.

About Raffles Hotels & Resorts:  Raffles Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, luxury international hotel company with a history dating back to 1887 with the opening of Raffles Hotel, Singapore.  The portfolio currently comprises eleven luxurious properties, from secluded resorts to city hotels in key locations around the world:  in Singapore, Cambodia, China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, the Philippines, Paris and Istanbul, each one is an oasis of calm and charm. The company is embarking on a new phase of expansion, with openings in key destinations scheduled over the next two years. With a compelling mix of cultures and styles, every hotel in the Raffles family has its own individual personality, with its own story to tell and its own sense of place.   However, each one is proud to draw on the timeless essence of Raffles – to deliver thoughtful, personal and discreet service to well-travelled guests. Raffles Hotels & Resorts is part of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company with more than 110 hotels and resorts worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residence clubs, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.

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