Monday, January 8, 2018

A Relaxing 48 Hour-Stay at Swissotel Bosphorus, enjoying the Purovel spa

The Swissotel, The Bosphorus Istanbul is a newly renovated hotel redesigned by one of the most famous architects in the world. But my favorite here is the Swissotel Purovel Spa & Sport centre, and in particular its private warm saltwater pool, which you can book privately for an hour


Swissotel, The Bosphorus Istanbul

This warm saltwater pool at the Swissotel, The Bosphorus Istanbul takes up an entire room, enabling you to float in complete privacy. I booked this for an hour for each day of my stay, and on my last afternoon in Turkey, it was the perfect way to prepare for a long flight back to Asia. Not that I needed any de-stressing, mind you, as my holiday in Istanbul was as relaxing as I could wish from the first few minutes of arrival.


The private warm saltwater pool
of the Swissotel, the Bosphorus 

I had just checked into a lovely room with a view of the Dolmabahce Palace and the Bosphorus Straits from panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass walls, you see, when there was a knock on my door. I was surprised to find a butler at my door, ready to wheel in a tray laden with spirits, hors d’oeuvres and martini glasses.


Martinis and a view at the Swissotel, the Bosphorus

“This is our James Bond welcome,” he said, also whipping out a cocktail shaker with a flourish. Minutes later, James Bond martini in hand, this was exactly the moment that I felt my holiday begin.



Martinis and a view at the Swissotel, the Bosphorus

PERFECT COINCIDENCES

Exploring my home for the weekend a little further, I found on my desk a copy of 2006 Nobel prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk’s book “Istanbul,” which is basically his memoirs of growing up in nearby Nisantasi, a fashionable neighbourhood in Istanbul that's a ten-minute stroll from the Swissotel, the Bosphorus


Nisantasti in Istanbul

I’d actually began reading the book "Istanbul" prior to departing for Turkey but I hadn’t finished it; so it was extremely propitious to find a copy in my hotel room, along with cocktails and a very comfortable sofa by the wall with a view.

Swissotel, The Bosphorus Istanbul

R&R IN ISTANBUL

The Purovel Spa & Sport offers a sauna, steam room and a traditional Turkish hammam, as well as tropical showers, a bio sauna, and a relaxation room with heated water beds. There are 14 rooms for classic and holistic spa treatments, plus a saltwater pool and a hydrotherapy room


Spa treatments at the Purovel spa of
the Swissotel, the Bosphorus Hotel

It also has facilities for swimming pool biking and a state-of-the-art gym. This was obviously a sign that it was time to stop the hectic sightseeing and just relax, continue reading about Istanbul, and enjoy the moment. It’s not often one is at such a vantage point in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


THE ULTIMATE SETTING


That's me in Istanbul, with the Swissotel the Bosphorus team

Swissotel, The Bosphorus Istanbul is a massive five-star hotel with nearly 500 rooms spread over 65 acres of gardens on the European side of Istanbul. Size definitely matters, in this case, as there is no calmer oasis in oftentimes chaotic but beautiful Istanbul than this hotel estate, so near all the major attractions and yet a world away from it in feeling. 


A peek into the lobby of the Swissotel, the Bosphorus

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A peek into the lobby of the Swissotel, the Bosphorus

Its multi-storey beige-and-gold lobby is perhaps the grandest hotel lobby in Istanbul, with spacious seating and glass walls that look out onto the sea. And, with its 4000-square meter Purovel spa, which has some of the most extensive spa facilities in Istanbul, it’s really more a resort than a hotel. Talk about having the best of both worlds in Istanbul, living a #Travelife.


THE SWISS BRUNCH IN ISTANBUL

Brunch at Swissotel, the Bosphorus

Swissotel has just launched a Sunday brunch at its café, complete with Turkish specialties, a sushi counter, an ice cream teppanyaki bar, and even a Swiss food station serving raclette and sausages.





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