Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

Anjelique
One of the elite super-clubs located in fashionable Kurucesme, Anjelique's fabulous Bosphorus views  are just the start of the club's charms. Dress up to blend in with the Turkish glamorati.
Armani Café
The spiritual home of chic Istinye the Armani Café is stylish to the core...
Arter
The most striking of the many appearing contemporary art spaces appearing in Istanbul...
Bentley Hotel
The sleek lines and mod-cons of Istanbul's first design hotel make it a particular favourite of business travellers. Located to the north of Beyoglu, it's near the business district and a short taxi ride to Istanbul's cultural attractions.
Beymen Brasserie
THE spot for lunch on Abdi Ipecki Caddesi, the spiritual home of fashionistas and label addicts, Beyman is the perfect watering hole for Manolo-wearing shoppers.
Ca’D’Oro
'Cafe' doesn't do this chic, minimalistic eatery justice. Expect tremendous food, whether it be brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Cagaloglu Hamam
A historical hammam that's had a bevy of royals and celebrities dropping in for a visit.
Ceyazir
Occupying what used to be an Italian school, Ceyanzir is the very epitome of laid-back Istanbul cool...
Çiragan Palace
One of Istanbul's most impressive hotels, it is hard to beat the Çiragan Palace for all-round opulence - not to mention its fabulous location on the Bosphorus and excellent facilities.
Çiragan Palace Hammam
Spoil yourself within the ultra-luxe confines of this majestic hotel.
Çiragan Palace Kempinski Spa
The plush five-star Çiragan Palace boasts of an outdoor massage area, a heated infinity pool, and hamams fit for a sultan (or, indeed, a sultana).
Çiragan Palace Swimming Pool
The Çiragan Palace's 33-metre-long pool is a spectacular place for a swim, bordering the Bosphorus and separated from it by the thinnest of margins.
Cok Cok
Beyoglu's chic favourites, Wanna and Lokanta, face stiff competition from this stylish newcomer. Cok Cok serves up Asian food culture and design with cosy intimacy.
Dreamlands Spa
A traditional western-inspired spa, this luxe venue promises to spoil and indulge you.
Edition Espa
It's the ultimate spa-playground. Rich in ambience and a palette of sensory excess, this haven for beauty is one that will make you squeal with hedonistic delight. 
Edition Istanbul
Schrager's concept hotel for the Marriott group has proved a hit in Istanbul...
Eresin Crown
One of the best small luxury hotels in Istanbul, this boutique 'museum' hotel contains a smattering of items from Istanbul's Archeology Museum. Tucked away behind the Blue Mosque, a drink on its roof terrace is the perfect way to end the day.d=
Faik Pasa Yokusu
Antiques and goodies abound for those who don't mind a rummage.
Feriye
If this fabulous restaurant was any closer to the Bosphorus, it would be underwater. With food and service as befits its grand setting, it is perfect for a special night out.
Four Seasons at Bosphorus
The Four Season's second property in Istanbul has panoramic views stretching out over the Bosphorus.
Four Seasons at Sultanahmet
With 65 beautifully furnished, large high-spec rooms and a perfect position amidst Istanbul's cultural attractions, the stylish Four Seasons is a perennial favourite.
Four Seasons Spa
To rejuvenate or indulge, the Four Seasons offers several treatments to help you get over a bout of jet lag - or just plain fatigue. Guaranteed.
Haremlique
Head to Haremlique for quintessential Turkish homeware.
House Café
Super-slick and ultra-hip chain of cafes filled with immaculately beautiful young things...
Istinye Park
A random roof design, swathes of designer outlets and Istanbul’s first IMAX theatre – what more could you want from a mall?
K.V.
In contrast with Beyoglu's uber-cool bars and traditional taverns, the elegant K.V. offers a hint of Old Stamboul with its tasteful mix of Viennese and Parisian styles which once gave Pera its dash.
Kanyon
If you've exhausted the shopping potential of Abdi Ipekci Caddesi, head to Kanyon for a designer fix. A luxe open-air shopping mall home to a range of homegrown and international brands.
Karaköy Lokantasi
A taste of Italy in Istanbul, complete with hearty seafood - not to be missed...
Kemer Golf Club
Located to the north of Istanbul, towards the Belgrad Forest, Kemer Golf and Country Club stretches over 500-acres and has pretty much every leisure activity you could possibly want.
Körfez
A must for guests of the A'jia hotel (also in Kanlica) Korfez attracts diners from across the city. Take the restaurant's water taxi across the Bosphorus for a memorable evening of excellent fish in a beautiful setting. sty
Kubbeli Saloon Tea Lounge
An exception to the Fawlty Towers-esque feel that pervades the Pera Palace Hotel, the Patisserie and Terrace Bar are a charming option for a cake and slice of high Victorian grandeur.
Leb-i Derya Richmond
This second Leb-i-Derya is more restaurant than bar. Whilst it shares fabulous city and Bosphorus views with its sister restaurant nearby, this restaurant in the central Richmond hotel is perfect for a romantic dinner. styl
Leb-i-Derya
Stunning panoramic views and crisply contemporary styling make Leb-i-Derya a hit with Istanbul's fashionable crowd. The bar comes into its own as the evening wears on so it's perfect for post-dinner drinks.=display:n"
Lokanta Maya
Local fare with a taste of global flavour from superstar chef Didem Senol. Not to be missed if you can help it...
Markiz Café
Unlike most of our recommendations, this old-school Pera cafe is firmly on the tourist trail. Nonetheless it has a curious charm; tuck into delicious pastries and try to imagine its former glory.=display:none;""
Marmara Istanbul
Guests at the hotel receive free usage of facilities with day passes and monthly membership also available. Marmara Taksim also offers the full spa experience.
Marmara Istanbul
Mars Athletic Club
Most hotels have great workout spaces, with the more expensive options boasting cutting-edge gym facilities. Gyms are otherwise rare in Istanbul but this is one that's tip-top.  
Mimolett
Take taste to another level at this epicurean haven...
Minyon W Istanbul
Beautiful people and a trendy ambience make this your absolute go-to place for a night on the town.

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