Turn On The Romance In Istanbul’s Finest Hotels

As your wedding day draws near, you may find the tension and worry mount up. That’s why a romantic honeymoon is what you deserve the most. A honeymoon is the first experience after the hustle and bustle of your wedding that allows you some quality time together with your bae. And Turkey might be the answer to the question about where you should spend these blissful moments. With its dazzling turquoise water, stunning scenery and its historical sites, Turkey serves as the perfect backdrop against which you and your companion can spend some romantic moments wrapped up in each other.

To get to Turkey, you will have to fly to Istanbul. And, this city is perfect for you to spend a couple of romantic days and nights in. Istanbul has a pulsating effect on every traveler. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do; Istanbul is bound to leave you amazed and speechless. The city has a character of its own that draws you in. The fusion of the European and Mediterranean culture is best seen and experienced in Turkey and will have a long-lasting impression on you. Istanbul is a manifestation of life and nature and is the perfect place you can go to, to fall further in love with each other.

Turn On The Romance In Istanbul’s Finest Hotels

If you want to explore the entirety of Istanbul, then you would need 5-6 nights, at least. This way, you would be able to enjoy all the amazing sights in Istanbul as well as make a trip across to the Asian side of Istanbul. The best part of exploring Istanbul is that all the attractions are close together, which means you can even take a walk to them. And if not, there is sufficient public transport available to get you there.

A great place to start your sightseeing adventure is at the Hagia Sophia. Once a church, then a mosque, and currently a museum, this world-renowned sight is a must-see. It is located at the  Sultanahmet in the Fatih district, and you can take Tram Line 1 to get here and the admission fee is a reasonable 60 Turkish Lira  (approximately Rs. 745). Constructed at the beginning of the middle ages, this engineering marvel is famous for its massive dome and its vibrant back story. The museum was once the seat of Constantinople and was the principal backdrop against which Byzantine imperial ceremonies, such as coronations, were carried out. This museum contains some of the world’s best mosaics and is the personification of Byzantine Architecture.

Your trip to Istanbul would not be complete without a trip to the Topkapi Palace. Just north of the Hagia Sophia, this palace once housed some of the greatest sultans. At only 60 Turkish Lira plus another 35 for the Harem, this palace with its stunning gardens and many regal rooms is a must-see. Tram Line 1 to either the  Sultanahmet or Gülhane Station will get you there in no time.

Of course, no honeymoon to Istanbul would be complete if you don’t take a ferry across to the Asian side of the continent. In only twenty minutes, you would have reached the other side of the city, and a great place to start your exploring is Kadiköy. Even if just for an hour or two, this experience is one you must embark on. If you want to get a 360-degree view of Istanbul, then we recommend visiting the Galata Tower. From this small viewing platform, you can take in the sight of beautiful Istanbul as the sunsets on it.

Now that you have added Istanbul to your itinerary, we’re here  to tell you the best places to stay in Istanbul. These hotels will, without a doubt, turn your honeymoon into a fairytale stay.

1. Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

This monumental hotel is located on the beautiful Bosphorous and provides a lovely viewpoint into the foregone days of the Ottoman Empire. The regal and ornate edifice will make you and the love of your life feel like you are living out your own Turkish Fantasy. This hotel has seen  and hosted some famous personas like Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton. Perched on the edge of the Bosphorus, a stay at Ciragan Palace Kempinski will leave you feeling like you are floating on the magnificentBosphorus. Its grounds and architecture are a treat to the senses, and the service is flawless. So you two can really kick back and fall further in love with each other and the city.

2.  Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Standing proud and tall along the scenic strait is the Four Seasons Hotel. Previously an Ottoman palace, this hotel is a perfect amalgamation of Istanbul’s beautiful architecture and world-renowned Turkish hospitality. You and your bae can spend some lazy afternoons lounging in the warm Turkish sun alongside the outdoor pool or take in the sights of the soaring minarets and Turkey’s gorgeous towers overlooking the city. The hotel will allow you to unwind in the bliss of its serene atmosphere. Be it hours spent gazing at the waterline or time spent savoring the traditional cuisine of Turkey, we promise that you will not regret choosing this renowned hotel as your honeymoon getaway.

3. Swissotel The Bosphorus, Istanbul

Swissotel The Bosphorus, Istanbul

Nestled in the midst of 65 acres of romantic historical gardens, this luxury hotel will do more than just justice to your honeymoon. Perched on top of a hill overlooking the glamorous Bosphorus Strait, Swissotel The Bosphorus takes on a modern twist to luxury stays in Turkey. The rooms are all accompanied with gorgeous views to the parks. Overlooking the strait, the hotel allows its visitors to enjoy the magnificent view of the sunny strait and the boats ferrying around. The hotel has its very own shopping center, spa, and pool. Its grounds are large, which means you as a couple can spend plenty of sunny afternoons strolling hand in hand with each other. Then to top the day off, you can try some of Turkey’s finest dining at one of the ten restaurants that are located on the property.

4. Raffles, Istanbul

Raffles, Istanbul

This five-star hotel is a cut above the rest. A sanctuary of calm and solitude, the hotel allows for its honey-mooners to both be able to take in the hustle of the metropolitan while also providing that refuge where you and your soulmate can unwind and get lost in each other. You can shop at the luxurious Zorlu Centre which is attached to the hotel, or send your taste buds into a frenzy by dining at the variety of restaurants and bars available. From its crystal chandeliers to its glistening pools, this hotel is a perfect blend of modern and Ottoman culture. What’s more is that you don’t have to worry about getting around in the city as this hotel is cleverly situated near transport facilities. Raffles will ensure you and your partner get to experience Istanbul’s flamboyant character fully.

As you and your better half go full steam ahead into planning both a wedding and a honeymoon, we hope that this article has helped take away some of the stress. And if it hasn’t, don’t worry, we’re sure a stay at any of these hotels will be able to do that. Let us know in the comments below how your honeymoon panned out.