Six Senses debuts on Istanbul’s legendary Bosphorus Strait

by | 30 Oct 2019 | Chains

A first impression of the new Six Senses Kocataş Mansions in Istanbul. (Photo: Six Senses)

Six Senses comes to Turkey’s capital in a luxurious urban oasis set in two fully restored Ottoman-era mansions on the shores of the Bosphorus river. 

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas will soon bring its trademark take on hospitality to Istanbul, Turkey, specifically to two restored Ottoman-era mansions there.

Six Senses Kocataş Mansions property will be on Istanbul’s European side, in the prosperous Sariyer district. This area, for those who don’t already know, is famous for its “Pearls of the Bosphorus” waterfront properties.

This new urban resort has been designed to recreate historic architectural features and artefacts from the site’s former 19th century Kocataş Mansions, which were devastated in a fire years ago, paying homage to its original footprint.

Omar Alfardan, president and CEO of Alfardan Group, said, “The partnership between Alfardan Group and Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas proves to be timely and strategic, as Turkey continues to emerge as a highly popular destination in the region.”

Six Senses Kocataş Mansions is a tribute to history and culture, and it represents our unique take on hospitality and urban hotel living which will be clearly reflected in its incredible designs and state-of-the-art facilities,” Mr Alfardan elaborated.

A venue with a history

Few hotels in the world can say they are at home in 19th-century mansions, which is part of what makes this property so special.

The mansion was owned by and named after the Ottoman Minister of Justice Necmettin Molla Kocataş, owner of Kocataş Water. Indeed, just behind is a 2.5-hectare community known for its pure spring water.

The site enjoys far-reaching views over the Bosphorus as it begins its last curve towards the Black Sea. This iconic Strait has been sailed since the Roman era and today marks one of the world’s most strategic waterways, drawing the line between Europe and Asia.

Within the property, 45 generous guest rooms and suites are split between two stately three-level heritage mansions, together with lounges, banqueting and function rooms and a gallery.

Inspired by the city’s ability to embrace its contradictions – whether east and west, ancient and modern or mystical and earthly – the interior design blends traditional local flavours with contemporary Six Senses signature touches.

Amenities at the Six Senses Kocataş Mansions

Through menus that are both nutritious and delicious Six Senses tempts guests who are in tune with or aspire to a balanced wellness-driven lifestyle without compromising on some of life’s finer indulgences.

In addition to in-room dining, guests will be invited to sample the specialty menu at the Toro Latin GastroBar. With its elegant décor styled by the restaurateur Richard Sandoval, Toro Latin GastroBar is inspired by Pan-Latin and Asian cuisines, featuring cocktails shaken or stirred by a resident mixologist.

The all-day Kahve café is in a bohemian-style gilded hall offering up sweet and sticky pastries and refreshing Bosphorus views in turn.

An added benefit of the site’s topography is that it allows for several offerings that will tempt guests seeking an urban oasis, starting with a fully equipped gym and an expansive wellness area.



Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 11 resorts and 29 spas in 20 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas.


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