Six Senses Kocatas Mansions, overlooking Istanbul’s Bosphorus, is once again welcoming guests. Located in the Sariyer district of Istanbul’s European side, the resort offers an urban retreat in heritage mansions surrounded by laurel trees. Tip: The resort has created a welcome offer with rates starting from $308 and include daily breakfast and guaranteed upgrades to Bosphorus View guestrooms and suites.
Recently awarded “The Safe Tourism Certificate” by the Turkish Tourism board, the resort ensures compliancy with strict guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Touchless hand sanitizers have been installed throughout the hotel; guest temperatures are checked upon arrival; accommodations are disinfected by fogging machine and ULV lights 24 hours before guest arrivals.
When it comes to dining, guests are required to make advance bookings. All restaurants and bars are open with outdoor elements and have been arranged to ensure social distancing compliance. Menus are available through QR codes, which can be viewed on personal devices. Additional seating has been provided in the outdoor garden and destination dining can also be arranged at the top of the courtyard. For activities, guests are welcome to use the gym and pool; however, these facilities will be available by reservation only so that the hotel is able to monitor guest numbers.
For dining: Defne Restaurant, adjacent to the Sait Pasa Mansion, offers menus based on “Eat With Six Senses.” This all-day dining venue offers guests a contemporary take on traditional Turkish cuisine. Toro Latin GastroBar, by restaurateur Richard Sandoval, takes guests on a culinary and cultural journey of Istanbul with his signature dishes inspired by Pan Latin and Asian cuisines. The restaurant offers outdoor seating and tastes from Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Colombia together with cocktails made by skilled mixologists. Kahve Lounge serves classic afternoon teas in a bohemian-style gilded hall or in the greenery courtyard. A selection of sweet and savory bites with homemade scones are served everyday between 1:30 to 6:30 pm.
The team at Six Senses Kocatas Mansions can arrange tours of the city’s historical sections, visits to the local market of Sariyer with the executive chef, and cooking classes incorporating vegetables harvested from the property’s on-site organic garden.
The hotel has 43 guestrooms and suites, banqueting spaces, function rooms and is close to Istanbul Airport (40 minutes).