If you would like to visit Istanbul and stay somewhere a little different then look no further than Heybeliada and our holiday apartments, just 30 minutes by boat from Istanbul. We have three spacious and wonderfully ornate apartments, each with it’s own entrance, kitchen and bathroom. Our caretaker is available seven days a week and we have an English speaking manager that lives just a few doors along who can help with lots of insider local tips!
A sign of the creative community and the impact that Istanbul now has as a big player in the creative world, the recently opened Soho House in the ultra cool Beyoglu district, is just another fantastic location for drinks with friends and colleagues after a hard day in the office, or on the film set.
This knockout building built in 1830 as the home of a wealthy Genoese merchant, later became the US consulate. The building has a remarkable Italian heritage, but the newly designed interior has more of a mid-century modern feel to it, catering to the young trendy and creative clientele.
Being in town for work as well as leisure, my colleague Tamer from Spark Film, took us to have a look around and share a few beers. Like the rest of the Soho Houses, this one is no exception. On the contrary, i think its the biggest project to date, but has all the style and quality of the original houses.
We went here for opening night and drank cocktails and met all kinds of cool people and then played table tennis long into the night.
The following day, we headed back to our Istanbul holiday apartment on the Islands – what a contrast and what a great memory. After a very cool evening spent with great people, it was the perfect place to relax, get over our headaches and take in the fresh air.
This summer we had a truly wonderfully summer holiday with the perfect mix of culture and relaxation. We discovered a truly secret Island just off of Istanbul.We had been planning to visit the city for many years but there was always a debate in our family as there was a division between those that wanted to go to the beach and swim in the sea and sit in the sun with those of us who wanted to have a taste of something a little richer and more surprising.
Our plan was to spend 4 days in Istanbul and then travel south for a futher 8 days at a beach resort that we have visited in the past. However, during our loooooong debate period I did a small amount of research and stumble upon the site www.karamanyan.com and from there we found out all about the secret islands. It seemed to good to be true so we emailed the owners. They turned out to be a British couple that were living in Istanbul and indeed at the house and on the island for several years.
They told us all about the islands and it didn’t take long to convince the rest of the family to sign up! We stayed for two weeks and spent two nights in Istanbul. The rip was perfect. The Apartment was even more beautiful than the picture would lead you to believe. You have the perfect mix of excitement from the sprawling city and relaxation on the car free island. We would recommend these Istanbul Holiday Apartments to anyone that wants a city break and a relaxing holiday – you can’t beat it. And the price is really reasonable too – we’ve stayed in far more expensive places, the great aspect to The Karamanyan, is that you feel like you are in a historical building but it feels wonderfully modern and positive.