SIX SENSES TO OPEN SIX SENSES KOCATAS MANSIONS, ISTANBUL
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is delighted to announce the opening of Six Senses Kocatas Mansions, Istanbul. The latest offering to join the Six Senses portfolio will soft launch in November with a fully completed offering by spring 2020 to include three restaurants, a spa and uninterrupted views of the Bosphorous River. This will be the group’s second property in Turkey, joining Six Senses Kaplankaya which opened last year.
Located in the prosperous Sariyer district of Istanbul’s European side, the 45-room and suite hotel has seen the transformation of two former 19th century mansions: Kocatas Mansions and the next-door Sait Pasa Mansion. These mansions were owned by and named after Ottoman Minister of Justice Necmettin Molla Kocatas, owner of Kocatas Water. Following a devastating fire, which left them uninhabited for the last 20 years, much care has been taken to restore these homes to their original grandeur which they were formerly known for. The interior design throughout blends traditional local influences with contemporary Six Senses signature touches.
Located just moments from the Bosphorous River, guests will enjoy far-reaching dramatic views of the river 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, separating Europe and Asia.
There will be three restaurants at Six Senses Kocatas Mansions: Toro Latin Gastro Bar, which has been elegantly designed by restauranteur Richard Sandoval and will serve Pan-Latin and Asian cuisines. Kahve will be an all-day dining café style restaurant located in a bohemian style gilded hall and will serve light snacks and freshly baked pastries. A third restaurant will also open in spring 2020. As with all Six Senses properties, focus on health and wellness will be prevalent throughout with the Eat With Six Senses philosophy running through the foodie offering and a fully equipped gym and spa launching in spring 2020.
Omar Alfardan, president and CEO of Alfardan Group, comments, “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 Kocatas 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.”
Neil Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas adds “We are very happy to partner with the Alfardan Group for this historic project,” said Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs. “Ideally situated in the city’s prosperous northernmost district with its vibrant outdoor cafés and garden areas, this remains truly the best spot for a Six Senses hotel in Istanbul. It will appeal to local residents in search of an urban wellness fix and great dining experiences, and also to international travelers who wish to explore the city.”
Easily accessible, Istanbul New Airport which is the largest hub in the world, is a 40-minute drive by private vehicle provided by the hotel. The historic city centre of Istanbul is a short boat ride away, and a private boat which will moor in front of the hotel, will be available to guests to enjoy bespoke tours and excursions. True to the Six Senses signature hospitality style, all guests will have a GEM (Guest Experience Makers) who will be on hand to help arrange all excursions and experiences to ensure visitors can connect with the city.