Luxury shouldn’t be reserved for special occasions. From deluxe suites with jaw dropping panoramic views to crystal chandeliers and 24-hour butler service, your choice of hotel can make or break your holiday before it’s even started. Luxury city breaks specialist Cox & Kings selects some of the finer places to stay for the perfect weekend away. Sometimes, one needs to spend a little to live a little!
Ironically, Sultanahmet Jail (Turkish: Sultanahmet Cezaevi), a former prison in Istanbul, Turkey, has now become the luxury Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet. Built in 1918/1919 in the old town of Istanbul and surrounded by some of the most famous landmarks such as the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, the Four Seasons Hotel at Sultahnamet is the perfect base for exploring this fascinating city. Rooms offer a large plasma television, twice daily housekeeping and decadent marble bathroom with large soaking tubs.
Commissioned by King Alfonso XIII in 1910, the Ritz has been graced by many a famous face from Madonna and Tom Cruise to Frank Sinatra and Tom Ford. Rooms feature antique furniture, large marble bathrooms, handmade carpets and 24-hour luxury room service. For added extravagance, the presidential suite comprises two spacious bedrooms, living room, reception area, marble fireplace and exquisite antiques. If that fails to entice you, then the royal suite with its grand bedroom, sitting room, two large bathrooms and personal butler, will make you feel a million dollars.
Russia’s imperialist past can be rekindled when staying at the decadent Grand Hotel Europe by Orient-Express. Unique historic suites feature Italian marble bathrooms, 4.3 metre high ceilings and sensuous silk fabrics. With so much to see and do, from the State Hermitage museum to strolling along the canals, you can get lost for days within the impressive façade of this elegant Russian city.
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Cox & Kings, the luxury holidays specialist, was established in 1758 and is built upon high quality service and attention to detail. It has operations in London, the US, Japan, Australia and India. Cox & Kings organises private tailor-made holidays to the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and the Caribbean.