An enchanting gateway of luxury and heritage by the Bosphorus

Located along the serene Bosphorus waterfront, Six Senses Istanbul occupies two majestic 19th-century mansions, Sait Pasa and Kocataş. Its restored Ottoman-era mansions, embellished with historical details, make Six Senses Kocataş Mansions, Istanbul, a stunning stay on Istanbul’s European side. Kocataş Mansions are significant historical landmarks dating back to the 19th century. These mansions, once destroyed by a devastating fire, have been meticulously restored to their original architectural magnificence.

Although Six Senses Kocatas Mansion may not immediately strike you as an ideal central destination, the hotel offers a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city – and this is without sacrificing convenient access to the city centre. Located next to a bus stop, you can easily buy a bus ticket and navigate your way to various destinations throughout Istanbul. Besides providing practical transportation, it eliminates tourist scams commonly associated with local taxis.

At first glance, Six Senses Istanbul seems confined to the mansion’s lush surroundings. The resort extends further up the mountain, offering breathtaking views at every turn and, eventually, the full Sariyer district at the top. To move around the resort, you will ride a buggy, which will take you to the three pools they have, the gym, spa, lounge, and restaurant (and there is also a party/wedding area).

As for the interiors, each guest room, much like the rest of the hotel, is spacious and combines historic influences in a visually pleasing manner. The interiors combine Art Deco, mid-century, and Scandinavian influences. In short, it’s an opulent stay. Regardless of which wing you choose to stay in, the most memorable rooms are located at the front of the hotel with a breathtaking views of the majestic Bosphorus. And if you’re anything like me and enjoy a good amount of sunlight in your room, you’ll be thrilled about the high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows.

One of the delightful touches is the nightly turndown service. As part of their bedtime preparations, the room service team fixes your bed and infuses your room with soothing scents.

As tempting as it may be to surrender to the luxuriously inviting room, Six Senses Kocatas Mansions urges you to venture beyond your bedroom. In every corner of the hotel, you’ll find something to delight the senses, from the artwork to nature’s serene embrace. In terms of artwork, I recommend asking the receptionist to take you on a tour of the hotel that covers both wings to see all the historic decor and artefacts.

I’ve also got some insider information for you. The resort is rumoured to plan a dedicated viewing area where guests can watch dolphins swimming in the Bosphorus. Here’s the best part: visitors can also record their sightings in a special logbook. As a result, the hotel plans to use this valuable information by sharing it with companies and initiatives that study dolphin behaviour and ensure their safety and well-being. So I do hope that by the time of your visit, you’ll be able to log some dolphin sightings.

In summary, Six Senses Kocatas Mansions is an ideal destination for a peaceful and luxurious stay. It provides a tranquil retreat where you can experience Istanbul’s beauty while relaxing. The hotel itself is a haven that deserves a few days to fully appreciate. With its myriad amenities, you can enjoy a variety of experiences throughout your stay. In addition to the pools, spas, and cafes, the resort offers a weekly activities plan that you can check at reception. This planner includes fun group hotel activities, including yoga sessions, hiking, soap-making workshops, spa scrub workshops, and more.

This cozy, peaceful environment makes you feel at home and lends itself well to both readers and writers, providing a serene environment to pen your thoughts. It’s a lovely and rejuvenating experience that will leave you longing for more.

But until you book your visit – which you can easily by visiting Six Senses Kocatas Mansion’s website right here – enjoy a few personal snippets from around the hotel to make sure you’re well tempted.

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Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at or follow her on social media @rundoozz.