Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural capital, is an ever-changing, modern and dynamic city that never forgets its past. The streets, architecture and waterfront neighbourhoods are awash with Ottoman history, echoing in soaring domes, whimsical tilework and carved wooden doors. Artists and designers living and working here use this setting as the starting point for work that coalesces tradition with modernity, to create something truly unique. Here are some of the most inspired.

A luxury waterfront stay on the Bosphorus River.

Amidst historical gardens, world-class shopping, and vibrant nightlife scene is the Swissôtel Bosphorus, a 5-star hotel in the liveliest part of Istanbul.

Named after the Galata Tower, a well-known historical building that dates back to the 5th century, the Galata Hotel is situated in the Beyoglu district in heart of ancient Istanbul.

Housed in a 150-year old renovated Ottoman building, Régie Ottoman Istanbul is located in the Historic Peninsula of Sultanahmet.

 Sandwiched between Europe and Asia, Istanbul wears all of its geography on its sleeve. Experience the variety of Istanbul’s traditional Turkish coffee and immerse in some of it's newest dining locals.

The Turkish Hamam is an important part of it's inhabitant's culture. Developed as a place to relax and cleanse that was inherited from the Roman's in design, however adapted with Turkish delights (not the sweetened kind!). LUXOS takes you on a tour of Istanbul's best Hamam spas.

In Scuol, the spring’s the thing, where 25 sources produce mineral waters at an altitude of 1,250 metres relaxing you to the fullest extent.

Looking for a place that combines the Mediterranean cuisine with the innovative spirit of Istanbul? Take your seats at Capricorn. 

25-year old chef Liam Smith-Laing helms the kitchen at La Petite Maison.