Sleeping On the Bosphorus at A'jia Hotel in Istanbul
The A'jia Hotel is one of the new wave of boutique hotels in Istanbul and sits on the Asian shore, half an hour away from the mayhem of the centre. There's not a kilim or belly-dancer's tassel in sight, at this ex-pasha's mansion on the Bosphorus, just chic white-on-white glamour. The understated, modern luxury continues in the sparse, cool bedroom. A wall of windows makes it feel as though it's floating above the Bosphorous before a distant shimmering shore. Geometrical white armchairs are arranged across rich dark wood floors but we're most impressed with the centrepiece: an enormous bed with the crispest, coolest sheets of Egyptian cotton. The restaurant and bar are run by the Istanbul Doors Group, who also run some of the city's most glamorous bars, and the food is stylish Modern European. This is not a quiet city, and a day spent trawling its teeming streets can send you a little barmy. A'jia, with its magnificent watery view, is the perfect place to get away from it all.