sunset mosqueIstanbul is becoming ever more popular as an event destination and it’s not hard to see why. Once referred to as the capital of capital cities, this magical, mystical and mysterious city that bridges both Eastern and Western cultures offers a vast variety of excellent facilities and attractions.

There are a number of different hotels on offer that can cater for all group sizes and brand design guidelines. From the opulent classical architecture of the Ciragan Palace Kempinski and the Four Seasons Bosphorus to the more cutting edge and modern W Hotel and Marti Istanbul Hotel.

Ciragan-PalaceIf you are looking to organise a Gala Dinner with a WOW effect, then this really is the city for you. The Esma Sultan Mansion and Feriye Restaurant are both sensational properties located directly on the Bosphorus, the strait that separates Europe and Asia.

Catering for large groups, these classical Ottoman architectural gems cannot fail to impress your guests. Or why not organise a spectacular dinner cruise on the Bosphorus – we have worked on some spectacular private boats that can seat from 50 – 150 delegates.

For those who are seeking spectacular dining venues for smaller numbers, Istanbul has much to offer. From the extremely charming Sarnic, housed in a renovated Roman cistern located at the end of an old Ottoman Street. This is just around the corner from the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace or the Flower Market, a newly renovated arcade of 9 restaurants, in the part of town, that was the centre of city life in the 19th and early 20th centuries; to the urban, sleek and stylish Mikla Restaurant and Bar, Vogue or X Restaurant which all enjoy breath-taking views. Maiden’s Tower is also popular for its magical atmosphere, good service and food quality. What makes it extra special is that transfer to this magical venue is arranged via the boats owned by the venue.

bosphorusOrganisers looking to include a team-building activity in their event itinerary will be thrilled to learn that there are a variety of wonderful cultural options available. Groups can master the traditional art of belly dancing at the Hodjapasha Academy, a fabulous venue that is an historical Turkish bath and now Istanbul’s Culture Centre. Any budding artists amongst your delegates can learn Ebru painting. Ebru has long been the name given to the authentic Turkish art of paper marbling and to the marbled papers produced by Ebru artists. Or why not enjoy a traditional Turkish Hamam experience at The Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

If you are looking for an overseas venues for your next European summit Istanbul is a city that cannot fail to impress! We have experience in organising overseas events which run like clockwork. For more information or to speak to one of the Fresh Team call 0207 617 7856.