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Restoration of Six Senses Kocatas Mansions, Istanbul

February 5, 2020 - Reflecting our value of “Local Sensitivity, Global Sensibility”, Sait Paşa and Kocataş Mansions have been restored in a way that respects their 150 years of history to create our newly opened urban resort Six Senses Kocataş Mansions.

  • Kocatas Mansions Exterior

Sait Paşa and Kocataş Mansions were built in the second half of the 19th century in the prosperous Sarıyer district, Istanbul’s northernmost neighborhood on the European side. The eclectic Turkish-Ottoman Kocataş Mansion was inspired by the European art and architectural influences of its time. It was previously owned by Necmettin Molla Kocataş, former Minister of Justice and founder of Kocataş Water and the community is still known for its pure spring water today.

Original footprint and style

The 6.5-acre site on the Bosphorus waterfront was originally shared by Sait Paşa Mansion next door. It was built in a “Turkish House” style by Mehmet Sait Paşa, who served as grand vizier for nine terms, seven times during the Abdulhamit the Second era and two times during the Second Constitutional era. Sait Paşa Mansion was used as the Sardinian Embassy and later the Austrian Embassy.

Fire plays a part in the history of the properties. Sait Paşa was left uninhabited at the end of the 19th century and Kocataş Mansions suffered considerable damage from fire in 1997. During the restoration, Six Senses stayed true to the original footprint and style of both “Pearls of Bosphorus”, recreating the historical architectural features while adding contemporary signature touches. This mirrors Istanbul’s own ability to embrace its contradictions – whether east and west, ancient and modern, or mystical and earthly.

Tradition and technology

The 45 guest rooms and suites are spread across the two mansions. You’ll find salvaged artifacts and bathrooms with tiles reminiscent of a traditional hammam blending with modern comforts including smart home controls, Bluetooth speakers and yoga mats!

Turkish delights and gastro nights

Each room is attended by a GEM (Guest Experience Maker), who can arrange for excursions around Old Istanbul. The fastest (and by far the most scenic) way to get there is by boat. We run a complimentary boat shuttle every day, leaving at 9:30 am and returning to the hotel at 5:30 pm. Closer to home, you can spend a happy day uncovering the delights of Garipçe, the gateway to the Black Sea, complete with castle and lighthouse, or go on a Bosphorus mansions tour to see some familiar sets of films and contemporary Turkish soap operas. 

Conclude these adventures back at Six Senses Kocataş Mansions and dine at a choice of venues. Choose Defne Restaurant for magical views over the Bosphorus. In addition, world-famous restaurateur Richard Sandoval will be opening the Toro Pan-Latin and Asian Gastro Bar. Enjoy local meats, seafood and vegetables, which have all been sourced in line with the Eat With Six Senses philosophy to support a balanced, wellness-driven and sustainable lifestyle. The ribeye is an event in itself and the margarita is its own cultural journey!

Opening Offer

From now until February 29, 2020, book any room and save 20 percent off our Best Available Rate for any room type. For the Junior Suite and higher categories, enjoy an additional EUR 50 credit for each day of your stay.

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Please contact the reservations department at [email protected] for more information.

 

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