ISTANBUL, July 11, 2006 – As the only country straddling two continents – Europe and Asia – Turkey is a study in fascinating contrasts. And now, Turkey welcomes even more visitors with the opening of newly-renovated properties and the addition of chic, contemporary hotels hidden amongst the country’s ancient treasures.

Antalya
Antalya, also known as the Turkish Riviera, offers something for everyone. In the Side region, a new hotel called Silence Beach Resort is being completed this month. The hotel will have 701 rooms, as well as Turkey’s first Glatt kosher restaurant, the King David.

Families flock to the Rixos Premium Belek, where children under the age of 7 stay free in the room with parents, and ages 7-12 receive a 50 percent reduction. There, tikes relax at the exclusive Rixy Club for children or play at Troy Aqua, a full-sized water park, while their parents relax at the Turkish Bath and spa or on their own private beach.

Istanbul
Istanbul offers a wide array of hotels to suit any traveler’s needs. Those seeking the highest luxury experience look no further than the world-famous Ciragan Palace, which just debuted its newly-renovated Palace Suites located in the hotel’s original Ottoman Palace. When one palatial property overlooking the Bosphorus just isn’t enough, travelers have a choice of smaller, more boutique-style properties nearby. The 14-room Bosphorus Palace Hotel is a beautiful example of Neo-Ottoman architecture with expansive views from every room, while the recently-opened A’jia Hotel is a 19th-century mansion with 16 rooms located on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Also located on the Bosphorus is the new Sumahan – on the water, offering 20 contemporary rooms with details and amenities that appeal to the affluent traveler, while preserving traditional subtleties. Additionally, the Bebek Hotel pampers guests staying in one of its 42-rooms set on the seafront in one of Istanbul’s most exclusive districts.

In the center of Istanbul, the works of Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec, Rembrandt, Picasso, Dali and many others decorate the walls of The Gallery Residence. The hotel exemplifies urban-chic, with its combination of hip style, treasured art and state-of-the-art amenities.

Elsewhere in Istanbul, the Antik Hotel transports travelers back in time with its focus on Turkish culture, art and history, built on the foundation of a late Roman-Early Byzantine cistern (450-500 BC), restoring the structure and preserving the artifacts inside.

Ankara
Luxury is not lost in the Turkish capital. New to Ankara is the Limak Ambassadore Hotel, a 66-room, boutique-style property in the heart of Ankara’s most elite neighborhoods, while at the Gordion Hotel, guests appreciate the authenticity of the décor. Turkish and Italian marble, beautiful examples of Turkish woodwork, handmade textiles, silver accessories from the silversmiths of the Grand Bazaar, original antique engravings from the 17 – 19th centuries, tile mosaics and impressive cast iron railings from the Istanbul Archaeology Museum decorate the interior. For those looking for an authentic Turkish experience, the Angora House is a newly-restored former home of Sakir Pasa, a member of Atatürk’s first parliament, and provides visitors with the only opportunity to stay in the middle of the city’s early history, in the historic hilltop citadel surrounded by Byzantine walls and sprinkled with Roman foundations.

Some of the world’s most popular hotel chains have also opened up new properties in Ankara. The brand new Swissôtel Ankara is located in Cankaya, an exclusive area of Turkey’s capital, home to embassies and the Presidential palace. Also new to the city’s vast skyline is the Radisson SAS Hotel. This chain’s second hotel in Turkey offers conference facilities sure to make it a center of the country’s business, diplomatic and political circles.

For additional information about any of the se properties, please contact M Booth at the address below. For information about travel to Turkey, call 1-877-FOR-TURKEY or contact the Turkish Culture and Tourism Offices in New York at 212-687-2194, in Washington D.C. at 202-612-6800, or in Los Angeles at 323-937-8066 and visit www.tourismturkey.org or www.kulturturizm.gov.tr.