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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

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Lebi-Derya

This is one of the finest rooftop spots in Istanbul. Its nondescript exterior keeps the secret safe, but once you are seated on the terrace sipping a perfectly mixed cocktail, the magic of this place will envelope you. Lebi-Derya is beautiful by day and romantic and seductive by night. A glass roof over the bar allows the sun, or the stars, to join your special moment at Lebi-Derya.

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 View Map ... 115/7 Kumbaracı İş Hanı. Tünel-Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
Reina

Reina is Istanbul’s nightlife barometer – sophisticated, exquisite, seductive. This vast entertainment emporium (open only in summer) includes several bars, restaurants and dance floors that can accommodate more than 2500 party goers. On one of the most beautiful spots on the Bosphorous (at the foot of the European side), this trendy club glitters with the young and beautiful dressed to impress and eager to dance in style at the edge of two continents. Reina is excessive bling.

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 View Map ... Muallim Naci Caddesi 44, Ortakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
Sortie

A drawcard for glam and glitz, posers and pussycats, Sortie is an open air summer club not to be missed. Make your way past the bouncers, beauty queens and celebs, and make a night of it. With a view of the Bosphorous and a dazzling dance scene, this is the type of club where you will be snapped up by fashion tv paparazzi as you groove on the Sortie podium.

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 View Map ... Muallim Naci Caddesi 141, Ortaköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Supperclub

A sensory explosion awaits the VIP guests of Supperclub Istanbul. The all white decor is blinding … the DJ’s beat is irresistible … the vibe is sensual. In true Supperclub style, the minimalist lounge-club setting seamlessly fuses eating, drinking and partying. Be entertained by the variety of Supperclub performers including dancers, acrobats and even masseurs. The food is quirky and creative but many guests feast more so on the all-night entertainment experience than in the dishes themselves.

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 View Map ... Muallim Naci Caddesi 65, Ortaköy, İstanbul, Turkey
Vogue

The dazzling view of the Bosphorous River is reason enough to visit Vogue. With its sleek white and chrome décor it is attractive by day (perfect for a Sunday brunch) and sophisticated by night. Indulge at the sushi bar and work your way through the impressive “Book of Wine” (with over 200 varieties). Settle in to the comfortable cushions on the outdoor lounge terrace and wash down the impressive view with a house mixed cocktail.

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 View Map ... Spor Caddesi, BJK Plaza A Blok Kat:13 Akaretler, Istanbul

what we think

No other city in the world can claim to straddle two continents, but spanning Asia and Europe is not the only fascinating thing about this splendid city. Fervent shoppers can indulge at designer boutiques, go on a spree at the crazy but addictive Grand Bazaar or engage their senses at the sensual Spice Market. By day, be spoilt with a traditional hammam steam bath and be captivated by the domes and minarets. At night, enjoy a cocktail at one of the many superb rooftop bars or go clubbing under the stars reflecting over the Bosphorous river. A surprise packet of pleasure and designer glamour on the Bosphorous, Istanbul is quickly becoming the next “must-go” hedonist destination.