For the Golden Goddess
“Benaras [Varanasi] is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and twice as old as all of them put together.”
A centre of learning and civilisation for over 3000 years, Varanasi is the world’s oldest living city and a Hindu symbol of knowledge, philosophy and the arts. Varanasi reflects our homage to Ayurveda and the beauty of this culture. The glittering golden Goddess Annapurna, giver of grain and nourishment, whose left breast showers sweet milk that nourishes the newborn, is revered to this day as the Queen of Varanasi. Prepare to unleash your inner goddess as you luxuriate in the spiritual flow and high tide of good vibes as the ancient rituals of APSU inspired by Varanasi spirit you away to Varanasi and take you closer to nirvana.
Immerse Yourself in the Wellspring
Take the plunge into the serene and sacred Japanese communal bathing ritual that is Onsen. Onsen has evolved from an ancient Shinto celebration of the blessings of nature and is still considered to be one of the most beautiful of all bathing rituals. Funaya evokes our Japanese influenced range perfectly as it is one of the oldest and most famous ryokans in Japan, laying claim to Japan’s only Yushinden – a bathing room used exclusively by the Imperial family. It is said that the Japanese emperors have been visiting Funaya for almost 1500 years, along with warriors, poets and heads of state.
Your Time To Shine
The healing properties of the thermal hot springs of Therapia were discovered in the 5th century by Patriach Attikos. Long before that, ancient Greek legend tells of ravishing enchantress Medea, who falls instantly in love with Tarabya after helping Jason and the Argonauts steal the Golden Fleece from her father. Overwhelmed by its beauty, she throws her potions and spells into the Bosphorus.
Destroyed by an earthquake in the 14th century, it later became Tarabiye, or ‘Pleasure’, the summer palace of noted sybarite Sultan Selim 2. Tucked away on the Bosphorus River’s European bank, Tarabya remains a sanctuary at the crossroads of east and west.
We celebrate Tarabya, timeless avatar of beauty and indulgence, highest expression of the ancient rituals of hammam. Discover luxury as therapy. Sojourn where spirits swirl in the steam and whisper of legends; sultans and seraglios, odalisques and Ottomans, gem-studded palaces and vast marbled domes and spires.