Stitched up and ready to go they looked like Frankenstein’s monster to me but hey, no pain, no gain… and I imagined they were sending back postcards with Wish you were hair in Istanbul.
Yes, Istanbul as well as being ahead of the curve in much else is also the epicentre for hair restoration.
And so armed with that information you won’t be staring, like someone I could mention.
Hair isn’t the only thing that they’re restoring in Istanbul though with the Stay Hotel chain leading the way in recycling.
Stay’s new hotel, Nisantasi, is now open for bookings in the heart of the city’s refined fashion and cultural district.
The 82-room property is housed in the heart of Nisantasi, a fashion hub in the old town.
So while the men are looking after the threads on their heads your womenfolk can hit the designer boutiques.
From Louis Vuitton to Chanel and Hermes, as well as local designers such as Begum Khan.
And true to The Stay Hotels’ sustainability pledge, they recently launched an eco-friendly fashion label, The Stay Line.
And guests can buy at the hotel’s dedicated retail space, the Stay Line Corner.
A stitch in time
The Stay have clearly factored in the hirsuitically challenged tourists as they map out their specs.
The hotel boasts a vegan leather headboards graced with European Down and Feather Association-certified pillows, which will soothe the back of the head.
The recycling extends to room key cards and menus.
And they are brimming with local produce including vegan and vegetarian dishes accompanied by Turkish wines.
They’re really on this… evidenced by being awarded carbon-neutral status by sustainability specialist Bureau Veritas.
And they plan to be zero waste by the end of the year.
When in Istanbul
And when in Istanbul you’ll walk your curvy slipper shoes off (you know the ones you buy at the Grand Bazaar).
Stay have a spa and wellness floor opening in the autumn.
There’s a dip in the indoor pool, a Pilates session or an authentic Turkish hamam.
While If the gym is your thang, you can work out in the sleek fitness suite or book a personal trainer.
Wellness experiences include indulgent couples’ massages in a dedicated treatment room.
While here’s something which will be well up the Scary One’s street and take the edge off… a zen garden.
Mezze around by the Bosphorus
And Istanbul, the crossroads of East and West clearly has more Turkish delights than the sticky square sweets with icing sugar.
And so the ground-floor Saint Pâtissier patisserie will offer guests French fancies, freshly baked bread, and Turkish treats.
From the autumn, foodies will flock to the entertaining Italian rooftop restaurant, Marcello E Matteo.
You’ll dine on the signature focaccia di recco al formaggio or sip well-crafted cocktails as the chefs break into an operetta.
The Stay Hotels will also reveal a curated art collection hung in rooms and public spaces.
And that includes an AI video-mapping installation by the world-renowned duo OUCHHH. Mmmmm!
The icing on the cake for lovers of culture, will be a bookshop while fresh flowers will be on sale at Misk flower shop.
And lots there then for all tourists to put on their postcards… Wish you were hair in Istanbul with double rooms coming in from £200 per night B&B, with flexible booking terms.