Okura Hotels & Resorts plans to open multiple properties in Turkey
Japaa’s Okura Hotels plans to open multiple properties in Turkey, including in Ankara and Istanbul. Hotel Okura announced it will open Okura Spa & Resort Cappadocia (tentative name) in 2017, its first property in Turkey, and also the first hotel in Turkey operated by a Japanese hospitality company.
In February this year, Hotel Okura established a joint venture company with two Turkey-based companies: Sarayli Turizm A.Ş. and MSIC Gayrimenkul Yatirim Ve Danişmanlik Ticaret Ltd. Şti. The joint venture, Okura Sarayli Otel Yönetim A.Ş., headquartered in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, aims to accelerate Okura’s expansion in Turkey.
Hotel Okura, through its joint venture Okura Sarayli Otel Yönetim A.Ş., signed a hotel management contract in April with TCM Turizm Otelcilik Hizmet Taşımacılık İnşaat A.Ş, a subsidiary of Ungun Holding, to open Okura Spa & Resort Cappadocia. Cappadocia, one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved from stone, and is a very popular tourist destination. The luxury resort will be constructed near the main tourist attractions, in Mustafapaşa, a picturesque historic town that features typical Greek mansion architecture carved from stone, serving as a reminder of a prosperous past when Greek-Ottoman merchants lived in the region.
The 130-room resort will feature upscale accommodations, including suites with Jacuzzis, a spa, indoor/outdoor pools, and dining and meeting facilities. It will be built as a luxury oasis and base for sightseeing in Cappadocia.