Nestled by the Bosphorus Strait, the 19th-century Ottoman palace turned intoluxury hotel. It seamlessly blends the historical architecture with modernamenities, offering guests a unique and luxurious experience. Guests can indulge in a range of Sodashi spa treatments that are designed to promote holistic wellness, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
In this interview, we had the pleasure of speaking with Berfu Artan, the SpaManager of ‘’The SPA’’ in Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus. Sheshares her inspiring journey in becoming the spa manager of one of the world'smost luxurious spas. She also shares the philosophy behind ‘’The SPA’’ in FourSeasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus' spa treatments and how it align with the values of Sodashi Skincare.
1. Can you tell us about your journey and how you were inspired tobecome a spa manager, following in your mother's footsteps?
I was born in Istanbul, the latest of seven generations that trace back tothe Ottoman era, I grew up longing to be a ballerina. Always “extremelyflexible,” I was well on my way, accepted by the Royal Academy of Dancein London, when an unfortunate knee ailment derailed my dreams.
I remember that it took half of my heart but I’ve always believed that ifyou let things go and go with the flow, your calling will find you. With apassion to be a good citizen and give back to my community andcountry, I moved on to pursue a degree in hotel management, andafterwards landed an internship at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul atSultanahmet, launching my career as a Restaurant Busgirl in the 2000’s.
After eight years in food and beverage, I moved up to the cateringdepartment, and eventually to Catering & Conference Services Manager. Dial forward to summer 2020: When the Spa Director at the Bosphorusproperty departed on maternity leave, I was tapped to fill the role. As the daughter of a yoga teacher, fitness instructor and massage therapist, I felt that the job was calling me, and I drew from my previous experience to slip right in.
2. Your mother was such a dedicated advocate to the spa industry, whatare some of the most valuable lessons you learned?
She is a true role model on how to inspire everyone she works with andhow to be dedicated and passionate on what you do in life. With herguidance; my desire is to always be absolutely positive and caring. I’ve hadan amazing journey in my work life, and I want to help others have thesame.
3. Can you tell us about the philosophy behind ‘’The SPA’’ in FourSeasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus' treatments and how they align with the values of Sodashi Skincare?
By producing 100% organic, cruelty free and vegan products, Sodashi issharing the beauty of the planet to human being. Also the sustainabilityoriented state of mind is their focus. These specifics are aligned with ourcompany values, and the reason we partner with the brand.
4. Can you share us your guest’s favourite Sodashi Treatment and why they love them?
Guests’ favourites are Samadara Facial and Chakra Balancing Treatmentsfrom our menu. This treatment awakes 4-senses, (Sight, Smell, Sound andTouch) which leaves a calm feeling in a state of harmony. Result is overall well-being.
5. Can you share any unique or signature treatments that are exclusive to ‘’The SPA’’ in Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus?
Turkish Bath/Hammam treatment is the unique & signature treatment inour spa. This unique experience helps muscles to relax, body to rest and can be very effective for the purification of spiritual and physical mood. In the early period of Ottoman era going to a hammam was vital necessity and it was a traditional activity for social life as well as special days.
Discover Sodashi's Spa Treatments at ‘’The SPA’’ in Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Whether you're a local or a traveler, if you happen to be in the area, be sure to indulge yourself in Sodashi's range of spa treatments for an unforgettable experience at ‘’The SPA’’ in Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus.