GO TO HISTORIC TURKEY
What’s in a name? The Turkish capital has been called Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul, but its rich and colourful history remains. Gather the family this summer and fly off to the country that straddles Asia and Europe to witness the opulent domes of the mosaic-spangled Hagia Sophia, the 15thcentury Topkapı Palace – the opulent residence of generations of Ottoman sultans – and the stunning Blue Mosque. The horizon full of minarets is also home to the lively Grand Bazaar’s gold and carpet stalls, kofta shops and sun-soaked walks by the Bosphorus Bridge that connects continents and cultures. The centrally located Fairmont Quasar Istanbul has rooms and family suites that overlook the Old City and a family package that will let kids sleep in a separate room at half-rate, breakfast stations for both rooms, 50 per cent off the kids’ menu and special amenities and activities for families. The hotel also has a Willow Stream Spa if parents want some well-deserved R&R. Rooms from Dh730; call +90 212 403 85 00 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.