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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 istanbul@fair­mont.com.

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