American luxury hotel giant is leaving Turkey
Following the departures of German hotelier Steigenberger and the U.S. Edition Hotels, another luxury hotel chain is ceasing operations in Turkey. The U.S. Canyon Ranch, which opened an ultra luxury resort in Milas-Kaplankaya in July, is withdrawing from Turkey on May 1.
The hotel was launched with an investment of $250 million, was the brand’s first operation outside of the United States. The 141-room Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort opened its doors on July 1, 2016, after delivering 76 villas in June. These ultra-luxurious villas were sold for between $1 million and $6 million each. The announcement of Canyon Ranch’s departure from Turkey came from Chief Executive Susan Docherty. She expressed sadness over the departure. “Turkey is a great country. To be honest my heart is crying for Turkey. I was in Turkey during a twoyear period for this project. It has beautiful nature,” Docherty said. “Turkey does not deserve what it has been going through. Tourism and the travel sector have suffered a great deal.”
Thai Six Senses, a leading global hotel management company, is due to take over operations at the Canyon Ranch resort in May.