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ISTANBUL, TURKEY — June 10, 2014 — The dramatic panoramic view of the Bosphorus from The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul has long been regarded as one of the city’s most unforgettable experiences.

But now two new highlights are delighting guests — garden-fresh produce from a unique rooftop herb garden discretely located on the same level as the hotel’s famous spa terrace and honey from three beehives based on top of the iconic landmark.

“Everything we grow in the rooftop garden will be used in our restaurants adding a genuinely fresh new dimension to enjoying a meal in the restaurants,” said Massimiliano Zanardi, the hotel’s General Manager.

Herbs such as thyme, rosemary and basil as well as a wide variety of succulent
tomatoes are being grown in the garden.

“The alfresco spa terrace level has always enjoyed a reputation for having the best view of the Bosphorus in Istanbul,” says Zanardi. “Now I’m delighted to say it has a great reputation for having the city’s most imaginative location for a garden. There is nothing else like it in Istanbul.”

The beehives are also unique to The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul.

“Bees have become endangered due to adverse environmental changes such as pesticides but they play an important role in maintaining ecological balance through the pollination of crops,” says Zanardi. “Our beehives are a small contribution to regaining this balance but I’m certain their honey will make a big impact at our breakfast buffets.”