Inside Salt Bae’s £36million palace in Istanbul, with rooftop pool, gym and spa

NUSRET Gökçe began his life in such a poor family that he had to drop out of school at the age of 10.

But now the 39-year-old internet sensation – known as Salt Bae – counts a PALACE worth £36million in his property portfolio.

Salt Bae counts a £36million PALACE in its property portfolio

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Salt Bae counts a £36million PALACE in its property portfolio
The plush pad is located in the middle of the city's fashion and business district

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The plush pad is located in the middle of the city’s fashion and business districtPhoto credit: Park Hyatt
The stunning five-star hotel also has its own pool and sun lounge area

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The stunning five-star hotel also has its own pool and sun lounge areaPhoto credit: Park Hyatt

Macka Palace in Istanbul’s Sisli district has a rooftop pool, gym, and spa — and best of all, you can stay there too.

He is rumored to have poured £36million into the luxury Park Hyatt hotel in 2019 and also moved into his own flat in the palace this year.

The apartment was previously owned by 20th-century playwright Abdülhak Hâmid Tarhan, popularly known in Turkey as the Great Poet.

At the time, the Instagram star said he wanted to spend more time in the Turkish city near his mother after years of running restaurants around the world.

Although the star is quite fond of his own flat, the five-star hotel offers a total of 90 generously sized deluxe rooms and suites – with prices starting at around £350 a night.

According to its website, the Park Hyatt offers guests “unexpected delights” and claims to have “the finest dining and beverage facilities” — including all-day dining at the exclusive Salt Baes restaurant.

When Gökçe moved into the plush pad, he claimed he had fulfilled a “dream”.

He reportedly remodeled the Grand Hotel’s restaurant to his liking.

He wrote on Instagram: “I had a dream of having my own restaurant in my own hotel thank god one of my biggest dreams come true.

“See you at Nusret Maçka Palace.”

Outside of his home country, Gökçe is also said to have built his real estate portfolio with homes in the US, where he is often pictured by a private pool in Beverly Hills and horseback riding on a ranch.

And he reportedly has an enviable supercar collection, including three Rolls-Royces and a Lamborghini Hurracan.

It’s a far cry from his childhood – which was reportedly so poor he had to drop out of school at the age of 12.

Nusret’s rags-to-riches story began in a poverty-stricken suburb east of Istanbul, Turkey.

He was one of five children whose father worked as a miner for months.

Speaking to The Times in 2019, Nusret said he often went to school with shoes and shirts that didn’t fit because his parents could afford something else.

He claims his family pulled him out of school so he could help earn some money, and when he was 13 he was hired as an apprentice butcher.

He recalled: “I woke up at six o’clock, two hours commute on the train and 30 minutes after the train on the bus.

“Then standing around all day and working. No day off and no vacation.”

He also worked in steakhouses, washing dishes to work his way from the bottom up.

He told NBC in 2017, “Since I was 14, I’ve been working 13+ hour days as a kitchen hand for a butcher.

“I wanted and always wanted to open a restaurant.”

He later persuaded a bank to lend him £2,500 so he could travel to Argentina and learn about the meat trade.

UN BAE LIEVABLE

After years of what he says he “worked for free” to gain experience, he returned to his hometown of Istanbul.

And at the age of 27, he opened his first Nusr-Et steakhouse in 2010 with just eight tables and ten employees.

Turkish tycoon Ferit Sahenk was so impressed that he offered to invest and helped Nusr-et set up outposts in Ankara and Dubai.

But his career really took off when a viral video of his now-famous “Sprinkle” was released in January 2017.

A 36-second Instagram video titled “Ottoman Steak” showed Gökçe theatrically cutting steaks at a table.

He then holds his hand in a “cobra” pose and lets salt flow down his forearm to flavor the meat.

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Bruno Mars tweeted the video, which immediately went viral, earning Gökçe the title “sexiest butcher on Instagram”.

The gimmick also earned him the nickname Salt Bae — and led to millions more followers on Instagram.

Some of the cheapest rooms in the hotel start at around £350

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Some of the cheapest rooms in the hotel start at around £350Photo credit: Park Hyatt
Guests can pamper themselves at the spa

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Guests can pamper themselves at the spaPhoto credit: Park Hyatt
Salt Bae said buying the luxury property was a

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Salt Bae said buying the luxury property was a “dream”.Credit: See caption

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