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Mardan Palace

Mardan PalaceMardan Palace Antalya is the most expensive hotel of Europe and the Mediterranean. It is located in Lara, Antalya, Turkey, and was built by Azerbaijan billionaire Telman Ismailov, president of a Russian company. It cost $1.4 billion to create, and was Ismailov's first hotel project, at which he spared no expense. Antalya is becoming an upscale resort area of Turkey, and this hotel was inspired by Ottoman architecture. It is located 10 kilometers from the airport, and 15 kilometers from the Antalya city center.

mardan palace 2This resort was opened up recently, on May 23, 2009, and this event attracted celebrities like Seal, Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, Monica Belluci, Tom Jones and even Narsultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan. This hotel features the Mediterranean's biggest swimming pool, a sunken aquarium with over 2,000 fish. There is a gondola ride to either side of the pool. For those who do not like pools, there is a private beach with 9,000 tons of Egyptian sand. Its lobby is extremely grandiose, full of ruby and gold furniture and settings, and many chandeliers. The hotel has four aquariums to display fish from seas around the world.

This hotel has 560 rooms, a 12,000 square foot spa with snow in one of the rooms, a restaurant surrounded by one of the gorgeous aquariums, a ballroom, an events area, a seminar hall, a sauna and insane natural surroundings. There are 10,000 square meters of gold leaf, 500,000 crystals and 23,000 square meters made from Italian marble. Prices per room vary, and suites could cost you up to $18,000 per night.


The Burj Al Arab- 7 star luxury in Dubai.

There are many great hotels all over the globe but few can even come close to the Burj Al Arab. This spectacular hotel built in the shape of an Arabic Dhow (sailing boat) took 6 years to build and is as tall as the statue of liberty.

The Burj Al Arab is built on a man made island along the shores of the gulf coast in the city of Dubai. It provides a majestic view of the Dubai skyline. Not only glamorous from the outside, it is exceptionally beautiful inside.

One can not walk to the hotel. When a booking reservation is made (and it is usually full), you will be chauffeured in either a silver Rolls Royce or a BMW (of course the latest model). The hotel is linked to the mainland via a small winding road. For those who arrive by air at the Dubai international airport (and can afford it), there is a helicopter ferry which takes you right to the top of the hotel. There is no wait at the receptionist’s desk because each room has its own receptionist and butler.

Once inside, the hotel is full of opulence and traditional eastern style beauty combined with classical gothic architecture. The service is superb (see below for the cost per night and you will see why). You simply have to ask what you want. Another impressive site about this hotel is the location of the tennis court which juts out at about 200 meters above sea level. During night time, it provides a view of Dubai which can best be described as Nirvana. The entire hotel is built with the most expensive materials from around the globe.

Even though the hotel is towering, it has only 202 suites- all of which are elegantly decorated and have state of the art electronics including a flat screen TV. Not many guests go there to watch TV and so the channels available are not known.

Almost every visitor to the hotel compliments the service. You have our own butler 24 hours a day. All your wishes are granted- you just have to ask what you want.

There are 8 distinct restaurants at the Burj Al Arab. The most exquisite is the underwater sea food restaurant, the Oyster. You have to take a small mini submarine ride to get to it. Surrounded by an aquarium, it is simply awesome. While the food is expensive, the décor and service more than make up for it. The Sky View restaurant located at 200 meters above sea level offers breath taking views at night. Unfortunately, it does cost $100 simply to go inside-but worth every penny.

The Burj al Arab is not for all mortals, but if you have the money then there is no reason why one can’t go to stay there. A single night costs about $1000 if you can get a suite. The royal suites go for $28,000 per night and are not always available. Unfortunately, the recession has not hit the Burj Al Arab and so there is no chance of getting a discount.


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