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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.

   

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