Mardan Palace Hotel, Turkey
The Russian billionaire, Telman Ismailov spent about $1.65 billion to bring this elegant hotel to life. The Pride of Antalya, Turkey has the largest pool in the Mediterranean which can fit 1,000 people. White sand from Egypt was flown in (9,000 tons) to adorn its beach. Personal butler service runs round the clock, aquarium full of unique fishes, 17 bars, and 10 dining spots. This is one of the most elite hotels in Europe.
Think of a hotel where champagne costs £25 a glass, bathrooms have gold plated mirrors on the floor, toilets are remote controlled. We are talking about the newly opened, most expensive hotel in Europe – the Mardan Palace.
The £800 million luxury resort in Antalya, Turkey had an audience of 600 rich and famous people at its opening party. A stunning fireworks display impressed the guests at the opening party. Celebrities who played guests were Richard Gere, Sir Tom Jones, Sharon Stone and Mariah Carey. Paris Hilton, the recession fighter, was also on the VIP guests list. More than £1 billion has been spent on this project by Russian billionaire Telman Ismailov.
Hotel suites cost a whopping £11,500 ($18,300) a night. Mardan Palace is festooned with 500,000 crystals and 23,000 square meters of Italian marble. The lavish resort has 560 rooms, including two Royal Suites with private pools. A gondola ride across the blue water pool takes 30 minutes. Want to enjoy swimming with fish? An aquarium sits inside the pool and contains 2,400 fish. A waterside Italian restaurant, which is one of the 11 inside the hotel, features £1.35 million worth of Hermés crockery.