Remember we told you about Europe’s most expensive hotel, Mardan Palace to be built by a Russian billionaire? Well, the much awaited hotel is finally declared open. The $1.65 billion resort was unveiled last night at a spectacular opening party in Antalya, Turkey. And no prizes for guessing that a number of high-profile Hollywood A-listers made their way to Turkey for its opening celebrations.
A glittering audience of 600 dined on top of the Mediterranean’s largest swimming pool, enjoying performances from Mariah Carey, Seal and Tom Jones. Others who attended the opening celebrations were Richard Gere and Paris Hilton. As they feasted on 45kg Beluga Caviar from the Caspian Sea, 950 Atlantic lobsters and 5kg of Black diamonds – Italian black truffles – they watched a laser light show and fireworks light up the hotel and surrounding Taurus Mountains. Appropriately dubbed as ‘hailing a return to the opulent, golden age of the Ottoman Empire’ this five star resort in Turkey boasts of 560 rooms, including two Royal Suites with private pools- priced at €14,000 ($20,000) a night in the high season. This high-end resort includes a 7500sqm Mardan Spa, 17 bars and 10 a la carte restaurants – including French, Japanese, Russian, Thai and traditional Turkish!
Reflecting Turkish heritage the architecture mirrors the distinctive landmarks of Istanbul – the main hotel resembles The Dolmabahce Palace and bridges across the pool are based on original designs of the Da Vinci Bridge. Guests can step into gondolas to sail around the Mediterranean’s largest swimming pool, five giant aquariums decorate the hotel’s restaurants and spa, Europe’s only swimming reef will attract divers and a dramatic amphitheatre seating 900 will host world-class entertainment. So if you are planning for a long vacation to Europe, you know exactly where to stay.