The opulent Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya, Turkey, crowned the world’s leading luxury hotel at the World Travel Awards in London earlier this month, is being powered by generators this holiday season.
Seems the Mardan Palace hasn’t paid its electric bill in some time, according to a Bloomberg report.
Legal proceedings to seize the hotel will be initiated if the electric bill of nearly $3 million is not paid within three weeks, Bloomberg said, citing a Turkish media report.
And what’s running up those electric bills? The Mardan Place, built at a cost of $1.4 billion, boasts the Mediterranean’s largest swimming pool, 11 bars, 10 restaurants, five giant aquariums, a 22,500-square-foot spa, nightly laser light shows and 546 guestrooms, including two royal suites with private pools.
The pool is so large that gondolas sail guests from one end to the other.
The architecture reflects distinctive landmarks of Istanbul, such as the Dolmabahce Palace, the Da Vinci Bridge and the Maiden’s Tower.
The hotel opened in May 2009, attended by a guest list of 600 international dignitaries and a host of celebrities, including Mariah Carey, Tom Jones, Richard Gere, and Sharon Stone.
-- Gay Nagle Myers