Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
via kempinski.com Costing approximately $3 billion to build, Emirates Palace has 394 rooms and suites, 40 meeting and conference rooms, a white sand beach, a myriad of pools and fountains, a sumptuous spa, marble imported from 13 different countries, and over 1,000 crystal chandeliers. It’s like a small pleasure fortress that also boasts the most prestigious marina development in the Middle East. Royalty, or those who want to feel like it, can luxuriate in one of the many palace suites, all with lavish surroundings that would befit a Sultan of old, with enough modern amenities to please today’s top tycoons. Don’t miss these travel hot spots you might not have heard of… yet.
Mardan Palace Hotel, Turkey
via mardanpalace.com Built by Russian Billionaire Telman Ismailov in 2009 to the tune of $1.65 billion, the Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya, Turkey, boasts the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean (fits 1,000 guests) and is touted as one of the most elite and luxurious hotels in Europe. Beyond the sinfully sumptuous suites and jaw-dropping interiors of gold leaf, crystal, and Italian marble, there are also ten dining spots, 17 bars, a lavish spa and a sunken aquarium full of exotic fish. There’s more: 9,000 tons of white sand was flown in from Egypt for the beach alone, and 24/7 personal butler service is also included. Be sure to check out these hotels with incredible views as well.