Guests included Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, Paris Hilton, Seal and Monica Bellucci. Laser light shows and fireworks lit up the hotel and surrounding Taurus Mountains. Mardan Palace is Turkey's first five-star destination resort. Surrounded by the Taurus Mountain range, the palatial resort comprises 560 rooms, including two Royal Suites with private pools. With Turkish heritage in mind, the architecture reflects 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.
Gondolas will sail guests around the Mediterranean's largest swimming pool, five giant aquariums reflect the Earth's oceans in the hotel's restaurants and spa, Europe's only swimming reef provides a haven for aquatic enthusiasts to explore and a dramatic amphitheatre seating 900 will host entertainment and light shows. The resort also boasts the Mardan Spa, 17 bars and 10 a la carte restaurants including French, Japanese, Russian, Thai and traditional Turkish cuisine.