x0x Turkish delight?
- x0x Turkish delight?
Sat, May 30, 2009
QUENTIN FOTTRELL danced with Seal and bonded with Tom Jones as $100 bills rained down at the launch of a Russian billionaires very own Shangri-La. How good would the worlds most lavish new hotel turn out to be?
THE WHITE-AND-GOLD filigree fencing dances along a dusty road in Antalya, in southern Turkey, and stretches as far as the eye can see. It ostentatiously marks the property of Telman Ismailov, an Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire. It wraps itself protectively around scrubland that will next year become a Jack Nicklaus 18-hole golf course and leads to Ismailovs glittering centrepiece: the 1 billion Mardan Palace hotel and destination resort. Named after Ismailovs father, this is his very own Shangri-La.
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