Known for being one of the most luxurious and prestigious resorts in Europe, the Mardan Palace was built by the billionaire Telman Ismailov. The resort incorporates part replicas of some of the most iconic sites in Istanbul, from the Galata tower to the Dolmabahce Palace; a luxurious incarnation of Istanbul by the sea. The resort has 560 lavishly decorated rooms and suites equipped with LCD television with satellite channels, interactive multimedia system, in room safe, mini bar, internet access and either a terrace or balcony. There are 10 restaurants to choose from within the resort serving a variety of cuisines ranging from Far Eastern to Mediterranean. With an extensive wine list available in both restaurants, bars and cafes guests have an exhaustive range of dining and entertainment options available. Other hotel facilities include the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean complete with sunken aquarium, tennis and beach volley ball courts, squash courts, fully equipped gym, beaches and a golf course nearby. The Mardan spa offers a wide range of therapeutic treatments, which draw on exotic therapies, treatments and philosophies from around the world. A series of specially designed 'rituals' encompassing Chinese, Ayurvedic, European, Balinese, Oriental and Native Turkish treatments and practices, are offered. The therapeutic effects of the Mediterranean Sea’s azure waters containing high-density saline can also be experienced in the Thalasso Therapy Pool.