Top Luxury Hotel Has Electricity Cut

A top hotel voted one of the world's leading luxury destinations of 2010 has had its electricity cut off over unpaid bills.

The Mardan Palace in Turkey, crowned the "world's leading luxury hotel" by the World Travel Awards, has three weeks to pay off a shockingly large bill that totals nearly $3 million.

An assistant manager from the hotel tells Bloomberg generators are currently powering the hotel, but declined to give any further details.

The hotel paid $5 million in electric bills last year, with monthly bills totaling more than $300,000.

Built at a cost of more than $1.4 billion, the 546-room hotel features 10 restaurants and 11 bars, as well as the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean a private beach made from 9,000 tons of sand imported from Egypt. There are also plans to build an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course next year.

The hotel opened in May 2009 with a launch party that totaled more than $35 million, including $17 million spent on silverware alone. Mariah Carey and Tom Jones performed for the grand opening, and other guests in attendance included Paris Hilton, Sharon Stone and Richard Gere. The same month, Forbes announced the hotel's owner, Telman Ismailov, has a fortune of $600 million.

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