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The World’s Best New Year’s Eve Parties: Mardan Palace on the Turkish Riviera

December 24, 2009 By:Mary Winston Nicklin

Mardan Palace

Picked somewhere exciting to watch the ball drop on TV ring in the new year? If a last-minute splurge is a possibility, think Turkey. The stretch of gorgeous coastline around Antalya, called the Turkish Riviera, is going off. Judging by the spectacular opening party that Mardan Palace threw for itself-- the most lavish in history-- this Turkish Riviera hot spot is the place to be for NYE. A long line of celebrities, Paris Hilton in tow, checked into the ultra-luxury resort in May for the gala celebration that's been likened to "the kind of decadence that would make a Roman orgy look like a model of unassuming self-restraint." The Guardian describes the foodstuffs on hand at the resort's opening party: "great big buckets of Beluga caviar, free-flowing rivers of vintage Bollinger, the kind of desserts that make you want to break down and weep." So ladies and gentlemen, the resort's New Year's Eve party-- featuring "a parade of stars"-- is *the* place to be.


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