Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has booked an entire luxury hotel in southern Turkey as part of the G20 Summit reportedly for a whopping $18 million.
Reports indicate that King Salman will be staying at Mardan Palace, which is known to be the most expensive luxury resort in Europe and the Mediterranean region. He is expected to check in at the hotel, which will remain closed for all other guests, a few days ahead of the G20 Summit, which will be held in Anatalya.
The hotel is allegedly paying exclusive attention to all details throughout the compound, including the rooms the king will be staying in, including a red carpet as well as special training for hotel chefs and staff.
In addition to the G20, King Salman is also expected to discuss investments in Turkey. Security at the summit will be high according to Turkish officials, due to the attendance of US President Barack Obama, European Union leaders, Russian and Chinese leaders.
The king will be accompanied by nearly 1,000 people, according to reports. The king has a reputation for travelling with a huge entourage. Recently, for his three-night stay in the US capital, he booked the entire 222-room Four-seasons.
King Salman has previously been criticised for his ‘VIP taste’ during his visit to the Cote d’Azur in France, when a 1,000-person entourage holidayed on the French Riviera; however, they were forced to cut short their trip after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of a public beach outside his villa.