Would you stay at the Titanic hotel? Now you can check into a resort modelled on the ‘unsinkable ship’ (complete with lifeboats)
Published: 13:55 GMT, 29 July 2015 | Updated: 17:43 GMT, 4 August 2015
There’s a glamorous resort in Turkey with 550 rooms, three swimming pools and even a florist, but despite this, some people might be put off – because it’s based on the doomed ship Titanic.
The Turkish firm that built the hotel wanted to recreate the glamour and vastness of the impressive ship, which tragically sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage.
Guests are able to stroll on replica decks at the all-inclusive Titanic Beach Lara, and re-enact the ‘king of the world’ scene by the railings from the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
There’s a glamorous resort in Turkey with 550 rooms, three swimming pools and even a florist, but despite this, some people might be put off – because it’s based on the doomed ship Titanic
Turkish baths, three outdoor swimming pools and even a toy shop and florist are available to those staying at the resort
The hotel’s bedrooms feature porthole style windows so that the feel of being on a ship is never lost
Have a meal on deck and look out to the Turkish coast at night in the five-star luxury escape
The hotel was created to exude the luxury and comfort that the RMS Titanic did. It’s pictured here setting sail from Southampton on 10 April 1912
Set against the backdrop of the south-west Turkish coast, this luxurious hotel features replica decks and even lifeboats in a nod to the famous cruise liner
Lifeboats can also be seen in the unique five-star themed resort, but thankfully are unlikely to be required as the hotel is land-based.
Other perks guests can enjoy include Turkish baths, a toy shop – and ocean views over the south-west Turkish coast.
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Tarik Egemen, marketing manager of the hotel, said: ‘We were inspired by the legendary cruise ship Titanic.
‘As we all know it was the most elegant, luxurious and comfortable cruise ship of its era.
‘Like the ship, we combine luxury and comfort with cheerful and sincere service in the amazing atmosphere of Antalya.
‘The advantage of a theme hotel is the attractive and catchy architecture, and the decorative objects matching the main theme.
The five-star luxury hotel boasts three outdoor pools and one indoor one (pictured) so guests can relax in style during their stay
The five-star hotel aims to emulate the luxury of the doomed White Star Line ship. This picture shows the vast exterior of the main building
The interior of the Turkish hotel is grand, like the large ship it is based on, which measured 882 feet in length
‘Our country has many natural and historical beauties we know that people who like travelling always seek something different.
‘We would like to meet this expectation by presenting a special concept including entertainment, show and comfort.’
The 551-room hotel is not the only one of its kind. There are existing Titanic hotels in the chain in Berlin, Istanbul and one coming soon to Bodrum, although these have not adopted the ship design.
The hotel features lifeboats on the side which hang near the three outdoor swimming pools
Although the Titanic ship could carry a maximum of 3,547 passengers, the hotel has 1,200 beds spread over 551 rooms
Cosy interior: One of the bedrooms from the Titanic Lara Beach, which is located on the south-west Turkish coast
Guests at the hotel enjoy a huge range of facilities and the warm Mediterranean close by
The 551-room hotel is not the only one of its kind. It’s part of a chain that includes properties in Berlin and Istanbul, with one coming soon to Bodrum
The hotel features entertainment for guests if they do not wish to venture out for a sunny stroll to the boutiques of Lara Beach
THE HISTORY BEHIND RMS TITANIC, WHICH MADE ITS FATEFUL MAIDEN VOYAGE IN 1912
The grand Titanic leaving Southampton on her ill-fated maiden voyage on April 10, 1912, carrying 2,223 passengers and crew
The tragic story of the RMS Titanic was turned into an Oscar-winning film in 1997 starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US.
More than 1,500 people died when the ship sank carrying 2,224 passengers and crew under the command of Edward Smith.
Some of the wealthiest people in the world were onboard the ship, including property tycoon John Jacob Astor IV, great grandson of John Jacob Astor, founder of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim, heir to his family’s mining business, also perished, along with Isidor Straus, the German-born co-owner of Mancy’s department store.
The ship was the largest afloat at the time and was designed in such a way that it was meant to be ‘unsinkable’.
It had an on-board gym, libraries, pool as well as several restaurants and luxury first class cabins.
There were not enough lifeboats on board for all the passengers due to out-of-date maritime safety regulations.
After leaving Southampton on 10 April 1912, Titanic called at Cherbourg in France and Queenstown in Ireland before heading to New York.
On 14 April 1912, four days into the crossing she hit an iceberg at 11:40pm ship’s time.
James Moody was on night watch when the collision happened, and took the call from the watchman, asking him ‘what do you see?’, the man responded: ‘Iceberg, dead ahead.’
By 2.20am, with hundreds of people still on board, the ship plunged beneath the waves, taking many, including Moody, with it.
Despite repeated distress calls being sent out, and flares launched from the decks, the first ship arrived nearly two hours later, pulling 710 people from the water.
It was not until 73 years later that the wreck of the ship was discovered on the ocean floor.