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Where would you like to live?

Here are some of the most exclusive addresses in the world.

Beginning with the most luxurious hotels on earth, and concluding with some royal palaces.

1. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabipalace 1

Costing approximately $3 billion to build, Emirates Palace has 394 rooms and suites, 40 meeting and conference rooms, a white sand beach, a myriad of pools and fountains, a sumptuous spa, marble imported from 13 different countries and over 1,000 crystal chandeliers. It’s like a small pleasure fortress that also boasts the most prestigious marina development in the Middle East. Royalty, or those who want to feel like it, can luxuriate in one of the many palace suites, all with lavish surroundings that would befit a Sultan of old yet with enough modern amenities to please today’s top tycoons.

 

 

2. Mardan Palace Hotel, Turkeypalace 2

Built by Russian Billionaire Telman Ismailov in 2009 to the tune of $1.65 billion, the Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya, Turkey boasts the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean (fits 1,000 guests) and is touted as one of the most elite luxury hotels in Europe. Beyond the sinfully sumptuous suites and jaw-dropping interiors of gold leaf, crystal, and Italian marble, there are also ten dining spots, 17 bars, a lavish spa and a sunken aquarium full of exotic fish. 9,000 tons of white sand was flown in from Egypt for the beach alone. 24/7 personal butler service is also included.

 

 

3. Burj Al Arab Hotel, DubaiPALACE 3

Built to resemble a billowing sail, the stunning architecture of Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai makes it one of the most photographed in the world. All rooms are luxurious suites spanning two floors with state-of-the art everything and incredible views. And beyond the unique over-the-top amenities like the attached heliport and hovering tennis courts, there is a vast array of futuristic dining and nightlife options. Their guest care is also seriously intensive. Upscale extras include in-suite check-in, 24/7 personal on call butlers, and a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce fleet, all catering to an extremely well-heeled VIP clientele that often includes royalty.

4. The Plaza, New York Citypalace 4

Though the Big Apple has many legendary and swanky hotels, The Plaza is often the top choice for visiting VIPs especially for its Royal Plaza Suite that boasts the best views of Manhattan. The three-bedroom/three-bathroom suite is styled in the most opulent of old world charm with a formal dining room, a library, a gymnasium, a grand piano, full kitchen (for personal chefs), and a butler’s pantry, and is serviced by its own private elevator. Butler service is also included. Built in 1907, the iconic structure was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1969.

(Photo: www.theplaza.com)

5. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamaspalace 5

Built in tribute to the legendary lost city, Atlantis Paradise Island is a 141-acre waterscape and touted as the premier luxury resort destination in the Bahamas. But it’s their Royal Towers Bridge Suite on the 23rd floor that really pulls out ALL the swanky stops. It spans ten plush rooms topped by 12-ft. ceilings and full length windows and includes a grand piano, twin entertainment centers, a formal dining room with a 22-karat gold chandelier, whirlpool tubs, and more… plus a permanent staff of seven to cater to your every whim and fancy.

 

 

 

6. Palms, Las Vegaspalace 6

The Las Vegas Palms is famous for high roller living, and what better way to really indulge in Ls Vegas than laying back in one of their luxury rooftop suites like the  Sky Villa. It holds up to 250 people for a get-together and boasts a massive rooftop Jacuzzi hanging over The Strip. A private glass elevator, rotating bed, gym, sauna, media room, full bar and more make these swanky digs a spot to fulfil the fantasy of living in the style the world’s most famous VIP is accustomed to.

 

 

 

7. Secrets Marquis, Los Cabospalace 7

Inspired by a celestial legend of two angels seeking paradise on earth, the spectacular lobby of Secrets Marquis Los Cabos opens out onto the wildly restless sea like a temple to its creation. Gorgeous specially commissioned sculptures, massive waterfalls, spectacular infinity pools, and a lovely serene spa set the stage where VIPs love to come and play. (George Clooney’s beach villa is next door.) Luxurious rooms boast balconies where you can often spot migrating whales, and there are also private villas with personal dipping pools. This is where many foreign dignitaries are staying for the G20 conference in Cabos.

8. Taj Mahalpalace 8

In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire‘s period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begum

This palace was built to be a mausoleum for the wife who died. It was never meant to be lived in but to be a remembrance of  the Shah’s wife who died.

 

 

 9. The Palace of the Sultan of Bruneipalace 9

As monarch he is both the nation’s head of state and its head of government. He is one of the world’s wealthiest people and a contender for the title of wealthiest reigning monarch, and is known for having the world’s largest royal palace and the world’s largest car collection.

 

 

 

10. The Stable and Manger where Jesus was born.palace 10

Christmas is all about Jesus being born.

Without that event we would be at work on Tuesday this week!

The origins of Christmas celebrations stem from a decision in 354 AD to celebrate the birth of Christ on the winter solstice which was about December 25. There was no way of accurately determining the exact date of Christ’s birth so this date was settled as far back as 354AD.

You can call it happy holiday if you want but it’s a celebration of Christ’s birth and can’t ever get away from that. Christmas means Christ’s Mass.

So when Jesus showed up, he was coming as the son of the living God. He was born of a virgin. This fulfilled a 700 year old prophecy: Isa 7:14  Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].

When Jesus was born, don’t you know God could have organised that he be born in the most exclusive palace on earth? Why was the King of Glory, the creator of the universe born is such lowly circumstances?

Philippians gives us the answer: Php 2:5  Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]

Php 2:6  Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,

Php 2:7  But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.

Php 2:8  And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!

Php 2:9  Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,

Php 2:10  That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Php 2:11  And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (AMP)

As part of what Jesus did to completely redeem mankind He did two things.

  1. Destroy pride which caused the fall of man, it was pride also which caused the fall of Satan
  2. Become completely poor in order that we can be made rich in Him.

The first Adam fell through pride. If you eat of this tree you will become wise like God. So Adam chose the course of pride – I know best, I know more than God, I want to be like God. So he took and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 3:6)

Jesus the second Adam had to redeem mankind. (Romans 5:15-19)

For Jesus to rescue mankind He could not come and be born at Holiday Inn.

He could no be born in a home as person,

He could not be born in a field as a traveller caught unawares, He had to be born in a place too lowly for ordinary man – the place made for animals.

He humbled Himself, He was not forced. He chose to give up his God kind of rightful dignity and privileges, to completely empty Himself for us. To become a slave, to free the captives, to become poor in order than we could be enriched in all things; to be emptied Himself so that we could be filled.

The manger was not a place of convenience, it was not a substitute for an unavailable babies crib, it was essential for the plan of God set down from the beginning of time.

No wonder the angels sang: Glory to God in the highest!

Humility is the trademark of God’s Son and is now the trademark of all his sons and daughters.

Jas_4:6  But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it). [Prov. 3:34.]

Jas_4:10  Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].

1Pe_3:8  Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren [of one household], compassionate and courteous (tenderhearted and humble).

1Pe_5:5  Likewise, you who are younger and of lesser rank, be subject to the elders (the ministers and spiritual guides of the church)–[giving them due respect and yielding to their counsel]. Clothe (apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility [as the garb of a servant, so that its covering cannot possibly be stripped from you, with freedom from pride and arrogance] toward one another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)–[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble. [Prov. 3:34.]

1Pe_5:6  Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,

 

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