Making its mark on the skyline on the 10th February 2023, Atlantis The Royal is an architectural feat that promises a whole new, and honestly quite staggering, level of modern opulence. The magnitude of the resort is enthralling enough – rectangular blocks stacked symmetrically stand 43 storeys high and house an eye-opening 90 plus swimming pools in total across resort and residences. The expansive infinity Sky Pool and sky-terraces bring about an indoor/outdoor living, normally associated with low-rise mansions, up from the ground and into cantilevered towers above the gulf.
The Palm’s most anticipated opening to date, Atlantis The Royal’s architects have come up with a design to compliment Dubai’s futuristic skyline instead of overtaking it. Inside, the lobby sets the tone, with electrifying jellyfish by the thousands and a towering ‘Droplets’ sculpture, symbolising the first cool drop of rain in a dry desert, catching the eye. That’s before the innovative Skyblaze fountain outside steals the show erupting into bursts of aqua and flame. That’s the theme throughout the hotel, the unconventional marriage of fire and water. Another is the unrestrained 24 carat gilded floors and walls dotted throughout, juxtaposing meticulously handcrafted interiors designed by five hand-picked local women – think delicate porcelain pieces, the finest textiles and bespoke embroidery.
…being a part of redefining Dubai’s luxury scene. In a city that has become rapidly synonymous with the finer things in life, Atlantis The Royal came to the table with the intention to be the most talked about around town. There’s no shyness, aiming to be the biggest and best, to shock and awe, and to surprise at every turn. Everyone here is made to feel like a “someone”; from the annual Dubai devotees to the beautiful twilight crowd that mill around sipping champagne at the rooftop Cloud 22, with its private cabanas and light features reminiscent of the fictional world of Pandora. Families are also seen roaming the grounds, but these tend to be the clans who want to escape the hubbub in favour of somewhere quieter yet still with the ability to take their breath away.
Combining the best aspects of urban city living and a beachfront holiday resort, the resort aims to create a community with a strong sense of home. With even the lead in rooms being the size of some apartments, it’s difficult to single out which of these spaces are the most exclusive. The signature penthouses are designed to impress; accentuated by massive terraces and private pools and spanning over multiple floors. With a desire to be the hosts’-with-the-most to multi-gens or groups, they’re a private, rare kind of luxury for Dubai. Suites are like home but taken up a notch; there’s no need to leave bed for breakfast as it’s delivered to you complimentary and a personal butler is on hand to put together a few surprises during your stay.
With 17 restaurants (eight of which are helmed by celebrity chefs) exceptional food is a given, but dining here goes beyond the everyday. Like in Dinner by Heston Blumenthal where foods playfully masquerade as others, or in Jaleo by José Andrés, the only chef to have a two Michelin-star restaurant, four Bib Gourmands and a Nobel Peace Prize. And for something sweet, there’s Mich Turner’s Little Venice Cake Company. While all the culinary excitement lingers in the upper floors, down at ground level it’s a far more tranquil affair. At almost the size of a football pitch, the spa’s spaciousness alone provides the feeling of quiet solitude. Harnessing state of the art technologies, a personal journey is created for each guest incorporating all the elements. Some of these elements even make it into the 17 treatment rooms in the form of fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling aquariums.
While access to sister property Atlantis, The Palm may serve as the playground for kids, Atlantis The Royal is the one for the grown-ups. Extending beyond the foodie-sphere, some dining venues moonlight as zestful bars. A private lift ride opens up to 23rd floor restaurant Ling Ling, a venue we highly recommend visiting at every point throughout the day. Evolving from dining to drinking to dancing, the ambiance is defined by the mood lighting, the faint Pan Asian aromas from the kitchen and the views through the 180-degree windows; either out to the Arabian Sea or to Cloud 22’s Sky Pool that hangs 90 metres off the ground with Dubai’s twinkling skyline in the distance. Down on the sand, Nobu by the Beach is the place to sunbathe as live music wafts on the breeze, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes the beach club to be at in Dubai.
Dubai experiences high temperatures throughout the year with minimal rainfall. The best time to visit is between October and March when it is cooler. During the summer months temperatures rise considerably, whilst hotel rates are at their lowest and offers are most attractive.
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