Atlantis The Royal

Dubai's modern marvel

With 584-foot-tall stacks of larger-than-life blocks soaring over Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis The Royal instantly cemented its status as a Dubai icon when it debuted in 2023. It didn’t hurt that Atlantis The Royal enlisted Beyoncé for a much-talked-about private performance as part of the year’s splashiest hotel grand opening.

But the resort goes over the top on everything. Inside the smooth white marble interiors, choose among 17 restaurants from top-tier chefs like Heston Blumenthal and José Andrés along with five nightlife venues. More than 90 swimming pools dot the grounds. The property boasts over a mile of beachfront, the largest privately owned stretch of sand in Dubai. It also hosts the world’s largest jellyfish aquarium. 

In addition, a stay grants you entry to nearby sister property Atlantis, The Palm’s Aquaventure — which holds the titles of the world’s largest waterpark and the waterpark with the most waterslides (50) — and Lost Chambers Aquarium. And the 795 lavish accommodations all come with gold-plated toothbrushes and razors in the bathrooms. Atlantis The Royal aims to treat every guest like a king or queen.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The boundary-pushing, modernist architecture by New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates makes this Dubai hotel a must-see. Six towers make up the 1,640-foot-long curved building, and all of them connect with a nearly 300-foot sky bridge. The dramatic design makes the resort a worthy architectural successor to the city’s well-known futuristic structures.
  • The surrounding water inspires the blue-accented contemporary accommodations and the art mimicking waves and droplets. Amenities abound, including Graff and Hermès toiletries, Frette bathrobes, roomy egg-shaped bathtubs and Nespresso coffee machines. Yet, you might overlook these luxuries when you see the floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies, which face either the sea and the cityscape or the vast blue of the bay. For an extra indulgence, opt for one of the 44 suites and penthouses with a pool.
  • Take in breathtaking sky-high views from Cloud 22. The adults-only infinity pool puts you 22 stories above the gulf with the distinctive pink Atlantis, The Palm on one side, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab on the other and the Dubai skyline front and center. Gaze at the landscape while swimming in the mosaic-bottomed pool or from the in-water daybed under a flower-like umbrella.
  • Atlantis The Royal is a dining destination. Its celebrity-chef-studded culinary roster includes Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Jaleo by José Andrés, Ariana’s Persian Kitchen, La Mar by Gastón Acurio, Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis and Nobu by the Beach, the brand’s first pool and beach club.
  • Retreat to AWAKEN Wellness for some relaxation and pampering. The 54,303-square-foot facility features 15 treatment suites, a VIP suite with private access, a hypnotherapy suite, a fitness recovery suite, a six-room hammam sensorium, halotherapy salt rooms, meditation gardens and more.

The Restaurants

  • Try flavorful, modern takes on classic Persian dishes like fesenjoon, a rich walnut and pomegranate stew with chicken and gold leaves, at Ariana’s Persian Kitchen. Iranian-American chef Ariana Bundy’s debut restaurant feels light and bright with sculptural white vaulted ceilings; light pink marble; pink, lavender and pale green seats; and turquoise tables on the terrace.
  • Heralded chef Gastón Acurio showcases Peruvian cuisine at La Mar. The open kitchen in the wood-and-stone Jeffrey Beers-designed space turns out cebiches, tiraditos (similar to sashimi), anticuchos (meat kebabs) and lomo saltado (Peruvian steak).
  • Sit on the terrace at Estiatorio Milos overlooking the fiery Skyblaze Fountain while savoring seafood-heavy Greek Mediterranean fare like lobster pasta and whole fish sashimi. Or select your preferred catch from the fish market display and its preparation: grilled, salt crusted, raw, fried or ahnisto (poached with vegetables).
  • Enjoy a festive Spanish dinner at Jaleo, where celebrated chef José Andrés makes the experience fun with a live paella station, a tapas bar, ham carving, memorable shareable bites and lots of sangria in the dining room accented with red, yellow and orange.
  • For its contemporary British dishes, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal finds inspiration from an unlikely source: the 1300s. The restaurant plays with the gastronomic favorites of yesteryear, like the meat fruit, a mandarin and chicken liver parfait, and the tipsy cake, a spit-roast pineapple dessert. But save room for a cone from the liquid nitrogen ice cream trolley.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
House car
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
NeighborhoodPalm Jumeirah
DXB (26-35 min)   DWC (35-45 min)   AUH (1 hr-1 hr 25 min)  
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