Luxury without limits: 48 hours inside Atlantis The Royal in Dubai reveals fluent dynamics of indulgence

FEB 10, 2024 | By Pratishtha Rana
Atlantis The Royal gleams through the Dubai skyline rooted with a witty tetris- like built; Photograph Courtesy - Atlantis The Royal
The dining room in the Horizon Penthouse is arranged with the most exquisite decor and details, garbed with bold artworks, a sleek chandelier and gilded shelves, which meticulously bind the sumptuous canvas of the space together; Photograph Courtesy - Atlantis The Royal

Modern Dubai’s new destination that is fluent in the dynamics of luxury living and sensory indulgence, the mega entertainment resort Atlantis The Royal is a nucleus of non-traditional architecture and leisurely superlatives.

Quintessential sand-tinged homes, seemingly right out of the Prince of Persia game, had just begun to dot the  golden sunlight-struck stretch of Palm Jumeirah  Road before I speedily cruised to the resort laden neighbourhood of Crescent Bay, where Atlantis The Royal towers through a crisp blue  skyline.

The Lotus Bar at Cloud 22 Skypool is dressed in breathtaking volumes, white-and-blue colours,a dome, the endless horizon ahead and a selection of the most premium spirits; Photograph courtesy Atlantis The Royal


Ounass x Dolce&Gabbana collaboration at Cloud 22, the iconic sky pool in its iconic blue majolica print; Photograph courtesy Atlantis The Royal


Sweeping views over the Arabian Sea and Dubai’s captivating skyline; Photograph by Pratishtha Rana

One of the most luxurious, happening and a substantially sybaritic entertainment resorts in the world, as they dub it, Atlantis The Royal, was in fact a blockbuster reveal in the beginning of 2023.

Headlined by Beyonce’s concert and a star-studded guestlist. Take our word for it, though. There is nothing predictable about the property. The doors open up several, sensorial layers of indulgence, enwrapping an encyclopaedic gambit of over fifteen celebrity chef restaurants, aquariums, spas, luxury retail boutiques, multiple pockets of pools and infinity pools, and common corridors that tether the cool indoors to the warm(er) outdoors.

Display of Jumping Water Spheres located within the lower ground level of the retail avenues, showcase a magical and playful interaction between light and water; Photograph courtesy Atlantis The Royal


Striking red-tinted Lava Trees installation in the lobby juts out with its magnanimous form and lends a contrast aesthetic amidst the water-inspired interiors; Photograph courtesy Atlantis The Royal


The main lobby is soused in hues of blue and tinges of gold tones, embellished with a larger than life aquarium; Photograph courtesy Atlantis The Royal

Visual Performances

Marching inside, Atlantis The Royal nearly unwraps as a theatrical performance. While there, the melodious tunes of Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons music kept playing in my head. Dramatic yet familiar! Daring to move beyond Dubai’s colossal and reflective super skyscrapers identity, this resort rises up 178 m tall, like real-life tetris stacked one over the other.

Beset with 795 rooms, suites and mega penthouses inside, the facade stands like a see-through screen, architected by NY-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) with interior designers G.A Group and Sybille de Margerie. Fringed by the endless sea and countless Palm trees, the property neighbouring its predecessor Atlantis The Palm is easy and adventurous at the same time. Intriguing installations that mimic water-based moments ultimately become a visually rich spine of one’s experience here.

The living area in the Horizon Penthouse decked with a private pool is a rested conversation between the blues it is surrounded from all sides and the opulent interiors; Photograph courtesy Atlantis The Royal


A standalone all-white bathtub is beautifully surrounded with the glistening marble work inside and azure blue outside, becoming a cosy private retreat spot of its own; Photograph courtesy Atlantis The Royal

Glamorous well-being

Candidly speaking, repose is almost an afterthought here. With an ensemble of venues and activities that transpire, the place becomes an exploration of modern Dubai, slowly metamorphosing into a global map by every minute.

On the palate, world cuisines compete to leave a lingering impression — from the Greek restaurant Milos and One Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal to Nobu’s first beachclub Nobu by the Beach and Michelin-recognised Ariana’s Persian Kitchen steered by celebrity chef Ariana Bundy. A flavourful shuffle; while lunch at Milos unfurls as a robust lesson in Mediterranean fare, by evening, dinner at Persian Kitchen, bejewelled with carved domes resembling Iranian- American chef Bundy’s native home in Kashan(Iran) is a convincing, authentic taste trip.

Ariana’s Persian Kitchen helmed by Iranian-American celebrity chef Ariana Bundy mimics a sweet pastel-toned decor and her native home’s elaborately carved domes and traditionally-intricate interiors in Kashan, Iran, all while serving delectable Persian recipes on the table from its open kitchen; Photograph courtesy Atlantis The Royal


Delicious food to enjoy whilst looking out at Dubai’s serene landscape; Photography by Pratishtha Rana


Enjoy evening sunsets with refreshing cocktails from the bar; Photography by Pratishtha Rana

Contemplative glamour resurfaces on the 22nd floor at Cloud 22 Skypool, embellished with an infinity pool and floating beds that savour the maximum vistas of the Arabian Gulf and Palm Island. Not to forget the pool-skirted Nobu by the Beach, the first of its kind from the original and much fanfared Nobu! A cocktail in one hand, while the eyes gaze around and above, convincingly overwhelmed with the happy blues around.

The pizzazz of leisure is also cradled inside AWAKEN Spa, where well-being gently crosses over with extravagance. Of which, the Hammam Sensorium stands out, painting a new-age version of the bathhouse concept, weaving the four elements of nature into our meditative existence. The therapy is a reset for the senses. It begins with an aromatic body scrub and mask being slathered gently on with just the right kind of hot splashes of water later. A pitstop inside the steam room douses you with tempers of warmth to complete the experience, before another fragrant body oil massage.

The Hammam Sensorium is nestled inside Atlantis The Royal’s AWAKEN Spa as a space for calm and ultimate rejuvenation, assuring an elevated form of self-care by bringing in the bathhouse culture with a touch of meditative interiors, smooth arches, soft colours and cosy nooks; Photograph courtesy Atlantis The Royal


Relax and rejuvenate at The Hammam Sensorium, outlined with neutral tones, soft lighting and gold tableware; Photograph courtesy Atlantis The Royal

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