Perched on the outermost tip of man-made archipelago The Palm Jumeirah, the striking Atlantis, The Palm is hard to beat. Entire days can be whiled away here with ease. There’s one-and-a-half kilometres of private beach, two huge resort pools that overlook the waterways of the archipelago, the two-storey ShuiQi Spa & Fitness facility with 27 treatment rooms, and 20 restaurants and bars, including three by Michelin-starred chefs (Giorgio Locatelli, Nobu Matsuhisa and Michel Rostang).
All 1,539 rooms have either ocean or archipelago views, while suites have a dedicated butler. Kids will be thrilled with the adjacent 17-hectare Aquaventure Waterpark with its wave pools, rapids and water slides (including one that shoots adrenaline-junkies through shark-infested waters) and the hotel’s Lost Chambers Aquarium, which is home to some 65,000 marine animals; all Atlantis guests have unlimited access to both the waterpark and aquarium. There are opportunities to swim with dolphins, snorkel with sharks, learn to dive, joyride aboard an Alpha helicopter over Dubai's best-known landmarks and sleep underwater in a submerged suite as marine wildlife glides past.
Holding the record for the world's largest group of man-made islands, The Palm Jumeirah (named for its long “trunk” and surrounding “fronds”) is host to some of Dubai's most exclusive real estate as well as multiple five-star hotels, world-class restaurants and luxury spas. A monorail line runs down the centre of the island, known as the Golden Mile, with the fronds easily accessible by taxi or hire car.