Dubai is known for its ground-breaking hotels and skyscrapers but it has outdone itself with the just-opened Atlantis the Royal on Palm Island. The 43-floor, 800-room hotel looks like a giant JENGA game, towering over the Persian Gulf.



Designed by global architectural leaders Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) architects, who are responsible for Hudson Yards in New York, and six of the 12 tallest towers in the world, they are known for their daring buildings.

It boasts a rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views, the largest jellyfish aquarium in the world, a fire and water fountain show, as well as 17 restaurants and bars.

Most of the dining options are from celebrity chefs such as Jose Andres, Gaston Acurio, Ariana Bundy, and Costas Spiliadis and if that isn’t enough, there’s a Nobu pool and beach club. Of course, there is.


Costing $1.6 billion, much of the money was spent on the resort’s signature 4,000 feet long Sky Bridge, which houses high-end restaurants, lounges, pool decks and event spaces.


The average room rate is $1,000 per night, but the top-end suite will put you back $100,000 per night.