At the far end of the Palm Jumeirah island, the monumental Atlantis resort is one of Dubai’s most eye-popping mega-developments. Modelled after its sister resort in the Bahamas, Atlantis brings a healthy dose of supersized kitsch to the city’s elegantly futuristic skyline: a vast, pale-pink extravaganza towering high above the sea and looking like a bizarre film-set from some outlandish fantasy movie.
As befits its monumental size, Atlantis isn’t so much a conventional resort as a self-contained leisure city, with enough activities to keep you going for days. These include the excellent Aquaventure watermark and beach, the attached Dolphin Bay, plus The Lost Chambers, part of the hotel’s spectacular aquarium. There’s also a vast private beach, a huge selection of restaurants (including venues by international celebrity chefs Giorgio Locatelli and Nobu Matsuhisa), not to mention a huge spa.
The place is particularly good for families, with a well-equipped kids club and other amenities (teens even get their own night club), although couples in search of peace and romance would do better looking elsewhere.