Atlantis The Royal Just Opened – We Checked it Out

EliteVoyage CEO Petr Udavsky inspects one of the hottest and most hyped new hotels of the 2020s, Atlantis The Royal in Dubai.

Atlantis The Royal Just Opened

A very iconic new building on the Palm Jumeirah

Atlantis The Royal opened on February 10th and I was fortunate to be one of their first ever Czech guests.

I discovered a playground for adults. I really recommend you give it a try.

You’ve probably already seen photos. Or maybe Tiesto’s latest music video, filmed exclusively at Atlantis The Royal.

But beautiful architecture and hotel hype is one thing. Before we could offer Atlantis The Royal to our clients, I needed to experience the hotel, to see the level of service, operations and things to do.

Differences Between Atlantis The Royal and Atlantis, The Palm

One of the hotel’s striking galleries

I understand almost everything about Atlantis, The Palm. It’s a popular tourist destination, understandably so. At Atlantis the Royal I expected something similar, with higher standards. But I was surprised because tourists cannot enter the hotel, which is rare in Dubai. I felt special immediately

Atlantis The Royal was much calmer than I expected. It’s a very exclusive property with many areas reserved only for hotel guests.

Cloud 22 is exclusively for hotel guests aged over 21

The sky pool at Cloud 22 is amazing. Right now it’s the place to be seen in Dubai. But there are only 17 private cabanas, so it’s very private and not crowded. Only Atlantis The Royal guests can use Cloud 22.

Atlantis The Palm is great for families. So I expected Atlantis The Royal to also focus on families. Not true. They expect only 20% of guests to be families.

The Nobu Beach Club pool area is also only for people aged over 21

Most guests were aged early thirties to early fifties and some of the hotel’s best attractions are only for guests aged 21 or over.

Atlantis The Royal does have facilities for children, like the Atlantis Explorers Kid Club and access to Aquaventure Waterpark, plus interconnecting room options at all room categories. However, the focus is more on creating a fun and relaxed environment for adults. As I said at the beginning, this is a playground for adults.

Exceptional Levels of Service for a New Hotel

Meeting Tom Roelens, General Manager of both Atlantis properties

The most important point I want to pick out is the service. It’s superb. After one week of opening there were almost no issues.

When a new hotel opens we usually recommend waiting for a few months before staying there. It takes time to perfect the service and operations, even for the most experienced five-star hotel brands.

The skyblaze fountains captured my imagination, but I’ll remember the service for a lot longer

At Atlantis The Royal everyone is so well trained, educated, smiling and beautiful. Tom Roelens, the general manager overseeing both Atlantis properties told me:

We have around 3700 employees at Atlantis The Royal. For three years we’ve been collecting the most talented people, from Atlantis, The Palm and all over Dubai.

I could really feel it. Whether it was ordering a drink at the beach or making an unusual request, the service was always fast and faultless. It was the best I have experienced anywhere in the last two years.

A Playground of New Experiences to Explore

One of the swimming pool and beach areas

My visit was short, only for three nights. I can easily imagine spending seven to ten days here, and still not experiencing everything on offer.

Atlantis The Royal is a destination hotel. You don’t need to leave the grounds. You probably won’t want to. There’s so much to explore.

My top recommendations are:

Book a private cabana for an afternoon at Cloud 22.

Cloud 22 is my top recommendation – don’t miss it

Do pre-dinner drinks and snacks at Resonance by Heston Blumenthal, a bar lounge backdropped by a huge jellyfish aquarium. Order an Octo-dog – it’s a hot dog with an octopus tentacle inside.

This is an…Octo-dog!

Spend a day at the world’s first Nobu Beach Club. I loved the Wagyu sandwich – looks almost like a cake and it’s so delicious.

Wagyu sandwich at Nobu Beach Club

Guests staying in Suites or Royal Club Rooms enjoy access to the Royal Club Lounge. It’s a serene place for breakfast and afternoon tea. Check out the amount of truffles you get with the scrambled eggs!

Scrambled eggs with truffles at the Royal Club Lounge

Spend a night eating and partying at Ling Ling on the 23rd floor.

Evening snacks at Ling Ling

If you’re not up for partying, have dinner at Le Mar, a restaurant by legendary Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio.

Ceviche tasting at Le Mar

Atlantis The Royal is heaven for foodies, with many celebrity chef restaurants and the best breakfast room I’ve ever seen. It’s like a giant marketplace where you can help yourself to almost anything.

The main breakfast room

Beach, pools, shopping, restaurants, bars, water sports…there’s so much to explore. But what’s really nice is the relaxed atmosphere. This isn’t a theme park, it’s a sophisticated and tranquil place for a holiday.

Rooms & Suites at Atlantis The Royal

View from my room

My room was spacious and I was impressed by the attention to detail, such as a golden box of amenities and a special perfume I received as a gift.

Standard in-room amenities

For my next visit I will get a room with a view over the Arabian Gulf. My room overlooked Palm Jumeirah and the Skyblaze fire and water fountain show. Which was beautiful.

Living room in the sky terrace suite

All rooms have good-sized private balconies. Suites measure over 100 square metres and enjoy sweeping views over the sea and city. Sky Pool Villas have these amazing private terraces on the roof.

A sky pool villa

For accommodations, Atlantis The Royal is on the level of the best Dubai hotels. Still, I wouldn’t stay here just for the room or suite. Holidaying here is about the unique experience.

Who Should Try Atlantis The Royal?

Relaxing at the beach club

I was among the first five Czech guests at Atlantis The Royal. It’s a hotel I recommend visiting soon, so you can experience all the hype and excitement, before it’s discovered by everybody else.

In particular, Atlantis The Royal will be a great option when you’re travelling home on Emirates, via Dubai. It has everything you need for a relaxed two or three days, plus loads of new experiences to try.

If Dubai is your regular holiday destination, consider a few nights at Atlantis The Royal, combined with a few nights at your favourite Dubai hotel.

If you want to fully experience this stunning new hotel, then come for a week or more and indulge yourself in the experience.

Any questions? I’m here to answer them. I was there only last month!

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