Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis the Palm is a landmark in Dubai with its asymmetric shape rising out of the sea like… well… the lost world of Atlantis. See what I did there? Get ready to embrace your inner mermaid and dive into this zany celebration of all things underwater.

Nasimi Atlantis
Noteworthy: This resort is more like a small city within a city. At any time of day, there are hordes of people flitting from restaurant to the beach and from the aquarium to the waterpark. We know what you’re thinking… how to stand out in the crowd? Go for the 3 C’s: colour, comfort and class.

The Welcome

Right in the centre of the massi ve lobby is a massive blue, glass sculpture by American artist Dale Chihuly that took two years to construct. Over 3000 glass-blown pieces were daintily shipped in individual containers from Seattle to Dubai for the centrepiece that is nearly 10 metres high. People visit Atlantis the Palm just to take pictures next to this work of art. Selfie-tastic.

Sweet Suite

There are cutesy sea motifs all the way to your room: sea shell lamps, bronze sculptures of fish. “Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat…” Depending on the room you book, you’re in for a treat. Underwater Suites give you a view of sea life, while some rooms have aquariums in their bathrooms. There is something thrilling about fish watching you pee.

HH Must-Try: If spending a year’s rent on a room for the night isn’t your thing, ask for a tour of the Royal Bridge Suite that connects the two main buildings of Atlantis the Palm. It’s got a killer view of the palm, the sea, and regal interior design that includes a TV panel that pops out of a cabinet at the click of a button. Oh yeah, and more of the underwater theme everywhere – even the ceiling.


What are you craving? Name it. Just name it. Atlantis the Palm not only has the answer, but a celebrity chef/Michelin starred answer. Sushi and the it-crowd? Book early to nab a table at Nobu. Italian with a side of romance? Ronda Locatelli will have you saying ‘that’s amore’ by the end of the evening.

Sushi with a side of elegance at Nobu:

Nobu 2


With so many fun activities to choose from at this busy hotel, going to the spa is a nice way to recharge. Go for the Japanese Ritual that includes full body couples massages and Shiseido facials followed by an elegant spread of sushi and green tea.


When the weather is sweet, there are few sweeter places to party than Nasimi. Right on the beach with a band or a hot DJ doing their thing, it’s a party place with an island vibe like no other in Dubai.


atlantis aquaventure


Just for Kids

For kids and kids-at-heart, it’s all about Aquaventure Waterpark. Whether you’re in it to conquer fears of a steep waterslide or strike ‘swim with dolphins’ off your bucket list, we guarantee that by the end of the day you’ll be tired, happy, and have a colourful Instagram feed.



Kids Club or Party Central?

Atlantis the Palm really does have something for everyone. Dine like a celeb (or maybe next to one), party like you’re in Mykonos, or let the kids run wild at the waterpark. Even if you’re a recluse who wants to sit in a corner by yourself, you can do that with a touch of Arabian glamour by smoking a shisha on the beach. Shisha and chill…

Here’s #WhatToPack to make the most out of a stay at Atlantis, The Palm:

Atlantis Casual


Halston Heritage top
435 AED –

Armani Jeans skinny jeans
535 AED –

Sophia Webster flat sandals
1,850 AED –

RED Valentino leather handbag
2,225 AED –

Chico s blue jewelry
73 AED –

Casetify iphone case
145 AED –
#WhatToPack for poolside and Aquaventure fun!
Atlantis Aquaventure poolside chic


ViX white top
400 AED –

Missoni bikini swimwear
1,665 AED –

Tory burch flip flops
705 AED –

Turquoise jewelry
62 AED –

Oversized sunglasses
350 AED –

Clinique sun care
88 AED –

Christian Dior nail polish
99 AED –

Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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