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Eight reasons why Atlantis The Royal Dubai is perfect for couples

  • Inspiration
  • By Francesca Brooking
  • Published 10 January 2023
  • Revised 13 November 2023
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Atlantis The Royal, the most ultra-luxury experiential resort in the world, will soon be opening its doors in Dubai. While the Atlantis name is renowned for being popular with families, the new resort promises to be perfect for couples too. 

Atlantis The Royal’s concept focuses on redefining luxury and bringing excitement to the fore where ‘something incredible happens at every moment of your stay’. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, food lover or have something special to celebrate, Atlantis The Royal sets the stage for a thrilling experience you’ll never forget. 

From sensual fire-meets-water performances to elevated date nights and complete privacy whenever you seek it, here are our top reasons why Atlantis The Royal Dubai is perfect for a couple's holiday.

Exceptional date nights with fine dining

Date nights take on a new level of luxury here at Atlantis The Royal thanks to its exceptional array of dining experiences. There are eight celebrity chef restaurants, two signature restaurants, a café, a food hall and day-to-night eatery to choose from. 

For an electrifying atmosphere and food fit for Aphrodite herself, we recommend Estiatorio Milos, one of the finest Mediterranean seafood restaurants in the world. Take a table outside on the terrace and get front row seats to the dazzling SkyBlaze Fountain. 

If it’s a sweet tooth they have, surprise your partner with an exquisite array of couture cakes by Little Venice Cake Company. You can even arrange a ‘by appointment only’ exclusive cake consultation with the atelier to help you with any special announcements or requests you would like to make. 

Dine on pomegranates, the ancient fruit of love at Ariana’s Persian Kitchen, feel the passion at the Spanish restaurant Jaleo or have a playful evening over Peruvian street food at La Mar by Gastón Acurio. Date night possibilities are endless. 

Insider tip: 

Want a more intimate dining experience with your love? We recommend reserving the private dining room at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. The room is inspired by 16th century Tudor style interiors, and you’ll be treated to a completely tailored dinner for the two of you.  

Estiatorio Milos

Estiatorio Milos

Beautiful cocktail bars to toast the evening

Atlantis The Royal has five bars which can take you from sophisticated imbibing to dancing late into the night. 

Don your best outfits that would give James Bond a run for his money and meet each other at Resonance by Heston Blumenthal. From its prime position in the lobby, the chic cocktail bar features a floor-to-ceiling aquarium with no less than 4,000 jellyfish. 

For a more beachside vibe, head to Nobu by the Beach, a Japanese Peruvian beach club with an outdoor sushi bar. Feel on top of the world at Cloud 22, a day to night rooftop pool and bar with private cabanas, live DJ sets and plenty of cocktails. 

If you’re keen to let your hair down, head up to floor above the sky pool where you’ll find Ling Ling, a lounge, club and dining concept with 180-degree views of the Palm and the Dubai skyline. Feast on Asian nibbles, enjoy cocktails by award-winning mixologists and let the music carry you away. 

Insider tip: 

Be a Royal Club guest and get exclusive access to the Royal Club Lounge where cocktails are served daily from 6pm. If you fancy a tipple away from the crowds, a 24-hour butler service can bring you exceptional cocktails in the comfort of your own room. 

Resonance by Heston Blumenthal

Resonance by Heston Blumenthal
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Rooms, suites and penthouses with privacy

With 795 rooms and suites, there’s an accommodation style to suit all your needs at Atlantis The Royal. Whichever one you choose, you’re guaranteed to be cocooned in pure luxury thanks to its bespoke amenities, hand-stitched mattresses and spacious ensuites. 

The Guest Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies with views across either Palm Island, the Dubai skyline or the Arabian Sea. You’re also treated to a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with a shower and standalone bathtub. 

For couples wanting a home away from home, choose the Suite life. The Sky Pool Villa has its own private infinity pool and you can take breakfast al fresco on the terrace with sparkling panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. 

You have complete and utter privacy here on top of in-room check-in, 24-hour butler service, complimentary airport transfers and exclusive Royal Club Lounge access for your discretion. 

If you’re a couple who likes a stay that’s fit for royalty, the selection of Penthouses is calling your name. From panoramic views at the resort’s highest point and private Art Deco inspired bars, there’s a penthouse to cater to your every need. 

The crème de la crème is the Royal Mansion. Split over two levels, it has its own private entrance, infinity pool, private dining, kitchen, library and bar. Now, that’s luxury. 

Insider tip: 

Be the first to experience Atlantis The Royal’s rooms, penthouses and suites. Be among the first guests to sleep in the beds, enjoy the private infinity pools and soak in the standalone bathtubs. 

Call our personal travel managers to be in the know about when the resort officially opens and how to get the best room available for a couple’s holiday. 

Royal Mansion Bedroom

Royal Mansion Bedroom

Tranquillity in the adults-only swimming pools

There are over 90 swimming pools across the whole property. If you’re searching for peace and tranquillity with your partner, an adults-only pool can be found at both Nobu by the Beach and Cloud 22. 

You can, of course, take privacy to the next level by booking a cabana with its own private plunge pool. Then you don’t have to share your pool time with anyone but yourselves. Order drinks and snacks to your cabana for the perfect leisure time. 

There are also 44 suites and penthouses with a private pool for your complete and utter discretion. Enjoy the luxury of waking up in the morning and taking the short stroll to the terrace where an infinity pool and dazzling views await. 

Insider tip: 

Ask the butler service to bring up a spread of food and drinks to your suite – perhaps even some artfully arranged candles on the terrace – and enjoy a romantic evening, just the two of you, under the stars. 

Cloud 22

Cloud 22

Sensory treatments at the spa

Quality time together is sacred for couples, and where better than at Atlantis The Royal’s AWAKEN Spa? Find mindfulness and harmony together with a carefully curated selection of services designed to align your mind and body. 

Double therapy suites provide the space for you and your partner to experience sensory treatments such as massages, reiki healing, hypno-healing, 24kt gold stone massages and moon manifestations. You can also book an evening at the spa for night-time only treatments. 

Practice mindfulness in the Meditation Gardens, experience emotional release at the Hydrotherapy Pool and workout together at the AWAKEN Fitness Centre. The Hammam Sensorium is inspired by a traditional bathhouse and has a curated range of natural scrubs and oils. 

Finish off with a stop by the beauty centres for both men and women. Refresh your haircuts and personal grooming ready for date night. 

Insider tip: 

Experience Arabian culture with the spa’s Local List menu, featuring treatments with locally sourced ingredients. 

Why not try a desert sand and date sugar infusion together? It’s a therapeutic process which includes Dubai desert sand and sweet date sugar followed by oud infused hot presses and finished with a Khaliji pink clay wrap to give you the smoothest skin. 

AWAKEN Spa

AWAKEN Spa

Electrifying spectacles that excite

There are dazzling spectacles all over the resort designed to excite and ignite. One example is the SkyBlaze Fountain, the region’s first fire-meets-water performance. 

Created by WET Design, the fountain rises 28 metres into the air and showcases a dance between fire and water with the twinkling lights of the Dubai skyline behind. 

Hold your partner close as you watch the display or get front row seats with oysters and cocktails at Estiatorio Milos

Look out for other thrilling displays with the fire and water entrance walls, the lobby lifts surrounded by cascading water and the sunken lobby lounge complete with a reflective Horizon pool and dancing water candles. 

SkyBlaze Fountain

SkyBlaze Fountain

Access to Aquaventure for thrill-seekers

Atlantis The Royal guests have complimentary unlimited access to Aquaventure Waterpark which sits between the resort and Atlantis The Palm. The perfect experience for thrill-seekers and big kids, Aquaventure is a Guinness World Record holder for the most slides in a waterpark – there are 50. 

There are 79 rides and attractions, 26 food stalls, 26 marine experiences and watersports and 1km of private beach to keep you busy all day. 

Dare your partner to tackle the Odyssey of Terror, the world’s tallest waterslide which includes a freefall down a curved wall or experience a mix of sensations together as you zoom along Zoomerango. 

One of the biggest challenges? Feel your hair stand on end on Poseidon’s Revenge where you’ll hit speeds of up to 60km/h before looping upside down. 

Your adrenaline is sure to be pumping at Aquaventure, but each ride is labelled by their thrill level so you can balance your day with more gentle experiences too. 
For quiet moments together, book a private cabana and joy solitude away from the crowd. 

Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark

Unique dates at the lagoons and aquariums

Take your beloved to the ethereal underwater world of the Lost Chambers Aquarium. The watery kingdom is home to 65,000 marine animals and is fully immersive. 

Wander through the semi darkness of its 14 Chambers where you’ll find unique facts about the creatures floating above you. There are 21 exhibits to explore with marine life from clownfish to sharks. 

Perhaps the most thrilling exhibit is the Ambassador Lagoon, an 11-million-litre aquarium with over 65,000 marine animals swimming by. It's like catching a glimpse of a cross-section of the Arabian Sea outside. 

In need of a unique date idea? We recommend taking your partner into the aquarium, literally. Don your flippers and your snorkels and go on an excursion through the tanks of the Ambassador Lagoon. Go even deeper with scuba diving gear and swim among the fish. You don’t have to be a certified diver to do it. 

Insider tip: 

Find your inner zen in this underwater kingdom with a 60-minute yoga class at Lost Chambers Aquarium first thing in the morning before it opens. This experience like no other will give you and your partner memories to treasure forever. 

Ambassador Lagoon

Ambassador Lagoon

Whether it’s glamorous date nights with exceptional food, unique experiences or complete discretion and privacy, Atlantis The Royal is perfect for couples. 

From thrill-seekers to meditation gurus and cocktail connoisseurs, plenty of interests are catered for to ensure there’s never a dull moment. You can even make the most of the personalised service to ensure your stay is completely tailored to you. 

Be among the first to enjoy a couple’s holiday at Atlantis The Royal. Plus, if you like the sound of our insider tips, call our expert travel managers on 0203 816 0985 to find out how to make your Atlantis experience that extra bit special. 

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