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Over the past 40 years, Dubai has become one of the most futuristic, glamorous, self-indulgent destinations. Where to stay in this bustling Middle Eastern mecca is an easy decision. At the apex of the world’s largest manmade island sits Atlantis, the Palm.

This spectacular $1.5-billion property has an aquamarine theme and features a host of water-centric amenities, including an enormous aquarium and a water park, as well as celebrity-chef restaurants, nightclubs and high-end shopping. For the Western traveler, it is best described as a tantalizing combination of SeaWorld and Las Vegas (sans gambling).

Offering incredible views of the Palm Islands and the water beyond, guest quarters are designed around absolute comfort and unparalleled luxury. Over-the-top accommodations include Signature Suites, which come complete with a dedicated personal butler; Grand Suites, which sit at the top of the Royal Towers; and Underwater Suites, which look in on Ambassador Lagoon.

There’s an overabundance of dining pleasures to be had, with 23 restaurants, bars and lounges to tempt and inspire. Standout options include innovative Japanese dishes at world-famous Nobu Matsuhisa’s eponymous eatery, classic Italian cuisine courtesy of celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli at Ronda Locatelli, and European fare from Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar.

Entertainment is an everyday occurrence here, with regular live performances from international music acts and world-class DJs. At Nasimi Beach, guests can enjoy bottle service while lounging in luxe cabanas. As the sun sets, the scene shifts into party mode.

There’s little reason to leave Atlantis, with its wealth of off-the-charts offerings. The Lost Chambers Aquarium has 20-plus exhibits housing sea creatures from across the world. Aquaventure features the Middle East’s longest zipline. Atlantis Dive Discovery affords snorkeling and scuba diving amidst amazing marine life. Dolphin Bay lets guests swim and dance with its namesake animals, while Sea Lion Point allows them to interact with charming sea lions. Other Atlantis adventures include helicopter tours, water taxis to the city, and yacht and boat cruises in the Arabian Sea. ShuiQi Spa & Fitness provides next-level workouts and a range of sublime treatments and therapies. And with brands like Chopard, Porsche Design, and Tiffany & Co., the shopping is second to none.

Everything about Atlantis, the Palm is larger than life. A stay here combines unmatched luxury and unparalleled sophistication, all in the ultimate destination.

Read this article as it appears in the magazine.

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