Demola Ojo writes on the signature suite of one of the world’s leading resorts…
Ordinarily, staying in any of the 1,539 rooms at the Atlantis, The Palm resort in Dubai is an experience in itself. The 5-star hotel is located at the apex of the iconic Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, with views of the Arabian Gulf. It was the first resort to be built on the island and is themed on Atlantis, the mythical city that sunk into the Atlantic Ocean.
Like most things Dubai, Atlantis the Palm has luxury and opulence written all over it. The architecture is distinctly Arabian, with design and décor fit for sheikhs.
Staying close to the Atlantis theme, the resort is famous for its Lost Chambers Aquarium where guests can swim and feed sharks and rays among 65,000 marine animals. All Atlantis hotel guests receive unlimited complimentary entry to the aquarium as well as the Aquaventure Waterpark, rated first in the Middle-East and Europe. Obviously, this includes occupants of the Royal Bridge Suite, which sits on the 23rd floor, linking the East and West towers of the hotel.
If you think the Atlantis is out of this world, the Royal Bridge Suite manages to elevate the surreal feeling to another level. Royal is certainly the only way to describe one of the most expensive hotel suites in the world.
The suite has its own guarded entrance and elevator along with a dedicated team of people from butlers to chefs on hand to cater the needs of guests who, surely, would have tags like royal or presidential ascribed to them.
The legendary Royal Bridge Suite – described as the crown jewel of Atlantis’ iconic Signature Suites – is private, exclusive and truly unique, with unrivalled panoramic views of the gulf and the palm islands.
The living room is very spacious with floor to ceiling windows and balconies on either side. Aptly placed in the sitting area among many other decorative pieces, is a giant chess board.
The suite has a dining area, a bar, a spa, a kids’ room with twin beds and a huge study.
The suite accommodates six adults and three kids in a three-room configuration. Each room takes a maximum of two adults and an infant in a cot. As can be expected, rooms come with Jacuzzis and walk-in wardrobes.
The expensively furnished rooms have large flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and minibars. The master bedroom has its own balcony with lounges to lie in the sun while enjoying the amazing views. Expectedly, room service is available 24 hours, even though there are 23 restaurants in the resort.
Included with each room are two complimentary dolphin encounters at the Aquaventure Water Parks and complimentary private cabanas, available at the pool or by the popular Nasimi beach.
All these for a princely sum of $30,000 a night! The management of the hotel guards the identity of suites guests very jealously. The most they could reveal was that it is home for Emirati royals and some of the world’s most famous celebrities.