Luxury Hotels

ATLANTIS ROYAL – 1

The home screen of the televisions in suite 32620 of Atlantis Royal, Dubai show the hotel. Wow.   Girlahead is back in town for Private Luxury Event PLE Dubai – and what a place to hold it. Designed by New York-based KPF, it looks like giant piles of books deliberately placed haphazardly.  One side has 231 privately-owned residences. The other has 795 hotel bedrooms.

The public areas are, of course, sensational. Entering the main lobby, which is two floors high, is theatrical. Either side of the entrance glass walls mist show erupting flames as welcome. Ahead is a bulbous silver sculpture, about nine metres high. It’s Jeff Koons style by American Mike McLeod. Apparently Bernard Arnault is among the discerning who are truly impressed. He should be. Louis Vuiton is among the glass-fronted stores that form the walls of the lobby walkway.

To get to 32620, in Sunlight Tower, take the elevators opposite an orange artwork (not the blue artwork). Up on the 32nd floor, head for a blue artwork. 620 is at the end. Open the door to an amazingly colour-coordinated heaven, soft blues with hints of taupe. The sitting room walls are marble. Walls in the bedroom are linen. A narrow terrace overlooks Palm fronds to downtown. A substantial terrace, off another angle, has a seriour, glass-sided pool, loungers, and dining for six.  See the video below.

Paradise. And this very day, Tripadvisor announces Dubai as the world’s top leisure destination.