Atlantis, the new all-singing, all-dancing $1.5 billion, 1,539 room mega-resort by legendary hotelier Sol Kerzner, is a celebration of all things aquatic, featuring Aquaventure, a dynamic water park set in a tropical garden; Ambassador Lagoon, a marine habitat including sharks and rays; and Dolphin Bay, where guests can meet and mingle with the dolphins. Atlantis is a theatrical extravaganza, with the marine theme echoed throughout the visually stunning resort. There’s a cosmopolitan buzz: Russian oil barons make deals on their mobiles at the pool, in the lobby Sheikhs and their entourages sweep past in flowing robes, while chic euro yummy mummies watch their designer-clad offspring at the beach. It’s brilliant for people watching. A far cry from understated, the resort’s ‘nothing succeeds like excess’ mantra extends to dining, with four of the world’s top chefs – Nobu Matsuhisa, Giorgio Locatelli, Michel Rostang and Spanish sensation Santi Santamaria, each creating their own themed restaurants. Add to that the jewel-like spa, state-of-the-art kid and teen zones, high-octane nightclub, pristine private beach, and delightful rooms with panoramic views of the Gulf. It’s easy to see why Atlantis is one of the most exciting places to stay in Dubai.