Make your way down the trunk of the intricately designed Palm Jumeirah and enter a world of luxury and exclusivity. At its heart, next to the acclaimed Atlantis resort, lies Atlantis The Royal Residences, the epitome of upscale living. The coastal Palm – an iconic and globally recognized manmade island – is a hotspot for investors and a model position for this collection of luxe apartments.
Aside from the slick architecture, high-end shopping, and bustling nightlife, what else attracts affluent financiers and second-home seekers to The Palm, and indeed the rest of the emirate? One of the UAE’s biggest, Dubai is ranked seventh safest metropolis in the world, according to a 2021 survey. What’s more, every year, Knight Frank includes the Arabian Gulf city in its list of 25 prime real estate locations.
As a place to live, Atlantis The Royal Residences pips other developments to the post, with its second to none location and dramatic design – an impressive addition to the already glittering skyline. JamesEdition currently lists this ultra-modern apartment – more detail on the luxe space later.
Eye-catching development and architecture
Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) – one of the largest architecture firms in New York City – brought The Royal Atlantis to life, alongside leading developer Kerzner International, the outfit behind Atlantis, the One&Only resorts, and SIRO hotels.
Previous KPF masterpieces include the Rosewood Hong Kong, Aman Tokyo, Floral Court in London, Marina Bay Suites in Singapore, and The Dorchester in Doha. As part of their mission, the practice creates lasting solutions that mitigate environmental impact and protect the wellbeing of the communities they serve.
By 2030, the company aims to deliver carbon-neutral buildings.
Back at The Royal Atlantis, KPF and Kerzner’s 38-floor stepped structure maximizes vistas to the Gulf and the instantly recognizable skyline, while elevated private pools and terraces cascade down towards each other. One side of the building houses The Royal Resort, designed for holidaymakers. The other is home to The Residences, a collection of prestigious apartments spanning two to five bedrooms across The Signature Collection – the most exclusive – The Royal Sky Courts, and Garden Suites.
The two sections are linked by a sky bridge complete with a 90-meter-high infinity pool, creating a striking impact.
Apartment owners get to enjoy the best of both worlds: A serviced home, and all the facilities of the resort, including dining, leisure, concierge, fitness, and a 3,000 square meter wellness oasis. Decor-wise, interiors aficionado Sybille de Margerie took charge, with projects such as The Norman in Tel Aviv and Caribbean hotel and spa Le Barthélemy under her belt.
As an added bonus, condo residents share a dedicated pool and a private beach for year-round catching of rays. And let’s not forget the extensive alfresco water features, courtesy of WET.
Up for grabs: A chic sea view apartment
This modern open-plan residence with floor-to-ceiling windows boasts oodles of outdoor balcony space and an inviting plunge pool. The spacious two-bedroom three-bathroom property is competitively priced at $2,000,000, featuring marble finishings, dressing areas, en-suites, and a fully equipped Gaggenau kitchen – the perfect entertaining hub.
Sybille de Margerie’s elegant yet contemporary style is noticeable throughout, but the buyer can still stamp their personality on the unfurnished unit. Think grand and stylish with far-reaching panoramas, and you’ll have a small glimpse of what awaits.
Location, location, location
The ultimate destination, The Palm is an architectural beachfront wonder, just 25 minutes from the international airport, a 10-minute journey from film set-like Souk Madinat Jumeirah and ‘7-star’ hotel Burj Al Arab, and 20 minutes from 163-story Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world.
Drive just a quarter of an hour to The Dubai Mall, home to the UAE’s highest concentration of designer boutiques, or travel the same distance to Mall of the Emirates with its indoor ski slope. Downtown Dubai and the Financial Centre are also nearby, and for the more adventurous, head to the desert for camel riding and safaris.
A brief 10-minute car ride is state-of-the-art Marina Yacht Club, a haven for boat lovers and waterside nightlife. Golf fans are well catered for too, with Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club half an hour away by car, Emirates Golf Club just 15 minutes, and Jumeirah Golf Estates a 25-minute journey.
Back at The Palm, there’s no shortage of activity and leisure options, from Aquaventure Waterpark, tennis, and strolling along The Boardwalk, to checking out Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dolphin Bay, or wandering around Nakheel Mall.
In terms of food? Gastronomes are in their element, with Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, Japanese-Peruvian fusion at Nobu, Italian fare by Ronda Locatelli, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Chinese plates at Hakkasan, Massimo Bottura’s Torno Subito, and miX by Alain Ducasse all situated on the island.
Elsewhere but still nearby, there are plenty more high-end options, from Jason Atherton’s Marina Social and Northern Chinese at Hutong, to Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara. All cuisine bases are covered by the city’s eclectic food scene.
Dubai is an ideal base, with more than two-thirds of the world within an eight-hour flight. A connection hub to the rest of the globe, there’s an international vibe to the place that entices people in, and to stay.