1. ATLANTIS THE ROYAL
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
One of the world’s most anticipated luxury experimental resorts, Atlantis The Royal on Palm Jumeirah is an amalgamation of the world’s leading designers, architects and artists, designed to challenge the boundaries of imagination. The contemporary mixed-use property consists of both hotel and residential arms. The hotel houses 795 rooms and 102 suites, including 44 suites with private pools. While the residence side comprises two-to-five-bedroom formats, as well as a series of ‘Sky Villas’ with private infinity pools and terraced gardens.
The 43-storey building features over 90 swimming pools, including a rooftop infinity pool sitting 96 metres above The Palm. In keeping with the quirky Atlantis brand, the lobby houses the largest jellyfish tank in the world and the world’s first fire-meets-water fountain. Of the 17 restaurants and bars at the resort, eight are by celebrity chefs, including a first-of-its-kind Nobu by the Beach. Sensorially immersive wellness will be spread over a 5,000sqm spa, with a hammam, fitness area, 17 treatment rooms, a personal styling studio, a charcoal sauna, tepidarium, Halotherapy Salt Rooms and meditation gardens. A two-kilometre stretch of private beach links the two Atlantis properties making it easy for guests to enjoy both resorts. Set to officially open on February 10, book early to avoid disappointment!
2. JW MARRIOTT HOTEL RIYADH
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The opening of JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh marks the brand’s long-awaited debut in Saudi Arabia. 349 modern rooms and suites are complemented by carefully landscaped exteriors, dedicated to the wellbeing of travellers. Elegant guest rooms vary in size across twelve categories and offer stunning views of the Riyadh skyline. Coral tones encapsulate the warmth of Arabia against luxe marble flooring and high-quality amenities provide a sanctuary laced with comfort, style, and subtle opulence.
The wow factor comes in the form of The Royal Suite which spans 280sqm and encompasses a private gym and entertainment room. Dining options are underpinned by fresh, local ingredients: all-day dining at Kitchen On 3 blends culinary traditions with modernity, while the JW Steakhouse features an open-kitchen with sustainability is at the core of its greenhouse-inspired eatery, JW Glass Garden. Authentic and mindful experiences will be offered at the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness and wellness centre including yoga sessions and refreshing outdoor swims. The Family by JW programme offers playful and interactive experiences for the whole family.
3. EMERALD ZANZIBAR RESORT & SPA
Renowned for its deluxe all-inclusive formula in the Maldives, The Emerald Collection has bought its hospitality to the shores of Tanzania with its Emerald Zanzibar Resort & Spa. Located on the north-east coast of the island in the Muyuni area, the new resort perches between the coastline and acres of tropical jungle directly in front of Mnemba island. The property has direct access to azure waters and is surrounded by an oval reef, which has been declared a precious marine conservation area. As the only Leading Hotels of the World property in Zanzibar it exclusively offers suite accommodations, with 250 suites across 7 different categories. Like all resorts in The Emerald Collection, guests at Emerald Zanzibar will experience an elevated take on an all-inclusive stay.
The main all-day restaurant, Aqua, serves international cuisine from sunrise to sunset, while the Beach Club serves lunch on the beach. A Churrasco concept prevails at Carnivorous while at Le Asiatique Restaurant, and live Teppanyaki cooking takes place. At the 5-Star Diving Centre, trained divers will guide visitors of all abilities through the varied marine life is on the resort’s doorstep. Whilst parents explore the Zanzibarian environment, the Dolphin Kids Club, with its trained multilingual team, will keep little ones entertained with creative and educational activities and games.
4. MARRIOTT RESORT PALM JUMEIRAH
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Sprawled across 7,000sqm of beachfront, the newly opened Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah will appeal to families, couples, solo travellers and business guests alike. Located along Dubai’s golden coastline, the resort is a beachside haven for those seeking exclusive escapism with the option to explore the bustling city. 608 contemporary and intuitive rooms boast expansive floor-to-ceiling ocean views, private balconies, and thoughtful in-room comforts like a pillow menu, mood lighting, a top-of-the-range entertainment system, and large bathtubs. With a deliberately eclectic mix of new-to-the-region global brands, born-in-the-UAE concepts and core Marriott offerings, the hotel’s 10 exceptional dining venues will encompass flavours, influences and ideas from Japan, Korea, Peru, Italy, the Levant and more.
Active guests will enjoy the 24-hour fitness centre, which is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and offers an age-appropriate fitness programme designed specifically for younger guests. While the resort’s opulent Middle Eastern-inspired Saray Spa will be a sanctuary for self-care, rejuvenation and relaxation. Additional facilities will include an ocean-view pool, Kids Club, state-of-the-art Marriott Fitness Centre, M Club Lounge, a fully equipped business centre, and flexible event spaces designed to foster collaboration. Additionally, the hotel will launch a bespoke Kids Go All Inclusive Package, guaranteeing that when it comes to exceptional dining options, it is not just the adults who are looked after in truly memorable style.