Booking a room at Atlantis is not cheap (in fact, its Bridge Suite across the archway will set you back a cool $26,000 a night). But a night at this five-star funfair of a hotel means free unlimited access to Aquaventure, as well as preferential rates to swim with dolphins. When it comes to dining, Seafire was named Best Steakhouse at the 2011 Time Out Restaurant Awards, and Italian joint Ronda Locatelli is surprisingly affordable.
Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).
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