Atlantis The Palm
A worldwide hotel icon, and with good reason
Why we like it:• Activities here are unrivalled in scale and depth
• It has a sensational waterpark
• You can see, and even swim with, sharks
Location: Very simply, Atlantis dominates the Palm, its iconic pink edifice standing proud at the end of its trunk and wowing from all angles. A Dubai landmark, it’s also worth seeing from the sky. Take a Seawings tour from Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and appreciate its sheer scale.
Character: The hotel is, of course, themed around the fabled lost city of Atlantis. And it’s a theme that runs appropriately deep. Most notable is the huge aquarium that runs up through the centre, housing both ‘the ancient ruins’ and a vast array of fish, sharks and stingrays. The design around this aquarium is seriously smart. Not only can you admire it from one of the hotel’s many walkways, you can eat right next to it – at Ossiano, a fish restaurant, naturally – or even sleep next to it, in one of the hotel’s fantastic Underwater Suites. In the latter, the whole wall at the foot of your bed is glass, providing an unparalleled view deep into the aquarium. It’s like sleeping in the biggest and best fishbowl in the world. Aside from the aquarium, the Atlantis theme permeates other areas, in particular The Lost Chambers, a great walk-through experience that takes you into the belly of the mythical city. Recently added? Two rare albino alligators. Because, well, why not?
Service: Hospitality is everything you’d desire from such a family-orientated experience. Staff have all the sense of fun and warmness of a Disneyland, but thankfully minus the cheese. We would recommend a trip to feed the aquarium’s fish, in which a friendly, passionate and informed guide will take you up to the surface to sprinkle down some grub and start a feeding frenzy. Restaurant staff are also fantastic. On our visit, an early dinner at Ronda Locatelli saw the kids being taken into the kitchen, given their own chefs hats and being allowed to make their own ice cream puddings alongside the professionals.
Rooms: Accommodation here can fluctuate wildly in price. If you happen to be Rihanna (and if you are, by the way, can we say how much we loved that one you did with Paul McCartney and the other fella?) you will feel right at home in the Royal Bridge Suite, a 924 sq m palace with a secret entrance and elevator, your own staff and panoramic views. If you fancy being a James Bond villain for the day, you can check into one of the Underwater Suites. Or, if you are neither pop star nor On Her Majesty's Secret Service, you can head for one of the more standard rooms. We enjoyed a Deluxe Guest Room with stunning sea views, a sizeable balcony and a bathroom with doors that could open out into the bedroom.
Restaurants & bars: The choice is enormous, with everything from high-end Italian at Ronda Locatelli, knockout steak at Seafire (we had the ribs that come served in a book – brilliant), legendary Japanese cuisine courtesy of Nobu, fine seafood at Ossiano and Time Out’s sensational Best Chinese Restaurant 2015, Yuan. We popped in for a quick lunch and left three hours later having wolfed down most of the menu. Oh, and in case all that wasn’t enough, Gordon Ramsay has just returned to Dubai, to open Bread Street Kitchen in the hotel. Atlantis also features the packed and pumping N’Dulge nightclub as well as Nasimi Beach bar and club, and Barazura grape bar and Levantine Bar and Terrace.
Facilities: So much to choose from. A paradise for kids, the hotel has a great club for children aged three to 12 (which stays open till 10.30pm, meaning we were able to enjoy some long-overdue romantic dinners), games arcade The Zone, great swimming pools and beaches, a decadent spa, tonnes of shopping and more.
Activities: Way too many to detail here. Helicopter rides, tennis, scuba diving (with the sharks in the aquarium), boat trips, dolphin encounters and more. However, highlights for us were the Sea Lion Discovery session, in which we got to meet some and get photos taken with them, as well as the Aquaventure waterpark. A sprawling space, packed with rides that range from the terrifying (the sheer drop of Poseidon’s Revenge) to the tranquil (there’s a fantastic splash area for younger kids), it is a maze of watery fun. Best bit? The Leap of Faith, in which you rocket down a slide and then through a tube. Surrounded by sharks and rays.
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Value: 150 AED
Min Spend: 400 AED
Redemption period: 14.12.2015 - 21.12.2015
Booking/Checkin period: 06.12.2015 - 23.03.2016
Markets: all markets Atlantis The Palm
tammie Apr 17, 2012 02:33 pm
love love love went with my kids they love it the loved the fish and sharks we cant wait till we do again
Suzette de Jonk Mar 22, 2012 08:11 am
I just wanted to say overall the place was alright. In terms of activities the place is great. I feel the hotel is overstaffed and we were constantly being disturbed by staff for room service. Another thing was that wherever we went we were asked if we were guests of the hotel, I mean come on of course we would be guests or we would not have been on the premises in the first place. Even to get towels we were asked to show our room key! I think this is totally unnecessary. The water park was great however was not organised. No proper sign-age. Restaurants were very expensive but food was good at all of them except for Saffron. Each of the staff gave different information which was unsatisfactory. I suggest proper organisation and reduce the staff. Apart from that everything was fine.
Justin beiber Sep 05, 2011 12:39 pm
i love the time when selena gomez fel down
Anas Jul 24, 2011 08:42 am
This place is awsome..... with wide variety of activities to get involved... the aqua park was terrific.... the food at Saffron was just superb....loved the place!!!!!!
Mounira Trabelsi Jun 23, 2011 03:14 pm
I wanted to book a night stay for my sister and her family using my matercard. I called to make the booking and the reservation guy asked me for a 2-night stay minimum. When I insisted to talk to the manager , he put me on hold for 8 min and never got back to me. I called again and a lady who picked the phone did not mention the minimum 2-night stay at all. When it came to the personal details , I told her that i m offering the stay to my sister. She said that she has to check. Talking to the manager ,I told him that one day earlier I asked in the hotel and they didn't have any problem I offered the stay to someone.They asked only that I better be ther during the check in. I also reminded him that nothing is mentioned about the card holder should be using the room .I also read the booking condtions they have online.All he could say was that he 'll talk to the IT department to change that. I don't see any problem if i buy gifts for my sister or book a hotel room using my mastercard...By the end of the day this offer is made by the bank and what is a priority for the bank is that the mastercard is used... I found it really discouraging to go to this hotel even for myselially after the contradictory statements the reservation team has.
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