One of the highlights for anybody’s trip to Dubai is undoubtedly a visit to Atlantis, The Palm. It is the second Atlantis Resort in the world, after the original on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. In 2017, the third Atlantis Resort will open in Sanya, China. However, perhaps the most impressive of all these designs is the Arabic-themed façade of Atlantis, The Palm. But how can you make the most of your stay?
As is typical throughout Dubai, coming here will not be a cheap experience for you, but Atlantis is certainly one of those one-of-a-king experiences that you must do once in your life. From deluxe rooms to royal suites, and from swimming with dolphins to dining in celebrity restaurants, you can find everything you need (and then some!) here at Atlantis.
Atlantis, The Palm is located on the crescent of the largest man-made island in the world, The Palm Island. The resort is approximately 35 minutes from Dubai International Airport and 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. From Dubai Airport, you can take a taxi directly to Atlantis (approximately AED 100). Alternatively, from anywhere in the emirate, take the Dubai Metro to Dubai Marina, hop on the Dubai Tram, and finally onto the privately-owned Palm Monorail, which runs along the trunk of Palm Jumeirah right up to Atlantis Resort at the far end.
There are two major aquariums in Dubai: the Dubai Aquarium in the Dubai Mall, and The Lost Chambers here at Atlantis Resort. The one at the Dubai Mall is larger (the largest in the world, in fact) but the Lost Chambers is slightly better and slightly cheaper. All visitors can experience the wonders of the Lost Chambers, regardless of whether you are a paying guest of the hotel or not. Over 20 exhibits will keep people entertained here, and the admission is AED 100 per adult and AED 70 per child. In house guests can enter the Lost Chambers for free. Once inside, apart from the regular exhibits, there is the chance to dive and snorkel (for an additional fee), as well as an interesting behind the scenes tour for only AED 50 per person, which is well worth considering.
Aquaventure is the name of the water park at Atlantis Resort. In terms of sheer size, it is larger than any other water park in the region. It’s main competitor is Wild Wadi on Jumeirah Beach, and the two parks are pretty similar in terms of attractions. As well as the water slides, there is the chance to experience (for additional fees) a shark safari and stingray feeding! Aquaventure admission is completely free to Atlantis hotel guests, but for the rest of us we can be expected to pay AED 250 per person (for those of us over 1.2m in height). Admission to Aquaventure water park also includes same day access to Aquaventure Beach. Combination tickets for Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers can be purchased (AED 300 for adults and AED 240 for children), and this is a great deal so you should take advantage of it.
Rooms in the hotel are not cheap (very rare to see even the cheapest rooms available for less than £300 per night most of the year), but you can be assured of absolute luxury while you’re there. In the absolute heat of the Arabian summer, hotel prices all over Dubai will fall by almost 40%, although even if you take advantage of this, you can’t really do any sunbathing or swimming because you’d crisp in the heat! Almost all of the rooms at Atlantis have sea-facing views due to the location of the hotel on the main Palm frond. 20 amazing restaurants and bars, including the “underwater” Ossiano Restaurant and a new Bread Street Kitchen concept by British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, will keep you fed and watered during your stay.