Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is the majestic focal point of The Palm, the world’s largest man-made island and a truly inspiring place to stay.
The transfer from the Airport to Atlantis the Palm is an easy 25/30 minutes. Watching as the magnificence of the hotel appears before you (which it does) excitement takes over and the anticipation of what could possibly make this hotel so special builds up! Arrival at the hotel sees you walking under the canopy and through the double doors, WOW! I think was the only sound I could make when I walked through those doors, you are greeted by one of the most amazing reception areas I have ever seen, in the centre of which is a huge glass sculpture.
Opened in September 2008, you would be right in thinking this hotel has a bit of a Las Vegas flair but it is on a opulent scale all its own, It really is the lost city of Atlantis, with the décor and the atmosphere as you wander though the hallways to get from what feels like one part of this magical world to the next. To your right as you enter is the reception desk. The check in process is as in any hotel but you really do have to listen when they tell you how to find your room (trust me they give you a map for a reason!) my room was in the West tower, which is where you can find amongst other things the Atlantis spa with its 27 treatment rooms, the saffron restaurant and the conference centres. The rooms are all very spacious mine having two double beds, flat screen TV, etc. The rooms are interconnecting and some do not have balconies but don’t let this bother you, I was happily sat with my Juliet balcony door open and the desk chair pulled up to the rail enjoying the morning sunshine!
The East tower is home to the Lost Chambers aquarium, the kids club, Kaleidoscope restaurant, Sanctuary nightclub, Levantine terrace bar, The Avenues shopping area and it is also the way to access the Aquaventure water park! The Lost chambers and the Aquaventure are free for guests of the hotel. Take a stroll along the beach past Aquaventure to Dolphin bay where you can watch the dolphins playing or join them for a swim.
The restaurants in this hotel are fantastic, for breakfast you can stick to the usual cereals and toast or venture as far as a curry. At dinner time there is a variety of styles of food available and if they don’t have want you want then ask because they will make it for you, if they don’t know how they will look it up! I mentioned briefly the Sanctuary nightclub – you should be aware that this is one of the top clubs in Dubai so the weekend evenings (Thursday and Friday in Dubai) the hotel will seem busier.
This is just a little insight into the Atlantis The Palm, go on and experience it for yourself!
For more on Dubai see Mel’s Arabian Adventure