Dubai’s hotels were built to impress – none more than Atlantis The Palm
From Atlantis on The Palm Jumeirah to the Armani Hotel, situated sky high in the world’s tallest building, and the world’s first luxury underwater hotel – the Hydropolis – there’s no denying the ‘wow’ factor of Dubai’s high-end hotels.
Each establishment is unique and nothing on earth can rival the impression left by the often surreal architectural innovation seeded throughout the Emirate.
The first of the ‘outside the box’ concept hotels to create quite a splash when news that an Emirati was building a man-made island in the shape of a palm was Atlantis: a majestic resort on the edge of one of The Palm’s fronds.
Aside from the many international acts such as Faithless and LMFAO who have performed on Atlantis’ Nasimi Beach, the world-famous resort offers guests and day visitors the opportunity to be dazzled by The Lost Chambers, Aquaventure, ShuiQi spa, shopping boutiques and 17 world-class restaurants.
The Lost Chambers
Visitors to the five-star hotel can embark on their own Atlantean adventure and explore The Lost Chambers to see what the ruins of Atlantis, lost for thousands of years, could look like today and be amazed by over 60,000 marine animals from around the world swimming over the cobalt underwater halls and tunnels.
The aquatic theme continues consistently through out Atlantis with restaurants, conference and wedding venues, and superior suites walled off by the fluid marine background.
There are over 1,300 guest rooms and 166 suits, each designed with hints of oceanic and Arabic décor and interiors.
Of the 17 restaurants, bars and lounges within the confines of Atlantis, gastronomic delights from around the world satisfy the most acquired palates with cuisines to cater any occasion from scrumptious poolside burgers to perfect gourmet dishes designed by the resort’s award-winning Michelin chefs.
Dolphins of Atlantis
When it comes to leisure time, Dolphin Bay, the Aquaventure park and Shui Qi spa are at guest’s disposal.
Dolphin Bay is a four-and-a-half hectare lush tropical setting intricately designed according to the marine mammal’s natural habitat, providing the best home for the dolphins of Atlantis. Opportunity to interact with the enchanting creatures await in any one of the three lagoons.
Qualified scuba divers can take advantage of Atlantis’ newest dolphin experience and dive into the depths of Dolphin Bay Lagoon alongside a dolphin, while non-divers can enjoy dorsal-fin tows, foot pushes, hugs, kisses and belly back rides back to the shore.
Outdoor adventure continues at the Aquaventure park, believed to be the largest and most exciting water park in the Middle East, where guests staying at the hotel have unlimited access to 42 acres of Master Blasters, speed slides and river rapids which meander through lush tropical settings and a private beach.
Shui Qi Spa
If dolphin encounters and slippery slides don’t strike a chord, there is Shui Qi spa. Set within the awe-inspiring and serene water surroundings, it is a place of serenity, opulence and luxurious indulgence.
Water therapies, bathing options and a variety of other sublime treatments are soaked up in any one of the 27 treatment rooms in the Royal Towers.
One thing to note when planning a trip to the UAE is the seasonal temperatures. Winter, the most fun season, starts in around October and continues though until March with temperatures average warm and sunny 26 degrees celsius.
Summer lasts from April to October and daily temperatures soar to near 50 degrees during July and August with 90 per cent humidity.
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