Atlantis The Palm

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Atlantis, The Palm is a majestic luxury hotel, situated on the famous man-made ‘Palm’ in Dubai.
 
Atlantis, The Palm is an aquatic water wonderland by the sea spanning a massive 46 hectares with unrivalled facilities, restaurants and a waterpark the whole family will love. 

Information & Facts

Accessibility

Atlantis, The Palm has accessible rooms, with accessible bathrooms, in-room access and roll-in showers. Shower chairs, hoists, scooters and wheelchairs can be hired (and should be arranged at time of booking) and airport transfers in accessible vehicles are also available.

Activities / Excursions Outside the Resort

No trip to Dubai would be complete without a desert safari adventure. Just a short drive from the city centre is the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve where you can enjoy everything from buggy dune bashing (from £144), camel trekking (from £62), sand-board surfing, wildlife watching (from £45), falconry and traditional dining in a Bedouin-style camp (from £77) . Most experiences are suitable for all ages, but there are some height restrictions, so check before you book. Atlantis Concierge will be able to help make all the arrangements for you. *Prices from Arabian Adventures www.arabian-adventures.com

Best Bits for Kids

Access to Aquaventure, one of the world’s most thrilling waterparks, The Lost Chambers Aquarium and the chance to experience up-close encounters with marine life.

Best Bits for Parents

Not only does this resort cater for your child’s every whim, there’s also a stunning spa, shopping galore and a choice of 23 restaurants serving food by some of the world’s best chefs. 

Best Family Beaches

Atlantis, The Palm is home to 1.4 km of pristine beaches – including Adventure Beach (part of the Aquaventure Waterpark, with lots of shady spots and perfect for kids), Royal Beach (facing the Dubai skyline and where you can try out a variety of watersports) and the Nasimi Beach Club (pick a day bed or cabana and get your relaxation on).

Digital Detox / Digital Overload

Dubai likes to stay ahead of the game and tech is no exception. At Atlantis, The Palm you’ll find high-speed internet throughout the resort, access to iPads and laptops if you opt for Imperial Club, lounges with laptops and computers for guest use. The Command Centre at Atlantis Kids Club has Wii, Xbox One, Play Station and Apple Macs. On the plus side, there is so much to do here, you won’t find much time for devices – but you may want to post the odd selfie!

Endorsement Quote

By writer, Maria Demetriou: When you are greeted by a stunning, 18 metre high, cascading Dale Chihuly lobby centrepiece, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. For us, Atlantis, The Palm was like a non-stop underwater adventure, but with a grown-up vibe. Unlimited and fast-track access to the Lost Chambers Aquarium and Aquaventure Waterpark was a major bonus, while dining options from some of the world’s best chefs including Nobu, Ramsay and Locatelli mean you don’t feel you have to stick to the buffet just because you’re travelling with kids. 

Family Traveller's Recommended Family Rooms

Opt for The Imperial Club Rooms and enjoy complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening drinks as well as a host of other benefits to make your family stay stress-free and special. There’s a dedicated check-in/out, concierge team, lounge access, high-speed internet throughout the resort and laptops and iPads available for use, plus Atlantis Kids Club and Club Rush access for the kids. 

Food & Drink

The resort is home to 23 individual restaurants (Ossiano and Nobu have an age policy of ten years and over), bars and lounges, so you’re guaranteed to find somewhere to cater for even the fussiest diner. Top picks for families include:

BRUNCH:

Friday Brunch is a big deal in Dubai and marks the official start of the weekend. At the Family Brunch at Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen, you’ll find starters, roasts and deserts, plus activities and a visit to the Lost Chambers Aquarium for the kids. Brunch costs £46 or £68 with alcohol, and £19 for children.

Nobu also offers Friday Brunch, plus kids cooking classes (Saturday-Thursday) where little ones will learn to make sushi and pastries – includes afternoon tea and a three-course lunch for parents.

Ronda Locatelli serves authentic pasta dishes, 21 varieties of pizza and a Saturday brunch with magician, art studio and cooking classes for the kids. £40, £60 (with alcohol) and kids eat for free!

FAMILY FAVOURITES:

For Chinese, Yuan specialises in Dim Sum and offers a Friday Yum Cha Brunch (traditional tea and dim sum brunch).

For traditional Arabic cuisine head to Ayamna – kids will love the mezze and live entertainment.

The Burger Joint – burgers to order and yummy thick shakes.

FINE DINING:

For a real treat, Ossiano offers fine dining (for ages ten and over in the evenings, all ages welcome for lunch) in the depths of the Ambassador Lagoon – you’re basically sitting in a giant fish tank. 

ALL DAY & OUTDOOR:

You’ll find live kitchens serving European, Arabic and American cuisine at Saffron and Kaleioscope.

For al fresco eating, head to Nasimi Beach Restaurant, The Edge or The Shore for all the usual beach and pool-side favourites. At Aquaventure Water Park, you’ll find 16 kiosks with serving everything from salads, sandwiches and Thai street food, to smoothies, juices and ice cream.

Getting There

The resort is approximately a 35-minute drive from Dubai International Airport, and one hour 30 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport. It can be reached by taxi (approx £20), or by the Dubai Metro (from the terminal towards Jebel Ali) and then a taxi from the Mall of the Emirates.

Hotel Shop

For a coffee, or sweet fix, there’s Starbucks, ice cream and confectionary, but you won’t find a mini supermarket here. 

Hotel Vibe

As you travel down the Palm, the resort literally rises up from the sea in front of you. With its own aquarium, marine and water park, a stay here is like living the legend of Atlantis. It’s one of the most family-friendly hotels in the world and packed with facilities, activities and dining options. The kids won’t want to leave and neither will you! 

Kids Clubs

Atlantis Kids Club (daily, 10.30am-8.30pm, for ages three-12), with themed events and activities, pirate playground, Command Centre (featuring Wii, Xbox One, Play Station and Apple Macs), Play Zone, Creation Zone and Underwater Theatre with views of the Hotel’s Ambassador Lagoon – home to sharks, stingrays and more. Plus the chance to make your own customised stuffed animal.

Club Rush (Tuesday-Sunday 3-6pm and 7pm-12am, for ages 13-18), has a dance floor, gaming and mocktail bar, plus a state-of-the-art internet cafe.

Location

Atlantis, The Palm is located at the crescent of the impressively, man-made Palm Island (a major engineering feat). This majestic, coral-coloured Arabian Palace is made up of two towers, linked by the super-glam Royal Suite and sits in a massive 46 hectares of marine and waterpark, entertainment attractions and renowned restaurants the whole family will love. 

Pools

·         Zero Entry Pool – Ideal for families, with lots of shallow areas, activities and poolside dining

·         Royal Pool – faces the Dubai Cityscape and Palm – perfect for relaxing

·         Aquaventure Water Park – rapids, lazy rivers, slides, rides and relaxation pools

Rooms

Atlantis, The Palm is all about family travellers, with a choice of room options.

Standard rooms can accommodate two adults and two children, while the Family Deluxe Room can accommodate up to six guests in two adjoining rooms (one luxurious king, plus one twin queen room), each with a private bathroom, from AED 4, 022, during February 2018 half term, based on two adults and two children (under 12 years). Kids will enjoy complimentary daily access for one morning or afternoon session at Atlantis Kids Club and access to Club Rush for teens, plus preferential rates on Dolphin Bay Experiences.

Take it up a notch with The Imperial Club, which comes with added benefits worth over £600 a day, including complimentary breakfast, daily afternoon tea, evening drinks, spa benefits, upgraded Kids Club access, plus complementary use of laptops or iPads and much more. Perfect for families who want access to food, tech and fun throughout the day. Prices from AED 2, 306 per night during February 2018 half term, based on two adults and two children (under 12 years).

The two-bedroom Family Suites are super luxurious. They offer all the benefits of the Imperial Club, plus lots of added extras, including ShuiQi Spa offers, priority restaurant reservations and a complimentary 30-minute personal training session.

Spa & Pampering for Adults

The award-winning, holistic ShuiQi Spa offers pampering treatments from three big brands: Shiseido, Aromatherapy Associates and ESPA. Kick start your trip with a Jet Lag Recovery Treatment, incorporating a back, leg and scalp massage.

There’s also specialised services including Dr Burgener personalised skincare treatments and Bastien Gonzalez dreamy foot, nail and hand treatments. There’s also a Medi Spa offering botox, fillers and anti-aging treatments.

The ShuiQi Salon provides hair services for men and women, while Gentleman’s Tonic provides bespoke shaves and beard trims. 

Spa & Wellbeing for Kids

Junior haircuts are available at Gentlemen’s Tonic.

Sports

Aquaventure Water Park (some rides are restricted to those over 1.2 metres tall)

·         Diving

·         Snorkelling

·         Tennis

·         ShuiQi Fitness Centre

·         Yoga

·         Technogym ARTIS

·         Tennis

·         Watersports

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