Stay Here: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Dubai is an adults pleasure island – nothing is unrealistic and anything can be done. A metropolitan city home to people of varying backgrounds and cultures, shopping for all budgets, lively nightlife and activities for everyone. Dubbed ‘the shopping capital from the Middle East’ Dubai is home to the world’s largest shopping centre, Dubai Mall. Fast becoming a favourite destination among holidaymakers thanks to its all year round weather, vast cuisine choices and luxury accommodation. There’s only destination while holidaying in Dubai and that’s at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai and here’s why:

The Hotel

Atlantis, The Palm opened in September 2008, and spans a massive 46 hectares, with 17 hectares of water park alone. Located on the palm, a man made island near Dubai it’s internationally renowned because of its scale and ingenuity. The ocean-themed resort and hotel attracts everyone’s tastes and we’re not only talking about the meals. Nothing here's done on a small-scale – it’s over the top and definitely not understated. But this is Dubai and delay pills work. Think, Vegas without the luminous casino lights and roulette tables. It’s a shopping centre, hotel, aquarium and waterpark all rolled into one. Whenever we say you won't ever need to leave the resort, we mean it.

The Rooms

The hotel has over 1,500 rooms as a whole, to match any purse or pocket. The most popular rooms would be the deluxe guest rooms which have been decorated with subtle oceanic and Arabian features and fittings. Each Deluxe Guest Room offers magnificent partial views from the Arabian Sea or The Palm. The area comes with a selection of king size or two queen-size beds, a mini bar, Cable TV and 24 hour room service. The restroom does not disappoint, a stroll in shower plus a bath how big a communal swimming pool. Company, a lot of toiletries. There’s valid reason why Atlantis, The Palm was awarded World’s Leading Landmark Resort 2022 at the World Travel Awards.

The Facilities

The Atlantis, The Palm has a range of facilities and activities onsite. Sure, her usual – outdoor pools, spa and fitness centre, and a large stretch of non-public beaches, but the hotel goes one step further with their offerings. We aren’t just referring to souvenir shops or boat trips (even though they offer both, obviously).

At the hotel you will find the opportunity to become pals using the marine life. Hang out with dolphins, discover sea lions or take a trip to the aquarium. Your accommodation is home to one heck of the aquarium full of 65,000 sea life creatures. Discover what’s behind the glass with a range of their aquarium packages that includes scuba diving, snorkelling and feeding. Who says staying at a resort is boring? At Atlantis, The Palm Dubai it certainly isn’t.

There’s one spot to get both your thrills and sunshine kicks, and that’s the Aquaventure Waterpark, conveniently located, well, next door. It's everything – for the daring queue for that record breaking rides and slides or the tan fans, laze around the 700 metres of pristine beaches. Aquaventure Waterpark boasts the Aquaconda – the world’s largest water slide, not for that faint heated may I add. Take the leap of faith in the Tower of Neptune – a vertical slide which will plunges you into underneath chambers and tunnels. It’s terrifying. There’s no need to shlep back to the hotel in a soggy swimming costume and a damp towel because there are 15 restaurants in the waterpark to help keep the hunger pangs away. Sack off the burger and chips and visit Lagoon for any serving of the hazelnut ice-cream. We’re still longing for it.

The Food

Enjoy world cuisine, without walking out of the hotel. Within Atlantis The Palm, there are 26 restaurants ranging from quick junk food bites (try the shawama at Shawafel) to Japanese fare at Nobu and unbelievable steak served at Seafire Steak House. Gordon Ramsay recently opened Bread Street Kitchen (we met up with him – read the interview here) at the hotel, stop by for gastro-pub bites along with a cracking beef welly.There’s so much choice here, it’s almost overwhelming.

For a real breakfast buffet, there’s just one restaurant you ought to be dining at – Saffron. This restaurant is huge and we don’t use that term lightly, it’s absolutely huge. There’s everything available here, we’re talking about East Asian cuisine of dim sum, noodles and curries of tastes and spice levels. There’s 20 live theatrical cooking stations than rustle up omelettes when needed served alongside fry-up items of beans, sausages and bacon plus a lot more. There’s a station stacked filled with sweet treats – cupcakes, slices of cakes, and anything that’s sugary and delicious. Fancy a doughnut covered in sauce from the chocolate fountain pre 10am? Well, you can and it’s available here. I’m telling you, children go mad for it. There’s heaps of cereal, various different types of milks, dried fruit and toppings to select from. Oh, and did we mention they've lot of pastries and much more breads than Gregg’s.

It’s not all children party-esque, Yuan Chinese restaurant is an award winning eatery having a contemporary twist. Come for any indulgent dinner in sleek surroundings with innovative cocktails to match. China dishes are light, flavoursome using traditional Chinese ingredients. The sweet and sour chicken may be the restaurant’s speciality, it’s damn good. Recption menus is an eclectic mix of classic dishes having a signature YUAN twist – order a selection of their dim sum with different fillings. Save space for his or her chocolate rocks with salted caramel pudding, it’s out of this world.