For years, The Atlantis Bahamas was a unique mega-resort, with its giant "waterscape" (lagoons, waterfalls, x-treme waterslides, subterranean aquariums), fantasy architecture, and mix of families, high rollers at the casino, and high-end yachting set. But this "one of a kind" place has a sister resort. Welcome to Atlantis The Palm, Dubai: Dubai being that middle-east pinnacle of shopping, entertainment, and luxury.
Dubai is one of the United Arab Emirates, with year-round warm weather, white-sand beaches, and a great infrastructure. Though only 1000 sq. miles in size, Dubai lives large: ultra-opulent hotels, super-luxury shopping, and over-the-top attractions such as an indoor snow park.
The Palm is one of Dubai's biggest ventures: "The Palm Jumeirah" is a man-made island in the shape of a graceful palm frond framed by a reef. The Palm is a project of the Crown Prince of Dubai. It has a choice location on the extraordinary man-made island, The Palm aka Palm Island, in the middle-east nexus of shopping, entertainment, and luxury, Dubai.
The resort opened in 2008 and has 116 acres (47 hectares) on the man-made island, "The Palm" or "Palm Island". This giant project -- which gave Dubai 65 km of new beachfront-- is in the shape of a palm frond, framed by a crescent; Atlantis the Palm is in the center of the crescent.
Attractions in the Resort
1. The Leap of Faith Water slide
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai has an Aqua-venture Water park with a near-vertical water slide. Above: The Leap of Faith water slide plunges down from the top of the Ziggurat. The slide finishes in a clear tunnel in the shark lagoon. The Aqua-venture area of Atlantis The Palm, Dubai covers 42 acres (17 hectares) and has a 700-meter beach.
2. Dolphin Bay
The dolphin area has seven interconnected pools and offers dolphin interactions. It is the largest dolphin habitat in the world, and gives dolphins from less-desirable habitats a home.
3. The Lost Chambers Aquarium
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai has an area of gigantic underground aquariums with more than 65,000 marine animals that visitors can view while stepping through an Atlantis-themed maze of chambers.
4. Ambassador Lagoon
The Ambassador Lagoon, one of the world's largest aquariums, has over two hundred and fifty species of marine life including sharks, eels, rays, and exotic fish.
5. Kids Club
The Atlantis Kids Club has programs for kids age four to twelve; morning, afternoon, evening, and all-day sessions are offered. Families can choose a flexible schedule including hourly care. Fun includes a play zone with climbing walls, and shipwreck play structure for younger kids; an area for arts and crafts; and the latest in video and computer games. (Always check resort website for updates).
6. Club Rush for Teens
"No adults" allowed in this entertainment zone (supervised by Atlantis staff). Preteens, 8 to 12, have their time in Club Rush from 2 to 6 pm. The night belongs to teens, ages 13-17, from 7 pm to midnight. Club Rush includes a Gaming Area, the Chill Out Lounge, Night Club with guest DJ,s and a computer room.
7. Ronda Locatelli
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai has multiple restaurants, including several with celebrity chefs, such as Nobu (Chef Nobe Matsuhisa), Bread Street Kitchen & Bar by Gordon Ramsay, and Ronda Locatelli, in partnership with Italian Giorgio Locatelli. Above: one of the wood-fired pizza ovens at Ronda Locatelli.
Ossiano’s current chef de cuisine is Gregoire Berger – one of the world’s top 10 chefs by the Best Chef Awards 2017 at this restaurant where diners are submerged in the fantasy of underwater Atlantis. (Surprise: seafood is the specialty.)
9. Underwater Suites
Each of the Underwater Suites has three floors, and windows in the master bedroom give views into the Ambassador Lagoon.
Pack your bags & get ready to have a thrilling experience in The Palm.