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Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

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Like Dubai itself Atlantis The Palm is big and bold – the perfect spot for a high octane family holiday whatever age your children. Dubbed Disneyland in Dubai by some, the hotel comprises 1,539 spacious rooms and suites, 23 fantastic restaurants, its own huge waterpark, shopping mall, aquarium and pristine beach.  In fact it is so comprehensive you could easily spend your entire holiday here without leaving the front door. As the first hotel to open on Palm Island it has a prime position rising dramatically from the crescent – offering stunning views towards the Arabian Sea on one side and the Dubai Skyline on the other - and is proud to be the area’s first truly integrated entertainment resort. With an extensive kids club, brilliant provision for teenagers and celebrity chef restaurants, shopping, sports, nightclub and a spa for the adults there really is plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

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  • rooms

    The resort offers 1373 spacious rooms and 166 suites with spectacular views of either the Arabian Sea or across the Atlantis’ private beach towards the Dubai skyline.

    All rooms are simply furnished in subtle hues of blue and spotlessly clean.

    There are 484 Deluxe Rooms (45-47 square metres) with either a king bed and balcony or two queen beds but no balcony on the first five floors with a view of The Palm Jumeirah or entrance to the Hotel and the Arabian Gulf. The 744 Atlantis Rooms are as above but located on the upper floors.

    All rom types below have access to The Imperial Club VIP lounge on the 15th floor for check-in, continental breakfast, all day snacks and refreshments, cocktail hour in the later afternoon and evening, free internet access, library and newspapers.

    145 Imperial Club Rooms are sized as per Atlantis Rooms whilse 38 Executive Suites offer double the floor spac (101 square metres), one King Bed, balcony with full seating as well as a large living area. Sixty-eight Terrace Suites (94 square metres) are similar but incorporate a fabulous 30 square metre balcony with outside dining facilities. There are 31 Regal Suites with beautiful views down the centre of The Palm, a massive private terrace, spacious living and dining area, bathroom and master bedroom.

    For a novel stay, two Neptune Suites (165 square metres) stretch over htree floors and include an aquatic themed dining and living area and master bedroom and bathroom with floor to ceiling windows looking into the Ambassador Lagoon. The two Presidential Suites (220 square metres) and one Royal Suite (429 square metres) offer ultimate accommodation whilst The Bridge Suite (924 square metres) must be the most opulent addressin Dubai, interlinking the two towers, featuring floor to ceiling views alongside three bedrooms, reception lounge, library and media centre and dining area.

  • facilities & activities

    The facilities on offer on this 46 hectare site are jaw dropping – particularly for families.

     Guests are free to enjoy the excellent onsite pools, stunningly long beach, luxury boutiques, nightclub, tennis courts and fitness centre. Children will love the in-pool basketball hoops, table tennis and trampolines. The onsite spa is set over two floors and incorporates 27 treatment rooms providing a sublime range of treatments, bathing options, traditional and water therapies for a charge. A hairdressing salon is also available.

    Free to guests, the 17 hectare onsite water park Aquaventure, set amidst magnificent gardens, is the largest in the Middle East and a paradise for children who love water rides and slides. The resort also has an extensive onsite aquarium – Lost Chambers - an unforgettable experience in itself. We think you’ll love the chance to feed and swim amongst the 65,000 marine mammals here - there is even a fish hospital! You can also meet, play and swim with dolphins and interact with sea lions in the resort’s Dolphin Bay and Sealion Point.

    Should you tire of these pursuits the hotel has plenty of other options to keep guests amused. You could charter a yacht, hire a sports car from one of the hotel’s luxury fleet or even take a helicopter ride over the city.

    As non-guests can visit the waterpark and aquarium the resort has a bustling and busy atmosphere – worth considering if you are looking for a hotel offering peace and quiet!

  • dining

    The resort has an impressive 23 restaurants to choose from – some considered among the best in Dubai. There are four celebrity chef restaurants on offer and an astonishing variety of excellent cuisine.

    Options range from the sleek and modern Japanese style restaurant Nobu created by world-famous Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and fine dining Catalan inspired option Ossiano overlooking the main Lagoon of the aquarium to the superb Brasserie Rostang in partnership with noted French Chef Michel Rostang serving contemporary Parisian dishes and a bar offering classic French drinks and aperitifs.

    Enjoy stunning Lebanese food and belly dancing shows on the terrace at the Levantine restaurant, Asian specialities served from live cooking stations at Saffron or South Asian cuisine on the edge of the beach at Nasimi – to name but a few.

    We think whatever your favourite type of international cuisine you will find it executed with finesse and style here.

  • family

    The resort is extremely family friendly and runs an extensive programme of activities for children of all ages.

    Atlantis kids club is open for children aged three to 12. Sessions run from 10am-1pm, 2-6pm and 6.30-10.30pm. Charges are approximately £20 an hour or £50 a day. Activities include a chance to explore the onsite playgrounds and rock climbing walls, underwater safaris and cooking classes, craft, beach and pool activities and computer-based fun including IMac, Ps3, X-Box, Nintendo and Wii.

    Of particular note in this resort is the provision for teenage guests. Club Rush, which runs from 2-6pm and 7pm-midnight, is the perfect hangout for 13-18 year olds and includes a chill out lounge and internet café, dance floor and mocktail bar with a full programme of daily activities. There is a charge of approximately £20 for evening sessions.

    The hotel also offers fully trained nannies for in room and out of room babysitting for a charge. Nannies are uniformed and carry a nanny bag equipped with age-appropriate toys and games as well as first aid kits. The programme is available 24 hours a day with at least 12 hours advance notice.

    Children’s menus are available at most of the resort’s restaurants and bespoke children’s meals are available on request.

    Ninety per cent of the rooms and suites are interconnecting – particularly useful for families. Up to two children under the age of 12 can share a twin queen double bedroom in Deluxe, Atlantis and Imperial Club rooms. Up to one child can share an Executive, Terrace or Regal Suite in an additional bed. There is a supplement of £34 per child sharing an Imperial Club Room or £89 for a child sharing a Suite.

  • location

    Situated on the man made island of Palm Jumeirah, at the apex of the crescent, Atlantis The Palm is just a 30 minute private car transfer from Dubai Airport.  Your first view of the hotel’s skyscraping towers and their linking arch as you approach by car across the bridge to the island is an experience in itself. You are also only half an hour from all the attractions of Dubai City Centre, the Gold and Spice Souks and the desert.

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