With around 170,000 square metres to explore, you could spend your entire holiday without leaving the premises of Atlantis, the Palm Dubai’s water park, and leave with still more to see and do. This aquatic wonderland makes for an unforgettable family holiday. Discover 65,000 marine animals in the Lost Chambers Aquarium, interact with dolphins at Dolphin Bay or embrace the adrenaline rush at Aquaventure Water Park.
This famous 5-star resort sits majestically at the crown of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, the biggest man-made island in the world. As you gaze out onto the Persian Gulf or back at the city skyline, you’ll understand why this is one of the most covetable holiday destinations in existence.
Cool off with a splash in the water park at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai
Submerge yourself in the mythology of a lost city at the Atlantis water park, with its water coasters and super-steep slides inspired by ancient Greece. Adrenaline-lovers should make a beeline for Poseidon’s Revenge. Feel your pulse quicken in anticipation as you step into the capsule – after a few seconds, the floor will fall from beneath you and you’ll plummet downwards at 60km per hour, before being propelled along upside down.
Next, plunge from the 9-storey tall Leap of Faith, where you’ll shoot down a near vertical drop in a second, before hurtling through a shark tank. With just a few centimetres of clear acrylic separating you from the sharks, this ride is truly nerve-shredding. Once your heart rate has returned to its normal pace, round up the family for a meal at one of the park’s seven restaurants, which serve everything from fresh coconut to traditional Middle Eastern shawarma.
While away the afternoon by floating along the 2.3km river ride, which takes you through this utopian park’s tropical waterscape. Along the way, you’ll experience tidal waves and cascading waterfalls. It takes a full 45 minutes to float around the park, during which you’ll be propelled by speedy rapids and water chargers, many of which are named after Greek gods. Who could imagine that thousands of years after Plato first wrote about the lost city of Atlantis, it would still capture the imagination?
Take a culinary adventure across the globe at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai
Dine next to shimmering jellyfish and striped clownfish in the Illy Caffè, which offers views over the spellbinding blue expanse of the Ambassador Lagoon. Home to over 65,000 sea creatures and containing 11 million litres of seawater, this is the largest open-air aquarium in the Middle East and Africa. Watch spotted stingrays glide by as you awaken your taste buds with fresh juices and pastries, along with a steaming cup of coffee.
No visit to Atlantis, The Palm Dubai is complete without a trip to famed chef Gordon Ramsay’s the Bread Street Kitchen and Bar Dubai. Grab a seat in the heart of this lively warehouse-style space, before perusing an enticing menu that includes British classics, such as a comforting Sunday roast, complete with crispy roast potatoes and giant Yorkshire puddings.
Friday brunch is a UAE institution, so why not join the in-the-know expats at Saffron? Fill your plate to the sound of music from the resident DJ, while watching chefs create culinary masterpieces at live cooking stations. There are over 220 indulgent dishes to choose from, including fresh seafood, succulent steaks and bite-sized dim sum. It’s not just the food that impresses at Saffron – this plush restaurant is renowned for its drink stations, where you’ll find a dizzying array of liquid treats, such as shots of sake in pipettes and baby pineapples filled with mai tai.
Fall asleep with sharks or wake up to unforgettable views at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai
Discover some of the most graceful hotel rooms in the Middle East at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai. There’s an extensive selection of bedrooms and suites, and 90% are interconnecting, allowing you to keep your children close while affording everyone a little privacy. Book a Palm Room for impressive views across the Palm Jumeirah and the city skyline, including the record-breaking Burj Khalifa. After marvelling at vistas of the world’s tallest building, head out into this larger-than-life playground to see it up close.
Alternatively, opt for the spacious Atlantis Two Bedroom Family Suite, where two separate bathrooms and a peaceful balcony ensure everyone has enough room to relax. You’ll also find a Jacuzzi in the master bedroom’s en suite – take some time for yourself when the kids have gone to bed by sliding into the blissful bubbles.
Stay in one of the hotel’s astonishing underwater suites to sleep with the fish for a truly unique experience. Reportedly a favourite with celebrities, the bedroom and master bedroom windows both look out into the aquarium, which contains a representation of the lost city of Atlantis. Just centimetres away from brightly coloured snapper fish, hammerhead sharks and giant cuttlefish, you’ll certainly have a room with a view. See if you can spot the smiling jellyfish – they look more than happy to pose for selfies.
Kick back at the water park’s awe-inspiring pools at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai
Positioned in front of the pastel pink Royal Towers, the Royal Pool provides a peaceful place to unwind after a morning filled with adventure. Find a spot in the sizzling Dubai sun and order a fresh watermelon cocktail while you make the most of the quiet time. Once you’ve warmed up, submerge yourself in the cool waters of the infinity pool, with its views across the bustling cityscape.
Keep the kids busy with a day at the palm tree-lined Zero Entry Pool. This thrilling place has a jam-packed entertainment schedule, with fun activities that include beach volleyball and a kids’ club. For an extra cool spot in the shade, book a poolside cabana, which will give you protection from the rays, along with the added comfort of a little more space. It’s an ideal spot for a few hours of recreation, as you’ll be conveniently close to the water park’s assortment of restaurants and bars.
Before you leave for the day, make your way down to the white sandy shores of the Aquaventure Beach, which occupies 700 metres of prime Dubai waterfront. Grab a kayak and paddle your way across this prestigious waterside location. Keep half an eye open for A-list celebrities – rumour has it that the beach is a favourite with famous supermodels and pop stars.
Soothe your soul with a visit to Atlantis, The Palm Dubai’s magical spa
Set over two floors, the subterranean ShuiQi Spa contains a total of 27 eastern-inspired treatment rooms, entered by stepping across stone lily pads that seemingly float on water. Begin your experience by wandering the candlelit paths bordered by peach-toned orchids, which take you past soothing waterfalls and gently flowing streams. Tailored group packages are available if you book ahead, including those for families – so encourage the kids to experience a little downtime amid all the excitement.
There’s no need to let a long flight get in the way of a day of relaxation – spend a truly luxurious 60 minutes experiencing the spa’s famed Jet Lag Recovery ritual. Using sensuous Aromatherapy Associates products, including a reviving body gel, you’ll receive an energy-boosting lower leg treatment and dreamy scalp massage. It’s the ideal preparation for exploring all that Atlantis, The Palm Dubai has to offer.
Keep up a family fitness routine in the state-of-the-art ShuiQi fitness centre, which offers 360-degree views of the turquoise ocean and sandy shoreline, along with entrance to the hotel’s popular Zero Entry Pool and exclusive Royal Pool. In true Dubai style, there’s even an indulgent post-workout treatment to help you achieve your desired sense of balance. Let your mind drift away with an endorphin-releasing Zero Body treatment, where you’ll experience a feeling of weightlessness.
Experience all of Atlantis, the Palm Dubai, with shopping, sailing and seeing sharks
While the water park at Atlantis, the Palm Dubai, could keep you entertained for days, there’s a myriad of activities and attractions across the rest of its 46 hectare site, from shopping for glamorous outfits and luxury accessories at exclusive designer boutiques to eating out at the array of restaurants. Why not take in the Palm Jumeirah from above with a helicopter tour, or cut a path through the waters of the Arabian Gulf on an exhilarating yacht cruise? Take advantage of the distinctive experiences on offer to make extra special memories with your family.
Take part in a unique hatha yoga class at the Lost Chambers Aquarium. You’ll move through a challenging set of asanas while admiring the radiant reef fish and swirling porcupine rays in the crystal clear water. Don’t let the sight of giant reef sharks set you wobbling as you’re negotiating a tricky pose.
Why not conclude your action-packed city break with a spot of stargazing at the Royal Beach? Then, stroll together through the extravagant hotel grounds, past the tall waterslides and flowing lazy river, now lying quiet. On a table overlooking the crashing waves of the Persian Gulf, you can reminisce over the highlights of your stay at this famous hotel. Savour the seven-course menu here, which is accompanied by a platter of tangy caviar – a fittingly luxurious end to a few days of utter indulgence.Compare prices