Atlantis, The Underwater City
Atlantis, The Underwater City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Imagine soaking in a tub of hot water and soaping yourself with 24-carat gold flakes while being watched by 65,000 sea creatures on the other side of floor-to-ceiling glass? How about chatting over wine in your private lounge, gazing out the same floor-to-ceiling windows into the surrounding lagoon?
The jaw-dropping, three-floor, 1776-square-foot Neptune and Poseidon underwater suites at the Atlantis, The Palm, feature private elevators, grand staircases, and lavish living spaces complete with living, dining, and television rooms. Did we mention a private butler, personal trainer, and daily massage? You can even scuba dive in the Ambassador Lagoon and peer back into your suite from the other side of the glass. The opulent and elegant perks found at Atlantis must be experienced to be believed.
The majestic 5-star resort and hotel opened in 2008. Located on a man-made island, the massive scale of the architecture and amenities are on proud display, towering high above the land. Guests have access to numerous aquatic and marine life attractions; 23 restaurants, including beachside cabana dining; nearly a mile of beach; two pools; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and plentiful rejuvenating spa packages. The Aquaventure Waterpark is legendary, the Lost Chambers Aquarium contains 20 exhibits and touch tanks, and Dolphin Bay allows guests to stand, swim, or scuba dive with the charismatic and tolerant creatures.
Atlantis is an imposing and stately hotel located on Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island in the shape of a palm. Guaranteed to win the hearts of aqua wanderers is the Dolphin Bay, Aquaventure and the Lost Chambers.
The Dolphin Bay is a lush lagoon carefully modeled on the natural habitats of the dolphins. Here, visitors can connect with the dolphins by touching, holding hands, playing ball, hugging as well as kissing is included! For the ones not so adventurous, are the seat where they can relax and enjoy the program of the dolphins while sipping complementary beverages.
Aquaventure is a world class water park set over 42 acres filled with water slides, river rides, Splasher’s backyard for the younger kids. It even provides 700 meters of personal beach for the visitors to unwind and relax.
The Lost Chambers is a really distinct function of the hotel. Throughout the building of the hotel a complex series of passages were found, believed to have been lost to the Arabian Gulf years ago. These are believed to be the ruins of the lost city of ‘Atlantis’ which has been a hot subject for historians and writers since ancient times. Here the visitors can feel history pulsing through ‘The Lost Chambers’ while they stare in awe at the aquatic life that possesses sharks, gigantic catfish, arapaima and more.
The Atlantis has a variety of experiences to offer which includes feeding Cownose Rays, diving along side sharks, rays, wrasse, guitarfish and many other aquatic species of the Arabian Gulf. Guests can likewise enjoy a ‘Back of the house Trip’ where they can witness firsthand the work that goes behind the scenes in looking after the marine life of ‘The Lost Chambers’.
The hotel also has all the modern amenities of a luxury high end hotel. It includes nightclubs, beaches and pools, a day spa to unwind and loosen up after a chaotic day of shopping. It has a kids club for kids from 3 to 12 years and club Rush exclusively for teenagers. Atlantis even provides amazing helicopter tours.
by Laura Winzeler