August 12, 2011

In my Lens - Atlantis at the Palm

The most over-used structure of Dubai in my Gremlin's sketches, youtube and maps.google.com browsing is the Atlantis hotel. Then he asks, 'why is there a hole in the middle'? Imagine his excitement when he actually roamed around inside, slowing down only after  getting tired from swimming. 
At day, Atlantis at The Palm
Atlantis is at the heart of The Palm Jumeirah which counts itself as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World'. 
Its website lists 12 things to do in Atlantis, of which we only covered 3 (Aquaventure, beaches and pools, and Lost Chambers) items in 1.5 days, but we still left happy and tired. The other 9 mostly requires additional time and pay, so we pretty much need to save for them yet :)



At sundown taken from the beach, Atlantis at The Palm 
We cap our weekend breaks at AED 300 (subjective, ye?), and to spend (promotional rate of) AED 1200 for one night room stay, this was how we made the most of it:


1) Guests get complementary access to Aquaventure. Undiscounted non-staying guests pay AED 200 for adults and AED 165 for kids. (We still have our 2011 Entertainer buy-one-get-one-free vouchers, let me know if you need them). First afternoon up to sunset was spent there. And the second afternoon to sunset as well -- before we checked out the next morning, we went to Aquaventure guests counter and had our wrists strapped,allowing us entry to Aquaventure and the pools even after check out.


2) On the two nights after sunset, we lounged at the Royal Pool. During this time (Ramadan), pool has extended until 12 midnight. We were among the last guests to leave on the first night.  And on a gremly note,  this is the first time the Gremlin swam (jumps to the water and swims 4-5 meters) without floating support (btw, he used to be scared of swimming knowing the high depths).


3) We only have buffet breakfast for two as complementary and we chose to have it at the Kaleidoscope. The Gremlin at five years old should be paying half but we asked if he can be complementary as well, which the staff generously allowed us to. 


4) We revisited The Lost Chambers after breakfast. I am happy with my new photo set while the Husband shows the Gremlin around.


5) For dinner on our first night, we drove to nearly The Walk at JBR for a KFC take-out. The next day's lunch was spent home after the checkout. Since it's Ramadan anyway, eating out is not allowed. By 4pm, entry straps on our wrists, we were back at Aquaventure until sunset and continued at the Royal Pool for the night.


Taken from the Royal Pool - Atlantis The Palm, Dubai at Night


The dome. This was a replacement, the first one went into flames some days  before the  resorts maiden opening
The Royal Pool





The lobby
Do click each of the links below for more photos:

1) Atlantis, the hotel
2) Aquaventure
3) Lost Chambers


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