The Atlantis

The Atlantis

02 Oct 2008

Once inside Dubai’s new playground for the rich and famous, you’ll never want to leave…

Prepare to be dazzled, as the most talked-about new resort in the UAE finally opens its majestic doors! The resort boasts an exhilarating water-park, pristine white beaches, fab boutiques, bars, marine habitats, and a relaxing spa.

Each of the 1,373 rooms and 166 suites offer views over the Arabian Gulf, or over The Palm itself. Alternatively, guests staying in The Lost Chambers – looking directly into the Ambassador Lagoon – can watch marine life glide by through their floor-to-ceiling windows.

For the ultimate in luxury, check into the awe-inspiring Bridge Suite, situated above the signature arch of the Atlantis in the Royal Towers.

Next, shop ‘til you drop, meandering around The Avenues, home to a plethora of designer brands, including Roberto Cavalli, Leonard Paris and Ermenegildo Zegna, and jewellery houses from Harry Winston to Cartier – or enjoy dolphin-spotting, while adrenaline junkies can explore the rapids and lagoons at Aquaventure water-park.

Come sundown, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. For Japanese fusion, head to celeb-fave Nobu, or sample the delights of “The Architect of Food”, three-star Michelin chef Santi Santamaria at seafood restaurant, Ossiano. There’s also Brasserie Rostang, run by two-star Michelin chef Michel Rostang, or Ronda Locatelli, by celeb Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli.

While you're there...

Swim with dolphins
At the resort’s Dolphin Bay, you can get up close and personal with the bottle-nosed dolphin residents in three vast lagoons. Touch, hug, feed and play ball with the charismatic creatures, under the supervision of marine specialists, and interact with the dolphins in the centre of the lagoon.

Take a leap of faith

Not for the faint-hearted, Aquaventure’s main attraction is a daring 27.5 metre near-vertical drop down the face of the Ziggurat – the daunting edifice that dominates the water-park – propelling body-surfers through a clear acrylic tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon at heart-pounding speed. OMG!

Indulge in a dubai glamour ritual
Make your way to the serenity of the Atlantis Spa, where the Dubai Glamour Ritual will bring out your inner glamazon. This unique ritual begins with a smoothing almond and coconut body exfoliation, a slimming and rejuvenating green tea and herb wrap, toning massage and radiance facial. Sheer bliss!