Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah is like another world, floating ethereally on the waters of the Arabian Gulf. It’s one of the Middle East’s most famous manmade islands, and the landmark on the landmark is undoubtedly Atlantis, the Palm.
Looking more like a mythical palace than an international five-star resort, Atlantis sits at the apex of Palm Jumeirah, staring across the island towards Dubai’s panoramic cityscape.
The location is spectacular, and the views are flawless, but does Atlantis, the Palm deliver on the promise of its good looks? Kenwood Travel are the UK’s leading Dubai travel specialists. They can’t recommend Atlantis highly enough for family holidays and here are their top five reasons why.
The biggest and best waterpark in Dubai isn’t close to Atlantis, the Palm, it’s part of the resort itself. Kids could be out of their PJs and splashing around in pools before breakfast every morning, if they wanted. Although wide-awake is the best mode to take full advantage of the monster slides, rides and chutes which score top for thrills.
Apart from zipping down daring white-knucklers, young high-flyers can soar 20m above the park on Dubai’s longest zipline. A vast network of lazy rivers, rapids and torrents wind around cool cabanas, and even cooler restaurants. There is 700m of white sand beach to catch a breath on and, if you’re in the mood for sheer indulgence, you can book private lounging space in the lush gardens of Neptune’s Retreat.
Naturally, mere mortals have to buy tickets and join queues for the Aquaventure experience. Atlantis guests simply show their room key, and admission is granted instantly.