Experience the legendary underwater lost city of Atlantis in Dubai
Words by Ankita Bhowmick in The Lifestyle · Dec. 11th, 2018
Located on the manmade island of Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis is a themed luxury hotel based on the underwater lost city of Atlantis. It opened its gates for guests for the first time on 24th September 2008. Majestic in size, Atlantis offers as many as 1,539 rooms and suites that are designed for absolute comfort and luxury.
The hotel has two accommodation wings, the East and the West Tower, that are linked together by the Royal Bridge Suite.
rooms & suites
The 5-star majestic hotel hosts a wide range of rooms and suites that reflects pure elegance and luxury and offers guests with utmost comfort. Some of the rooms are complemented with spectacular views of the azure waters of the Arabian Sea, across the beach, the iconic Palm Jumeirah and the spectacular skyline of Dubai.
In order to get the best out of what Atlantis has on offer, one should choose their Signature Underwater Suite, where they will wake up to the amazing view of the ancient ruins of the mystical lost city of Atlantis and its marine inhabitants.
The other signature suites include the Presidential Suite - offering the perfect balance of luxury and prestige, Grand Atlantis Suite - exuding pure luxury, and offers spectacular 270-degree views, and the Royal Bridge Suite - a palatial suite complemented with a private elevator, team of butlers and chefs, 3 sumptuous bedrooms with ensuites, a majalis, lounge, and a 16 seat dining room, making it the ultimate in exclusivity, privacy, and pure luxury.
The other suites that Atlantis has on offer are Terrace Club Suite - perfect for sunbathing or al fresco dining, Executive Club Suite - offering a perfect balance of comfort and luxury, Regal Club Suite - offering a lavish sanctuary with plenty of room to relax, rejuvenate and entertain and Two Bedroom Family Suite - offering unparalleled privacy and exceptional service.
The Ocean Rooms are ideal for those who are looking for tranquil views as the rooms offer beautiful full or partial views across the Arabian Gulf.
For those who want to get mesmerised by the gorgeous views of the city should go for the Palm Rooms, as it provides either full or partial views across the iconic Palm Jumeirah Island and that of Dubai's skyline.
One of the most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world, Dolphin Bay in Atlantis complements its guests with a wide range of dolphin experiences that are suitable for all ages and swimming abilities.
The interactions on offer include standing in shallow water, swimming and scuba diving with the dolphins.
Lost Chamber Aquarium
The Lost Chamber Aquarium features the ancient ruins of the lost city of Atlantis that was lost for thousands of years beneath the sea. It is a unique natural habitat to as many as 65,000 marine animals.
The different types of activities that The Lost Chamber offers include Aquatrek and Snorkel, where the guests can gaze upon the ancient ruins of Atlantis as they snorkel or walk through the breathtaking Ambassador Lagoon.
It also features 'The Fish Tale' Tour where one can explore the labyrinths and learn about the myth and marine life of the ancient lost city of Atlantis. The 'Behind the Scenes' Tour provides the visitors with a dynamic and interactive opportunity to experience a day in the life of an expert at The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Visitors can also learn about how the experts ensure the health and safety of the marine animals in the Fish Hospital and Nursery.
However, the experience that surpasses all others is the Atlantis Aquarium Dives that enable the guests to take a plunge and scuba dive amidst the ruins of Atlantis and also experience the majesty and splendour of the Ambassador Lagoon. The experience is designed specifically for non-certified divers, where one can learn basic diving skills and meet the sharks, napoleon wrasse, colourful angelfish and butterflies amidst the ruins of Atlantis.
Atlantis hosts one of the best water parks in the Middle East called the Aquaventure, which covers an area of 17-hectares. The park features extraordinary rides with cascades, tidal waves and rapids. It also has a 2.3-kilometre river ride with tidal waves and pools, water rapids and white water chargers, that takes an impressive 45-minutes to float around the park. Other highlights of Aquaventure include a 9-story tall mega slide, called the Leap of Faith.
Aquaventure is also the only water park in the Middle East to offer Marine Animal Experiences that include Shark Safari, a delightful walk on the bottom of the Shark Lagoon and Cownose Ray Feeding, in the water interacting and feeding the hungry rays.
Being a true culinary destination, Atlantis hosts some of the best restaurants in Dubai. It is home to as many as 23 restaurants and also some of the best chefs from around the world.
It features two award-winning restaurants, Nobu and Ossiano along with celebrity restaurants like Bread Street Kitchen & Bar and Ronda Locatelli. The buffet restaurants on offer include Saffron and Kaleidoscope.