Neil’s Arabian Adventure
Posted on 04th Jan 2018
Extremely excited about re visiting Dubai our swift check in with Emirates went smoothly leaving us plenty of time to check out duty free at London Heathrow. We took the over-night flight with Emirates which takes around 7 hours to Dubai International Airport. For Families I would recommend the day time flight which usually departs around 10.00am and lands into Dubai around 20.00 hours local time. Emirates have a huge array of movies & tv with their onboard entertainment system to keep you entertained for the duration of the flight, as well as including meals, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, and a generous luggage allowance of 30kg per person.
On landing into Dubai our transfer awaited us to take us straight to Atlantis The Palm which is around a 40 minute transfer. The drive from Dubai Airport takes you past downtown Dubai where you will see sights such as Ski Dubai, The Burj Khalifa which is the tallest building in the world, along Sheikh Zayed Road passing The Dubai Mall housing some 1200 shops and turning onto The Palm where we arrived at Atlantis. We were booked into an Imperial Club Room so our check in took place at The Royal Majlis lounge which is exclusively used for Imperial Club Guests, Imperial Club Guests receive some great perks including complimentary use of the kids club, use of the two imperial club lounges – 1 of which is located on the 12th floor in the East Tower with impressive skyline views of Dubai, and the other on the ground floor of the West Tower, Imperial Club Lounges allow you to dine for breakfast, afternoon tea, canapes and alcoholic beverages between the hours of 17.00 – 19.00 and soft drinks, tea and coffee throughout the day. You also have a dedicated imperial club section of the beach as well as many other great perks.
We were staying on half board at Atlantis The Palm, breakfast is served at either Saffron Restaurant or Kaleidoscope Restaurant buffet style where every nationality is catered for. From Full English Breakfast, to Chinese Dim Sum to chocolate fountains and sweet stations, no client could possibly go hungry here. For Dinner we sampled some beautiful restaurants including Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen, Ayamna which is a beautiful Arabic Restaurant, Sea Fire Steak House which also has a live band playing whilst you dine. With over 19 restaurants on site the choice is endless, if you have a travelling for a special occasion or are a big foodie I would definitely recommend pre booking a table in at Nobu offering Japanese Fusion dining, or splash out at Ossiano which is the hotels under water restaurant offering fine dining and seafood – you can even surprise a loved one by pre booking a diver to dive into the tank with a special note which they will appear through the glass in the tank next to your table.
All guests staying at Atlantis The Palm have complimentary access to Aquaventure Water Park which is located on site at the hotel. Whilst the hotel and water park is probably built in mind for children, I can honestly say that the adults will have just as much, if not more fun than the children. Adults can risk taking the Leap Of Faith which is the largest slide with a vertical drop taking you through a glass tube passing the sharks in the aquarium ( I can highly recommend this for thrill seekers ) Dolphin Bay allows you to have group interactions and swim with the dolphins which is a memorable experience in itself. You can also meet and play with the sea lions which was so much fun, feed the sting rays at the aquarium and much more.
Whilst Atlantis The Palm does host some 1500 rooms within the hotel, it never feels busy within the resort as guests are spread between the two pool areas, the water park, the impressive spa, the 1km of sandy white beach, enjoying the full on kids club, or thrill seeking in the water park. As the sun usually sets around 18.30pm in Dubai ( slightly earlier in the winter ) a beautiful spot to enjoy a sunset over the skyline is Nassimi Beach which is a relaxed beach club decked out with white sofas and impressive views. If you want a hotel where the adults can have as much fun as the kids then Atlantis The Palm offers the whole family a fun & memorable family holiday with year round sunshine.
If I can give a few tips and hints for families looking to take in Dubai : Our Winter in the UK is one of the best times to see Dubai with temperatures around 28 degrees from November to April the weather is very comfortable at this time of year and the flight time is a great plus. May to June and September to October will see temperatures more to the 30’s and slightly more humid however you will acclimatise to the weather in Dubai, the summer months of July – August can see temperatures hit 45-50 degrees. Dubai is tax free, so a visit to The Dubai Mall housing some 1200 impresive designer stores is a must. Burj Khalifa is located in downtown Dubai next to The Dubai Mall and being the tallest building in the world so worth a visit, however I would recommend clients pre booking this to avoid the que. The famous dancing Dubai fountains are also located in downtown Dubai and a must see. Ski Dubai is an indoor Ski Slope which is great for all ages. Other popular attractions include Dubai Zoo, Legoland Dubai, Sky Diving over the palm, desert safari tours with a ride on a camel, visiting the souks for textiles, Spices or gold, Dubai really is a city that offers it all and many families return year after year as Dubai is an ever changing destination.
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