What a fantastic place. Went for 8 nights with wife and 2 children, 10 and 7. The most consistent thing which stands out is the friendliness of all the staff, and I can assure you this was nothing to do with tipping as I didn't start to do this until probably the 3rd day. No matter what time of day you walk around the hotel there are staff working in all areas and to a man everybody stops to say 'hello sir' with a smile.
We went on a half board basis which I would recommend. We would go for breakfast about 0900 and the variety of food on offer was brill, although I wouldn't condone eating chinese and pizza every morning for kids. Then have a walk to the pool and the fascinating thing is that you could get a bed almost anywhere you wanted as the place is so big there are many places to sunbathe. We would stay at the pool until 1500 then go to the water park until about 1900 then shower and dinner, which can be very expensive if not on half board.
Admittedly things are expensive, can of 330ml Grolsch from the minibar cost 37 dirham(about £7.50) but after reading a couple of reviews on here we bought 2 bottles of bacardi from the airport which ended up being suffice. A packet of Doritos from the minibar was about 20 dirham so we decided to go to the Emirates Mall where we stocked up on crisps and goodies at a very reasonable price.
Feel completely safe here and I understand that the crime rate is very low.
The only slight niggle was that our holiday was at the time of Ramadan and the buffet in the Kaledoscope seemed monitonous, although cooked to perfection. We could have gone to other restaurants but not really practical because the main thing was to try and get the children to eat, and if they didn't like they could try something else at the buffet where this is not always possible at the restaurants.
All in all a fantastic holiday and you get what you pay for in life. If you want to sit round a pool all day getting sozzled on £1 per pint and moaning about this and that not working then this is not the place, having to get up at 5 in the morning this is not the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atlantis is the majestic resort in Dubai situated on The Palm, a man-made island that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity.From the moment you arrive, you will be immersed in a dazzling world of imagination, pleasure and 5 star luxury. The resort offers relaxation and thrills for couples and families alike, including a landmark hotel, unique marine habitats, an exhilarating water park, pristine white beaches, world-class cuisine, indulgent spa and cosmopolitan boutiques. To stay or visit is to live out your dreams amidst warm Arabian seas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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