TRAVEL: Atlantis experiences that enthral visitors in Dubai
A one-stop destination that has everything to keep you beguiled for a week or more is desirable to the senior traveller.
It's not a fantasy, it is Atlantis the Palm in Dubai. Ann Rickard checked into this sprawling high-tech hotel and found everything from fun to fine dining, to shopping, culture, exploration, even education.
1. The Lobby
Talk about a grand entrance. The lobby is the first glimpse of this Atlantean-themed destination, with eight imposing columns giving the impression of fish scales.
Then there is the 60m wall of windows with an infinity view over blue waters of The Palm. In the centre a 9.75-metre high blown-glass sculpture surrounded by a reflection pool brings the essence of the ocean to life.
2. Underwater Suites
Floor-to-ceiling views from the master bedroom into an aquarium create an illusion of being beneath the sea. Sleep with the sea creatures swimming all around you.
3. The Royal Pool
It provides the best view towards the cityscape of Dubai as well as first class view of The Palm. Refreshments are available all day around the pool and at The Edge and The Shore food outlets.
4. ShuiQi Spa & Fitness
Enter the expansive spa and be greeted by a water wall, then be guided along a streaming water pathway to one of 27 treatment rooms.
The treatment menu is as extensive as it is exciting, with offerings ranging from spa journeys to body therapies, as well as full salon services for his and hers beautifying sessions.
5. Aquaventure Waterpark
Your inner child will thank you for taking him to these 42 acres of joyful water experiences. Get on the river ride action with its cascades, tidal waves and rapids, then dare to take to the Tower of Poseidon reaching 40m into the sky. (Heart-stopping, be warned.)
6. The Lost Chambers Aquarium
Discover the mazes of underground tunnels and passageways of The Lost Chambers, bringing them into close contact with the myth and the advanced inventions of the ancient Atlanteans.
7. Ultimate Snorkel in The Ambassador Lagoon
Swim with 65,000 marine animals, including sharks, fish and many species of rays, in this underwater exhibit. This habitat focuses on marine life found in the local waters of the Arabian Gulf. Watch the sea life and learn about fish species and ocean preservation.
8. Dining at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen & Bar
An outpost of his London establishment with a British European menu. An eclectic environment from day through night, the bar at Bread Street Kitchen with its imaginative mixologists is an integral part of the space.
9. Kaleidoscope, the ultimate buffet experience
International at its best. European Mediterranean cuisine are complemented by cuisines of Northern Africa, India and the Levant region. Whether to have breakfast, lunch or dinner will be the only problem.
10. Shopping the avenues
A luxuriously colourful marketplace.
Browse some of the world's most sought-after brands in high-end boutiques from Rodeo Drive to Tiffany & Co, and Porsche Design.
What are you waiting for? Get there. Visit www.atlantisthepalm.com.