Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess
If you’ve been dreaming of skiing and suntanning in the same day, drunk on $5k bottles of Cristal, Dubai is your opulent paradise.
Stay in the ‘Lost City of Atlantis’
Ever felt like you were a lost mermaid on land, with languid legs instead of a fabulous tail? Well, now you can reunite with your true self at the famous Lost City of Atlantis. The water rides here will make you feel like you really are a fish and the large aquariums that adorn the walls will make you forget that you live on land.
From the tallest buildings to the deepest of ocean’s treasures, Dubai has every possible luxury available for you to devour.
Atlantis is a grand water park in Dubai. In addition to being a water park, it has a beautiful resort, various restaurants offering versatile cuisines, museums and a large, floor-to-ceiling aquarium, making you feel like you are actually inside the submerged city of Atlantis.
The waterpark here is the best way to cool off during the summers in Dubai. It has numerous themed rides that are both exciting and enthralling to look at. One of my favorite rides was a water tube that stretched across the entity of the park and finally ended in a lagoon that is designed to resemble the inside of a sea oyster. You can take your swimming experience to a whole new level in Atlantis.
Besides your regular waterpark rides, you can also buy tickets to go diving into the aquarium. It is completely safe, and I promise the sharks and sting rays that roam the beds of the aquarium don’t bite. An experienced diver accompanies you while diving, to ensure your safety. While underwater, you can also feed the fish. And pretend that you’re a mermaid (or maybe that was just me).
This will probably be a good time to do a rain-check and see if you have packed your waterproof camera. Diving into the world’s largest aquarium isn’t a memory that should be just kept in the dull confines of a human mind. These need to be shared on Facebook for the world to see.
Atlantis the Palm – Resort
The Palm is a luxurious resort inside the Atlantis, located at the Palm Beach in Dubai. The beach is called “the Palm” because it literally resembles a palm when you look at it from the sky – which you can, by the way, by renting a helicopter from the Resort facilities. It was artificially made just so that it could accommodate the Atlantis.
There are various rooms and suits available at the Palm resort. I stayed in the Beach Deluxe suit, which is an enormous and beautiful suit that overlooks the Gulf Sea and the waterpark. The best part of this suit is that the bathroom has a floor-to-ceiling window that looks into the sea! That’s right, the bathroom in the suit is underwater. You can take the most relaxing bath in the bathtub while feeling like Ariel, surrounded by other sea creatures.
There are other options available as well, including the Palm Deluxe Suit, which is situated at the very top of the resort and from where you can not only see the Dubai Skyline, but also be the first one to witness the sunset in Dubai.
One of the finest restaurants in the Atlantis is Kaleidoscope. Every day is a different theme, and the food is served accordingly. The themes can range from contemporary Mediterranean to traditional Chinese. Isn’t Dubai turning out to be a city full of versatile cuisines? That’s probably because of the diverse groups of people who live here.
The ambience in the dining hall is absolutely beautiful. The interior changes according to the theme of the day. There are both indoors and outdoors dining options available. The outdoor dining option provides a view of the Atlantis waterpark, as well as the Gulf Sea.