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Tuesday 24 March 2015

Underwater Love: Design Features At Atlantis, The Palm Dubai (and my wee visit to the hotel!)

Me, blending in like a piece of the furniture at The Atlantis Palm Dubai
I love a good theme and I love water so a water themed hotel is bound to be my kind of place right? Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai is indeed that 'water themed' hotel but I had no idea it would also be such a creative destination. There are crafty touches in the design and décor everywhere you look, starting with this exquisite glass centrepiece in the entrance (made by Dale Chihuly the same artist who created the jaw-dropping Rotunda Chandelier the V&A Museum in London.) It consists of 3,000 handblown pieces of glass and measures 9.75m in height. The good news is you don't need to stay at the hotel to enjoy the art, so if you're ever in Dubai it's worth popping in just to admire the views...
Dome ceiling in the lobby with top view of the sculpture

Underwater themed painted ceiling in the hotel
Another painted ceiling in the hotel
And another one!
Sea urchin lampshade
So that's a taste of when you look up....when you look down, the floors are works of art too...
Then there are the giant prawns in the corners ...
and random features around the place like shell vases...

That's just some of the water themed décor touches, but what about water itself? Well there is no escaping 'The Element' and the 65,000 sea creatures that live within it at the hotel...
From my room (I was lucky enough to spend three nights at the hotel earlier this month) I could look down onto sting ray from my balcony, while around the hotel there is no escaping the sharks and giant leopard print sting rays swimming passed thanks to The Lost Chambers Aquarium that stretches throughout the hotel...
She's in fashion
If that's not enough, you can also dine next to fish at Ossiano underwater restaurant (I should point out it's a seafood restaurant so it's a bit strange eating fish while they are looking at you!)

Oi! Is that my cousin you're munching into?
Or if you have £8k spare you can sleep with sealife in one of the hotel's two dreamlike under water suites....
I don't mind if I do...
But if that's too overwhelming you could simply stick with visiting the aquarium and just watch the fish swim by for hours.
Who needs a telly? 
I spent one afternoon doing just that and spent my other two afternoons hopping from flume to flume at the hotel's Aquaventure Waterpark (which included going down one of the longest and scariest flumes in the world!)
Ahhhhhhhhhhh! Splash!
As well as a dip in the 'fake sea' that Dubai is known for
 I also had a dip in the pool...
This is the life!
...fed some stingray, and most exciting of all, got to hang out and swim with a dolphin called Tina at the hotel's Dolphin Bay. 
Holding on!
Could a hotel got more water themed? I think not! I went with little expectations (other than I hoped the flumes would be good and thankfully they were!) so it was a real pleasure to discover that I would love staying in the hotel so much. 
Should you visit Atlantis, The Palm Dubai? If you get a chance to then yes. If you can stay overnight then even better - there's just so much to enjoy and take in, from the surroundings to the little details, and so many people to talk to - staff are everywhere (especially around the waterpark) and they always at the ready to strike up a conversation.
This trip is going down as #funtimes : )
With my fellow travelling companions
Oh go on then! 
Here are some snaps of what I ate while I was there (I took so many photos that it would be a crime not to share them...be prepared you may get hungry!)

Delicious Chinese lunch with bubble tea at Yuan
Teatime at Plato's Tea and Coffee Lounge (over 120 teas to choose from!)

A mere snapshot of the 100 desserts on offer at Saffron buffet restaurant
Yummy global breakfast

Sipping a mocktail at Nasimi Beach Bar


  1. Nautilus, not prawn.

  2. I read all the information about this amusement park from CherrypickDubai and now I am thinking to visit this park as soon as possible.

  3. Wow! This is so wonderful. The design were really gorgeous and my favorite is that Sea urchin lampshade. We'll put that kind of lampshade in our hotel business. Glad I found your post. Thank you.

  4. Bedroom set requires every house and people sleep calm and relax. We are nice Bedroom Set Sale in Dubai.