Monday, January 16, 2012

HOTEL CHECKS DUBAI, part 5, Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis the Palm is a place for kids and adults who still feel like kids. The hotel had 3000 adults and over 1000 kids in house when we were there. The lobby overflowed with energy, people everywhere and kids running around exuberantly.

Who to stay
This is a great property for families who are looking for a “Disney” like experience. Or for couples who are really playful and like fantasy style resorts.

The facilities are good. There are many great restaurants including Nobu and the steak restaurant Seafire. We had dinner in Seafire and were surprised that the quality was so high with the dishes so nicely presented, despite the popularity of the complex. The meal was expensive, however. More expensive to dine in Atlantis than at One&Only The Palm, for example.

Rooms & Imperial Club
The towers house 1373 rooms & 166 suites. Imperial Club rooms are located on the 11th to 15th floor of the East Tower, offering upgraded hotel room amenities as well as access to a dedicated lounge on the 12th floor. The Imperial Club lounge is pleasant with a nice view. Here you are offered a substantial snack buffet and drinks throughout the day. People who buy the Imperial Club also get many other advantages including:

• Complimentary kids club (other guests get 1 only 1 day free)
• Access to wet areas of the spa (other guests only if they book a treatment)
• Rush – the club for teens. Free access.
(other guests pay 25 dirhams in the evening, but free during the day for all teens)

You should know
The aquarium is stunning with thousands of fish to admire. The water park is exciting but be aware that most attractions in Aquaventure require that you are 1.2 meters high. It is important for families to have the right expectations.

The room to lust after has a glass wall extending your visual space into the underwater world.

NOTE: In blog style the these are informal snapshots taken with mobile phone

Sunday, January 8, 2012

HOTEL CHECKS DUBAI, part 4, One&Only The Palm


A haven of luxury and style, One&Only The Palm is an intimate low rise resort with real class at the edge of The Palm island. The clientele is very upmarket, but it is not stiff or snobbish. We loved this quiet and relaxing place. It has beautiful pool areas, and the beach area is nice with plenty of space for the guests.

The food was outstanding. We loved the concept in the main restaurant where each dish is prepared in three different ways. So for example there are three shrimp starters cooked in an Asian, Middle Eastern or Western way etc. Amusing and brilliant. The breakfast buffet is fantastic, not over the top but with great quality products and plenty of choice.

Who should stay
This place is for top luxury clients who want the best in Dubai without any of the overwhelming, over-the-top luxury that Dubai can proffer. This is low key and stylish with finesse and European elegance and Arabian accents. It is also a place for top luxury families who do not want a large resort with kids clubs and water parks. When we stayed there, 34 kids were in house and by no means did they compromise the experience.

On the edge of the palm leaf. 15 minutes by car to Royal Mirage. The surrounding area is not particularly inspiring. But when inside the resort you only see beautiful views. A transfer by boat to One&Only Royal Mirage is available a few times a day according to a fixed schedule.

Great gym, hair salon, spa and nail spa. 3 restaurants, big pool area with sun loungers both shaded and in the sun. For guests who want to splurge they can rent an air conditioned cabana for the day by the pool. The cabanas have a living room with minibar, bathroom and indoor and outdoor shower. The approximate cost is EUR 500 for the day.

You should know
Only slow WIFI is included in the rate and only one person per room number can be connected at the same time. For quicker access one has to pay. The sand in the water on the beach can be a bit too fine.

A stylish and intimate 5 star resort for classy people who want to enjoy the best in life with like minded travellers.

NOTE: In blog style these are our own informal mobile phone snapshots