My husband and I enjoyed a four day weekend at Atlantis. I didn't see much of Dubai as I was having too nice of a time on property. The restaurants where delicious with great atmosphere but reservations are required. The beach was beautiful and
relaxing and the water park was fun. The service was great too. We will be back. Children would love but great for couples as well.
Location is this resort's best and worst aspect. It's away from the city, on the crescent of the only currently-developed artificial palm island, so if you're looking to get far away from civilization it's perfect.
However, that same distance
from the city, and the fact that you have to cross the entire island to get to the mainland, results in longer-than-normal taxi and transport fares. Also keep in mind that this is clearly a resort and tourist families know it; if you require serenity and distance from people and especially children, you may want to look elsewhere.
Grounds, amenities, service are all what you would expect from a 5-star resort. Beach is segmented between the resort and the adjoining waterpark, and the hotel segment is reserved for guests only; since the beach faces the city, views are awesome but water is not what most would expect in a "beach." Most will stick with the pools and their more temperature-controlled waters.
Low-fare rooms are average for a 5-star, more in line with what you would see in some of the on-property Disney World resort hotels. The higher-fare rooms will offer better views or larger spaces, so consider which matters to you when booking.
Plenty of quality sit-down dining options are available, and hotel guests get priority but advance reservations are almost always required.
A waterpark is adjacent, free for hotel guests for duration of stay, and is of quite good quality; if you're here on family holiday it's a good entertainment option for the day.
Getting transportation to/from the resort is quite easy, especially by taxi as it's a recognizable city landmark, but the distance from mainland means your fare will add up quickly. Also make sure to keep your room key or your waterpark wristband on your person if you leave the grounds; entry access is controlled by security and they will require proof of hotel stay to get your transport into the entrance roundabout.
A monorail station between the hotel and waterpark connects to the mainland as well, but as of Sept 2012 terminated at a car park with all other stops being skipped, so aside from good views is mostly a waste of dirhams at the moment. This could improve as development improves on the rest of the island. Tours can be booked via a lobby desk or a desk near the restaurant district entrance, with most offering transfers to/from the hotel directly.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Seafire is an EXCELLENT steakhouse in the restaurant district. Reservation required, but go on a weeknight to ensure fewer families and better service.
The imposing hotel stands and the end of the causeway and is worth the extra time that it takes to get there. The staff were simpy imense.
I have now stayed here five times and can honestly say that each visit just gets better.
When I checked in
they knew my name and which room I had booked. Amazing.
They remembered that I like red apples and had a whole basket ready in my room.
They even had bottled water in the room. Amazing.
The breakfast just keeps blowing me away, the selection is vast and you dont know where to start or when to stop eating the delicious food.
All the staff are very helpful an just cant stop being friendly and helpful. Amazing.
It always is a sad day when I have to check out.
Cant wait until my next vist.
ridiculously expensive for a mediocre 5 star hotel which seemed to be populated everyday by multi tattooed English people with loud children. Certainly not for those who like 5 star to mean five star and be exclusive and luxurious and for the
The hotel is nice with good features - especially for those with families.
Do note however that being at the end of the palm is a bit of a nuisance if you are planning to move about daily.
Another gripe is that the overall finish and decor in
the rooms is very standard and below what you would get at a hotel like Al Qasr.
Overall, if you get the right price, it worth checking out, otherwise, stay closer to the main land.