The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

If you follow my Instagram account you will have noticed that we went to Dubai over the Easter holidays, I can only apologise for the holiday spam! Dubai is a truly great family holiday destination. If you’re after guaranteed heat and don’t want a 12 hour flight to the Far East or the Caribbean, Dubai is the perfect option.  Everything is super-sized, man-made and generally pretty impressive. Tourism and entertainment is the main focus in this crazy, fun filled city, which makes it a great place to bring kids. One of the main attractions in Dubai (and high up on our to do list) is the iconic Atlantis, The Palm Hotel. It’s actually much more than a hotel, so although we weren’t staying in this world famous hotel, we did spend the day there enjoying some of it’s marine based attractions.

The Atlantis really is as big and impressive as you’d imagine. As we walked into the main building Lili took one look around and said “this place is swwwish”. And she was right, it certainly was! The Atlantis is an amazing entertainment resort located at the top of The Palm (a man made island) in Dubai. It’s a totally unique ocean-themed resort featuring a variety of  attractions including; Aquaventure Waterpark, The Lost Chambers Aquarium and Dolphin Bay.  It’s also known as a major culinary destination in Dubai, with a collection of world-renowned restaurants including; Nobu, Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen and Ronda Locatelli to name a few.

The Waterpark : Aquaventure

Once we arrived we headed straight to Aquaventure, which is an impressive waterpark consisting of several extraordinary water slides and river rides with cascades, tidal waves and rapids. Lili was the only one of the children tall enough to attempt the five main water slides but we were all able to relax and enjoy the river rides and the ‘water fun house’ you can see in the images below. The lush tropical landscape of Aquaventure is beautiful, which really adds to the luxurious feel of the place.

Buffet Lunch : Kaleidoscope Restaurant

After a morning on the slides at Aquaventure we got (dried and) dressed and went for a late lunch at Kaleidoscope, an international buffet restaurant within the hotel. Now if I’m honest, I’m not normally a massive fan of buffets but this was not your average buffet restaurant! This was a buffet like no other, this was a buffet that will stay in my mind for a long, long time! You name it, they had it on offer. There was a Mexican station, freshly made pizzas and pastas, sushi, an Indian station, a Chinese station, salad bars, a sandwich bar, every fresh fruit you could imagine and then there was the puddings! We could have stayed there all day and still not tried everything on offer. If you’re a buffet fan you’d be in heaven!

Food at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. A chocolate fountain of dreams.

The Lost Chambers Aquarium

After a very long lunch we headed over to The Lost Chambers Aquarium, which is an amazing mazes of underground tunnels and passageways that brings you close to the magical and colourful underwater world. Along the way, you can touch tanks filled with starfish, pencil urchins and horse shoe crabs. Special exhibits are dedicated to different sea creatures, such as the delicate Moon Jellyfish, busy lobsters and glittery anchovies. This was such a calm and wonderful experience after our adrenaline filled morning. Every single tank was captivating in different ways, some were scary with sharks, some were beautiful tiny neon coloured fish but they were all wonderful and so interesting to watch. 

As you can see we had an amazing day at The Atlantis. From thrilling water rides, to an unforgettable lunch, and an entrancing underwater adventure, this is a magical day that will stay in our memories for a long time. If you’re headed to Dubai a visit to the Atlantis Hotel is an absolute must!

Disclaimer: We were invited to spend the day at The Atlantis and did not pay for this visit in return for an honest review. All the above pictures and opinions are my own.



  1. May 9, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    We love the Atlantis! We stopped there last May and it was one of the best holidays we’ve had with the kids. Jemma x

  2. May 10, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    Dubai is getting higher and higher on my travel list, and whilst we were planning on going just the two of us, I would love to take the kids. I think a trip to the Atlantis would be a definite must. Your day looked so much fun x

  3. May 16, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Wow what a beautiful day and amazing location. I have always wanted to visit there. We are in Dubai next year for hubby’s 40th so maybe. Lovely photos hunny. Will write down tips now. lol

  4. May 17, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Wow, this looks totally amazing! I love that Lili called it swish, haha, shes spot on. It’s great that you can go and visit it without staying there and your photos are beautiful, looks like the kids were in heaven xx

  5. May 17, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Oh WOW, Heledd, this place looks spectacular. I think my girls would love it there especially. I’d not really considered Dubai before but recently I read so many holiday posts about it it definitely been added to my list of places I’d like to go x

  6. May 22, 2017 / 5:36 am

    Wow it looks fab, a little bit of something for everyone. That Waterpark looks fab and I love the look of the aquarium. Honestly it isn’t somewhere I have thought of, mainly because of its manmade and grandeur feel but I did enjoy seeing it on your IG and stories when you were away. It looked like a really fun holiday x #WRC

  7. May 29, 2017 / 7:42 am

    Oh my gosh… it’s amazing! That photo of the girls in front of the aquarium with the fish is just adorable! xx

  8. May 29, 2017 / 9:48 am

    Wow!! That place looks incredible!! I went to Dubai with my parents when I was little and would absolutely love to go back. It was just a big building site when we got there, I think it has probably changed beyond all recognition now. Those fish tanks look incredible, Noah would be facinated by them. I’m not normally a huge buffet fan either, but I have a feeling the food would be really nice here xxx