Atlantis LEAD

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Staying at Atlantis The Palm with my three children was such a special treat from start to finish, so for this review I thought it would be good for my 10 year old daughter Amara, to share the experience through her eyes.

Atlantis you were so much fun and we were beyond spoilt! Thank you for the wonderful hospitality!!

 

 

I recently came back from an unforgettable stay at Atlantis, The Palm. a place that I will never forget and will certainty be back for another incredible stay . Who knew, that right outside my doorstep was a staycation that towers above all the rest providing non stop entertainment and many surprises.

 

Atlantis on the heart of the palm has surely amazed me, from the underwater suite which we stayed in to all the incredible experiences – it was filled with so many adventures and was so much fun.

 

 

Only a fifteen-minute drive from my house in Dubai, allows you to escape in the magic of Atlantis.

Rooms:

 

The underwater suite has 3 luxurious floors, picturesque views and completed with a fancy lift. You enter on the 3rd floor then make your way down to the first either by the 50 stairs or via the lift.

 

As you enter the underwater suite, you can feel the soft thick carpet under your feet and overlook the colossal floor to ceiling glass window. The entry is also garnished with some elegant decorations.

 

The second floor includes a small kitchen, a bathroom [with an automatic toilet] and a massive living room where you can watch TV or all the above the water activities such as shark feeding.

 

Now, if the second floor impressed you then the ground floor will certainly get your attention. There is a kid’s room with a unique and comfy bed, a dressing room that includes a hidden emergency exit to the Imperial Lounge. Then the wow factor is the master bedroom complete with an incredibly view of the huge 10 feet tall aquarium with over 250 species of fish and 65,000 marine creatures . It was such a magical experience to be staying in an underwater room, watching the entire incredible marine-life cinema and waking up every morning to such a magical view.   

 

The master bathroom also provides the wonderful view of the aquarium with a perfectly placed bathtub to soak in so you can watch and admire the rays and sharks.

 

As a family we were all entertained in the suite – I enjoyed sitting by the window and drawing the fish while my sister soaked in the bath and my brother had so much fun in the lift and playing hide and seek!

 

As we are a big family we also had a connecting double room on the 3rd floor, keeping the door open just made the suite even bigger with direct access to the suite lift.

 

Entertainment:

 

There are a bunch of activities to do at Atlantis like the thrilling Aquaventure water park which opens everyday at 9am to 6:30. Plus hanging out in the pool with many sports activities or simply chilling on the sun-kissed beach. Inside the hotel they have a restaurant called Wave House, which has a bowling alley and arcades!

 

And if you would rather stay indoors you can relax at the spa, work out in the gym or just chat and eat at the many restaurants along with the Imperial Club, which is the VIP club, and access comes with the Underwater suite along with a dedicated butler for all your needs. The Imperial Club also offers check in services and complimentary food and drink. I would eat breakfast there in the morning, then in the afternoon enjoy their cookies and then for afternoon tea they would offer amazing milkshakes with cotton candy and cucumber sandwiches – just yummy!

 

 

Aquaventure:

 

The water park of Atlantis is full of adventure. There are 3 main towers filled with exciting rides. Some of the towers contain world record slides such as the worlds longest family ride, the tallest vertical drop in the Middle East, the worlds tallest slide and finally the world longest duet slide; and for younger children there are countless baby/young kid slide areas.

We would get to the park between 9am and 9:30 so all the good rides wouldn’t have any queues then leave the park at around 12:30 once finishing with all the rides.

 

Through out the park, there where little shops selling chilled drinks, summer treats, like ice cream , snow cones , lemonade etc .

 

Well done Atlantis as they provide water soaks so you can roam around the park without burning your feet or slipping!!!

 

Some of my favorite rides where “Leap of Faith” which we did so many times- it takes you down a vertical drop which is so high, if you can manage to keep your eyes open you will get to see the sharks in the tank around you.

 

Another ride I enjoyed was “Black Out” which is actually the tallest vertical drop in the Middle East its also known as the scarier sister of  Leap of Faith.

There are also many family rides some are really scary while others are buckets of fun.

Another really fun ride is called “Shock Wave” where you need to be prepared for all the ups and downs while getting splashed then totally soaked in between, also this is the longest family ride in the world.

I enjoyed the “Zoomerango” too although this one was very scary as you go down a massive drop leaving you in terrier when its over.

Finally, I want to tell you about Immortal Falls which is perfect for cooling down as you can jump from high levels into the small pool – so exciting? If your not feeling brave enough to do all the rides then you can relax around one of the parks pools where they host entertainment shows and games or simply grab a inflatable ring and roam around the lazy river that takes you all around the park. Speaking about the lazy river, some of the smaller rides end directly in the river.

 

The main hotel has two swimming pools. One of the pool had a water polo and basket ball net which kept us busy, then we went to the private Imperial Beach where we buried our dad in the sand!

 

Dining:

 

My parents let us chose where we wanted to eat dinner every night. As much as my mum and dad wanted to go to the Michelin star restaurants such as Hakkasan and Ossiano, we wanted to try somewhere which was more for kids.

 

There are two very nice dinner places at Atlantis starting with ‘Bread Street Kitchen’ owned by Gordon Ramsey who is a world famous chef and has a very entertaining TV show. The food was incredible and while we waited for the food a magician came over and amazed us with many tricks and the most confusing one was when he asked me to think of a very random thing and type it into Google on my mums phone. I wrote lava heart, he asked me to look at him and then surprisingly he guessed the exact same word! Leaving us shocked and confused trying to guess how he did that!

 

I also enjoyed ‘Wave House’, which had an arcade, and a play area in it, we played games and earned tokens then bought sweets with the tickets. The kids soft play area looked like a lot of fun too. One of the best things about the Wave House is that it has its own bowling alley!  Seriously, I could spend hours at the Wave House. The food was so good. Overall, we had such a great time, thanks to our room butler for organizing this for us!

 

To sum up mine and my siblings experience of staying at Atlantis in one sentence would be ……… A truly magical and unforgettable stay.

 

Download the Atlantis The Palm App for all your needs during your stay!

 

Underwater Suite Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiEUrt_9NK0&t=76s

To book your stay please contact:

Danielle@uniquefamilytravels.com

www.uniquefamilytravels.com

 

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
Zighy Bay Lead

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Nestled in Oman’s dramatic Musandam Peninsula, where rugged mountains dive into the vibrant waters of the Gulf of Oman, Six Senses Zighy Bay provides an exclusive sanctuary set in a rustic environment offering the most sustainable and luxurious experience.

 

Only an hour and a half drive from Dubai you will reach the Dibba/Oman border. A very straight forward process to cross the border either by a hotel car or your own vehicle.

 

Leaving the border, there is a short 20 mins drive off road and then up the rugged Musandam mountain face. At the top, you are met with a vista that is hard to describe, picture postcard stuff. We then drop into the bay and drive into Six Senses’s gem of a property.

 

If you have experienced a Six Senses property before you will know that at their core is preserving the environment and sustainability. This is evident from the moment you arrive at the resort.

 

Every villa is assigned your personal “Gem” who is on hand via WhatsApp to assist your every need while on the property – nothing is too much to ask.

 

Villas

Zighy Bay is an all villa resort complete with private swimming pools. The villas architecture and design match in harmony with their natural surrounding all stone and wood.

We had a duplex two bedroom. As you enter your villa, your family bikes are waiting for you at the entrance. On the ground floor is the master bedroom with a huge bathroom and outdoor shower. All the villas on the property come with the biggest and deepest baths which are made out of stone. Through the large glass doors is your private swimming pool, dining area, sun loungers and a large relaxation area under a wooden canopy. Some of the villas open up directly onto the beach while others open up on the sandy path with direct access onto the beach. Upstairs is a large living room with terrace and an additional bedroom with ensuite.

On one end of the beach is a three bedroom villa with a huge pool that goes from the centre entrance of the villa spanning the length of the property. With many sun loungers perfectly positioned to enjoy the ocean view.

 

Four Bedroom private Residences

On the opposite end of the resort nestled into the side of the rock mountain is the magnificent 4 bedroom residence. This is perfect for large families or multiple families that want to be together yet still offers private sections where the bedrooms are positioned with outdoor seating areas.

As you enter the main building there is a large living and dining room that opens up onto the huge pool and private beach access.

Directly above is the large master bedroom, a seating area, incredible size bathroom with a classic copper bath tub taking centre stage and the most wonderful veranda.

To the right is a separate building with another large bedroom, seating area and bathroom, again with a private veranda providing ocean and pool view. The other two bedrooms offer the same and are the same size.

At the back of the villa is a large out door seating BBQ/dining area next to the mountain face and another building which is a fully decked out games room with cinema, pool table, bar and kitchen.

 

Dining

In the centre of the resort next to the round shape swimming pool are two Bedouin style restaurants and a open bar /dining area which serve a vast selection of gourmet cuisine. The property caters for all dietary requirements as well as containing a large selection of GF/dairy free items.

Next to the swimming pool is the beach bar with its own menu that is the same at the beach restaurant and bar which is next to the salt water swimming pool at the other end of the resort.

 

One of my favorite and unique experiences while at Six Senses was sunset drinks at ‘Sense of the Edge” this is the resorts fine dining restaurant and set almost 300m above sea-level on the mountains edge providing the most incredible views of the Gulf of Oman.

 

We went for sunset drinks and hors d oeuvres. With a freshly chilled glass of rose to enjoy this was such a beautiful moment. I think the altitude got to the twins as they both tried their first ever mussel! I think that may be their first and last time!

 

There is one night a week where families can enjoy a 3/5 course meal otherwise its adults only as it's a 3 hour fine dining gastronomy of 7 courses served in the most rustic natural environment offering total bliss.

 

Don't forget to enquiry about the “Destination Dining” starlight dining experience or dine at the Wine Tower and Wine Cellar private dinners

 

Kids Activities

 

I honestly believe if the kids are kept busy then the parents get to enjoy a little “alone” time . We felt very comfortable letting the kids cycle around the property and go on their own adventures. They could stop at either of the two main swimming pools, check out the camels at the camel farm or enjoy the large activity area on the beach which is next to the kids club and Earth Lab.

I loved the kids activities as they were all outdoor and made from nature such as the wooden monkey bars, tree stumps climbing, gymnastic bars, tennis courts, badminton, football pitch, sand bowls, table tennis, archery and an electric trampoline.

 

If your child is in to crafts and experimenting then they must visit “Earth Lab”. The kids made natural soaps with a lavender scent and watched the glass makers recycle a glass bottle into bowls and jewelry. In the kids club the kids can plant seeds, pizza and cookie making, sand art,  indoor and outdoor games to name a few.

 

Don't forget all the watersports on offer motorized and unmotorized as well as guided snorkeling tours. While out kayaking and paddle boarding early morning we saw many turtles. You can also enjoy a bird’s eye view of the property with a paragliding or microlight experience.

 

There’s also set timings for camel feeding and camel walking.

 

Hiking

Being a family who loves hiking and my husband being an experienced hiker and ultra marathon runner – the back drop of Zighy Bay was certainly his ideal playground. For advanced hikers this is perfect but for families its safer to stay on the road and make your way up-to “Sense on the Edge” restaurant and come back down the same way. It's a long steep climb but safe.

 

Spa

The word Spa and Six Senses go hand in hand. The spa offers everything you expect from a Six Senses property. I had a wonderful massage by my therapist Debbie who started the session with the singing bowl in order to relax your mind and body.

 

Overall

I always believe as parents if you get to relax on a family holiday its because the kids have been kept entertained and this was certainly the case at Zighy Bay. They simply rode around the property on their little adventures, periodically stopping at the kids club to enjoy the activities and occasionally coming back to where we were to check in on us and ask for food! When we left we asked the kids how they rated the resort and all three said 10/10 – big marks given they can be picky like their mother!

I have to say Six Senses Zighy Bay really ticks all the boxes – its true escapism at its luxurious finest.

 

 

Covid 19 regulations

 

As part of Six Senses’ enhanced global safety standards, all resorts and their outlets will comply with local and country-mandated occupancy limits. Additionally, guests checking in to Six Senses Zighy Bay can expect temperature checks on arrival, hand sanitizing stations placed throughout public spaces and mandatory face masks worn by staff.

A PCR test is required for adults to enter Oman and for Dubai residents you can use the same test report to re enter Dubai.

 

Watch our video here: https://youtu.be/E8juDlztnc0

 

To book your stay at Six Senses Zighy Bay contact Dani at Unique Family Travels

 

 

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
TELAL RESORT LEAD

Telal Resort Al Ain

A luxurious five-star desert resort set amidst the Arabian oasis on the outskirts of Al Ain city in the vast landscape of Remah Desert which was once home to the nomadic Bedouin tribes of the Emirates.

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As an avid traveler, pre and post my three children, and a lover of boutique hotels, I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively, stay at unique properties and take adventures off the beaten track.

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