Atlantis the Palm, Lost Chambers Aquarium & Aquaventure Waterpark

Categories: Travel reports, Asia, United Arab Emirates, Dubai

Atlantis the Palm is certainly one of the most famous and exceptional hotels in Dubai. The 5-star resort at the top of Palm Island is an absolute eye-catcher and has a lot to offer with the Lost Chambers Aquarium and the Aquaventure Waterpark – even for non-hotel guests.

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Das Hotel Atlantis the Palm

Things to know about

The Atlantis the Palm Hotel and Resort was opened in September 2008 and is one of the largest and most visited hotels in Dubai. It is located at the top of the crescent of the palm island of Palm Jumeirah on the Arabian Sea.

The main building is about 100 meters high and has 1,539 rooms and suites on 22 floors. The largest suite (Royal Bridge Suite) is located above the arch that connects the hotel’s two Royal Towers. This bridge suite has an incredible size of 924 m2 and costs from 10,000 EUR per night. The 2 underwater suites overlooking the aquarium inhabited by 65,000 marine animals are also an absolute eye-catcher.

The cheapest deal we could find at Booking.com for an overnight stay at Atlantis was 329 EUR per night in an Imperial Club King Room with breakfast. But what you should always keep in mind when it comes to prices at Hotel Atlantis: for hotel guests, there is always the daily free entrance to the Aquaventure Water Park and the Lost Chambers Aquarium. These two admissions alone have the equivalent – if you bought them extra – of 130 EUR for 2 adults.

In total, Atlantis has 24 restaurants, including specialty restaurants, buffet restaurants, themed restaurants or street food-style food, as well as several cafés and bars.

Did you know that there are two almost identical Atlantis hotels in the world? The first Atlantis Hotel (Atlantis Paradise Island) was opened in Nassau in the Bahamas in 1998. We visited this during our Bahamas trip in 2019. You can read our travel report about the Hotel Atlantis & Paradise Island.
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Das Hotel Atlantis the Palm in Dubai

What is the best way to get to Hotel Atlantis?

The best way to reach Atlantis Hotel is by car or taxi. A taxi ride from Dubai International Airport takes about 30 to 45 minutes and costs about AED 100 (approx. 22 EUR). Free parking is available for guests, and free parking is available to day guests at the P18 car park (right next to the water park). A shuttle bus will take you to the hotel.

Arriving by public transport is unfortunately very cumbersome. You can take the Monorail directly to the Hotel Atlantis, but the station “Gateway Palm” of the Monorail is unfortunately not directly connected to the Dubai Metro. The nearest metro station on the red line is Nakheel/Al Khail (20 minutes walk).

Another alternative is a Hop On Hop Off Tour with the BigBus Dubai. The green route (Beach Tour) leads directly to Hotel Atlantis.

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The location of Hotel Atlantis the Palm in Dubai

An overview map of the resort

The resort’s 50-hectare site is really huge. On the following map you can easily see the size of the hotel and the adjacent waterpark.

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A map of Atlantis the Palm & Aquaventure Waterpark

The best photo spot for the Hotel Atlantis

The best view of the Hotel Atlantis is from our point of view – apart from a helicopter sightseeing flight – from the opposite bay in the new district The Pointe. The Palm Fountain Dubai can also be seen here.

The Lost Chambers Aquarium

The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Hotel Atlantis is the largest and most famous aquarium in Dubai with its 20 exhibitions on fish and other marine life. The large aquarium alone – the Ambassador Lagoon – holds 11 million litres of seawater and is thus one of the 10 largest aquariums in the world.

As day visitors, adults pay 115 dirhams (26 EUR) Admission, children between 3 and 11 years pay 90 dirhams (20 EUR) and for children under 3 years the entrance is free. The aquarium is open from Monday to Wednesday from 12 to 21 o’clock and from Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For hotel guests of the Hotel Atlantis, admission to the Lost Chambers Aquarium is included in the room rate.

The aquarium is divided into several areas with different sized aquariums. Lobsters, firefish or moray eels, there is always something to discover here. The aquariums with the various jellyfish are also beautiful.

The “Hailight” of the Lost Chambers Aquarium is the view into the large aquarium. The Ambassador Lagoon holds 11 million litres of water and has a depth of 10 metres. In the middle are sunken stairs and magnificent building remains of the fabled Atlantis. Several large windows allow a view into the fascinating underwater world and the 65,000 sea creatures: eagle rays, whitetip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, zebra sharks, rays, tuna, parrotfish, king fish, spiny mackerel, groupers and many other smaller fish species can be found here.

165 marine biology experts take care of this fragile ecosystem day and night. As an enthusiastic diver, this underwater world is always fascinating and beautiful to look at. We could spend hours in front of the slices ❤

To take a look at ambassador Lagoon, you don’t have to pay for admission to the Lost Chambers Aquarium. In the shopping arcade of the Atlantis Hotel (The Avenues) there are several large windows, which also give an insight into the aquarium. The most beautiful view is near the Poseidon Cafe. There is a barrier in front of the glass pane, but the view into the huge aquarium is nevertheless just as impressive and completely free.

If you want to take a look at the diverse underwater world of Ambassador Lagoon, you can watch this video on YouTube:

The Aquaventure Waterpark

One of Dubai’s most famous attractions is Aquaventure Waterpark, part of the Atlantis Resort and also located on Palm Jumeirah next to the hotel.

The huge water park offers more than 30 slides and attractions on 17 hectares, a lush tropical landscape, waterfalls and, with its 2.3 kilometres, the longest Lazy River in Dubai. From the 500-metre-long fine white private beach you have a breathtaking view of the skyline of the desert metropolis, the Burj Al Arab, The Pointe or the sister hotel The Royal Atlantis Resortcurrently under construction.

With the opening of the 48-metre-high Trident Tower with its 12 slides in 2021, Aquaventure Dubai is now even the largest water park in the world. But the park has many more world records, such as.B. the world’s tallest water slide (Odyssey of Terror) or the world’s longest family water coaster (Shockwave) at 449 meters.

Aquaventure Waterpark is open all year round from 10am until sunset.

The adult day pass (Aquaventure Day Pass) costs AED 269 (60 EUR), for children under 1.20 meters height AED 249 (55 EUR). Admission is free for children under 2 years of age and for all hotel guests at Atlantis. Entrance fees may vary slightly depending on the season. Please note that lockers or towels are not included in the price. These can be rented for a fee of AED 35 (8 EUR) for a towel or 55 AED (12 EUR) for a locker.

Our tip: Birthday children get free admission to the Aquaventure Waterpark (register here)

We spent most of our time at the water playground “Splashers Cove”, which is best suited for the little water rats with child-friendly climbing frames, water fountains and water slides. The surfaces of the shallow pools are softly padded here and there are lifeguards everywhere who take care of the safety of the little ones.

However, we were only able to explore half of the water park as the Tower of Neptune, Splashers Mountain, Splashers Island, Torrent Beach, The River Rapids and Surf’s Up were currently closed for extensive renovations.

Nevertheless, we spent a wonderful afternoon here with our little mouse ❤

A map with all attractions in Dubai

On Google MyMaps we have marked all important sights and attractions in Dubai.
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A map with all attractions in Dubai

Our travelogues from Dubai

Dubai is an insanely diverse city and has quite a few attractions to offer. In our previous vacations, we had gotten to know the city only as a classic "stopover destination". Thereby, we didn't really have much time to explore the many sights of the city. And the desert metropolis is a true photo and Instagram paradise. One motif is more beautiful and spectacular than the other. The tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), the largest building in the world in the form of a picture frame (Dubai Frame), the largest shopping center (Dubai Mall), the largest Ferris wheel (Ain Dubai), the largest flower garden (Dubai Miracle Garden), the tallest hotel (Burj Al Arab) to the largest fountain system in the world (The Plam Fountain) and many more.
Dubai Reiseberichte, Fotocollage In addition, Dubai has developed so rapidly in recent years, so that we now had enough time to explore the desert metropolis on the Persian Gulf a little better due to a longer vacation. Here you can find our travel reports about the city of superlatives.
The 20 most beautiful Photo Spots & Instagrammable Places in Dubai
The Swissôtel Al Murooj & our first long-haul flight with baby
Burj Al Arab – Photo Spots & Tea Time in the Skyview Bar
Das Hotel Atlantis the Palm, Lost Chambers Aquarium & Aquaventure Waterpark
Dubai Miracle Garden & the Dubai Butterfly Garden
The Pointe – The Palm Fountain at Palm Jumeirah
Al Seef Dubai, Dubai Museum, Spice Souk & Gold Souk
Dubai Marina – JBR, The Walk, The Beach & Ain Dubai
Dubai Frame in Zabeel Park & Dubai Garden Glow
La Mer – Beach, Shopping & Boardwalk in Jumeirah
Dubai Creek Harbour – The new harbour district in Dubai
Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium & the Underwater Zoo
Burj Khalifa – The most beautiful Instagram photo spots
Burj Khalifa – Things to know, At the Top & Dubai Fountain