16 facts you didn't know about Atlantis The Palm
From the number of sea creatures inside the aquarium, to the total number of chefs working in house at Dubai's infamous "underwater" resort
Atlantis, The Palm was the first resort to open its doors on Dubai’s man-made island. The Dale Chihuly sculpture in the Grand Lobby of Atlantis was created using 3,000 hand blown pieces that were individually placed by hand to create the 30-metre high centrepiece. Atlantis is home to a 17-hectare water themed amusement park - Aquaventure Waterpark. Atlantis has more than 23 dining choices including three outlets by Michelin-awarded chefs: Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Giorgio Locatelli’s Ronda Locatelli and Nobu Matsuhisa’s Nobu. Atlantis The Palm has 5,600 square metres of meeting and function space. A stay in one of the 'Signature Suites' typically includes butler service, unlimited access to Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium, two complimentary shallow water dolphin interactions at Dolphin Bay, daily complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, as well as access to Imperial Club. The resort’s two Underwater Suites, whose bedroom and master bathroom windows look directly into the Ambassador Lagoon – stretch over three floors including an in-room elevator. Ossiano is an underwater fine dining restaurant at Atlantis, The Palm. It has hosted a number of dignitaries and the Royal family. There are a total of 40 boutiques and shops inside the resort. Dolphin Bay is a 4.5 hectare dolphin education and conservation centre. The resort has 1,539-rooms including seven Signature Suites, 35 Regal Suites, 82 Terrace Suites, 42 Executive Suites, 323 Imperial Club Rooms, 350 Palm View Rooms, 404 Ocean Deluxe Rooms, 296 Deluxe Rooms. The first guest was welcomed to the hotel on 24 September 2008. More than 100 team members care for the marine animals at Atlantis The Palm. Their jobs include aquarists, water quality technicians, veterinarians and even chefs. The fish are fed 300 kilos of restaurant quality seafood – including shrimp, krill, squid, mackerel, anchovy, other varieties of fish, and also romaine lettuce - each day, meticulously prepared in the food preparation area. The Ambassador Lagoon is an 11 million litre marine habitat and underwater exhibit home over 65,000 marine animals. These species include anchovy, baby stingrays, arapaima, moon jellies, brown sea nettles, moray eels, giant cuttlefish, lobsters, batfish, snapper, hammour cobia, golden trevalles, piranha, lionfish, anemones, giant grouper, blue damsels, grey reef and hammerhead sharks. Aquaventure is home to the world’s largest waterslide, the world’s first dual waterslide within a waterslide, and the longest zipline in the Middle East. In 2015, Atlantis, The Palm was crowned the third most Instagrammed hotel in the world by the official Instagram yearly review. The Atlantis Team is comprised of over 400 chefs who serve over 15,000 meals per day.