Taking the plunge

Travel | June 3rd 2018

With our wedding slowly creeping up on us, the fiancé and I decided we needed some true relaxation with a sprinkle of Vitamin Sea before all the wedding chaos begins

With both our hectic schedules and work commitments we had to choose someplace easy to get to without sacrificing on all the bells and whistles. After much deliberation we decided that a weekend away at the Atlantis, The Palm Palm Atlantis in Dubai would be the ideal choice.

A short flight later, in what’s otherwise referred to as a desert region, we found ourselves in an underwater kingdom, unlike anything that I had ever seen before. The stunning property takes your breath away.

My dreams of being little mermaid were coming true and there was no Ursula around to dampen my Sprits.

The hotel is made such that you don’t need to step out for anything, your every whim and desire can be made available to you within the property. As a self proclaimed water baby, the larger than life aquarium based on the lost city of Atlantis left me mesmerized and it took some self control to keep from immediately jumping in, shoes bag and all.

The entire hotel emanates this theme with divine seashell carvings on the walls. Like excited little kids we decided that the water park aqua adventure would be our first stop.

My soon to be Husband is a bit of an adventure junkie so we decided that zip lining 20 meters up in the air was the best way to start our trip and the Atlantis boasts the longest zip line in the Middle East. I decided that if I was taking one Leap Of Faith ( by getting married ) I would take another on the world’s largest water slide- The Tower of Poseidon .

After a thrilling afternoon, it was time to soak in the sun and immerse ourselves in the Royal pool where you can enjoy the stunning Marina Skyline while sipping on your choice of delicious drinks.

At the end of a productive day, we couldn’t wait for a slower paced date night and our options were phenomenal – like Nobu ,Ossiano and Ayamna all part of Atlantis.

We went with Ayamna it’s gorgeous staircase and monochrome background made me feel like a princess walking down to meet my prince . It was one of the best Lebanese restaurants I’ve eaten at so far. Their Apricot Muhalabiya, which is made with luscious cream and nuts, should not be missed.

With impeccable service and delicious food, our week end was turning out more fabulous than we could have imagined

We Kick started the next morning with a personal training session to burn of the calories of the meal the night before followed by a relaxing massage at the ShuiQi Spa that helped us relax our mind and body for the hectic months ahead

The Royal Bridge Suite is the crowning glory of the hotel and we had the opportunity to do a mini pre wedding shoot up on its iconic Terrace.

We fell in love with it. With the clear blue skies and the beautiful Arabian gulf setting the scene, we couldn’t have asked for better canvas.The suite boasts sun terraces that span three sides of the building, private dinners cooked by the chefs.

Leaving the Atlantis with a great tan, an energized mind and a relaxed body. I can’t wait to start my next adventure as MRS Summiyya Arnav Shah.

Outfits – RockNshop
Photography – Rahul Jhangiani