Upon check in they offered it. Breakfast and Dinner were about $150 per day per guest, or $300 per day for my wife and I. This would be $3K for the duration of our stay.
If this sounds crazy expensive, let me explain. On the night of our arrival at the Atlantis we went into a small restaurant on the lobby floor of the hotel. I had a chicken club sandwich with 2 bottles of Tiger beer.
My wife had a salad with tuna in it and 2 glasses of house white wine.
In my home area this meal, with tip, would be about forty to fifty dollars U.S., if that. With no tip it was $310 U.S.! Yep, that’s how much stuff costs at the Atlantis. So only paying $150 per guest for both breakfast and dinner on the half board program is a deal.
Except my wife and I rarely eat breakfast as we sleep in on vaca, and we ate many dinners while in the city. So we passed on the half board program. Prices were much lower in the city, though still expensive.
But the Atlantis is a huge resort. It has a crazy water park, beach front, and pools. Many, many shops and restaurants. I can see people not leaving the resort during their entire trip. For them, the half board is the way to go.
Dubai is very westernized. It is not an ancient city and does not have much of a “mystique” to it. We took a day trip to Abu Dhabi and found it not quite as commercialized as Dubai.
We did all of the hokey touristy things like ride camels, the desert safari, went up into Burj Khalifa, boat rides, museums, Hop on/off bus, etc… Did all those with our Turbo City Pass. Can’t stress enough how much of a value that thing is.
Had fun, but it wasn’t as thrilling as we thought it’d be. The Atlantis is a fantastic place. My recommendation is, Dubai is a nice place to visit for maybe 3-5 days TOPS. We stayed for 10 and by day 6 we were pretty board with it. Skies were always blue, temp never hit above 85.
But "Been there, done that’ is a nice thing to get to brag about, and we consider ourselves lucky to get to travel. Our country count is now at over 3 dozen.