This week I have been feeling considerably sorry for myself, but it is difficult to feel bad for very long when weekends like this past one are at the end of nearly every week.

Thursday after work I picked up my friend Rachel and we took off for Tips n’ Toes to get our nails done. We had to pamper ourselves before the big weekend! Friday morning, after a particularly grueling session at the gym, I packed my bag and headed to Dubai. Final destination: Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. IMG_3554

Lobby of the hotel

Lobby of the hotel

After checking into the hotel, I took a little tour of the “guests only” areas, then went to the Lost Chamber of Atlantis. I am glad the Lost Chamber is included in the price of the hotel, because I wouldn’t have wanted to pay extra for it. It was nice, but I’ve seen much better aquariums (the parts you can see for free are worth the visit).

I eventually got into my room. It was a nice room, nothing super fancy (the bed was very comfy) with excellent views. From my room I could see into the large aquarium. Pretty cool, and very cool at night.

View of the aquarium from my room.

View of the aquarium from my room.

After checking out the hotel, I met up with Rachel and her husband Dave. We enjoyed a few cocktails and snacks at the pool-side bar and then headed over to Sandance.

With Rachel on our way to Sandance.

With Rachel on our way to Sandance.

Sandance is just what it sounds like, a concert on the beach. Last night’s lineup included Florence and the Machine and Keane. Not really knowing any of the performers allowed me to go in without expectations. I thought it was a good show. They venue is pretty good as well, though I think they need to include food in more locations. You could buy drinks throughout the venue (including my wine, which came with a bag of ice and a hat!), but food was only being sold in one location. It was a good night with good friends!

Wine in a bag.

Wine in a bag.

The Sandance Stage.

The Sandance Stage.

This morning I met up with Rachel and Dave (after enjoying some delicious waffles in my room) to check out the Aquaventure water park at the hotel. The slides were pretty good, though they don’t have very many. Since we got there early we were able to try out all the slides we wanted to without having to wait in line. After a couple of hours at the park it was time to go home. In all honesty, I don’t think that the cost of a room at the Atlantis is worth it if you  just need a hotel room. They are nice rooms, but I’ve stayed in equally nice rooms for much less. The real draw for me, was the easy access to my room when I was ready to leave Sandance. Would I stay there again? Maybe, but there would need to be a specific reason for it.

Another great weekend in the books and I have my first Dubai Wine Club event next weekend to look forward to!


About Andrea

I am teacher and traveler blogging my experiences living as an expat from the USA. From 2007-2012 I lived and worked in Oregon, USA. From 2012 (when I started blogging) to 2014, I lived and worked in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. In August 2014 I begin living and working in Santa Ana, Costa Rica.
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2 Responses to Sandance

  1. Mom says:

    Uh, yah…a little hard to muster up much sympathy, darling girl!

  2. Saralee says:

    Another wonderful adventure love hearing about then all! Hope to see u this summer.
    Ciao Bella

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