Discover why Aquaventure, the Middle East’s largest waterpark, is the centrepiece of any visit to Atlantis, The Palm. Having redefined and dominated the world of waterparks for nearly a decade, the multi-award-winning waterpark is an awe-inspiring world beyond anything you have ever seen, anywhere!
Here are some interesting facts about Aquaventure Waterpark and its best water slides you might not know:
1. Aquaventure is a water playground of over 18 million litres of water, consisting of extraordinary rides with cascades, tidal waves and rapids
Set in a 17-hectare playground of fun and adventure, Aquaventure is overflowing with an overwhelming assortment of heart-racing water rapids, water coasters, white water chargers, tidal waves and pools to help you make a bigger splash with your family. It is simply impossible to try all of the rides in just one day unless the waterpark is extremely quiet with no queues at all – which is never the case at Aquaventure!
2. The park has a 2.3 kilometre river ride with tidal waves and pools, water rapids and wild water chargers. It takes an impressive 45 minutes to float around the park
Ever wondered where’s the longest river ride in the Middle East? You do not have to ponder on that any longer. It is right here in Aquaventure Waterpark. The giant lazy river ride connects the water slides of the Tower of Poseidon and Tower of Neptune – the two main powerhouses of adventure and unlimited fun at the waterpark. A cruise down the 2.3km long river adventure attraction, which loops around the tropical waterscape of Aquaventure, will have you floating around for an impressive 45 minutes!
3. Aquaventure is capable of using over 790,000 litres of water per minute to create surges and waves with swells reaching almost 1 metre high
Pumping up the fun in Aquaventure are the water rides that lift you high up by generating massive waves and swells under you on the surge of more than 790 kilolitres of water in a single minute!
4. Aquaventure is the only waterpark in the Middle East that offers Marine Animal Experiences including; Shark Safari, a delightful walk on the bottom of the Shark Lagoon and Cownose Ray Feeding, in the water interacting and feeding the hungry rays
Not only does Aquaventure combine thrilling water rides, slides, pools and waves together in one place, but also offers unique marine animal experiences, such as Shark Safari and Cownose Ray Feeding in the Shark Lagoon, which take the term ‘waterpark’ to a whole new level.
5. The Rapids are the longest waterpark river in The Middle East. This 1.6 kilometre river adventure uses 15 million litres of fresh water to propel inner-tube riders through high-intensity rapids, wave surges and waterfalls that circumnavigate the lush tropical waterscape of Aquaventure
Nothing comes close the uniqueness of The Rapids, which promises the excitement of a real river expedition and takes the thrill factor up a notch with inter-tube slides, extreme rapids and wave surges that propel you through the interconnected waterways meandering around the tropical waterscape of the waterpark
6. Aquaventure is the only waterpark in Africa and the Middle East which has 700 metres of white sand beach
Aquaventure Waterpark has something more that most waterparks don’t: a 700m-stretch of luxurious private sand beach. Aquaventure Beach offers the ultimate R&R and barefoot beach luxury with beautiful views of the tropical landscapes of the waterpark.
7. The 17-hectare waterpark is now home to the world’s largest circumference water ride, first twin racing tube rides and the longest zip line circuit in the Middle East
If you are a thrill-seeker and have got a thing for adventure, the whopping array of Aquaventure rides will keep you sated. One among them is Zoomerango, the world’s largest circumference water ride that’ll whisk you across its curved walls only to make you experience sudden bursts of weightlessness while slashing and sliding through the near vertical zooms back-to-back.
8. The Atlantean Flyers Is also the first zip line integrated into a waterslide tower in the world
To further boost your adrenaline, Aquaventure also features the Atlantean Flyer Zip Line – the longest zipline in the Middle East and the world’s first in a waterpark! The 500m long zipline lets you enjoy splendid views of The Palm and beyond, as it races across Atlantis’ whimsically beautiful tropical landscapes, 20 meters above Aquaventure Waterpark.
9. Aquaventure is home to the world’s first timed double slide within a slide experience – Slitherines and Aquaconda
What’s more fun than going down a water slide? Wading in and splashing through a labyrinth of stomach-swirling tunnels with several unexpected turns before splash landing on a pool! Aquaconda, the world’s largest waterslide, will certainly catapult you on a ride of your lifetime! Slitherines, the world’s first ever twin racing tube rides, will see you racing your friends and family down and battling to be the first to finish.
10. 906 single inflatable tubes and 1433 double inflatable tubes are currently available for guests at Aquaventure Waterpark to float around the rapids and lazy river
The size and stature of Aquaventure Waterpark calls for a record-breaking number of inflatable tubes; As the largest waterpark in the Middle East, Aquaventure is equipped with the largest number of single inflatable tubes and double inflatable tubes to cater to the needs of its guests all year round.
Rediscover Istanbul: Last Step in Europe, First Step in Asia
Housed in a century-old neoclassical Turkish prison, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet offers a genuine Istanbul experience just a few steps from city’s important landmarks in Sultanahmet with the Suite Authentic luxury accommodation package. One can escape to Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet to indulge in a memorable Istanbul experience in fall enjoying city’s mild climate, historical attractions surrounding the Hotel, cultural events and festivals, last but not least various shopping alternatives including designer labels and traditional souvenirs. Set in the historical peninsula, the Hotel is neighbour to the city’s most significant souks such as Grand Bazaar and Spice Market.
Although Istanbul has become a year-round destination, fall is a perfect season to enjoy city’s magnificent vistas, traditional shopping stops and designer shops. It is also an ideal time to discover the art scene in the city, such as Contemporary Istanbul, Akbank Jazz Festival or Istanbul Design Biennale. Designed to offer multiple delights to visitors of Istanbul, the Suite Authentic accommodation package includes daily American breakfast in Seasons Restaurant or through In-Room Dining for two and offers 30 percent off the room rate.
The Hotel’s beautifully designed suites relate directly to the rich history and layers of Istanbul, offering a strong sense of place with their breathtaking views of the manicured courtyard as well as St. Sophia and Blue Mosque. With one of the most authentic and one-of-a-kind suite collections in Istanbul, guests can choose from an impressive Executive Suite to two Presidential Suites, St. Sophia and Marmara, each containing a living room with fireplace, dining area for 6-8 guests and three private terraces offering exceptional city views. In their intimate residential setting, guests can truly make themselves at home – whether they wish to lounge around in the living area or enjoy a magnificent Old Town silhouette from their balcony.
Inspired from Istanbul’s heritage, the interior design in suites reflects the footsteps of past empires. Understated Four Seasons elegance and the mysticism of Old Town show itself in the tiny details of each suite. This indigenous indulgence is now offered to ensure a luxury accommodation at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet. the Suite Authentic accommodation package is valid for three-night minimum stays until March 31, 2019.
Not-to-Miss Attractions in Old Town
Visit Spice Bazaar and Covered Bazaar: Home to the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world, Istanbul boasts a vibrant and unforgettable shopping scene. More than 4,000 shops on 58 streets feature goods and fine crafts from all over Turkey and beyond, and the Grand Bazaar is one big Aladdin’s cave.
Go underground at the Basilica Cistern: The Basilica Cistern is the largest of the ancient underground water cisterns found across Istanbul.
Visit Hagia Sophia: One of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture, Hagia Sophia should be at the top of a to-see list for Istanbul. Do not miss the upstairs gallery to catch the best views and to glimpse the surviving mosaics, in particular the golden mosaic of the Virgin and Child in the apse.
Visit the Blue Mosque: Also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Blue Mosque’s two most striking features are its six minarets and blue domed exterior.
Get a taste of royal life at Topkapi Palace: Topkapi Palace is the largest royal residence in Istanbul and it served as the main residence to the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years.
Shop like a local in Guadalajara
As one of Mexico’s top artisanal hubs, Guadalajara offers the best in culture, cuisine and shopping. Travelers can find everything from expertly crafted pottery to luxe leather goods in unique markets throughout the city. For those who travel the world in search of the best locally-produced, stylish souvenirs, Guadalajara provides the ultimate in retail therapy in a vibrant, festive atmosphere — after all, this is the birthplace of mariachi, tequila, and charrería, the Mexican rodeo!
Follow these tips for shopping, eating, and playing like a local in Guadalajara, and you are sure to leave with as many memories as one-of-a-kind purchases.
Largest indoor market in Latin America
Visitors to the historic center of Guadalajara will enjoy sightseeing with a backdrop of the beautiful architecture of the double-spired Guadalajara Cathedral. This area is home to Mercado Libertad, the largest indoor market in Latin America with three floors and nearly 3,000 stands featuring everything from apparel and handbags to fresh produce and local delicacies. Stop for a meal or browse endless options. Mexican cowboys, known locally as charros, frequent leather vendors in search of saddles, boots, and belts. Across the street in the jewelry market, gold and silver pieces will add just the right Mexican accent to your wardrobe.
The perfect pair
Fashionistas rejoice. Whether it is pumps or loafers, sandals or sneakers you seek, Guadalajara is the place to find the perfect pair of shoes. Make a beeline to Galería del Calzado, a shopping center focused exclusively on your feet. Choose from 64 stores offering everything from jaw-dropping high fashion designs to the hottest streetwear trends.
In the colonial town of Tlaquepaque, local arts and crafts fill market showrooms and upscale stores where you will find carved wooden furniture, colorful blown glass ceramics and hand-stitched clothing. The downtown area retains the traditional structure of a small Mexican community with a parish street, central market, main square, and many pedestrian-only streets, making this a good place to take a stroll. Catch the daily mariachi performances at the local restaurants and cantinas, some with outdoor seating perfect for people watching.
Some of the best bargains can be found among Tonalá’s narrow streets, where most of Guadalajara’s local goods can be purchased. In this neighborhood, you can find some of the best crafts in the country. This includes wide-mouth clay bowls designed to serve a cazuela cocktail, Guadalajara’s signature citrus punch. The area is particularly known for silver and gold crafts, hand-painted pottery, paper-mâché, and clay figurines. On Thursdays and Sundays, bargain-priced merchandise is sold at a vast street market where wholesalers arrive from all over the country to buy in bulk.
Lap of luxury
In the district of Zapopan, the Andares Mall offers shoppers top-of-the-line luxury brands. After a day of shopping, join the locals as they enjoy a pedestrian corridor filled with high-end restaurants and bars near the basilica.
Just outside of Guadalajara are sprawling agave fields, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the world’s tequila is produced. Drive past fields of the blue agave plant that stretch out over the rugged, hilly terrain, en route to the town of Tequila. After visiting the distilleries and purchasing bottles to serve back home, peruse smaller shops and stalls for necklaces and earrings crafted using blue agave leaves, agave syrup, and figurines made from the obsidian of the nearby volcano.
For more information on Guadalajara, visit www.visitguadalajara.com.
Why Myrtle Beach is the perfect fall vacation for families
When it comes to vacation planning, millennial families with young children have the edge over school-aged families — no strict school schedules to obey!
Take advantage of this flexibility while you can, and plan your escape to Myrtle Beach. This oceanside city along the beautiful South Carolina coastline features just about everything families with young children are looking for: family fun, engaging and interactive attractions, delicious food and relaxing places to chill out. Bonus: Now that school is in session, you’ll escape the summer crowds.
To help you plan, here are some of the things that await in Myrtle Beach.
Budget-friendly fun: As promised in the name, Myrtle Beach is the place to make oceanside memories: building sand castles, hunting for seashells and delighting in their giggles as the waves lap their little toes. As it turns out, fall is one of the best times of year to have that beach vacation without breaking the bank. Look for deep discounts and special lodging packages at hotels and resorts. While you search for fun things to do, be on the lookout for exclusive fall promotions. For example, Visit Myrtle Beach is offering a complimentary children’s beach photo session, which will create the perfect keepsake for your getaway.
Beautiful “summer” weather: Even if you feel a nip in the air in your region, the fall weather in South Carolina is still ideal for exploring wide open spaces and enjoying outdoor activities. Brookgreen Gardens features the Lowcountry Zoo, which houses animals in spaces as close to their natural habitat as possible. You’ll definitely want to get way up high and see the beaches and water stretch off into forever from atop the SkyWheel, a 200-foot Ferris wheel that’s right on the beach.
Enriching fun: Myrtle Beach has plenty of kid-friendly places to interact and build new connections to this wide, wonderful world. Kids can get an up-close look at the colorful fish and other sea creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium. After hearing stories about farm life in their favorite picture books, they can see the real thing at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm. Finally, WonderWorks Science Center has more than 100 hands-on exhibits that are designed to both thrill and teach children a thing or two about science.
Peaceful pursuits: While you’re enjoying all this family time (and seeing the smiles on those little faces), be sure to make time for the grownups to enjoy themselves, too, with solo outings at some point in the trip. All around Myrtle Beach you’ll find lots of options to chill and recharge, whether it’s a well-deserved spa treatment or discovering your new favorite wine at a tasting. We’ll lose the thought with this vision of heaven: You and your family relaxing along the seashore seashore. No one’s cranky, no one’s hungry, just … aaaaaaah!
For more ideas and inspiration to plan your fall family vacation to Myrtle Beach, visit www.visitmyrtlebeach.com.
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