Atlantis Resort Vacations
The Caribbean's Luckiest Destination
Aptly located at 1, Casino Drive on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, just across a strip of sea from Nassau, the Atlantis Resort is a coral-hued castle of a mega resort which dominates the entire island. It is the godfather of hotels in the Bahamas and sits like a sleeping giant on the beautiful Paradise Island, a five-mile long, one-mile wide strip of land, located a mere twenty-minute drive from the main airport in Nassau.
This mega-complex links three hotels, which are all inspired by and fashioned after the fictional island of Atlantis. This resort is for the traveler with money to burn. Luxury suites run on average from $1800-$4000 per night, although it’s possible to swing a simpler version for little more than $600 a night. And to spend even more hard cash, take your loot to the Crystal Court Shops where you’ll find stores such as Tommy Bahama, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Mademoiselle and more. There’s a kid-centered shopping area called Atlantis Logo Stores while the Marina Village has everything else under the sun.
The Atlantis Resort is not unlike a Disney resort with its over-the-top tropical whimsy. The main resort building has 2,300 guest rooms and boasts a huge casino, a 63-slip marina, forty or so restaurants and bars and so many activities and entertainment possibilities for all ages the entire family can spend days here without ever leaving.
Most of the activities outside of the massive hotel’s interior center around water. Kids can watch trainers feed bottle-nosed dolphins in the morning and visit the largest aquarium in the world after lunch. This massive aquarium boasts seven lagoons filled with eight million gallons of salt-water which houses just about every sea creature you’ve ever dreamed of seeing. There’s even a restaurant in the aquarium where you can enjoy a casual lunch while taking in the sea life swimming before your eyes.
The 63-acre water park is the largest in the Caribbean. There’s a 120-foot tall Tower Power slide, a 200-foot body slide that shoots you downwards 50-feet into a large lagoon, and the Leap of Faith water slide pushes you down 63-feet where you drop into a lagoon under a tank filled with sharks. If that’s not enough, the Challenger Slide gives you a chance to dare a friend to a race down the slopes of a Mayan Temple. If you like to ride in tubes as you plunge, there’s The Surge, which begins at the top of the Tower Power slide and twists and turns you through white water rapids. If you wish to share your tube with a friend, the single or double inner-tube ride starts with a drop into darkness within an enclosed tube.
The Serpent Slide consists of five-stories and takes you through the middle of the Mayan Temple and past the shark-filled waters. For those a little less adventurous, there is thankfully a lazy river. There’s also a mile-long river called The Current that takes revelers through raging rapids and down water escalators.
There are twelve pools total in the mega water park, each with a different feel and flavor. Pools for the entire family include: The Grotto Pool, The Baths Pool, Mayan Temple Pool, Royal Baths, Blu Pool, River Pool, Cascades Pool - there’s even a lap pool for more serious swimmers. The kiddie pools include Splashers, Ripples and Poseidon.
On the other hand, a 9,000-square foot adults-only pool is the perfect place to relax after too many dizzying water slides have your head spinning. Cain at the Cove is the premier adult swimming pool. Don’t worry. There are plenty of babysitters for hire when the need to escape takes over. Chaise lounges and daybeds offer up a comforting spot to luxuriate under the sun. You can sit at the bar and sip on tropical drinks all day or let the staff bring them to you.
Rock climbing is available for those who’ve had enough water for the day. The facility has twelve rock-climbing surfaces. It’s situated just in front of the fitness center. And of course, the Atlantis Fitness Center is nothing to balk at either. The 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art gym offers pilates classes, yoga, spinning studios and more.
The Cove Atlantis is a separate resort without all the hype. It has six hundred nicely appointed rooms and the fancy Mandara Spa. If you’re coming to Atlantis and need to relax, this is where you’ll want to stay. (Children under 12 aren’t allowed in certain areas of the resort.)
Restaurants at Atlantis range from fine dining to New York delis. Live theater, musical acts and dancing is on hand for nightlife. No matter what you choose to do at Atlantis, you will be talking about it for years to come.
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