The Atlantis resort located on the aptly named “Paradise Island” is nothing short of awe-inspiring. This beautiful resort was designed with opulence, relaxation and unparalleled fun in mind. And it manages to pull off merging the three perfectly. From the fine details on the buildings to the relaxing spa and the endlessly entertaining water park, there is so much for all to enjoy at this sprawling resort that you’ll never want to leave!
The Atlantis Resort
In 1994, Merv Griffin sold his stretch of Paradise Island to billionaire Sol Kerzner following a slow decline in the Bahamian economy. Sol was determined to create the most impressive and astounding resort in the whole world on this gorgeous little stretch of land. $800 million dollars and 4 years later, Sol’s dream was achieved.
The beautiful, 1200-room Royal Tower opened to rave reviews. Sol’s master vision came true when it opened to include:
- The world’s largest open-air, 11 million gallon marine environment
- A myriad of lagoons and waterfalls
- A glorious water slide
- A $15 million marina
- Museum quality artwork from around the world
- The Caribbean’s largest casino
In 2007, Mr. Kerzner commissioned a billion dollar expansion, bringing with it 2 new resorts, a dolphin education and excursion center, The Aquaventure waterpark, a night club and the 30,000 square foot Mandara Spa.
The resort is comprised of a few different hotel options that offer distinct experiences, varying accommodations and included amenities. To cater to discerning guests, it offers the following choices for your vacation: Royal Towers, Coral Towers, Beach Tower, The Cove, The Reef & Harborside resort. All of the rooms include unlimited access to the AquaVenture water park, the unparalleled beaches and 11 of the resort’s unbelievable pools.
The Beach Tower is the most affordable of the accommodations. The relaxing atmosphere and comfortable guest rooms offer families the best bang for their buck, without skimping on the great experience. These tropically decorated rooms present guests with beautiful views from private balconies, plush beds, flat screen TV’s all the while being conveniently located within steps of the beach and conference center.
The Coral Towers are a step up from the Beach Tower experience. Coral Towers’ rooms are ideally located next to the casino and Paradise Lagoon, making them a good choice for families and Blackjack enthusiasts alike. This tower has a variety of room styles ranging from contemporary guest rooms with ample balconies to presidential suites that bestow lucky guests with panoramic views of the lush waterscape.
The Harborside Resort is another reasonably priced choice for families and other groups. Located a bit off the main drag, this vibrant section of the island offers comfortable one to three bedroom villas that can accommodate up to 9 people. All rooms feature fully equipped kitchens, marvelous king beds, furnished balconies and bathrooms with whirlpool tubs.
The Iconic Royal Towers present a slightly more pricey vacation, but the extra money is considered well worth it. The Royal Towers sit at the heart of the resort and create the quintessential Paradise Island experience.
Set amidst all of the resort’s attractions, the royal towers provide guests with breathtaking views, convenience and beautifully appointed rooms. From the luxurious, balconied guest rooms with a variety of picturesque views to the palatial and famous “Bridge Suite,” tourists from all walks of life will find the Royal Towers to be the perfect escape.
When nothing less than absolute luxury will do, The Cove is sure to please. Situated equidistant to Cove Beach and Paradise Beach, these chic rooms are convenient as well as classy. There are numerous suite options to choose from, whether it be the sophisticated Ocean Suite with its French balconies all the way up to the opulent Penthouse Suite that offers sweeping views of the Caribbean. Visitors to this section of Paradise also get exclusive access to the “Cain at the Cove:” an adults-only pool and beach club that screams swank.
The Reef is the perfect getaway for those looking for a quieter Bahamas vacation. This part of the resort is set back from all of the hustle and bustle of the rest of the island (but only steps from the beach) to provide guests with a more relaxing experience. These residential style, modern and sleek accommodations all include kitchenettes and range from studios to penthouse suites.
With 21 restaurants and 19 bars, this place certainly knows food. Whether you want to grab a bite while lounging at the pool or you’re celebrating a special occasion, there are plenty of options. Should you have a hankering for Japanese or you’re dying for a burger, there’s a spot that encompasses just about every taste. The resort also now offers all-inclusive options; but, be aware that you may only order off of a fixed “all-inclusive menu” at all of the restaurants. If you want to order an item off of the regular menu, you will be required to pay full price.
77 Degrees West is the newest and coolest restaurant offering up South American fare with a Caribbean twist. Located in The Cove, this establishment is only open for dinner.
If you are in the mood for Japanese food, you can’t miss celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s namesake Nobu. Located right by the casino, this beautiful restaurant will have you coming back for the décor as much as for the food. Sit at the bar and be entertained watching the sushi chefs create delicious meals for an added treat. While children are permitted, please note that children under 6 may only be seated at 5:30pm or 6pm.
Café Martinique offers visitors a taste of France with a Caribbean backdrop. This beautiful restaurant is wonderfully appointed and elicits an elegant, old-world feel. Although only open for dinner, this restaurant is a stop that must be made before leaving Paradise Island.
Gourmands will enjoy traditional fine dining at the Bahamian Club which features juicy steaks, fresh grilled seafood and an exclusive parlor feel. The Bahamian Club is only open for dinner and is located right by the conference center. Although children are allowed, consider making this restaurant an adults-only escapade.
Casa D’Angelo is a beautiful Italian eatery sandwiched between the Coral Towers and the Beach Tower. Here, the Italian experience is paramount, replete with an extensive wine list and intricate ceiling paintings. This establishment is also only open for dinner and children under 6 are allowed only during earlier seatings.
Chop Stix offers traditional Chinese cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients and some healthy doses of daring Pacific influence. Conveniently located between the Beach Tower and the Coral Towers, Chop Stix is the perfect stop for a delectable evening meal for the whole family.
Mediterranean cuisine fans will be thrilled with Olives Restaurant. The open kitchen, high quality dishes, family friendliness and prime location next to the casino make this restaurant a guest favorite. You can even enjoy handmade pastas and cocktails until 3AM.
Seafire Steakhouse provides diners with an extensive selection of delicious, fresh dishes as well as cocktails and wines. Tucked into the Marina Village section of the resort, this restaurant is worth the extra effort to get to. There are no age restrictions and like the other fine dining options, Seafire is only open for dinner.
There are also numerous, more casual dining options for those that are short on time or wanting a more laid back experience.
- Mosaic is a Mediterranean eatery located by the Cove.
- Poseidon’s Table is a delicious buffet that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- The vibrant Bimini Road features Caribbean food with the perfect ambiance of live musical performances.
- The convenient location to Harborside Resort makes The Point Restaurant a favorite for visitors; take in a beautiful Bahamas sunset while sipping a cocktail at this outdoor restaurant.
- Casual, family style dining can be had at Virgil’s BBQ located at the Coral Towers.
- Grab a quick bite at the quaint Lagoon Bar and Grill and enjoy watching the sharks swim by while eating.
- New Yorkers will be thrilled to find that there is a Carmine’s restaurant at the Marina Village. This iconic New York staple serves delectable, fresh Italian dishes.
- For a 50’s throwback, be sure to try Murray’s Deli located at the Coral Towers for some of the most massive sandwiches you’ll ever experience.
If those aren’t enough, quick bite options are abound. From Starbucks to pizzerias and Johnny Rockets, you’ll find something you can enjoy.
Things to Do
This mega-resort was built with fun and entertainment in mind. There are so many things to do, that you’ll need 4 weeks at the resort to fit it all in. Be sure to also check out “The Atlantean” during your stay; It’s the daily schedule of activities and movie times.
There really is something for everyone here. If the beaches weren’t enough, the resort also boasts 11 pools, a state of the art fitness center, tennis courts, rock climbing, a pottery studio and even an 18-hole par 72 championship golf course. But what makes really makes this resort stand out from the crowd is its wonderful experiences.
Dolphin Cay is an unforgettable experience featuring one of the most sophisticated marine environments in the world; you’re sure to make memories to last a lifetime here. The following excursions are currently available for purchase during your stay:
- The Shallow water interaction gives you 30 minutes in the water and you get the opportunity to kiss a dolphin;
- The Deep water swim interaction immerses guests in the dolphin pool where they can experience a dolphin “foot push” and speed across the water;
- The Junior Ultimate Trainer excursion gives visitors the chance to work alongside zoologists caring for the 50,000 sea animals at the resort;
- The Ultimate Trainer for a day interaction lets visitors interact with the amazing and exotic critters; The Sea Lion Interaction gives guests the opportunity to make a new sea lion friend;
- The Stingray Experience offers hands-on experiences with stingrays and tropical fish;
- The Snorkel the Ruins interaction is a unique opportunity to explore the tropical fish and sharks that reside at the Ruins Lagoon;
- Learn about the marine life at the ocean conservation interaction at the Dolphin Cay Education Center.
- Guests can even help feed sting rays and sea turtles for free at Stingray Lagoon!
AquaVenture Water Park is a waterscape that spans an impressive 131 acres and is complimentary to all guests! Besides including some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Aquaventure boasts heart pounding water slides, lazy rivers like you’ve never seen before, refreshing and beautifully landscaped pools and private cabanas. You have to try the Leap of Faith slide that plummets you 60 feet just about vertically. The serpent slide’s scenic journey through the shark tank is also not to be missed. And “The Falls” is the best water roller coaster you’ll ever go on!
No trip to the Bahamas is complete without some fun water sightseeing. For an amazing snorkeling experience, take the Blue Adventures tour that charters you out to a beautiful coral reef. Or, get certified with the resort’s scuba classes and then take a half day dive down to explore the reefs and wrecks in Nassau. Take the “Walk with Sharks” adventure and find yourself face to face with sharks utilizing state of the art glass helmets. If you’d prefer to soak in the animals without getting soaked, you can marvel at all of the extraordinary aquariums located throughout the resort that exhibit over 50,000 animals covering 250 different species.
There is even a premium nightlife to please all of the night owls on vacation. Laugh your butt off at the comedy club, Joker’s Wild, or take in a complimentary movie at the Theatre. Catch a show at the Live venue or dance the night away at the 9,000 square foot Aura Nightclub.
This world-class casino has over 75 gaming tables (that include craps, poker, roulette and blackjack) and over 750 slot machines. Though off-putting, smoking is allowed. They have a loyalty club, without needing to sign up for anything cumbersome. You can insert your room key into any slot machine and just start earning rewards.
If your idea of a vacation includes lots of shopping, you truly will be in paradise. The finest high-end stores such as Gucci and Michael Kors can be found at the Crystal Court Shops located outside of the casino. If you’re looking for more unique fares, check out Escape: The Cove’s designer boutique. Marina Village has everything from beach necessities to luxury stores.
The beaches here are some of the most beautiful in the world. If you’re lucky enough to vacation here, you’ll have access to the resort’s 4 distinct, main beaches:
- Cove Beach,
- Paradise Lagoon Beach,
- Paradise Beach and
- Atlantis Beach
They are all just as beautiful, so most people find themselves at the beach closest to their hotel room. But, families in particular ought to try out Paradise Lagoon Beach where paddle boats and snorkeling are a favorite pastime.
The lush waterscape designed here is truly legendary. There are 11 pools that offer something from the sophisticated to the family oriented. Adult visitors of The Cove get the added treat of access to the very sleek, adults only pool: Cain at the Cove while families will love the waterfalls at Grotto Pool. If you have little ones, Splashers is sure to be one of their favorite spots.
The beautifully appointed Mandara Spa presents the ultimate in indulgence. There’s a full service salon that offers everything from sophisticated haircuts to polished manicures. Try any one of the body scrubs, mud treatments, facials, saunas and deep tissue massages offered to make your trip absolutely heavenly.
In addition to all of the wonderful, above mentioned activities, a fabulous kid’s club for ages 3 through 12 is also offered should you want some time to yourself. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions are available, but they are a bit pricey so plan accordingly. In room babysitters are also offered if you want to stay out late, as well. There are dedicated kiddie pools for the littlest ones and tweens will love hanging out at Club Rush where there are game consoles and a DJ. Teens have the option of hanging out at the nightclub that has a gaming room, an internet lounge, video walls and its own drink stand. Try to steer clear of the overpriced Pals store, which is basically just a glorified Build-A-Bear.
There is no doubt that this expansive resort is one of the most fabulous vacation destinations to ever be built. It manages to cater to those that enjoy relaxation, as well as to adventure-seekers, partiers, gourmands, families and just about anyone else looking to book a beach vacation. It would be difficult for someone not to have an amazing vacation here.