Atlantis, Paradise Island does everything bigger. "Where is the pool?" takes on new meaning when there are 13 from which to choose. There are 40, yes 40, restaurants, bars and lounges to appeal to every demographic, from romantic dinners targeting couples to family-friendly affairs with baby in tow. Add to that a plethora of activities, from gambling at the largest casino in the Bahamas, to swimming with the dolphins, to the brand-new AKA kid's camp and you won't found yourself bored. Take a photo tour of Atlantis
Atlantis: Guest Rooms and Restaurants
As in everything else at Atlantis, there are a lot of options when it comes to accommodations. There are 1,200 rooms at the Royal Towers, which has a fairy tale design consisting of arches, domes and spires. At the Coral and Beach Towers the feel is laid-back and casual. The Reef Atlantis has 497 rooms located on Paradise beach, a great option for the sun-and-sand crowd. The Cove Atlantis has 600 rooms and offers direct views of the ocean. Each choice has different perspectives of the ocean, with varying categories including queen and king rooms as well as regal, grand, presidential and penthouse suites.
The resort has 16 restaurants for variety. On the upper end there's Nobu, found just off the casino floor and boasting a sake cella. Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Cafe Martinique serves classic French fare. Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill is the place to go for stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The family-friendly options include Seagrapes (which has a variety of foods including Caribbean, American and BBQ), Johnny Rockets and Marina Pizzeria. Bimini Road, a Bahamian experience with live high-energy music, local culinary dishes and colorful decor, is quite popular. There's even a conch bar with local conch prepared to order.
The resort also features the Marina Village where shopping and dining can be found. The village consists of an expansive marketplace with colorful walkways, brightly-lit shops and local entertainment. Excursions to Nassau can also be arranged.
The focus of the resort is water and with 20 million gallons of pools, lagoons and waterfalls it really is an aqua paradise. Dolphin Cay is one of the most popular features of Atlantis and it allows guests to swim and interact closely with these gently creatures. There's even a "Trainer for a Day" program for those who want to spend extensive time with the dolphins.
For those who prefer to observe wildlife as opposed to interacting with it, there are more than 50,000 live creatures to be viewed including sting rays, piranhas, sharks, eels and a colorful array of tropical fish. The resort boasts one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world and visitors can spend hours gazing at sea life in the underground grottos, or above the 100-foot suspension bridge or among the many lagoons that have regularly scheduled feeding times (a great photo op and an educational way to learn more about fish).
Swimmers will find ample places to splash around in the 13 swimming pools, seven-acre snorkeling lagoon and the popular lazy river in which intertubes glide guests along at a leisure pace. For thrill seekers, there are also water slides throughout the resort including high-speed and scenic rides.
Splashers is a hit for the 54 inches and under category. Here kids and their parents can swim and play among miniature slides, fountains and water wheels. For those on romantic vacations, there are also adults-only pools.
Atlantis: Kids' Camp
The newly opened 8,000 square foot Atlantis Kids Camp (AKA) is state-of-the-art and targets guest 3-12. Unlike many kids' programs, this camp allows kids to choose their own adventure with staff adventure guides. For kids with different interests, this is the ideal camp. Options include culinary lessons, art classes, theater and outdoor play, the "Wizardology" reading room, computer area, video game room and Lego construction area. Kids can attend half or full day camp and there are also special nightly programs.
Kids can finger paint digitally with touch technology creating masterpieces in all colors without ever picking up a crayon or getting messy. The video room has almost every game imaginable and comfy child-size chairs. For younger kids, there's the reading room (with a tree that actually reads out loud), a grocery store with digital cash registers and pint-size shopping cards and a Lego explosion, with thousands of Lego pieces to make creative designs.
For little foodies, the AKA culinary kitchen allows kids to participate in a variety of hands-on culinary creations including candy pizzas and molten cake. The fully functioning kitchen gives daily cooking demonstrations to kids seated at a U-shape counter surrounding the cooking station. Added bonus: lessons on table manners, etiquette and napkin folding are given.(Reviewed 3/11/2010)
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Atlantis is located: on Paradise Island, on the northern edge of Nassau in the Bahamas.
One Casino Drive, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Phone: (954) 809-2100; Reservations: (888) 877-7525
Web site: Atlantis