Atlantis - Beach Tower
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Historical Traveler Reviews Atlantis - Beach Tower Paradise Island
Go--You'll Love It
We loved the Atlantis and nicknamed it Las Vegas in the Bahamas. The beautiful architecture and over the top interiors reminded us of the beautiful marble laden lobbies of the Bellagio, MGM Grand, and the Venetian in Las Vegas.
The Atlantis beaches were immaculate and the water was clear and turquoise.
The rooms are average--average furniture, bath, etc. Be prepared for average looking rooms and you wont be disappointed. The sports activities are expensive, so come prepared to spend a little more.
We pre-purchased the gourmet meal plan (you must purchase this at least two weeks in advance of your arrival) and loved each restaurant. The service in restaurants such as the Bahamian Club and Villa de Este was superb. Yes, they automatically add the 15% tip to your bill, but after such wonderful food and service, you should tip 15% (at least). Pre-purchasing the meal plan saved us loads of money on food, which is very expensive at Atlantis.
At the Bahamian Club, I ordered thin pork cutlets breaded in crumbs and almonds, served with mashed potatoes. Instead of gravy, they covered the mashed potatoes with fried onions--Oh my God--was that good.
The beach lounge chairs have green and white striped canvas covers to shade you from the sun (your own little cabana). This feature helped eliminate the traditional sunburn we usually end up getting, because we never have time to get a base tan before going.
The slides look like theyd be loads of fun. However, were in our late 40s, so we only went on the smaller, less heart stopping ones.
A free shuttle takes you around the whole of Paradise Island. There is a ferry that will take you into Nassau which costs $3.00. And, there are reasonably priced t-shirt and souvenir shops about a block down the street from the Atlantis.
Go--the Atlantis is a beautiful and friendly resort, and not as big as it seems (once you get your bearings).
I went to Atlantis with my family in July, expensive but worth it. Amazing food, average rooms, but the attention to detail in the design is outstanding. The aquariums are great as well. The only bad aspect of the resort are the peddlers on the beach, "hair braided lady" or "jet skis" constantly interrupting a nice relaxing day on the beach. So many activities, long weekend is perfect or a full week. Casino pays well during the week, but on weekends you lose.
Eight dollar hot dog
The one-dollar toll to get on the island should have been a tip off. Although $1 is not much they quickly made up for lost time. The buffet was OK but for $30 per person I expected a selection at least as good as our local river boat casinos.
Their casino had few customers and I quickly discovered why. Their payoffs were the lowest I have seen anywhere. Three of a kind paid the same as two pair. The Royal Flush jackpot was only $250 when playing a dollar on the quarter machine. Many machines were out of service or should have been in that the screens were so dim or so skewed you had trouble seeing the images. Than came the $8 hot dog. One greasy hotdog all by itself on a plain bun with no condiments. By the way, all bills come with the 15% tip built in but they also include a space for "extra gratuity". The first time I saw this place was from the deck of a cruise ship. From now on Im going try not to even get that close.
A Great Vacation and Alternative to Cruising!
At least once a year my wife and I take a vacation leaving the kids behind. For the past few years we have taken cruises for our vacation and loved each of them. During one of our cruises, we stopped at Nassua and saw the Atlantis from port. We visited the Atlantis while in port and we were only able to get into the lobby and casino part of the resort. We were unable to get into the areas where the pools were located. What we did see was amazing and we decided to go back.
We loved the Atlantis and will definately go back. There is something for everyone. We went as a couple and had a great time. Others were there as a family with kids and from those we spoke with, they loved it as well.
I agree with most of the positive comments previosly noted about the resort. We had a great experience. Instead of being reduntant, I thought I would summarize the room and food plan we had which you may want to consider in planning your trip to the resort.
The first decision you need to make is to determine which tower you want to stay in. There is the Beach Tower, the Coral Towers and Royal Towers. The Royal Towers are used in the Atlantis advertising brochures and are the newest towers. For this reason many people stay in these towers. However, these towers are also the most expensive on the resort and the rooms are not advertised to be any larger than rooms in the other towers. The Coral Towers are located in the center of the resort and the Beach Tower is located out at the end of the resort close to the beach.
We opted for the Coral Tower Terrace View room because of the more central location to all the pools, beach, shopping, resturants and casino. The resort is huge and overall there is more walking to and from the Beach and Royal Towers to most other resort ammenities. This was one of the reasons we choose this tower.
Additionally, drawing from our cruising experience we new we were not the type of people that would spend much time in our room. Therefore, since this was one of the cheaper rooms available we booked a terrace room in the Coral Towers.
Our room itself was very nice, but not spectacular. We were given a first floor room which was very nice since we didn't have to wait for an elevator the entire trip. What was awsome was our patio. It sat about 3 feet away from the shark lagoon. Early in the morning and late in the day, my wife and I would sit on the porch, mesmerized by the fish and sharks right at our backdoor. It was truly something we looked forward to each day we were at the resort and an unexpected surprise.
Lastly, we notice while we were at the resort that most people with kids, not all, seemed to stay in the Beach Towers. This was not much of a consideration to us and it may or may not to be a consideration to you. Alot of the kids activities I believe were located toward the Beach Tower.
Next you will need to decide if you want a food plan and, if so which plan, american or gourmet. The food at the resort and on the Island is extremenly expensive. If price is important, I recommend you choose one of the plans. Both are by far cheaper than going independent if you plan to eat at the resort. We opted for the Gourmet plan. The food was excellent. Our favorite for dinner was the Bahamian Club. We also ate dinner at Villa d' Este, Fathoms and Courtyard Terrace. Each restuarant had a different menu and overall the food and service at each was excellent.
We ate breakfast at Murray's Deli, Cafe at the Great Hall of Water and Water's Edge. All were good as well.
Lastly, lunch or midafternoon snacks can be bought near any of the pools or at a number of places inside the resort. We generally ate a big breakfast late morning, brought our own snacks, and ate dinner since this was all covered under the food plan. Lunch is not covered under either plan and is expensive at the resort.
As I said, there is something for everyone. We enjoyed our time at the Atlantis and our choices for room type and food. I hope the above is helpful to you in planning your trip to the Atlantis.
A great resort,but could improve...
I visited Atlantis in Feb.2002 and stayed at the Royal Towers(Most $$). Although I loved the beauty of the resort, the rooms were not exceptionally fancy for the $$ per nights stay. Also, people can be heard above you, water running more than the average upscale hotel. I wanted to have a massage also and within the 4 days I was there no appointments were available(even 4 a manicure!!) A hint-I was told to book your spa treatments immediately when making your travel plans months before. Same for the upscale restaurants-we were lucky because they accomodated us because we said it was our anniversary. I found the staff to be friendly and professional. The casino was great with a disco inside,free drinks,and achance to dressup there because they have a dress code. I plan on visiting again and recommend it highly.
Atlantis Paradise Island is great!
My husband, 11 year old daughter and I just returned yesterday from a 5 night package at Atlantis Paradise Island. The resort is incredible, absolutely breathtaking with so many things to see and activity choices. We stayed at the oldest Beach Tower and the room was acceptable. They did have maintenance problems with the elevator and door keys that would not always work. There were numerous restaurant choices and we found the buffets to be the best value and quality. Avoid Murrays Deli (terrible service) and the "gourmet" restaurant Dune (a big farce, pseudo chic... although a beautiful setting at the near by Beach Club.) Get up early to save a beach chair with umbrella, and you're set. All things considered we had a wonderful time and will return.
Best vacation ever!
Paradise. Best vacation ever, and have been to many resorts and islands. Rooms beautiful, immaculate. Breathtaking views. Coral towers waterview was wonderful, could see entire resort, pools, beach, ocean. Something for all ages, lots of families and children, but couples too. So many pools and slides and fun things to do. You have to see it to believe it! Can't even describe it all, it is awesome! Restaurants all delicious food. We had gourmet meal plan, well worth it. Got into all restaurants without waiting. Everyone very friendly and couldn't do enough for us, even though tip is added to all checks already, that did not affect the excellent service. Our family ranged from 4yrs. old to 78 and all had a great time. If you can't have fun here then you can't have fun anywhere.
Will definitely go back again, can't wait to go back! Beach is relaxing, quiet, crystal clear waters. Some pools are quiet and others are lively with island bands. So, you can have whatever atmosphere you are looking for. I could go on forever. To sum up...6stars, awesome!
I wouldn't go there again of they paid me!
I wouldn't waste my money on this resort again if they paid me!!!
My husband and I went to this resort last summer with another couple for a summer vacation. We had stayed at the sister resort in South Africa so we anticipated another wonderful stay at a SunCity Destination. Unfortunately we found the staff extremely rude and lazy. The whole resort was overpriced. We spend another $1500 in 7 days just on the basic food and beverage. The casino is tight and after 7 days of straight gambling, my husband got nothing comped. Pools were so crowded, someone in your party had to be down there at 9am just to get a lounge chair. This place is not worth the money!!!
Atlantis Paradise Island Royal Towers
Had an amazing time at this beautiful chic resort. Restaruants were amazing, pools and beaches beautiful. Really enjoyed the water slides, Marine life and The Dig which is a vision of the legendary city of Atlantis would look like if it is found. I highly recommend this resort
Atlantis Resort paradise island, bahammas
This was the most fantastic place we have ever been. Everything was beautiful. The water slides throught the sharks was fun, the beach was really nice. The restraunts were all delicious. We have traveled all over the world, and this was the best place we have ever stayed. Highly!! recommended
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