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We left the Berry's at 7:30 this morning. The weather wasn't great- 20 knot winds on the nose with 4-7 foot seas. While it was a rough passage with Maya and Mommy not feeling great, it ended with a big surprise for the kids. They had no idea we were rocking and rolling into Paradise Island with a berth reserved at the Atlantis Resort & Marina! ...
... had attacked, back to Sensations Dining Hall for another 3 course meal.
Each dinner was accompanied by photo's taken at the table and mid-meal entertainment by the waitstaff. This evening we were offered to purchase shots of Lemonchello. Ohhh it was difficult to swallow for some, but we got to keep the shot glasses! lol. With dinner over, we signed the younger kids back into kids club and the older kids...well I can't exactly tell you what they did but they met with ...
... line companies - had placed some boat parts and cannons about, in Disney-like fashion, to make it appear as though those who visit the area are exploring something special. There are lots of nice fish here, but it's hard to not think 'amusement park' during your entire visit. If you're ever to climb aboard a Caribbean cruise-ship try and avoid the ones that go to Caycoco.
... stop in the port but once again, we managed a quick vist to Señor Frogs to cap the day off. Nov 15 The weather had become very hot and sticky so we were all looking forward to our stop at Grand Turk. We didn't dock until nearly 10am and everyone said it was like a Myer's sale day to try and get a chair near the pool at Margaritaville so a few of us slept near the gangplank, ready to push and barge our way off the boat (just joking) but we were ready, waiting ...
... walk on the very white sandy beach. We decided we would go the famous Atlantis Hotel to see if anything has changed since we were there last. Along the way, all the yachts were docked in the specialty area that provided room service to their boat. We walked around and dreamed which one would be ours in the future. Ok maybe which one we would be working on in the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAtlantis - Harborside Resort Paradise Island
The hotel was not as clean or well maintained as it could be. However my family and I enjoyed our visit.
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Having the Time of My Life @ Harborside
My parents own a TimeShare @ this resort area. I have to say that i've been on MANY vacations, but nothing comes close to this!!! Staying @ the haborside resort is the most relaxing thing that I have ever done.
The staff is soooo great!!!! Anytime you need something, they are always there on the spot. I come back every year with my family, and I have to say it is the one thing that I look forward to all year long!!!
Excellent vacation with toddlers
Best Vacation w/toddlers
EXCELLENT!!!We just got back from our stay at Harborside Aug 10-16. We
stayed in a 2 bedroom lock-off unit w/my brother-in-law, so we had 5
children combined under 4 years old and had the best vacation that
parents could have with toddlers (but, we also brought along my 15 yr
old sister-in-law to act as babysitter while we went on snorkel trips,
special dinners and trips to casino. We still had the children most of
The rooms were very nicely decorated and felt "just like home" according to my husband. Maybe it's just me but I prefer that "not at home" feel. We went to the waterslides almost every day where there is a great place for the toddler crowd. In the evenings we went to the kiddie pool at Harborside and also loved watching the kids have a blast. It was very gratifying to watch the children play with an everlasting smile plastered on their faces. My two very active sons were in heaven. (You know being a parent that it's a given when you go on vacation w/small children that it's still work). My husband and I took turns at the bigger waterslides and loved the leap of faith and the the tunnel slide w/tubes where you can look at the sharks swim by.
I recommend bringing food and drinks w/you in order to save money. I
brough frozen steaks, frozen milk, frozen chicken breasts, rice, water,
juice boxes, yogurt, bagels, cheese, etc. I also bought groceries
through the order service because I needed more bread for sandwiches
and also forgot the lunchmeat. Don't go overboard because a big part of
enjoying a vacation is going out to eat. Plan a few meals in and a few
meals out. I totally recommend Water's Edge Seafood Buffet ($44pp-tax &
tip included). It's so worth the money. We also ordered Domino's pizza
delivery one night. $20 for 2 pizzas, cheesy bread and 2 drinks. Good
For lunch one day go to the Cave grill for the family hamburger combo
for $22. 4 hamburgers, 2 large frys and 4 drinks.
Go on a dinner cruise for a romantic night alone w/hubby. We chose
Voyager cruises on a Viking ship ($120). Nice cruise and really good
food but I think I'd prefer something a little faster paced like a
catamaran cruise. (no kids w/us)
We took a day trip to Rose Island w/Sea Island Adventures ($54pp,$27
for kids-10% discount because I booked ahead). It was wonderful with a
great big lunch and snorkeling gear, kayaks, hammocks, yummy punch to
drink all day. We saw so many fish. I took a mental picture of the
water's color on this day. Great for the small children.
We also went w/Stuart Cove's snorkeling trip ($35pp-$5 discount for
booking in advance) for half-day. Very enjoyable and a must-do and a
great operation. Great snorkel gear-no need to bring your own. 3 stops
which included one where you swam w/sharks. I was first one out and got
totally scared and started swimming back to the boat when the guide
said to relax as the sharks gravitated towards the bait box that was
down below. No small children on this day.
I forgot to mention that the Atlantis resort is almost like Seaworld
built in to the hotel. It has great aquariums and sea life indoors and
out. This was a great attraction for the kids, too.
A few things I regret not doing is going into town to look around but I
was told that there was no bargain on Atlantis logo items anyway. So, I
did spend $78 at the Atlantis shop and was so upset that my son left
his $16 shark on the plane (I went back to get it after everyone had
deboarded and it was gone; someone picked it up on the way out and took
it home w/them. I am still not over it.)
The other thing that I wished we would have done is walk to the "fish fry" under the Paradise Island bridge. The local fisherman have booths where they cook the fresh seafood to order. Very informal and a total local hangout I was told.
Also, I wish that we could have gone to Harbor Island where there is pink sand or maybe on the powerboats to the Exuma Island Cays where there is great snorkeling. Snorkeling was the highlight of my trip but then again we were paying for the Atlantis amenities. My kids loved every minute of Atlantis.
By the way, we were on an Explorer vacation we bought for $1500 from Starwood. We went to a timeshare presentation last year at Disneyworld but didn't buy so we were offered a return trip. We did end up buying a timeshare at Harborside because we had been thinking about it and their was no hard pressured sell like there was in Orlando. Their style is so totally different and so it made the decision to buy or not to buy so much easier. No problem if you decided not to buy. They even took us out to breakfast at The Point restaurant at Harborside. Very nice outdoor location on the water.
If you ya'll have any questions about Atlantis, I'd be glad to give you
any more insight that I may have to increase the enjoyment of your
precious vacation time. Just e-mail me.
First Stay of Many!
We just returned from a weeklong stay at the Harborside on August 2, 2003 and had a great time!! My wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary last year at the Atlantis (Coral Towers), where we spent our honeymoon at Merv Griffin's Paradise Island Resort and Casino. I wanted to look into a timeshare and this appeared to be the perfect opportunity. The Harborside staff were more than willing to offer us a viewing and we wound up purchasing a 2 bedroom premium villa.
This was the 1st time we stayed there and it was exactly as we imagined - we invited several family members and had a great time. As mentioned in one of the prior reviews, you have access to all of the beautiful scenery, attractions, events and Atlantis amenities and the shuttle buses run very regularly, however the Harborside permits you to escape from the crowds at the Atlantis facilities to the gigantic free form pool, Point bar and restaurant and plentiful canopy-equipped lounge chairs (which are at a high premium at the Atlantis pools and beach).
Despite our tempered expectations of the "guaranteed-gratuity" arrangement staff, we found every single staff member in both the Atlantis and the Harborside to be friendly, helpful and genuinely eager to assist in any way possible. It is worth noting that many locals in Nassau are not so willing to bend over for you just because you are sporting a flurescent Atlantis bracelet, so keep in mind that the rules of engagement in town are to treat people the way you would like to be treated - these people are not paid to serve you like at the resort. By exercising common courtesy, you will be treated fine.
We were able to enjoy several other excursions, including the dophin encounter, Flying Cloud snorkeling trip and wave runner rentals, all of which were well worth the price - you may be able to negotiate the wave runner and parasailing fees, especially toward the later afternoon.
Overall, the Atlantis is a great family place with tons to see and do and the Harborside Resort offers luxurious accomodations (fully furnished kitchen, jacuzzis, video game adapters for the kids)while permitting you to escape the inevitable crowds. If you are traveling with a group of people, the Harborside offers much more than ajoining rooms at the hotel. Looking forward to bringing the next group down next year!
Perfect family vacation
We took 4 teenagers (ages 15-19) to the Harborside Resort. I was not sure how they would like it, but they loved the whole week. I brought a suitcase (boxes not allowed) of food with us including pancake mix and syrup. I ordered some groceries on the Harborside grocery list (on their website) so when we arrived I had milk, water, butter, bread etc.. waiting for us in our condo. It was great. Saved alot of money on food this way. It was interesting that your room key acts as a charge card to your room bill. This was nice because you do not have to carry cash while at the Atlantis resort. Some of the things we really enjoyed on our trip was the fish and chips, and a drink called The Maimi Vice, you could purchase at the beach food stands. Also, My family went on a snorkeling trip with Stuarts Cove company. It was only 35.00 each which we thought was a deal. My son went Scuba diving with Bahamas Divers, and said it was a really nice experience. My favorite activity was a dinner cruise on an old viking ship. It was a sunset dinner cruise. We went by an old lighthouse, and danced aboard ship. The food was delicous too. I think it was called Viking Dinner Cruise, but it is the only one, guest serivces at Harbor side will know which one it was.
Another fun thing we did was walk over the bridge to a place called the shacks. This is where the locals sell their fish and vegtables. I had brought tortillas, so I bought fresh snapper from the locals and made fish tacos. The fish was just delicous. The slides at Atlantis are awesome, and the fish habitats are beautiful. Be sure to find the sea turtles, they were my favorite to watch and be sure to take a ride on the lazy river, it is really relaxing.
Best Family Vacation Ever
This by far was the best vaction ever. Expect to have a great time. We were a family of 6 with 2 adults, 4 children (one was an infant at 9 months). We stayed in a one bedroom premium villa and added a crib for $10. Although we could have added a roll-away bed for $25 we got away with the pull out sofa and placeing the two living room chairs end to end which made a great bed for our 7 year old. We must have saved more than $600 by packing a large suitcase full of non-parishable food and taking it with us. When we checked in we walked down to the Hurricane Hole Shopping Plaza where there is a food store at the far end to buy milk($3.15 1/2 gal), eggs($2) butter($1.85), bread(1.99 for local loaf of white- & $4 for imported wheat) and bottled water ($2 gal). Eating out can be VERY expensive. Dinners go for $40 (adults) and $20 for children over 4. Breakfasts and lunches are a little less but still very expensive. The one time we ate out we went to the deli below the casino, sat down and fed the entire family for $60 which already included the 15% tip. We had cereal / eggs or pancakes in the morning and packed PB&J sandwhiches and snacks for lunch. Most of the time we came back in the evening and ate in our room.
As soon as you check in ask for a "Fish & Chips" daily activity guide.
The Dig is free and at the bottom of the Coral Towers there is a navigators desk. Take the Atlantis guided tour..it is free to Harborside residents(Roxie was our guide and was super). We called water features and set up a private tour of the fish hospital. It was free and gave us a behind the sceens tour...Mario was great.
Jet skiing was fun. Go toward the end of the afternoon. They shutdown at 5:30 so if you go up to them at 4:30-4:45 you are more likley to cut a deal and may have more time to have fun.
For a unforgettable snorkling trip take the Stewart Cove's Dive. $40 adults $20 kids. (we found coupons in a tourist newspaper for $5 off the adult price so we saved another $10. It is a 45 min bus ride to the SW point of the main Island. They take you to three sites. The third was the best..they place some bottom feeders down and you can get in the water and observe 30-40 Carribeean Reef Sharks swinning on the bottom. When everyone is onboard you can see the sharks up close on the surface as the pull up the feeders. The workers are very professional and as friendly as can be.
To bargan and the local straw market - take the water taxi for $3. They drop you off one block from the straw market which is currently located adjacent to Senior Frogs (Mexican Resturant). Expect to be approached, but it is to be expected and at no time did it become overbearing (just be smart). All prices are nogatiable. Embrodered tie-dyed shirts marked for $20 each was bought for 3 for $8 ($24). Hair braiding at the beach can go as high as $120 for the full head but my wife got it done at the straw market for $48. You can get back for the same price the same way and if you miss the last boat or they do not come back for the last run because of a rain shower then you can take a taxi for $4 and you have not wasted $3 by buying a round trip ticket.
Acardia Garden & Zoo can be reached for $1 by taking the #10 bus. The admission is $12 for adults and $6 for kids (coupons also available in the paper if you look). Do not expect a zoo experience that you find in the states. Keep in mind of where you are and the addmission is probably their largest potion of funds to run the place. We went for the Flamingo show. They are the only group of "marching" flamingos known. Ok..maybe a bit of a tourist thing, but the children got a kick out of them and got some great pictures.
The local people are simply wonderful, friendly and will bent over backwards to help you. Simply show them the same kindness that they so easily display and do not ba an rude tourist and you will simply love these folks.
Save $15 per person cash to get on the flight back home.
What a great place to stay!!!
We stayed a whole week and enjoyed every minute of it atHarborside, Atlantis. When we arrived the first day, we went to a localmarket for grocery's called Solomons, by taxi. When we got back to put ourgrocery's up, the refrigerator had quite. Harborside had it replaced within30 minutes with a brand new one. Excellent service. The buses do run fromthe Atlantis to Harborside about every ten minutes but we enjoyed the walk.It's only about 1/2 mile walk and there are alot of shops & restaurantson the way with very good eating. It's also cheaper than the Atlantis. Theunits at Harborside truly have everything that you need. A full equippedkitchen, stereo unit, t.v.'s, and washer/dryer. They are very nicelydecorated and very clean. The maid service only comes once though, anyextra maid service will be charged to your room. So you have to wash yourtowels daily. The exercise room is also very nice with up to dateequipment. The pools are nice, along with the hot tub. The whole area isnicely kept up and very clean. We mainly spent our time at the Atlantis. Itmet every expectation and even more! Truly a fantastic place and veryfamily orientated. The beaches are incrediable there. Alot of famous peoplestay here also. We saw Britney Spears, and a few NBA Players there. Therestaurants are also amazing but very expensive. Dinner is of course moreexpensive. Be prepared to pay $30.00 to $50.00 per meal, per person atdinner time. For lunch, we ate at the beach towers alot, at the Cave Grill.They offer the cheapest hamburger combo's. You can get 4 hamburgers, 2fries, & 4 drinks for $22.00, which is a bargain at the Atlantis. Wehad a family of four. The lunch area's next to the temple slides & playarea's are newer and more costly. The hamburgers do not come in combo's andare $10.00 a plate. They do offer there assistance in planning excursionsbut we prepaid before we left home. You get a bigger discount that way. Wedid the full-day powerboat trip to Exuma. They hand feed sharks &stingray's. Also the all you can eat bar, & lunch is very, very good. Iwould highly recommend this tour to anyone. Also we did a half daysnorkeling trip Stuart's Cove. The trip to get there by bus was about anhour but once we got to the south side, they had boats waiting to take yousnorkeling. It's a very good, professional excursion establishment. Therewas a small group on each boat, not to crowded and you get alot ofassistance. They take to snorkeling to two different reefs and my favoritepart was the third and last stop. They let you swim over the reef sharks!There must of been 20 to 30 of them swimming around the bottom feeders.Once we swam over them, we got back on the boat and they brought thefeeders to the surface and hand feed them from the boat. Thye must hav been5 to 6 ft. long sharks. The most incrediable experience if you likeexcitement. The cost is very reasonable as well, paying only $35.00 perperson.Well, there's our trip in a nut shell. We would do it again andprobally will. We have been to Mexico, Hawaii and now the Bahamas, and ourchoice will be the Bahamas!
Fool Me Once...
Where do I start? Atlantis Restort is absolutely gorgeous, but with gorgeous prices to boot. Expect less than caring staff, large crowds with huge lines for everything including the poolside restrooms and less than stellar food. If I wanted to pay $40 dollars for an overcooked filet, I would have gone to Lonestar -- at least I wouldn't have to pay $15 for a salad there. If anyone is thinking about visiting Atlantis, just go to the website for the highlights. Save your money.
Absolutely wonderful accomodations
The Harborside Resort at the Atlantis in Paradise Island is a fantastic vacation. You get to choose from the solitude of the Harborside pool deck or the activity packed Atlantis pools and beaches. All Atlantis access and activities are included in the resort experience. Crystal blue water, world class snorkeling and fishing. The nicest place we've ever been !
Atlantis Harborside Resort
The Harborside Resort is adjacent to the main Atlantis property, just across the yacht harbor. It is a timeshare resort, but non-owners may rent as well. The spacious suites are beautifully decorated. The larger units have a full kitchen, full-size washer and dryer, a balcony and a huge master bedroom suite. The smaller units have a smaller kitchen, stacked washer/dryer, no balcony and a smaller master suite, but are still very nice. Both units have king-sized beds in the master and a sofabed in the family room. TV, VCR and stereo system are in each suite. You have full use of all Atlantis amenities. A shuttle leaves every few minutes for the 5 minute ride to Atlantis. You may also walk along the main road past the straw market, or (our favorite) walk along the yacht harbor and admire the amazing boats along the way.
Restaurants on Paradise Island, and especially at Atlantis, are quite expensive, so we brought a suitcase full of non-perishable food and bought a few items (milk, juice, lettuce) at the local grocery store. The kitchen in the unit is fully stocked with dishware and cookware. We saved a lot of money by feeding the kids cereal in the morning, ramen soup or mac & cheese in the afternoon. We also brought snack foods.
There is a nice play pool and kiddie area if you feel like taking a break from the huge-ness at Atlantis. There is a restaurant on the premises overlooking the water between Paradise Island and Nassau. It's expensive and we only bought croissants there a couple of times for breakfast. There are also a couple of shuffleboard courts.
The staff at Harborside tried very hard to make our stay enjoyable. They were very kind and helpful. We can't say that about most of the restaurant workers we came across. It seemed that since tip was included in the price, they didn't feel they needed to work to make our dining experience nice.
I can't say enough about our wonderful accommodations at Harborside. For the price, it's worth way more than what you get at the main Atlantis property and you still have access to all of the things that are great about Atlantis!