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Atlantis

anchorage,ak
posts: 45
Atlantis

Thinking about going, any opinions on where to stay? 2 adults, 2 kids (10 & 12) any tips? It sounds expensive, but is it compared to other places. Appreciate any info. Read the place was shabby and food pricey, is that true?

Dallas, TX
posts: 1
reviews: 3
1. Re: Atlantis

I went to the Atlantis in September 2003. I think Aug to Nov is the off season (hurricane risk). So we got cheaper prices on our rooms. We stayed in the tower, the rooms there were not outdated, they were pretty nice. Not sure what the rooms on the other part of the hotel are like. I really didn't think that any of it was "shabby". Some of the restaurants are REALLY expensive but some are reasonable.

The hotel is somewhat expensive all around but your entire family will be awed by the grandeur of the hotel and the amazing aquariums etc... that are throughout the property. Also, your kids will absolutely love all the awesome water activities.

here and there
Destination Expert
for Bahamas, New Providence Island, Paradise Island
posts: 8,416
reviews: 35
2. Re: Atlantis

I'd have to agree that Atlantis it the place to go with kids.. at least once. The Beach Tower is the oldest tower, and will remind you of an older Holiday Inn or HoJo's. The Coral Tower is a little more updated and centrally located. It's an older renovated property. The Royal Towers is the only tower created by Atlantis, therefore, it's the only one that is rather new. I hear the Beach Towers have larger rooms... for the price.

As for expense.. yes.. they are expensive, but there are certainly ways to get around it.

Bring along snaks, granola bars, juice boxes, individual cereal boxes etc.. to stretch the budget, and keep from having to walk around the grounds to find a snak.

Go OUTSIDE the Atlantis to find meal alternatives. On Paradise Island, the News Cafe and Zio Gigi at Hurrican Hole Plaza are terrific for light meals and pizza. Anthony's Grill - across the street, has a terrific menu at half the price.

Take the ferry to Nassau for lunch at Conch Fritters or head to the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay for authentic bahamian food.

Getting back and forth to nassau is a breeze.. don't be afraid to venture out.

Here's some links to help you find some great places to eat at a reasonable price.

http://www.bahamasgo.com/conchfritters.htm

http://www.bahamasgo.com/newscafe.htm

http://www.bahamasgo.com/ziogigis.htm

http://www.bahamasgo.com/twinbrothers.htm

http://www.bahamasgo.com/senorfrogs.htm

http://www.bahamasgo.com/greenparrot.htm

anchorage,ak
posts: 45
3. Re: Atlantis

Thanks for all your help and suggestions. All the negative reviews make one wonder if their time and money is being wasted. I'm glad 2 of you cleared that up for me. Any other opinions (good or bad) would be greatly appreciated.

New York
posts: 399
reviews: 2
4. Re: Atlantis

The Atlantis is a must for the kiddies...at least once! The hotel and grounds and not to mention the beach are all very beautiful. Although the Atlantis is pretty pricey for the rooms, your best bet would be the Beach Towers...a little cheaper than the other areas of the resort. It is the oldest part of the hotel, but it is very nice and clean. I wouldnt compare it to a HoJos or Holiday Inn, but everyone has different taste. I have stayed there 3 times already and have reservations to go back in June '05. You can also opt to stay across the street at the Comfort Suites...you get full access to all the Atlantis amenities for about $100+ less per night. I went last June and the weather was gorgeous...very hot...but you have a million pools to choose from and the beautiful crystal clear blue water in the ocean. The place is almost magical, it rained ONCE while we were there for 9 days and that was at about 7am the day we were leaving but it only rained for about 10 minutes and then the skies broke and from our balcony we got the awesome view of a double rainbow. It was an awesome ending to an awesome vacation!

New York
posts: 399
reviews: 2
5. Re: Atlantis

I also have some pics of the Atlantis from June 2004 if interested...let me know and I will email them to you.

anchorage,ak
posts: 45
6. Re: Atlantis

Thank you all for your replies. I am interested in any pics you have. My email address is:mrn@medscape.com. Did you stay at the Comfort Suites or the Beach Tower? It looks as though the Comfort Suites come with a small kitchen, is this true? Can the kids walk around the property (Atlantis) safely alone? Can we walk to the town or do we have to have a rental car or cab?I read that most people were going to the grocery store and buying their own snacks and bottled water, is this necessary? Any comments or experiences you have are appreciated.

New York
posts: 399
reviews: 2
7. Re: Atlantis

mrn...I will send those pics to you tonight, they are on my home computer. I have stayed at the Atlantis Beach Towers in the past...however, due to the cost of their rooms and my wedding in October 05 I just booked my fiance and I for 5 nights in June for a lil get away at Comfort Suites. I am comfortable with this because when we were at the Atlantis in June 04 we walked right past the Comfort Suite, which is literally across the street from the Atlantis Beach Towers, and it looked well maintained and fully booked. The rates are anywhere from $75 to $100 LESS per night. The rooms at Comfort do have 'mini' kitchens...a fridge which is definately helpful, as the beach towers did not, so leftover meals were hard to keep, waste of $. I'd say the kids could walk around safely but the resort is so large they may (and probably will) get lost (depends on their ages). There are LOTS of windy paths going through the resort so it could get tricky. Personally, if I had children, I wouldn't feel 100% with them wandering off. As far as the grocery store...I would get some snacks to keep in your room. I'll put it to you like this...we bought a bag of chips at one of the Atlantis gift shops...and paid $8 for a bag that costs about $2 here in New York. The Atlantis is very expensive for food, we had burgers by the beach for lunch (still cost just about $15-20 for 2 of us) and we ate at the bar/restaurant in the Casino...and even that which was simple pasta dishes, burgers, sandwiches...still cost us about $50-60 for 2. Its not cheap but the resort is beautiful and the beach is amazing...white powdery sand and the clearest blue water I've seen. In late summer/early fall 05 there is a whole new section of the Atlantis to be opened across from Comfort Suites...it will have more restaurants, shops, etc. There are also a couple of little places on the same block. All the tourist shopping/markets are across the bridge...I would take a cab, or if you end up staying at the Atlantis, I believe they may have shuttle service but i'm not positive on that one. I hope this helps, and I will get the pics to you.

anchorage,ak
posts: 45
8. Re: Atlantis

Colt2005,your info was extremely helpful. We are looking at Fall 2005. Is this a good time of year? We don't really require "hot" temperatures, around 70-80 degrees will be just fine. Did you do other activities around the island or is Atlantis enough to keep busy? Also, I'm looking at staying for a week, is that too long? I noticed most people who wrote reviews said they did a weekend trip or 4-5 days and thought that there must be a reason for such a short vacation. But, then again, you all don't have to go as far as we do. Your opinion is appreciated.

New York
posts: 399
reviews: 2
9. Re: Atlantis

In the Fall...I would go late October at the earliest...wouldn't want to get caught up in hurrican weather. The weather should be beautiful at that time. Ive been there in February before and the weather was gorgeous. This past June we stayed for 7 nights...for us, it wasn't long enough. We are going this June for 5 nights, but thats only because our schedules couldnt permit any more than that unfortunatly!! The Atlantis can keep you busy...multiple pools, the beach and the water slides and stuff for the kids. There's plenty to do. We did go off on 2 excursions while we were there in June. We did the Dolphin encounters which consisted of taking a 5min walk from the Atlantis to the marina near the Paradise Island bridge...a boat takes you about a half hour out to a little island where the dolphins are, you interact with them, swim with them etc...these are unbelievable animals and I enjoyed it very much. Its about a 4 hour excursion. We also went on a snorkeling excursion. Again, from the Atlantis you get on a shuttle bus to go OVER the bridge this time to a marina on the other side, jump on a boat and it takes you out to another little island about 30min out...the beach and water is beautiful, they had lots of water activites...tubes to just float, kayaks, paddle boats. You will snorkel out in a reef there, they provide lunch, which wasn't too bad, the had volleyball which was fun because a lot of people got involved, and then you head back. I would definately do an excursion or 2, they average about 4 hours each, so its not a whole day but worth it. I think they cost us $60 per person. We weren't too interested in the whole downtown shopping thing, so I cant offer much info there, but the bus that took us from the airport to the resort drove thru all the key areas of Nassau, so you will be able to tell whether or not you want to visit downtown. I will send you the pictures, hopefully tonight or tomorrow.

anchorage,ak
posts: 45
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A few more questions...did you book your dolphin and snorkeling excursion through Atlantis or is that something you did on your own? Did you bring your own gear? Do you have to book it in advance, as I imagine that is popular? Thanks for all the tips as I have no idea what to expect. Did you bring U.S. dollars or use the Bahama dollar? I know they will probably take both and can convert it, but what is the best choice? Thanks again, you've been really helpful.