As it was a 25th anniversary trip, they sent us up a beautiful plate of delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne. Very nice touch.
Dolphin Cay was good.
Cafe at the Great Hall of Waters was good.
Nobu was good.
Cafe Martinique was excellent.
Arrived with our dinner reservations made in advance, as per the directions on the website. When we showed up on arrival they gave us the message that our Saturday restaurant would be closed on Saturday! Couldn't notify us beforehand? All their restaurants book up early, had to do some scrambling to find one to replace it.
Expensive room; when we walked in, toilet was running, nuts on floor, one bathrobe and slippers missing (there were hangers for two), some amenities were also missing. We flushed the toilet, problem fixed. Technician shows up at the door an hour later, said we called for service. We never did! He insisted a guest from this room called, so we eventually figured out that our room was first given to someone else, who did something to the toilet, called for service, took a few things, and left. Front desk didn't bother to have problem fixed or to check to see if room was clean and stocked before reassigning it to us!
We asked for housekeeping for just one day of our four day visit. We were out of tissues, running low on toilet paper, needed some towels replaced. Housekeeping came when we were out, made bed, took towels and didn't leave fresh ones, still no tissues, didn't leave toilet paper, nuts were still on floor (therefore no vacuuming) and room gratuity included in price. (Still gave a tip when we called housekeeping for towels, toilet paper and tissues!)
Workout facilities: equipment a little rusty, some machines not working, not much ventilation in room, disinfectant dispenser empty, classes cancelled because not enough people (though they didn't adjust the $15 per person per day charge for the fitness facility where they advertised classes would be included with the price!).
Spa services: Arrived at 11:10 for an 11:30 appointment, was taken (already in my robe) into room at 11:30, then aesthetician disappears for 15 minutes! Came back, spent 45 minutes doing my facial, and then led me out - but I'd paid for one of the most expensive 60 minutes facials! I complained, they did nothing except give me an extra pass for the fitness centre. Oh - 15% gratuity automatically added to the price here.
Waterpark - decided to try The Current rapid river ride. Warnings said beware if pregnant, if you have neck, back, or other problems, said glasses need to be strapped to head, remove hats, etc. Keep your arms and legs in, your bum not too low, etc. Got in and . . . nothing. Barely moved. We paddled, tried to get some momentum. Rapids were more like a good jacuzzi than a rapid. Every 20 feet we'd pass another snoozing lifeguard - eventually asked one of them if there was something wrong with the ride? They said no, they just turn down the waves because the resort is not busy. What the ???? Didn't turn down the price! Didn't turn down the gratuities! Didn't warn us that rides would be 'turned down' in the advertisements before our trip!
Murray's Deli - good food, huge portions. Went there for lunch the first day, went back another day to split a sandwich, but had to wait a few minutes for seating. Then noticed, right in front of the restaurant reception desk - a big pool of vomit. VOMIT! So we sat, kept jumping up to warn people not to step in it, but the staff did nothing. Eventually they threw a sheet of newspaper over it, but still didn't clean up this smelly, revolting mess. Then we thought - what the heck are we doing? Who wants to eat food that produced that mess! And why isn't anyone cleaning it up (could it be because gratuities are included in price? No incentive??). So we went to Ben & Jerry's for an ice cream instead.
Miscellaneous: Here's a problem that should have been fixed ten years ago: the standing maps positioned throughout the resort. We looked at one to check where we were going on the first day. The map showed us where we were (marked 'You are here') and, for example, the Cove was to the left of the map, the marina and fitness facilities to the right of the map. As I am standing on one side looking at this map, my husband went on the other side of the map since they had one on both sides, so you could look at it coming from either side of the sidewalk. So we were standing like mirror images on opposite sides of the map, but his side showed the EXACT same map on the reverse side of the board! So what he saw from his 'You are here' marker was that the Cove was to HIS left, and the marina and fitness facilities to HIS right! Anyone checking the map from his side of the sidewalk would have been given the wrong directions and instructed to go precisely opposite to where they wanted to go! And we noticed this same problem on EVERY one of the posted maps!!
Around the basketball court steps there were holes where, apparently, there were once lights. However, the lights had been removed, and in some cases the holes were covered with pieces of wood. In many cases, though, the holes were not covered. Were these live wires? How safe can that be?
Shuttle buses - well, good luck. If they say it will arrive "in four minutes" or "in eight minutes", get a newspaper and make yourself comfortable. Might be half an hour.
We hope the dolphins and other marine life at Atlantis are being looked after better than the rest of the facilities!