Just got back from Atlantis, had a relatively relaxing vacation. I won't get into the overpriced food- you'll read that everywhere. I'll just relate my experience. First things first. It's not like the website or brochures depictions of nothing but hot models walking around or body building universe winners, the majority of people there are overweight, average appearing people, and quite a bit of families, so don't freak out too much about getting the perfect beach body. Maybe that's just because it's off season. Must brings- Suntan lotion, aqua shoes, and an eco fused 100% waterproof iPhone bag ( three dollars on amazon- it really works had 2 iPhones took pics everywhere even underwater). Arrived at the cove for a 6 day stay with deluxe ocean view. The first room they put me in overlooked the water park, after a quick complaint that the view wasn't my idea of an ocean view, they moved me to one over looking paradise beach, with cascades pool proximally. If you want truly an ocean suite, sapphire suites seem to have the best views. They give you a cove beach bag. Two flatscreen tv's. One of which would turn off the second you turned it on. Coffee maker in room. Brought a bottle of scotch from duty free shop which worked well. Internet's 20/day but you can pay cash at the front desk. They hold $1,000 on your credit card for incidentals. They gave us a night time rewards card and we used it for 2 daiquiris which was supposed to be free but was billed $30 upon check out, which they removed after I pointed it out. The carpet was frayed and stained. The safe battery was low and locked me out. The cove has the potential for being romantic but families stay here too( read as kids crying). It is rather a far walk to the main area of coral towers so families are better off staying there (closer to water park further from beach). Harborside resort is far.Water park is awesome. Market place buffet was $50/pp and perhaps the worst tasting buffet in the world with the smallest selection. Go to dunkin donuts right outside atlantis $4.99 for drink/chips/ham and cheese sandwich. Shark bites has reasonable prices too( recommend conch fritter $6.50, also chicken sand combo $10)- Water taxi to town appeared shady but turned out fun and safe. Did stop at roadside fruit stand for bananas and the biggest avocados you've ever seen, and water too ( $9 at atlantis, $2 in town) (will do complete evaluations of places I ate, must do- arawak cay restaurant strip), Jet ski's- be prepared for "Hey buddy, you ready to ride the jet ski, almost free" not associated with hotels and rather annoying. As for attitudes due to automatic 15% gratuity in atlantis...I found nothing but friendly respectful staff that greeted us every where we went, went out of their way to run for a towel, get more coffee. There was hardly lines for the water parks even with the three cruise ships that came and left daily. Casino has $10 dollar craps tables which I did well on. Slots were paying out- not as tight as everyone says, though does seem to be related to time of day playing. Drinks are free while gambling if you can find someone working there- order two, they take awhile. Nighttime theres not much to do with majority being at coral towers(casino/Clubs/food) and marina village ( beach/pools close at 6pm though its bahama time so they don't kick you out till 7ish). It's is a dark walk from the cove to coral towers but you feel rather safe walking it, there is a "free" shuttle that will take you btwn hotels if you want to wait for it. The cove also has an exclusive pool which was rather nice. Beach was beautiful and the only sharks I saw were the one's in the aquariums. Overall I give the cove slightly above average due to the amount of time spent dealing with the front desk, the condition of the room (the bathrooms are beautiful though), the constant automatic turning off of the TV despite techs coming to fix it. Getting locked out of my safe due to low battery, the smell of fresh manure surrounding the cove. Service and the water park, beach access, and atmosphere get an A.
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