We just returned from a 5 day trip to Bahamas. Stayed at Coral Towers on the Atlantis Resort. Managed to book a sweet deal that included kids eating free (all meals) and our adult breakfasts were comp'd as well. The 4th night was also free. We were warned about the high prices of food at Atlantis but were surprised at the options that can accommodate most families of all income levels. Here's a breakdown of what we had experienced...
FOOD: as mentioned, we got in with a great deal. if not, the buffet breakfasts for 2 adults and 2 kids (under age 12) would have been $85 each morning at the buffets (Seagrapes/Marketplace). There is affordable options at Platos, Starbucks. and the lounge in Coral towers if you want to pick up something light. Seagrapes is located in the Beach Towers and was very good. We went to Carmine's for dinner in the Marina Village (family style italian - each platter would feed a family of 4 easily) and only ordered a plate of pasta ($45) and some baked clams ($13). It was enough! Also went to Bimini Road also in Marina Village and had fried conch and a salad (kids got their meals free hot dogs/hamburger kid food but normal size portions) but there was plenty to share again enough salad and conch for a family of 4. Most of the lunch times we ate pool side. I was surprised to see how affordable that was. Combos were averaging $8 (include a hamburger or hot dog or wrap or chicken sandwich and came with a bag of Lay's chips and a soft drink). The most expensive meal was at NOBU $250...but we knew that it was going to be that a we've been to other Nobu's. We saw lots of people eating pizza. Our last nite we went to the MOSAIC buffet at The Cove. This was really great! Sushi, seared tuna/salmon, churassco grilled meats, indian food, chinese stir fry, and a dessert table that was wonderful. This ran about $60 per adult and about half for kids (again, included in our deal). Note that there is a 15% gratuity already included in your bill. And with that came really great and attentive service everywhere we went. Didn't feel that "soon come" mentality of other caribbean vacations.
THE ROOM: Coral Towers is away from the hub of activity that is located at the Royal Towers but it was fine. The room was clean and spacious. We were on the 8th floor with full ocean view. It was great. The cleaning staff was friendly and efficient. The room is a little dated but not as old as the Beach Tower apparently. You really are just there to sleep. Just note that if you book a terrace room...you will be looking at a roof. There is complimentary internet usage 15 minutes per room each day located in the library of the Coral Towers. We didn't use it.
THE POOL: The one that is immediately situated at the Coral Towers was the BLU Pool. It seems to be quite new with new lounge chairs and a wicked DJ spinning music daily from 11 to 6 pm. He's really great! I would take him home if my hubby let me! lol This pool isn't as busy as the other pool..almost a hidden gem. Note that each day you receive a new wristband that identifies you as being able to access everything at the resort. Also you will not be charged for towels despite what people have said. We got out to the pool area each morning at around 9:30 am and were able to get decent spots at this particular pool. by lunchtime most of the chairs are taken. Hardly any cruisers come to this pool. The lifeguards are very attentive and there are many...everywhere. They take this seriously.
THE CRUISERS: Each day the big cruise ships dump of zillions of people at the resort. The first couple of days it was ok...after a while you start getting annoyed at the number of people that are everywhere...again they tend to congregate around the Royal Towers where all the hub of the water activities are. We were quite content staying at our cool pool and the kids with hubby went over the the slides and stuff.
THE PROPERTY IS HUGE: be warned that there is tons to see and do here. the kids loved it and didn't want to leave. With two lazy rivers, kids area, slides and the DIG you won't be disappointed.
THE CASINO: yes, your kids can walk through it..but can't stop as enticing it may be for them. Great casino! Atlantis does have the Vegas feel to it...but for families.
EXTRA ACTIVITIES: we were a day late from seeing a live concert with Justin Derulo and Jordyn Sparks. Next week Jimmy Fallon will be there. Just like a mini Vegas there is great entertainment. Also, a movie theatre there that plays movies starting at 10:30 am for the kiddies. We didn't use the kids club but we heard it was great. Our kids were quite happy doing the water activities and hanging by the pool.
OVERALL this a great trip for a family. If you're a couple I'd be more inclined to stay at The Cove or The Reef -both are beautiful. Just be aware of the options of food there. It can be expensive but we found it to be reasonable. The people who work here were very welcoming and friendly. Everyone had a smile and were very attentive. I recall the DJ at one point saying "we are here to make sure you enjoy your vacation that you've earned". Nicely done. But like Vegas...5 days was enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Coral Towers at Atlantis are centrally located and offer contemporary, relaxed accommodations within a tropically casual atmosphere. Guestrooms have one king or two queen beds with sitting areas and full balconies with water or terrace views. Coral Towers is just steps away from marine exhibits, a seven-acre snorkeling lagoon, BLU Pool, water slides, the Crystal Court Shops, Marina Village, the casino and several casual and gourmet dining options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atlantis - Coral Towers Hotel Paradise Island
- Atlantis Coral Hotel
- Atlantis Coral Resort
- Atlantis Coral Towers, Autograph Collection Bahamas/Paradise Island