We left our kids with grandparents and jetted away to the Atlantis resort Oct 4- Oct 7th.
We were supposed to stay in the Beach tower, but got upgraded to the Coral Towers, Lagoon Wing.
The property is huge, but the walks are not cumbersome as there is ton of stuff to do and look at on the way. The beach tower is situated away from where all the fun is, but the rest of the resort is placed more clustered together. You can walk along the beach, or along the acquariums or take the cool path through all towers and casinos.
Check In was fast. BE AWARE, they take $150/day pre-authorization for resort charges you will incur (and you will incur!... but about that later).
Our room (7204) in Coral tower was good size, quiet and clean. The remote only changed channels forwards, but it did not bother us 1 bit. Pretty much all rooms have the same level of cleaniness and size, so no need to fret and pick/choose the room. The view is amazing regardless of where you are.
Resort has 3 beaches - Atlantis, Cove and Paradise. Atlantis beach seems to have public access and there are droves of people offering jet skis, t-shirts and a lot of other stuff for rent and sale... and they will wake you up to offer whatever it is they are selling. These people have nothing to do with resort and resort is not in power to kick them out, of which they warn you many times before you get to the beach. The beach itself is amazing... turquoise waters, soft white sand... simply amazing experience. Cove and Paradise beaches are technically for The Reef and the Cove residents, but we went to the Cove beach 2 days and noone said anything. There are no vendors on these beaches and they are generallt quieter with fewer people. If you dont mind the walk from Beach/Coral towers, I would definetely recommend going there instead.
ENTERTAINMENT. Atlantis has an awesome waterpark with about 8 rides and a couple smaller ones for kids. It has a rapids river and lazy river (we went on rapids river several times and we liked it a lot). Most of the rides run through the shark tank, which is an awesome experience. The park is good for kids and adults alike. BE AWARE. most of the adult rides have a minimum 48 inch height restrictions and the staff are sticklers for the rules!!! if you child is 1/4 of an inch shorter, they will not pass. In addition to the water park, Atlantis has a glass tunnel through the acquarium called the Predator Tunnel (recommend going during the day as it is hard to see in the dark and the plexiglass is full with fingerprints). There are 11 pools and there is also The Dig, which is a big acquarium with a huge tank in the middle with tons of fish. You can go snorkeling in it at a price of $105/hour. Ther is the Dolphinarium (different fees for different programs) and The Casino, which consists of mostly slots, blackjack and poker tables. Slots go as low as 25 cents and Blackjack minimal bets go as low as $5 and as high as $50. There is also a huge Kids center with tons of stuff to do... its really cool with games/shows/activities/parties (almost everything is extra $$$) and I sometimes wished I was a kid when I walked by it)
FOOD/Drinks: The food and drinks here are EXPENSIVE... our average breakfast was (for 2 people) - $25, lunch - $40/$45 and late dinner - $50//$75. Speed of service is very slow (island speed they call it), so if you are there for weekend only, try to get food to go and eat on the beach/by the pool instead so not to waste time. There is a grocery/liquor store nearby, so if you dont mind eating self made sandwiches sometimes, you can save some money that way. There are a couple of cheaper pizza/hot dog places ($8/large slice or $7.50/burger), some people eat only pizza the whole trip. If you are in a large group, i would recommend Virgil's. They offer large size meals to share between 3/4 people or you can ask for lunch size for 2. Comes out a bit cheaper. Drinks are $9,50 for poolside cocktails and $7-$8 for beer. There are also several high end dinner restaurants. We went to Nobu and it was awesome (albeit over $100 for two + drinks).
Most of resort is cashless. You pay with your room key. So when they ask youf for $150/day pre-auth, they know what they are talking about as you will end up spending in that ballpark.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE:
Exorbitant prices for food/drinks/entertainment and The fact that while they have anything and everything that you can imagine BUT nothing is included in the hotel price (apart from waterpark access, which is $135/per person for outside visitors). Want to ride watercycle, sure... $40/30 mins, want to snorkel.. sure.. $10/hour... want to work out in their state of the art gym... sure.. $15/per day (I HATED THIS ONE... THEY SIT ON AN EMPTY GYM AND STILL DEMAND MONEY FOR ENTRANCE)... minibar is.... very minisize.. and its one of those new fancy sensor equipped minibars.. DO NOT REMOVE ANYTHING AS IT GETS CHARGED TO YOUR ROOM and then you have to go and make sure it is removed)... want somewhere to put your groceries... sure.. $50/per day fridge rental and the list goes on and on and on.... there are so many petty little charges...THIS HOTEL IS A MONEY SUCKING PIT. Do NOT come here if you are on a BUDGET... you will either blow through it or will NOT enjoy the experience...
I would recommend this resort for couples and families with kids between ages 4-13. WHO ARE PREPARED TO SPEND EXTRA on top of what they paid for flight/hotel.
P.S. DO GO into town. We went on Sunday night to the local hangout spot called Fish Fry... enjoyed local food at Frankie Bananas (have some conch items from menu) and drank local drink called Sky Juice. They had a practice run for the Junkanoo Festival.. so that was a bonus.. overall, very safe and friendly and local (there were only few tourists there). Try to get the same taxi driver to take you home. Bahamas is a very relaxed and safe place and we will definetely come back.
- 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