We stayed at the Reef Atlantis as a bit of a treat to ourselves for 5 days, as part of a 4 week holiday. We chose the Reef as was one of two luxury style accommodation options (the other being The Cove) which also offered kitchenette facilities.
The Reef was amazing - we booked a room overlooking the ocean. It had a balcony too, and we also had a view of the pools accessible to only Cove and Reef guests. Room was large - big bathroom, bedroom and lounge room area (plus the balcony). It was great to have a small fridge separate to the mini bar. The kitchenette had a small cooktop, microwave, cutlery, crockery, glassware, a dishwasher (plus powder), frypan and cooking utensils. On the second floor there is also a free self service laundry - bring your own laundry powder which you can buy from the shops at the resort. Note - down near the Marina Village there is a Scotia Bank. Behind the Bank (ie not part of the Atlantis property) is a very small shopping centre which has a large convenience store where you can buy food to store/cook in your room.
While the Reef is towards the back of the property, we were happy to be away from the 'family' atmosphere of the other accommodation options. Reef and Cove have a completely different feel which was exactly what we were looking for on this holiday.
Staff by the pool at the base of the Reef were good - always walking around between the lounges offering cocktails and lunch menus. A small band also plays during the day whereas the other pools have DJ music playing all day.
Go to an area called Fish Fry while you are there - about 10-15mins from the hotel in a taxi, costs about $16 and has local Bahamian Food. We went there twice - to Frankie Gone Bananas and Twin Brothers. I remember Frankie Gone Bananas has a meal with a 12oz lobster tail + 2 sides for about $25! The restaurant selection at Atlantis is excellent - caters for all tastes but is pricey.
You can get internet access via the Library in Coral Towers (the other side of the 200 acre property) for free - 15 mins/day/person.
Access to Aquaventure is free for hotel guests. Great fun! But can be quite busy with cruise ship guests who come daily. We saw about 4 ships per day docked at the main marina. You can rent lockers of varying sizes at Aquaventure - small is $7.
Highly recommend an activity at Dolphin Cay - we chose the Sea Lion experience and this was a highlight of our trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on Paradise Beach, guests of The Reef Atlantis enjoy miles of white sand and ocean in their backyard with all the wonder and excitement of Atlantis on their front doorstep. The Reef features studios, one and two bedroom suites that offer all the conveniences of home with a full kitchen or kitchen area complete with linens, cookware, table settings, refrigerator and private balconies with water views. Guests of The Reef enjoy a semi-private pool, shared only with The Cove Atlantis and a Starbucks lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Reef Atlantis Hotel Paradise Island
- Reef Atlantis Paradise Island
- The Reef Atlantis Bahamas/Paradise Island