This was our second visit to Atlantis. Went last year, same week. Have two boys -- 7 and 4. With Atlantis, you have to level-set your expectations. First, they don't care that you are a return visitor so don't expect them to. When we were checking in and the person started telling us about the resort we mentioned that we were there last year and she said "oh, ok." Not even a welcome back. This IS NOT the Four Seasons. They won't know your name and don't care who you are, so just don't expect them to. The rooms in the Reef are like a nice Westin. They are mostly clean, but showing their age. This year we were on the 16th floor with a view of the Ocean. Very nice view. I would not stay on the harbor side. You look at a parking lot. Looking at the cruise ships is nice, but you can see them come and go on the ocean side. Last year we had a one bedroom suite. This year we had a studio suite. The studio suite was fine. Unless you need the extra room and the kitchen, I would not pay the money for the one bedroom.
The best thing about the Reef continues to be the Starbucks. The service is awful, but the coffee is good. The lines get long around 8:30. Go at 7 when it opens. The prices are roughly the same as here in Boston.
Atlantis is expensive. Just expect it going in. They charge 15% on everything (including Starbucks). There are lots of reviews on TA complaining about the price of everything, but to be perfectly honest, that's what you get at Carribean resorts.
Do not under any circumstances do the meal plan. It is a complete waste of money. Mosaic is awful. The food is terrible. The breakfast is fine, but we don't and won't eat like that every day. For a family of four with adult beverages dinner was $220. SO NOT WORTH IT.
For dinners this year here's what we did (all with adult drinks):
Murray's Deli -- very fun and good food. $100 for family
Dune at Ocean Club (went last year too) -- Absolutely AMAZING. One of best restaurants we have been to around the world. $330 for 2 people with drinks and wine. Don't bring kids.
Carmines -- fun and good food. $100 for family
Nobu -- $200 for 2 people. It's fine. Not the quality of Nobu in New York.
Johnny Rockets -- very fun and good food. $80 for family
Mesa Grill -- $230 for family. We brought the kids. They loved it. It's good. Not New York good, but good enough for a nice night out.
Mosaic -- $220 for family. Awful. I mean really really bad. Food is terrible.
Mosaic breakfast -- $110 for family. Fine. We did it once. Kids loved it. The donuts are actually from Dunkin Donuts. Kids liked that, but for that price...really?
For breakfast for kids we had bagels or something from Starbucks and brought 2 boxes of cereal from home and had it in our room. Just get milk at Starbucks or the small store in Reef. We had lunch poolside every day. It was between $35 and $70 a day depending on who was hungry. The restaurant (Cascades) by the Reef pool is much better than the other poolside restaruants (Beach Bites). We had adult drinks by the pool in the afternoon. I think each was $11 (and each bill comes with the 15% gratuity).
Each day we spent most of the day at the Baths pool which is on the other side of the Cove and closer to the lazy river and slides, etc. We then retreated to the Reef/Cove pool that only people staying at the Reef and Cove can use. The pool and beach are nicer than the others.
The lazy river is fun. My 7 year old went in a single tube the whole week and was fine. There is also a slide that they love around by Splashers, which is also really fun for the younger kids. My kids love it. Note that to do the bigger slides you have to be 48 inches. My 7 year old is 48 inches in the United States, but apparently only about 45 inches in The Bahamas. None of their measuring sticks are accurate. One had him at 45 inches and another at 47 inches. To be safe, you probably need to be about 50 inches+ to pass the Atlantis height test.
Atlantis is showing its age. The pool restrooms are pretty bad. The one by the Baths pool was closed the ENTIRE week so we had to walk to the one by Splashers. It's not a short walk. The pools seem pretty clean and kept well.
The Baths pool now has cabanas. It didn't last year and NO ONE told us they were there even though we booked our trip in October 2012. They were sold out for the week even though most were empty most of the day. I think they are $200 a day. We would have done it had we known. They have 2 lounge chairs, a couch, a refrigerator and cover. Seem nice.
All in all, with Atlantis you just need to set your expectations ahead of time. Yes, it's expensive. No, they don't care that you have been there before. The place is 20 years old and showing it. It's far to walk anywhere. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from Reef to the Marina where most of the restaurants are. There is a shuttle, but we didn't use it. We actually didn't mind the walk, but people do complain about it. It's definitely a fun week and the kids love it, but I think we are going to try some place else next year. Note that there is a new resort called Baha Mar opening in 2014 that will give Atantis a run for its money.
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