It’s waaaaay too expensive! Honestly- the prices were outta control high, to the point where it made things unenjoyable. I recently returned from a week long trip to Atlantis (perhaps that was the problem, going for an entire week!) We were fortunate enough to stay at a friends timeshare in The Reef and got a semi-discounted rate- although it still cost us an arm and a leg! I went with my mother (who is in her 50’s) and myself (I’m in my late 20’s).
We took a cab from the airport to the hotel which took about 30-40 mins and cost a flat rate of $35. Please note- there is traffic surprisingly in Nassau because they are doing a lot of construction. Once we arrived at the hotel, we checked in and immediately made our restaurant reservations. I would suggest making reservations before you arrive if you can because we almost didn’t get one at Mesa (I will talk about this restaurant later). Because we were a “property” owner, we got free wi-fi and other free amenities including free access to the Cove adult’s only pool and the waterslides etc. I looked it up on the website and apparently wi-fi is something ridiculous like $19.95/day- dear hotels everywhere- wi-fi should be free in this day & age!
The room itself was very nice and spacious. There was even a stove, dishwasher, sink, dishes etc. The bathroom was also large but I found there wasn’t too much privacy (what is it with Caribbean islands and open concept washrooms?) Some things that I found annoying about the accommodations were simple things like there not being enough hooks in the washroom to hang towels- there literally was one hook and half of the towels ended up on the floor. Also, every time you left the Reef property or entered you had to show your room key or have a wristband (which you had to replace on a daily basis) I don’t want to have to do this- it’s annoying. I also don’t like having to wait in a large line-up to get beach towels in the morning- there should be separate lines for people who want to do water adventures and those who just want a wristband or towels. Also- when checking in, we were never advised that there was a shuttle that visits each part of Atlantis- that would have been helpful to know considering the walk from the Reef to the Marina is a solid 20 mins. The grounds are huge and confusing to get around.
The beach was wonderful as was the ocean- what wasn’t wonderful was the fact that not all chairs have the covers to shade you from the sun and getting one was hard. I also didn’t like “getting in trouble” for moving my beach chair away from the masses. Finally, if you are looking for an adults-only/no kids day at the beach, you won’t get it. I literally had kids looking under my beach lounge for sea shells… On a positive note, I got wi-fi on the beach!
The Cove is absolutely stunning- if you can afford to stay in this resort you should do it! The adult’s only pool reminded me of the Vegas pool parties- it was fun!! It had an amazing DJ, strong alcoholic drinks (expensive!), servers, day beds in the middle of the pool etc. The busiest day was obviously Saturday. I would always arrive early at this pool but honestly it doesn’t get busy until the afternoon. Here’s a tip- if you want a lounge chair with an umbrella and they are all taken, just ask them to bring you one and they will.
The Royal Towers house one of the aquariums and the casino etc. We usually headed over there at night. The Marina also housed more affordable eating options and at night was pretty packed. Also, you get to see all the crazy big yaughts!
The food- where should I start. We are not big eaters and Atlantis did not really cater to people who don’t eat a lot or who aren’t in a family of 4-6. For breakfast, my mom would usually have a Starbucks and I brought my own granola bars from home. For lunch we would usually get something by the Cove pool or on the beach. Lunch for one person at the Cove was at least $20, add a pina colada and it took you to $34 plus a 15% gratuity. PS- they add a 15% tip to EVERYTHING even if you don’t have a waiter or waitress. If you want water, I suggest you stalk up at the convenience store by the Marina or at the airport before you come- I am serious, water was like $4 a bottle. Some other ridiculous prices include $28 for sun block, $8 for a large bag of Lays potato chips, $3.50 for a can of club soda. The first dinner we had I believe was at the pizza place and for 2 slices of pizza and one coke it came to $20. The next night we tried the buffet in the Cove not even knowing the price. Our bill came and for 2 adults with one glass of wine and tip it came to $150! (I included a photo) That is insane. That being said, the majority of the food and booze we drank was phenomenal. At least you are getting (somewhat) what you paid for. One night we ordered a cheese and meat platter at the bar in the Cove hotel, the Sea Glass- it was $30… and when we asked for extra bread, they brought us toasted Wonder bread- I am not joking. One night we just felt like pasta so we went to Carmine’s. While the food was tasty, this place is family style, meaning that they don’t offer portions smaller than for 4-6 people. We ordered a salad and penne and meatballs which we barely made a dent in. We took it to go and I had it for lunch the next day but honestly it was like 5 pounds of leftovers- what a waste. We also went to Murray’s one day later in the week and we begged to get something off of the kid’s menu- nope. So we ordered a grilled cheese which wasn’t that good. Another place to avoid is Virgil’s BBQ- I had high expectations for this place! We ordered the cole slaw and ribs. The ribs looked pink so we sent them back and they came back pink and dry. We sent them back again and just settled on eating the cole slaw. Also- we ordered a pitcher of Sangria and it was awful. We didn’t even finish it.
Places you SHOULD try for dinner are Mesa- at least the meal was worth the high price tag and the Bahamian Club- steaks were phenomenal. I also have to say that the service at the Atlantis in general was top-notch…honestly. And since you had to pay a gratuity, people weren’t hounding you like they do on other islands.
A few final things- I took American cash with me and ended up just charging everything to the room (sometimes there wasn’t even an option to pay cash). The only thing I used cash for were the taxis and in town. That being said, just wait until you get your final bill- my jaw dropped- $1700 for 2 people, food and booze only for 1 week. That is nuts. This also included a ridiculous $70 a day hotel tax on top of what you have already paid for the hotel.
Would I return to this hotel? Honestly, it was a once in an (expensive) lifetime trip and no I will not be returning.
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