Our trip is based around a conference held at Atlantis in early December. This is a big deal trip, plus I generally don't like to be surprised by anything regarding vacations. Which means the planning really does have to start now so we're ready to book when the time is correct. Which I'm thinking will be mid to late August.
Delta has first/business seats right now for $970 RT. PDX > ATL > NAS. $920 is a bargain as economy is $670. These tickets can only go up, correct? I've read so much about waiting to buy international airfare until just about three months ahead of the trip. But this price is AMAZING as far as I can tell.
Harborside Villas: Is it really Fri-Fri booking only? familyfunatlantis.com appeared to be this way. We are going to be on the island from 4 December until the 12th and I think I would prefer Harborside. Atlantis doesn't seem great overall, except for The Reef because they have a kitchenette, the same as Comfort Suites. Breakfast at a restaurant is generally a waste as we eat small meals in the mornings.
Atlantis restaurant reservations: Should we really make them months in advance? Murray's, Carmine's, Atlas, etc.
How busy is the resort in early December? We're just curious.
Is the kitchenette in The Reef suite adequate? We're hoping to prepare scrambled eggs, toast, basic breakfast food. Is the supplied mini-fridge empty upon arrival? I had read one post that it was not and any moving of the contents would result in a charge. Maybe I was confused by the post. As a result, the traveler didn't have enough room to chill water, soda, etc. I'm okay bringing a soft side cooler and keeping it stocked with ice for eight days. Mostly... ;)
Beaches: Are there umbrellas and lounges available for rent? Do I need to get down there early in the day to hold them during a December visit?
Cigarette smoking: I'm asthmatic and any smoke effects me, so I need to avoid that as much as possible. Will I be able to avoid the smoke most of the time at the pools and beach? What about restaurants?
Is there a way to check if any cruise ships will be stopping while we're there, or is it something to just expect?
Thanks in advance if you can answer any of these questions.