We are visiting Atlantis for the second time the last week of Oct. (first visit was 2008) Last time we stayed at Royal Towers and had a Regal Suite (separate bedroom with pull out couch for kids in living area). We are considering the Reef this time as the cost is similar for a studio room although we would prefer a one bedroom. We like the idea of a kitchen and private/quiet pool/beach area.
However we wonder about compromising proximity to the waterpark/restaurants. Our kids are pretty independent and I like the idea of allowing them some freedom to head out to the pools/park ahead of us. How far is the Reef from the main attractions? Would it be realistic to allow them to walk there on their own from the Reef. At the Royal Towers attractions seem right outside the door. Is the ocean view/private beach at the Reef as advantageous as it sounds?
Also, will there be much cruise traffic at that time of year? Last time we went in late September I don't remember it being as busy as I have read in other reviews. Thanks so much!!!