I have always wanted to stay at Atlantis and finally got the chance to a couple of weeks ago. My husband and I planned a trip that consisted of 5 nights at the Sheraton and 2 nights at Atlantis. This was a SUPER budget trip for us. We were able to pay for the Sheraton with points, but I watched deals like a hawk for the Atlantis portion of the trip. With how expensive it is, I didn't want to blow our budget with just two nights. With that said, I scored a deal and got an "island view room" at the Beach Towers.
Since we only had two nights, we wanted to make every second count at the Atlantis. We left the Sheraton at 10:30 am and arrived at the Coral Towers (where to check in for the Beach Towers) at approximately 11:00 am. One look at the check in desk and I groaned. There were TONS of people. It was almost culture shock since we had just spent 5 glorious relaxing days at the Sheraton with zero crowds. However, I was very impressed with how quickly the line moved. Since we were there 4 hours before official check in times, I wasn't expecting a room to be ready. I just wanted to find out where the "transit area" was, so that we could store our bags and change into our swimsuits so we could play. However, to my surprise a room was not only ready, but it was a water view as well. We were very impressed with the view. It was heaven.
The bed in the room was so comfortable. Even with a very painful sunburn I was able to sleep comfortably. The room did have a funky smell that beach properties tend to have, but I would forget about it and not notice it pretty quickly. I've stayed in a small budget motel in Hawaii and a private beach front condo in St. Thomas and they have all had that funky smell. No biggie.
The resort is amazing and almost overwhelming. There is just soooooo much to see and do. We could have walked around the resort for days just gazing at the fish, sharks, turtles, rays, etc. My husband got a real kick out of the rope bridge that was over the lagoon that housed the hammerhead sharks.
The first day we were there, we just pool hopped. I really wanted to go to the grotto pool because of how cool it looked on the website. It was definitely neat, but soooo crowded as it seemed to be more in the center of the action. We had a blast on the Current and went around on the loop of that several times. Hands down my favorite pool was the River Pool. Not nearly as crowded as the other pools and was connected to the Lazy River. I could have stayed in this pool all day everyday. The second day we pool hopped some more and went down the Serpent Slide. It was SO fun. I wasn't too fond of the last little bit when you're going through tunnels surrounded by sharks, but it was still fun.
The food at the cafes around the resort is decent enough. It's expensive, like we expected, but not as expensive as I thought it would be. Having already been in the Bahamas for 5 days by the time we got to Atlantis, we had eaten at Fish Fry almost every day and were craving something other than fish. The pizza at the small cafes hit the spot. It seemed outrageous to be spending $10 for a drink, 1 slice of pizza, and fries....but when you consider you're in the Bahamas and the slice of pizza is HUGE, it almost seems like a budget meal.
For the fine dining, we ate at Mesa Grill once. I'm a huge fan of Bobby Flay, so this was a must for me. Loved it! The view from the restaurant is so beautiful, as is The Reef (or is it the Cove...can't remember) where Mesa Grill is located. The other night we ate at a steak restaurant in the Marina. I don't know if it was because I loved Mesa Grill so much, but this place just seemed so so and was actually more expensive than Mesa Grill.
The Marina is SUCH a fun place to be at night. The music, people, steel drum players, all just create the most wonderful ambiance. My husband and I were in awe of the yachts docked at the marina. Holy money batman. Truly amazing.
Overall, our experience was great and we really don't have any complaints. Sure, there were hiccups along the way, but we are pretty laid back/casual travelers. We're the type that would be as thrilled to be camping on a beach than we would sleeping in the Ritz. Basically, we're not picky.
A tip to get around quicker...If you are staying at the Beach Towers and want to get to the heart of the water park quickly, walk along the walkway by the beach. SO much quicker than navigating your way through the park.
If we were to go back, just the two of us, we'd definitely stay at the Sheraton. It's just more us...low key/laid back. However, if we went back with family/friends, we'd be open to staying at Atlantis again. There is really something for everyone there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With the beauty of the pristine white Paradise Island beach just steps away, the Atlantis, Beach Tower, Autograph Collection delivers a true Caribbean feel in a laid-back environment. Guestrooms at our resort hotel in the Bahamas have one king bed or two queen beds, full balconies with water or terrace views. Beach Tower is perfect for young families and budget conscious travelers, and is closest to the beach, many marine exhibits, the Lazy River, Seagrapes Restaurant, Earth & Fire Pottery Studio, Gamer's Reef arcade, River Pool, Atlantis Theatre and the Conference Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atlantis Resort Bahamas
- Beach Hotel At Atlantis
- Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas
- Beach Hotel Paradise Island
- Atlantis Hotel Paradise Island
- Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Tower
- Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel
- Atlantis Island Resort
- Atlantis Royal Tower
- Atlantis, Beach Tower, Autograph Collection Bahamas/Paradise Island