Atlantis is an amazing huge resort type hotel.
It has many activities to offer for all ages and all costs. It is not all inclusive although you have the option to purchase the food plan. It is a very well run hotel with lots of activities to keep you busy.
There is tons of staff throughout the resort to help you. Unfortunately, we had poor customer service from the pool boys and the pool food staff. They were very unfriendly, slow and showed no interest to provide any service. Other than that, the staff were exceptional in all areas especially at our checkin.
Atlantis is divided into towers – Beach, Coral, Royal, Reef and Cove.
We contacted Cheryl Fox to pick us up in her taxi van. She charged $40 including the bridge toll and can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She was prompt and efficient in responding to our emails and provided great service. Her taxi van is a bigger van with lots of room for families and luggage. She also offers day excursions – www.cherylbahamastaxiandtours.com.
We booked the harbourside villas via www.vrbo.com. The rates were much cheaper than booking it via the Atlantis website. We paid $1895 inclusive of taxes. Booking a room at the Beach Tower worked out to be $300 a night…harbourside worked out cheaper for us for 7 nights. Plus we had access to a full kitchen and spacious one bedroom villa. All passes into atlantis and taxes were all included. We had housekeeping once during the week.
It was a convenient 10-15 minute walk to beach towers. We occasionally took the complimentary shuttle to the towers but preferred the walk over. We got our wristbands from the harbourside pool area. There was never any lineups. You only need to get your wristbands once at the beginning of your stay unless it happens to come off.
There is two computers set-up in the harbourside lobby for internet usage. Free 15 minutes per 24 hours per room is allowed. Otherwise, internet and Wi-Fi are charged for a fee.
The Atlanta newsletter was published every morning which highlighted all the activities for the day. This would help us plan for the day. We did many free activities which the kids enjoyed very much:
• Cartoon Network Cartoon viewing on the beach (got free sunglasses and beach balls)
• Free movies throughout the day at the Atlantis Theatre
• Cartoon Network Obstacle Course (believe cartoon network activities were only their for the summer)
There are many pools at Atlantis. There are DJ’s playing pumping music at many of the pools. We mostly hung around the Royal and Bath Colonnade Pool.
The water rides are amazing. All the slides are sensational (my family tells me). Although, I don’t do rides – my favorite was the Rapid River Tube Ride. It’s a better version of the lazy river. A must for all ages!!
The drinks are food are very reasonable. After reading some of the reviews, I was very hesitant and we packed non perishables to bring with us. Combo’s by the pool include Burger, Chips and drink for $10.00 plus 15% gratuity. Beers were $6.50. Daiquiris were $9.00. Virgin daiquiris (banana, mango, strawberry, pina colada) which my kids loved were $6.50 each.
All the casual eateries at Atlantis were all very reasonable and the food was delicious.
Marina Shopping Village is connected with the Atlantis and has many restaurants to eat at. Marina Pizzeria was delicious. Medium 12” pizzas were $21.00 and large 18” were $32.00. There is also quiznos, dunkin’ donuts, johnny rockets, starbucks and other high end eateries.
There is another shopping village which is owned by the locals called Paradise Shopping village. There is a convenience store, banks, clothes store, and Anthony’s Grill. The service and food were not up to par. However, if you do want to go and try it – go during happy hour which is from 4-6 or 9-10:30 everyday. Wine and beer is $4.00 and appetizers (nachos, wings, conch fritters, calamari) are all in the $5-$6 range. Spend the extra and eat at one of the Atlantis properties…its not too much extra if not the same!
We had brought cereal and only needed milk. We bought milk form the Paradise village from the convenience store for $5.50 for ½ gallon. This was the same price from Murray’s Deli in Marina Village. Beer was $3.50 per bottle and wine $10-$15 at the convenience store. The grocery store in town (Super Value) sold milk $3.50.
We walked to downtown one day. The walk was approximately 3.4 km. We were exhausted by the heat by the end of the walk. We enjoyed subway (foot long sub $8.50...prices comparable), McDonalds and drinks at senor frogs. We took the ferry back at $4.00 each. We just paid the ferry guy to skip any service charges hotels charge.
We also walked over the non-toll bridge hunting for a closer Subway (1.3km walk). We did find it but has changed its name to Bahama Subs. $5.00 for footlong subs…similar promotions of subways and exactly the same subs as subway. There is also dominoes and dairy queen in the same complex (Harbour Shopping Complex). If you go over the non toll bridge, turn immediate left and keep walking down pass Esso and Texaco. You will see starbucks and will find the other eateries in the same complex.
On the way back, we tried Twin Brothers which is one of the shacks under the toll bridge. Had daiquiris there…sizes ranged from small to extra large - $3.00/$4.00/$5.00/$6.00 add $2.00 for alcohol for any size. Didn’t have a chance to try the food but was very busy with tourists. Menu offered $6.00 hamburgers, lots of seafood options.
My kids visited Crush nightclub one evening. They went during the tween hours from 4-8pm as they were under 13. It was a $25.00 cover charge unless you have the kids fun pass. Lots of video games, internet usage and dancing.
My kids enjoyed the Magic Show one night at the Jokers Wild. It was $15.00 for 12 and over and $10.00 for under 12. The show runs one hour. They also bought a CD at the end of the show of the magic tricks for $20.00.
We went to the comedy club one night and that was a blast. It was $20 each for a 90 minute show. You can order drinks – no food offered.
I attached a sample of the daily activities at atlantis and sample pool lunch bill.
All in all - amazing trip and memorable trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the natural wonders of warm Caribbean breezes, blue crystalline waters and sparkling white-sand beaches, Harborside Resort offers Atlantis guests a vacation filled with beauty, relaxation and excitement. Situated just across the marina from Atlantis, you have access to a wealth of private amenities combined with the home-away-from-home extras that only a spacious, private villa can offer. The Harborside Resort is just steps from a harbor front restaurant and pool area, a children's pool with fountains, a fitness facility and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atlantis - Harborside Hotel Paradise Island
- Harborside Resort Paradise Island
- Harborside Hotel Paradise Island
- Harborside Resort Atlantis
- Harborside Resort At Atlantis
- Atlantis - Harborside Resort Bahamas/Paradise Island