My wife and I just returned from a one week stay at Harborside Resort @ Atlantis.
from May 7 to May 14. We had a great time,and would highly recommend it.
Arrived early Sunday morning,went straight through customs (no lines) and then headed
over to the car rental counter.
We had decided beforehand that instead of taking a taxi to the resort ($28) we would
get a one day car rental instead ($70) and spend the day exploring the island and doing
a bit of shopping in downtown Nassau (duty free) and then visit a supermarket before
checking in at Harborside around 3.00 p.m.
We would recommend the City Market in the Harbour Bay Plaza on East Bay St. (near the
Paradise Island *exit* bridge)
As we are SPG members, we knew what to expect from our one bedroom premium
villa, with all the amenities included, and we were not dissappointed !! we got a great
room and our balcony overlooked the Marina & Altantis (building one)
All the staff at Harborside (& Atlantis) were friendly and helpful,and when we had a
couple of things that needed fixing ,(smoke detector & shower head) someone took care
of the problem immedietly!!
The following day we continued our tour,driving over to look at the Ocean Club Golf Course
and looking at some of the luxury homes, then we returned the car rental in downtown
This was our favorite place to relax in the sun (with a couple of drinks) huge heated
pool,plenty of chairs, plus its only available to harborside guests,so it probably never
gets that crowded.
Having read a lot of the reviews, we had already decided to skip the GDP and some of
the overpriced $$$$ resturants, instead we fixed most of our own breakfasts and
lunches in our villa,and then for dinner,selected from the (many) resturants to choose
from in Atlantis/ Paradise Island & downtown Nassau.
We explored the entire resort (get a map from the lobby) and we loved all the lagoons
and marine exhibits, stingrays and sharks and fish everywhere !!
The security is very tight, you have to show your room card to get to the pools,and they
issue different colored wrist bands to guests each day. (you also don't need to carry any
cash,you can use your room card instead,at all the resturants/bars/shops etc on the
property... be warned though!! it will show up on your statement when you check out !!
so keep a record of your expenses !!!)
Its a mystery to me, why some other reviewers had such a problem getting pool chairs,
The place is huge !! so many pools/lagoons/beaches to choose from..maybe it gets
crowded at spring breaks/holidays,but during our week, it wasn't a problem at all !!!
One day we decided to go on all the water slides/lazy river etc, got a couple of chairs
next to the pool (at 10.30 a.m.) and then walked over to the slides,and had a great time,
no lines or crowds,and plenty of chairs available lol!!
We took the ferry over to the Straw Market ($3 each + $1 for the *tour gude* lol!!)
Did some more shopping/bartering for the best price for *gifts* and then went to dinner
at Senor Frogs (great party atmosphere, food $$, but nothing special)
The *Downtown* area is geared towards the Cruise Ships,all the shops close
at 6.00 p.m. and the *festive* atmosphere seems to drop down a couple of notches once
they return to there ship.
Instead of taking a Taxi back to our resort, ($8 for 2 people) we decided to take one of the
*Jitney* buses instead, ($1 each) the locals were very helpful,directing us to the right bus,
and when we got on board,there was a tv/vcr playing showing old re-runs of *Stanford &
Son* lol!!.. the bus drops you off next to the Paradise Island *entrance* bridge,then its a
10 minute walk back to the resort.
We enjoyed walking from Harborside around the Yacht Marina to the Marina Village and/
or Atlantis Casino, (you can also take the free shuttle service from Harborside to Atlantis,
if you dont feel like walking the short distance.)
One night as we were walking back from the Casino, there was this spectacular
fireworks display (10.00 p.m.) which we sat and watched next to this huge Yacht.
We checked with the lobby to see if this happens every night,and they told us it was
usually for a special occassion/end of a business convention.
The Marnia Village is very nice,lots of shops,resturants,ice cream,starbucks etc. to
choose from. There is also a very entertaining/colorful musical parade each night that
we enjoyed, and there were a lot of the locals enjoying the festivities also!!
There are a lot of resturants to choose from in Atlantis/Paradise Island/Nassau, the
following is what we would recommend :
Blue Lagoon, Anthonys Caribbean Grill ,(use coupon) Bimni Road, Carmines, Johnny
Rockets (for lunch) Double Dragon Chinese ( delivery to room)
As has been mentioned,everything is expensive with 15% tip included,but we enjoyed
all our meals and usually added a couple of $ to the tip in the resturants (dont add a tip
on the bar tab though!!)
Having read all the reveiws, this day trip was well worth it!! beautiful Island,feeding
Iguanas,stingrays and sharks!! scuba or relaxing on the beach,all inclusive with a
nice lunch and all the Kalik you can drink !! and getting there and back is half the fun!!
You can pick up maps/dining guides/activities from the Airport or Hotel Lobby (save the
We left early Sunday and took a Taxi back to the Airport ($27 +$3 tip) expecting long
lines we breezed through Bahamas & U.S. Customs/Security in about 45 minutes lol!!
The only long line was at the terminal cafe waiting for a cup of coffee !!
Note : Still allow yourself plenty of time though!!
The departure terminal is a bit chaotic!! all the departing Airlines seem to be crammed
together,and it fills up fast with passangers. also they didn't put up our flight #.until
about 30 minutes before departure..but we still left on time!!
We had a great time at Harborside/Atlantis and don't have any complaints !! maybe it was
our lucky week !!!....wait i take that back, we didn't have much luck in the Casino lol!!
- 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
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