We stayed at the Cove October 17th to 21st. It was our second time staying at this hotel and our third visit to Atlantis in the past 4 years (we stayed at the Reef on our last visit). This was a great time of year to go to the resort. We had great weather overall--one day of rain--and the hotel was only about half occupied so it was not crowed on the beach or at the pools. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The hotel was nice although definitely had suffered some wear and tear since our initial visit four years ago. But it is beautifully landscaped and has a relaxed, almost spa-like feel in the lobby and walk ways. Our only real complaint was the shower in our room. It would take ten minutes to warm up and then was scalding hot and we were unable to adjust the temperature. The water in the tub was also scalding hot. We had a deluxe ocean front room. It was really nice with lots of space and enough room for me, my husband and our 4 year old. The room was spotless and the housekeepers asked us every day if we needed anything. The bathroom was spacious with lots of towels and nice toiletries. Our room faced the Mayan Temple (water slides). I like the side of the hotel facing the Reef better as it is quieter and will request that next time.
Meal plan: We purchased the Cove/Reef meal plan at $125 per adult per day, with our 4 yr old eating free. It was absolutely not worth it. The food at Altantis is really overpriced but we lost hundreds of dollars by purchasing the meal plan. The breakfast buffet at Mosiac is really good and I think it is $28/adult and $16/child. We also tried the dinner buffet there one night and it was really good as well and I think it cost $58/adult and $20 child. One night we ate at the Great Waters Cafe (the restaurant overlooking part of the aquarium). It had been closed for several months and just reopened. It took more that 3 hours to get all of our meal and we took our dessert to go. The food was fine and the waitress was nice but there was no excuse for the delay. People were leaving after waiting more than an hour for their appetizer. Every time we started the leave the waitress would come and tell us it would just be a few more minutes. Anyway, price wise, it was between $25 and $50 per adult for an appetizer, soft drink and entree. We did eat at the Mesa Grill, which is just a really cool restaurant. The food is good and the decor is fun. That was the only day we broke even on the meal plan. Also ate at Carmines which is really good but everything is served family style so the portions are for 4 or 5 people and there is no need for everyone to order their own appetizer, entree and dessert per the meal plan. It is just an amazing amount of food that goes to waste. On our past visits, we have gotten a little bit better price on the meal plan and eaten at some of the more expensive restaurants and we just didn't do that this time (probably because our 4 yr old would not have been up for that every night). But the meal plan does not include taxes or the automatic 15% service charge, so you will still have some significant charges even with the plan. I would recommend that you look at the restaurants ahead of time and decide where and what you might want to eat before you purchase the meal plan. We will not be purchasing it next time.
Activities: We did the sea lion interaction this time and all 3 of us loved it. The sea lion was really well trained and there was more one on one interaction that with the dolphin encounter.
Don't forget to pack lots of sunscreen. We only packed 2 bottles and they were gone the by the second day. It is $27 dollars a bottle at the resort. And pack your own beach toys for the kids if you can--they are also crazy expensive.
We had a really nice trip. At least part of the airport was new and it was very well organized. On our return trip, we were able to clear US Customs and even though the security and customs lines were long, the process went very quickly. I don't remember being able to clear customs last time we visited but I could definitely just have forgotten. We checked in, cleared security and customs and found our gate in less than 30 minutes. It made the trip back home way more enjoyable since we didn't have to claim our luggage in Atlanta and wait in those endless lines. We will definitely return to Atlantis and stay at the Cove or Reef again. We really like both hotels. This time we choose the Cove since we only had our 4 year old with us and the space layout worked fine for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dynamic and stylish. Sophisticated and sensual. A place where scene meets scenery and urban chic meets white-sand nature. Inspired by the beauty of its surroundings, The Cove Atlantis, Autograph Collection thrives on the rhythm of the day. While our Atlantis hotel's exclusive ultra-pool and beach club create a seamless day to night scene, our Bahamas paradise's spectacular ocean views and balmy open-air architecture embrace nature’s most compelling elements creating a seductive and indulgent experience. Stay with us and enjoy a perfect location steps from pristine beaches and gorgeous Paradise Island lagoons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Cove Atlantis Hotel Paradise Island
- Cove Atlantis Paradise Island
- Atlantis Cove
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