I'm one of those people who does research before staying/eating/visiting a place. I appreciate reviews on sites like this. I REALLY appreciate those reviewers that don't just say what they liked or didn't liked, but that give me the inside scoop or bits of advice to make my stay better. So, that's what I'm gonna do here. If you don't want the details, skip this review.
I recently returned from my first trip to Atlantis. There was a large group staying at The Cove for a wedding. The ages ranged from late 20's (the "kids") to mid 50's (the parents) to late 70's (the grandparent). From what I could tell, everyone had a great time and really enjoyed the Atlantis property.
Check-In: My husband handled the majority of this, but it seemed to go very smoothly. We shared a room (on the 7th floor with a view of the bay/main area of the water park) with another couple. The woman who checked us in issued two sets of room keys: one for us that was linked to our credit card, and one set for the other couple that was linked to their credit card. This was VERY helpful. I also requested a refrigerator for our room at this time. 10 minutes after we got to our room, it arrived. I highly recommend requesting one. More on that later...
Rooms: Our room was at the very end of the hall next to the Sapphire suite, so we didn't have many neighbors. The bathroom is HUGE, which was really nice. The room was clean. Could the furniture use updating? Sure. But, let's be honest. You aren't there to lounge on the sofa. Make nice with your cleaning lady and get free bottled waters from here for your fridge. You will be glad you did! We went to our friends room and noticed they had a burlap "Cove" bag. We asked a cleaning lady about them, and she gladly gave us each one. It came in really handy to cart stuff back and forth to the pool.
Cain Pool: This is where we all (yes, parents and grandparent, too) spent most of our time. The day beds require a reservation and fee (I believe I heard a waitress say it's $500 a day). I went down around 9 (when it opens) on most days to get a group of chairs since there were so many of us. A lot of the good chairs already had towels on them when I got there, which had been set up by the pool attendants (I'm not sure if you can call ahead and ask them to reserve chairs or what. I never did figure out that "system".). I asked to make sure they were taken. If there wasn't a towel, they were fair game. We actually ended up scoring five chairs in the water each day. I believe each day bed reservation comes with five chairs. Since the chairs were next to a bed, I'm guessing people thought they couldn't sit there without renting the bed. Nope! So, if you see them empty, grab them. If you're unsure, ask one of the attendants. We left our things during the day to go to the water park, and nothing was ever out of place when we returned. Obviously, don't leave anything too valuable laying around. The days I was there, the party didn't really get started until 4 or so. Yes, they play music all day. Yes, it's loud, and at times can be repetitive. But, what are you gonna do? From the reviews I read, this is a big issue for a lot of people. If you aren't into the loud music and party atmosphere (which really depends on the people), then maybe hit the beach or try a different pool. I must say, it was nice not having kids around. They do have cabanas around the pool, which might be a quieter option, if you have the money to spend. No idea on the price of that, though. Service is hit or miss. There were two days we had consistent servers. I found it easier to just go to the bar myself and get a drink. I didn't drink much during the day, so maybe that's why I didn't find the lack of service that annoying. The only big downside for me is that the pool closes at 6, including the bars and restaurant.
Drinks: Yes, they are expensive. I knew this would be the case ahead of time by reading reviews. Our group decided to purchase liquor before hand. We packed it in our checked luggage. TSA allows 5 liters per checked bag. There are restrictions when it comes to the proof of liquor, so double check their site before purchasing any. This is where the fridge came in handy. I packed a box of wine to drink in the room while getting ready and visiting the rooms of the rest of our group. We knew this trip would be expensive, but I'll save a buck where I can, and I'm not into fifteen dollar glasses of wine. We also brought vodka and bourbon, and picked up mixers and beer at a store on the way to the hotel. I believe a case of Bud Light was around $40. Some of the people in our group made drinks from their personal stash at the pool. So, that's an option if you don't want to pay $13 for a margarita.
Food: The breakfast buffet at Mosaic was awesome. We ate their twice. Yes, it is expensive, but there is so much to choose from. I wouldn't recommend going hungover, like some of the members of our group did, because you will NOT get your money's worth. The pool restaurant opens at 11. I HIGHLY recommend the fish tacos. So yummy. That's the only thing I ate from that restaurant. I realized that the food at other restaurants/grills around the water park were a lot cheaper. A flatbread at one place was $9, but $22 at the Cain Pool. Exact same flatbread, which was really good. We only ate dinner at an Atlantis restaurant twice (we had attended a rehearsal dinner and wedding the other two nights). First, we ate at Olive's in the casino. We showed up without a reservation and were told it would be over an hour wait. A friend managed to sweet talk his way to a table, thankfully. GET RESERVATIONS EARLY! I had the grouper with a lemon caper sauce. Amazing. The rest of the group had a pasta with red sauce and seafood. Unimpressive. The last night we ate at Nobu. The atmosphere is really fun, and the appetizers and sake were great. Everyone had sushi as a main course, and it didn't match up to the price tag. I've heard their non-sushi entrees are really good, and I wish we had gone that route. They do have little gift shops here and there that have snacks, but I packed a few packs of crackers and granola bars to snack on when I didn't want a meal. If you do decide to venture off-site to eat dinner, check out Luciano's. It's a wonderful Italian restaurant that sits on the water.
Water Park: Get a wristband (you'll need your room key) to go on the rides. There are little huts around the park, and one right outside of Cain Pool. No one told us about that, so we figured it out the hard way. The River Rapids ride was by far our favorite. Go to the entrance (follow the signs) to snag a tube. They had them stacked for you to grab. If you go to another drop off spot, you have to get a tube as someone gets off. I'm not one for the fast slides, so I didn't care of Abyss. Everyone else seemed to love it. I heard the ride that goes through the shark tank is a bust. Between your speed and the water in your eyes, you can't see anything. I only really noticed a busy crowd at the water park on Sunday. Other than that, the lines weren't very long and it wasn't that crowded.
- 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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