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Ultimate Guide to Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas

Atlantis Paradise Island is a luxurious ocean-themed resort in the Bahamas. Atlantis is the Caribbeans top vacation resort that allows you to have the perfect beach getaway from the year round run warmth, turquoise waters and powder white sand.  With almost 2 million visitors to the property each year between lengthly vacations or a short day trip from cruise ship visitors and others it makes Atlantis a must see vacation destination.  Wander the beach at sunset with ice cream in hand, watch the majestic yachts anchor in their slips in the Marina Village, plummet down the 60-foot vertical drop on the Leap of Fair or simply relax in a beach chair or cabana and soak in the rich Bahamian sun.  Regardless of your choice you will not be disappointed in your stay at Atlantis Paradise Island.

Here is our ultimate guide to Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas!

 

What To Expect at Atlantis 

Language: English language is the official language of the Bahamas. Although, you might hear some Bahamian English which is a mixture of Queen’s dictation, African influence and island dialect.

Currency: On Atlantis the currency used is US dollars, but locals and off the resort also accept BSD (Bahamian Dollar) which is on par with the US dollar.

Climate: You can expect consistent warm temperatures throughout the year on Paradise Island, Bahamas.  July and August are the hottest months with an average temperature of 28°C and the coldest month is January at 21°C.  Rainy season in the Bahamas is between May and October.


Where To Stay At Atlantis

Atlantis has many options when it comes to accommodations but the question is which to choose from?  You will find a breakdown of the 5 options below to help you make your choice! Regardless of where you choose to stay every accommodation includes complimentary access to Aquaventure Water Park, beaches, pools, marine habitat and  restaurants.

The Cove: The Cove is the newest of the Atlantis hotels that features all suites, high class decor, fully equipped with furnished balconies, deep soaking tubs, and sandglass-bricked showers.  The Cove provides you with access to an adult only private pool for Cove guests only, with an outdoor gaming pavilion, two bars, 20 private cabanas and a live DJ.

Average Price: $450-$1000++/night

The Royal Towers: Built in 1998, the 1,200 room Royal Towers opened and would become the hub of the Atlantis resort.  Offering larger rooms than both the Beach and Coral Towers with modern, upscale Caribbean decor. The Royal Towers is located in the middle of the resort which gives you great accessibility to everything Atlantis has to offer including easy access to the waterpark, beach, restaurants, and the Atlantis Marina.

Average Price: $320 – $950+/USD Night

Coral Towers: The Coral Towers are getting a much needed renovation from the rooms, lobby to a brand new pool with a swim-up-bar.  The Coral Towers are located next to the Marina Village, steps to the beach, multiple restaurants and with the renovations will be new host spot of Atlantis!

Average Price: $220-$850 / USD Night

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Beach Tower: The Beach Tower is the most affordable accommodations on Atlantis and is just steps away from the beautiful white sand beaches. Decorated in tropical decor, furnished balconies with water or terrace views, sitting areas and is just steps away from the Marina Village, casino, multiple restaurants and so much more!

Average Price: $ 200-700/USD Night

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The Reef: The Reef features luxurious, residential-style studio and one  to three bedroom suites that offer guests the conveniences of home and the amenities of a luxury residential community.  The Reef provides guests with the comforts of home, including a full kitchen or kitchenette, in-suite laundry and so much more.  The Reef is perfect for extended stays or large families that need a home base.

Average Price: $450 – $1000+/ USD Night

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** Rates vary during each season**


Where To Eat At Atlantis Paradise Island

Atlantis features 21 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges offering everything from grab and go to fine dining.  Here are our top choices on where to eat on Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.

Quick Bites & Snacks: Looking for an grab-and-go meal or just a snack during the day there are plenty of options on the resort for this.  

  • Marina Pizzeria – A traditional pizza with your favourite toppings locating in the Marina Village
  • Starbucks – The well known coffee company offers their many coffee blends and signature drinks with several locations across the resort including Coral Tower’s lower level, The Reef lobby, Marina Village and the Mayan Pool deck.
  • Plato’s – Located in the Royal Towers lobby you will find a patisserie that offers quick bites for breakfast, dinner or a late night snack as well as a lounge where you can have a casual drink while watching a sporting event or live nightly entertainment.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream – Located in the Marina Village you will find your favourite flavour of ice cream here to cool down during a fun day in the sun.
  • Daiquiri Shack – Located in the Marina Village you can choose from a wide variety of frozen local flavours or can create a flavour just for you.
  • Quiznos – Located in the Marina Village here you will find breakfast, lunch and dinner options

Casual Dining: There are many casual dining experiences to be had at Atlantis, some even offer incredible views of the waterscape, lagoons and the pools.

  • Poseidon’s Table- Located just off the Royal Towers lobby this buffet dining restaurant offers incredible breakfast buffet, Sunday brunch and dinner buffet.
  • Bimini Road- Located in the Marina Village this fun, colourful restaurant with its ocean inspired interior and outdoor bar offers island favourites and great sandwiches for lunch and dinner.
  • Carmine’s- Located in the Marina Village this family style dining experience is well known for its large pasta dishes and lively atmosphere.
  • Virgil’s BBQ- Located in the Crystal Court Shops this family-style barbecue is the ultimate go-to restaurant in the Bahamas for a touch of the South.
  • Murray’s Deli- Located in the Marina Village offering mouth watering breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as grab-and-go options for all three meals.  Experience the 1950’s decor at the New-York style restaurant.
  • The Village Burger Shack- Located in the Marina Village, The Village Burger Shack offers mouth watering burgers, fries and milkshakes.  Offering both indoor and outdoor dining options this is the perfect place to have a quick and filling meal.

Fine Dining: Head out for a night at Atlantis to be treated to some of the finest restaurants Paradise Island has to offer.  From fresh seafood to world renowned dishes you will not be disappointed at the many fine dining establishments you can eat at.  

  • Olives – Located in the Casino, is a warm and casual dining experience that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner all with a Mediterranean cuisine flare.
  • Seafire Steakhouse – Located in the Marina Village, this popular steakhouse will treat you to mouthwatering steaks and seafood in a upscale casual dining environment.
  • Cafe Martinique – Located in the Marina Village, this restaurant made famous by the 1965 James Bond Movie, Thunderball.  This beautiful restaurant will transport you back into an old world elegance including the wrought-iron birdcage elevator, stunning mahogany staircase, beautiful views and classic French gourmet food.

What To Do at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort 

The great thing about Atlantis is you will never find yourself bored as there are so many activities to do throughout the resort.  Aquaventure waterpark is one of the most popular feature of the resort with 141 acres of waterpark to play in this one-of-a-kind waterscape offers non-stop thrill rides in over 20 million gallons of water.   From 20 swimming areas, 11 unique swimming pools, high-speed water slides and a mile-long river will rolling rapids and wave surges there is enough to keep you entertained for days.

Beyond the Aquapark there is so much to do from the complimentary Atlantis Theatre, Tennis Courts, rock climbing area, pottery studio, fitness centre and don’t forget the luxury shopping that can be done.

Looking for something a bit calmer then head over to The Mandara Spa fuses together ancient Balinese healing touches with traditional European therapies and natural elements indigenous to The Bahamas.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a trip to Atlantis without trying your luck at one of the Caribbean’s largest casinos with over 75 tables of various games.

Looking for what to do once the sun goes down? Make sure to check out our Top Things To Do At Night at Atlantis post!

25 Photos to Inspire You to Visit The Exumas

The Exuma Cays are one of the most romantic and exotic destinations on earth.  The Exuma Cays sapphire waters and power white sands is more beautiful than you could ever imagine.  The Exumas are a district of the Bahamas made up of 365 islands, also called Cays.  These 365 cays are spread over more than 100 miles in the Bahamas collectively known as the Exumas.  When you visit the Exumas you will be treated to waters clearer than you have ever seen and sparkle a share of aqua, the sand softer than ever experienced before you will not want to leave this beautiful area of the Bahamas.

The Cays are exactly what you see in magazines and so much more.  This picture perfect area is a must see destination while on your trip to the Bahamas.  When you visit the Exumas the word Exuma will become synomous with paradise with the long sunny days and boundless potential for adventure there is something special here for everyone.  Whether it is a day trip from Nassau to visit the Exumas or staying on one of the Cays it is well worth the trip!  Here is our video to inspire you to visit the Exumas!

Here are 25 Photos from our trip to inspire you to Visit The Exumas!

Staying at The Royal Towers, Atlantis

The beautiful Atlantis Paradise Island is the most popular resort destination in Bahamas and it’s easy to see why! Situated on a beautiful island with spectacular views at every turn, 141-acre waterpark, 11 unique pools, over 21 restaurants, 19 bars & lounges and some of the best beaches the Caribbean has to offer!

The iconic Royal Towers, is one of the best known views of the resort with the two towering pillars overlooking the world’s largest open air marine habitat situated at its center.  The luxurious towers transport you into the mysterious mythology of the Lost City of Atlantis with the dramatic artwork in every hallway and room.  Chris and I have spent 2 wonderful vacations here in this dream-like place and it is by far one of the best places for a beach vacation!

Here is more about our experience staying at The Royal Towers in Atlantis Paradise Island!

The Rooms at The Royal Towers

Built in 1998, the 1,200 room Royal Towers opened and would become the hub of the Atlantis resort.  Offering larger rooms than both the Beach and Coral Towers with modern, upscale Caribbean decor.  You have a choice from a variety of rooms ranging from Guest Rooms, Suites of various sizes, Presidential Suite and the spectacular one of a kind Bridge Suite.

The Royal Towers is located in the middle of the resort which gives you great accessibility to everything Atlantis has to offer including easy access to the waterpark, beach, restaurants, and the Atlantis Marina.

We had the opportunity to stay in a 1 Bedroom Water View Regal Suite which featured flat screen tvs, free wi-fi, soaking tubs, large master bathroom with twin skins, 2 walk-in closets, half guest bathroom and two balconies.


Food & Drink

Atlantis features 21 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges offering everything from fine dining to grab and go options.  Indulge in a wide variety in options and some of the freshest cuisine from Mediterranean, Japanese, Italian and more.

Before or after your meal make sure to stop by one of the many bars offering deliciously mixed cocktails in a wide variety of atmospheres from casual drinks outdoors in the Lagoon Bar, The Point or The Cove Pool to a more upscale atmosphere in the Moon Club, Cafe Martinique wine cellar or Sea Glass.

Helpful Tip: Food at the resort can be quite expensive, so be sure to factor in at least $100 per person per day for food!


Things To Do

The great thing about Atlantis is you will never find yourself bored as there are so many activities to do throughout the resort.  Aquaventure waterpark is one of the most popular feature of the resort with 141 acres of waterpark to play in this one-of-a-kind waterscape offers non-stop thrill rides in over 20 million gallons of water.   From 20 swimming areas, 11 unique swimming pools, high-speed water slides and a mile-long river will rolling rapids and wave surges there is enough to keep you entertained for days.

Beyond the Aquapark there is so much to do from the complimentary Atlantis Theatre, Tennis Courts, rock climbing area, pottery studio, fitness centre and don’t forget the luxury shopping that can be done.

Looking for something a bit calmer then head over to The Mandara Spa fuses together ancient Balinese healing touches with traditional European therapies and natural elements indigenous to The Bahamas.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a trip to Atlantis without trying your luck at one of the Caribbean’s largest casinos with over 75 tables of various games.

Looking for what to do once the sun goes down? Make sure to check out our Top Things To Do At Night at Atlantis post!

With so much to do in one beautiful place what is not to love about Atlantis Paradise Island?

What to do at Night at Atlantis Paradise Island

After a full day of playing in the sun at Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas and the sun sets beyond the horizon many are unsure of what their options are on the resort.  There are so many things to do during the day at Atlantis Paradise Island, but what to do at night at Atlantis Paradise Island?

Here is our guide to what to do at night at Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas!

Dining

With 21 restaurants and 19 bars, nightclubs and lounges, you have the opportunity to spend every evening of your vacation in a different setting. Looking for casual or fine dining experiences? You’ll find it here.

Want some desert after dinner? Grabbing a sweet is one of our top things on our list of what to do at night at Atlantis Paradise Island! You’ll find plenty of options in the Marina Village with Starbucks, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, and Oh Sugar! – a specialty candy store.

Aura Nightclub

When the sun goes down, Aura Nightclub turns up the fun.  This 9000 square foot nightclub is located just up the stairs on the second floor of the Atlantis Casino.  With two sets of bars, 2 VIP sections and a private VIP Parlour, this venue provides a night filled with luxury, fun and drinks.

See A Movie

Looking for a way to unwind from a fun day in the sun? Head over to the Atlantis Theatre for a free movie! Playing recent Hollywood blockbusters this is a perfect spot to relax for the night. Located in the Convention Center Rotunda, between the Coral and Beach Towers.  Typically two movies are shown each day, one in the early evening that is family friendly and one later at night that is geared towards adults.

Take In A Show At The Comedy Club

Jokers Wild Comedy Club is home to some of the most popular and funniest comedians both locally and internationally!  Located between the Beach and Coral Towers the comedy club is a great after dinner event that will keep you laughing for hours after the show ends.  The club is 18+ due to adult humour and some language.  There is one show each night with doors opening at 8:45pm and beginning at 9:30pm.  The show lasts 90 minutes and costs $25/person unless otherwise noted on their website.

Head Over To The Speedway

The Atlantis Speedway located in the Coral Towers Lower Lobby is a fun activity for all ages where you have the chance to build, design and race remote controlled cars.  Also in the speedway is a Wii racing zone, concessions area where you can fuel up on a variety of snacks and beverages.  This is a great activity for kids or for all ages if you are into remote control race cars! The mechanics onsite assist each guest in choosing a remote control car that they can design, build, race and take home with them as a souvenir.  If you are lucky you could get to see a race put on by the friendly and energetic pit crew.

Explore The Grounds

With everyone at dinner, at a show or gone to bed, the evening is the perfect time to explore the resort grounds and get a different perspective. Everything is beautifully lit up, and with all the pools empty and aglow it is the perfect way to unwind and get some exercise.  Make sure to head over to the Marina Village to see all the majestic yachts light up in their slips!

See The Junkaroo Parade

If you happen to be at Atlantis on any given Friday or Saturday be sure to head over to the Marina Village for the Junkaroo Parade.  This parade is a celebration and ultimate expression of the Bahamian culture that is unique to the Bahamas.  This parade begins at 9:30pm on every Friday and Saturday and features carnival-like dancers dressed in gorgeous costumes and headdresses similar to those at the The Junkaroo or Bahamian New Year Festival.  This free parade is a fun event for all ages and a must do experience before you leave Atlantis Paradise Resort!

Go Shopping

At Atlantis you will find world class shopping from the latest in world renowned designers, cigars, name brand handbags and jewellery, clothing and so much more.  To make the prices even better, everything is duty free.  Open until late at night you can get your shopping done once the sun is down so you can take full advantage of everything else the resort has to offer during the day.

Try Your Luck At The Casino 

Make sure to walk through and try your luck at the largest casino in the Caribbean.  With 85 table games, 750 slot machines over 100,000 square feet you are bound to have some fun!

VIDEO: Bahamas – Atlantis & The Exumas

We flew to Nassau, Bahamas to spend a week soaking up the paradise that is the Bahamas, Caribbean.  From relaxing in the chairs at Atlantis Paradise Island, riding the not so lazy river or the slides throughout the beautiful resort. We ventured off Atlantis Paradise Island with Powerboat Adventures to head into the crystal clear waters to the Exuma Cays to snorkel with the fish, splash in the waves, feed the sharks our lunch left overs and just have a fun day in the sun.

We loved our stay at Atlantis Paradise Island! Atlantis is the Caribbeans top vacation resort that allows you to have the perfect beach getaway from the year round run warmth, turquoise waters and powder white sand.  With almost 2 million visitors to the property each year between lengthly vacations or a short day trip from cruise ship visitors and others it makes Atlantis a must see vacation destination.  Wander the beach at sunset with ice cream in hand, watch the majestic yachts anchor in their slips in the Marina Village, plummet down the 60-foot vertical drop on the Leap of Fair or simply relax in a beach chair or cabana and soak in the rich Bahamian sun.

If you have never visited the beautiful islands of the Bahamas in the Caribbean we hope this video will inspire you to plan your next vacation there.  With warm temperatures year round, so many great destinations and activities to do once you arrive you will never want to leave the Bahamas.  With some of the friendliest people around the island of the Bahamas is waiting to welcome you for your next vacation.  Enjoy our video through our week travels in the Bahamas and we hope to inspire you for your next adventure!

 

CNA Photos explores the beauty of Atlantis Paradise Island and The Exumas in Bahamas, Caribbean.  Enjoy!

Week at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas

We had no idea what to expect of Atlantis Paradise Island Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas.  This was my first time visiting Bahamas as well as my first Caribbean resort.  I was lucky enough that Chris had been to Atlantis multiple times so I had my own personal tour guide to this beautiful resort!  Atlantis Paradise Island Resort  is home to over 50,000 sea creatures living in 11 million gallons of water.
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The Rooms

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We checked in at The Royal Towers at Atlantis, one of nearly ten Atlantis Paradise Island Resort properties.  The Royal Towers is famous for their “Bridge Suite” and offers over 1,200 rooms between the two towers.  We were booked into a Regal Suite which featured flat screen tvs, free wi-fi, soaking tubs, large master bathroom with twin sinks, 2 walk-in closets, half guest bathroom and two balconies.
The Royal Towers is located in the middle of the resort which gives you great accessibility to everything Atlantis has to offer including easy access to the waterpark, beach, restaurants, and the Atlantis Marina.

The Food

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Atlantis features 21 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges offering everything from fine dining to grab and go options.  There is something for every dining option and you will not be left disappointed.

Marina Pizzeria
This pizzeria is located in the Marina village and is definitely a crowd pleaser.  The variety of pizza and pasta available there is something for everyone.  They are open for both lunch and dinner and you never have to wait very long for your custom made pizza is cooked right in front of you.  It is cheaper to buy a full pizza for two than to buy individual slices.  The is tons of seating outside to enjoy the great weather and look at all the boats anchored there.
Olives
Chef Todd English brings his famed Olives restaurant to its first caribbean venue.  Located in the casino.  The restaurant is a high casual dining experience featuring Mediterranean cuisine as well as coastal dishes.  The wood-burning thing-crust flatbread pizzas are to die for.  Olives is not a restaurant to be missed!
Seafire Steakhouse
Seafire Steakhouse probably had to be my favourite restaurant at Atlantis.  This steakhouse will not leave you disappointed with your meat.  Cooking your exact order the steak offers rich, smoked, seared or grilled flavours that will leave you wanting more.  The atmosphere was perfect starting with a walk through the Marina Village to access the space, Seafire knows how to host a great dinner.
Murray’s Deli
We got a change to go to Murray’s Deli for breakfast one morning and was not disappointed.  This 1950’s New-York style restaurant offers sit down meals as well as a quick to go section for those in a hurry.  Located in the Marina Village this restaurant offers reasonably priced meals and is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
 Things to Do
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Atlantis has a ton of activities to offer including its famous Aquaventure waterpark, fitness centre, tennis courts, movie theatre, spa and shopping.
The Aquaventure Waterpark, is a 141-acre playground for adults with over 12 high speed waterslides, a mile-long river with wave surges and rapids, 20 swimming areas and 11 different swimming pools.  The waterslides offer different levels of extreme for thrill seekers with its famous The Leap of Faith a 60 foot almost-vertical drop from the top of the iconic Mayan Temple that sends you plunging into the shark tank.
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Other great spots to visit are Predator Lagoon where you will find hammerhead sharks, sawfish and barracuda among many other species.  The Dig is the only place in the world where you can explore the lost city of Atlantis through tunnels and various passageways of the lost city you can find over 100 venomous Indo-Pacific Ocean Lionfish, 500 piranahs, jellfish, Moray Eels, Stingy rays and a variety of sharks.  The Dig has something for all ages and is not to be missed.  The best time to do any exploring in the Dig or Predator Lagoon is first thing in the morning you will often find yourself alone with the sea creatures.
Offsite Activities
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We travelled offsite for a day with Island World Adventures on a speedboat trip to the Exumas.  The Exumas, are a collection of 360 Islands and Cays steeped in history and has some of the best coastlines and sand bars in the area.  This 8 hour day trip was a highlight of our time in the Bahamas.  The Exumas are largely an untouched area of the world that boasts beautiful turquoise waters, a vast array of beautiful tropical fish, dolphins and sharks.
Our day started with an hour boat ride to our first Cay, Leaf Cay, where we stopped to visit the native, endangered Exuma Rock Ignaua.  Here you can feed the native rock iguanas grapes and get up close with them.
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The next stop is to a pristine, isolated sandbar that is perfect for exploring, shell collecting and photos.  The group gets a chance to explore this sandbar which the Captain and his first mate travel to Saddleback Cay to prepare the groups lunch.  Lunch consists of chicken and fish and an array of options that compliment the local meat.  After lunch, the group gets the opportunity to feed the resident sharks and barracudas that await their daily lunch time feeding of scraps!
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The last stop of the day before the boat heads back to Nassau is snorkelling on one of the many reefs where you get to experience the tropical fish and conchs.  After sometime to explore the crystal clear waters you head back towards Nassau as the sun begins to set.  This offsite excursion was a perfect touch to the week giving us a taste of what the Exumas have to offer.

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Drone Video! As you know Chris is our Drone expert so check out our video from our trip to Atlantis Paradise Island Resort !

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