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Atlantis - Get youself lost in the Lost City on Paradise Island, Bahamas!
Atlantis Paradise Island (Bahamas)
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Atlantis Paradise Island (Bahamas)
Advantages: A stunning fantasy resort in the gorgeous Bahamas with lots to offer
Disadvantages: A hefty price tag!
The Atlantis Resort is a huge, luxury, fantasy holiday resort and casino on Paradise Island which is in Nassau, New Providence Island, The Bahamas. Popular with celebrities, this hotel complex boasts the 3rd most expensive hotel room in the world at a staggering $25,000 per night (according to Forbes Magazine). I visited Atlantis for the day whilst on holiday in the Bahamas and staying at a little less luxurious resort and was really impressed with what it had to offer. In would love to come back someday and stay there - especially with children as they would love it!
The Resort - Background Information
Atlantis was created by South African businessman Sol Kerzner and his company Kerzner International. Kerzner also owns several worldwide 'One&Only' brand resorts and is developing Atlantis The Palm in Dubai. Atlantis The Palm in Dubai is a 1539 room resort of similar style to Atlantis Paradise Island, is going to be the flagship resort on the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, and is due to open in September 2008.
Atlantis Paradise Island: Statistics
Rooms: 2097 rooms, 230 suites
- The Beach Tower, formerly known as the Paradise Beach Hotel, is the oldest building at Atlantis
- The Coral Towers
- The Royal Towers contains the "Bridge Suite", ranked by Forbes as the third most expensive hotel room in the world, at $25,000
- Harborside Resort consists of 392 villas and features a harbor-front restaurant, pool area including a children's pool with water fountains, a fitness facility, a sundry store, and all-day shuttle service to Atlantis.
- The Reef, the newest building at Atlantis, consists of condominium hotel residences
- The Cove Atlantis is a newer 600-suite tower opened in 2007
Restaurants: 21 (offering options from the categories: fine dining, relaxed dining, buffet and express)
Casino with 90 table games and over 1000 slot machines
Water activities: 6 adult pools (some are more like lakes!), 4 kids pools, Aquaventure (a 141 acre waterscape with water slides and rides), Dolphin Cay (a 14 acre dolphin habitat where you can swim with dolphins), Lazy River Ride (a ¼ mile slow circuit in sitting in a rubber inflatable tube), and 2 different beaches offering miles of pristine white sand and watersports.
Marine Life: the hotel has several lagoons (11 million gallons worth) offering viewing areas onto species such as sharks, manta ray, lobster, tuna, stingray, barracudas, sawfish and spotted eagle ray. The lagoons are called Ruins Lagoon (featuring replicas of old relics), Predator Lagoon, Seagrapes Lagoon, Stingray Lagoon, Hibiscus Lagoon and Mayan Temple Lagoon. There are fish feeding activities scheduled that visitors can take part in. The main viewing area for the marine life is called 'The Dig' and is located under the Royal Towers section of the hotel. The goal of The Dig is to provide guests with the feeling of the legendary destroyed city of Atlantis. There is lots of debris and old relics scattered among the marine life to signify the Lost City of Atlantis. Predator Lagoon is full of sawsharks, barracudas and stingrays. A 30m clear acrylic tunnel runs underwater, allowing visitors unobstructed views of the marine environment which is pretty impressive.
Spa: there is a spa called the Mandara Spa which offers 24 pampering spa treatments. Services offered include the usual facial, massage and body treatments, as well as teeth whitening and salon treatments. There is an aromatherapy room for women which I thought sounded really good.
Golf: guests of the hotel can enjoy use of the Ocean Club Golf Course, which is an 18 hole par 72 golf course overlooking the ocean. This is operated by Troon Golf and was designed by Tom Weiskopf. There is an on-site pro shop and clubhouse.
Other Entertainment: There is the Atlantis Theatre (cinema) showing recent Hollywood hit movies, and the Jokers Wild Comedy Club with stand-up comedians you may have seen on TV. There is also the Earth and Fire Pottery Studio where adults and children can go to make and paint their own pieces of pottery.
Library: Atlantis Library with over 1,200 volumes, audio book, chairs and internet access.
Shopping: Several Rodeo Drive style haute couture shops in the resort's Crystal Court Shops. There are a further 20 shops in the Marina Village area offering everything from fine art to jewellery, souvenirs and clothing.
Atlantis in the Movies/TV
-James Bond Casino Royale was filmed at the resort's Ocean Club
- In the US series Friends, Atlantis was used as the location for Monica and Chandler's honeymoon
We were 2 of the many day visitors to the Atlantis resort - people who are able to spend the say at the resort but who may be staying at another resort locally. We were actually staying at the Sandals Royal Bahamian which itself was luxurious, but somehow paled into comparison with Atlantis. When you initially drive up to the towering Royal Towers section of the Atlantis resort, there is a very impressive water feature made up of 5 huge, gold Pegasus winged horses. The second thing you can't fail to notice are the many million dollar yachts that are moored up along the resort's Marina. The resort is impeccably designed and the main buildings feature water falls emanating from gargoyles' mouths and many other castle like design points. The doors to the hotel are huge winged gold doors with seahorses and other sea life imprinted in them.
Once in the main marble-floored lobby of the resort/hotel you can see down to the floor below which has huge glass screens the height of one floor of the hotel that offer viewing points onto the marine lagoons. You can literally be a few inches away from stingrays and many types of fish. This is great to see and does not cost a penny. We explored the high end shops in the Crystal Court which were very much in-keeping with the luxurious nature of the lobby areas of the hotel, and then explored outside. The outer areas of the resort are exceptionally well landscaped and designed and there are several man-made beach areas around the palm-lined swimming lagoons with waterfalls protruding from the top of red rock features. As the sand beneath the lakes is so white, the water looks a perfect marine blue and very inviting! The whole resort is like a little haven away from the real world and there is so much to do and see. We walked down to the Marina Village from where you could get a better view of the yachts and we explored all the shops and stalls there, stopping for a drink at one of the outdoor bars. We also saw the impressive casino and a selection of the food outlets and cafes scattered around the resort. Unfortunately as a day visitor you are unable to get close to the main beachfront areas and the water parks, so to see these you need to be a staying guest of the resort.
Overall this place exudes luxury and fantasy and is in my opinion the perfect place for a 'get away from reality' holiday. There is something for everyone and you can do as much or as little as you wish. Unfortunately with all this luxury comes a relatively hefty price tag. For a search in the August 2008 for a room for a family of 4 the minimum you would pay is $500.00 per night (£250.00) and that is before you add airfares. But if you have the money and the opportunity, this is a great place to visit and I am sure you would not be disappointed. I will certainly be aiming to revisit this as a staying guest at some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future!
Summary: An amazing place to escape reality
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