My second trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas confirmed it – this is a fantastic family vacation destination.
Beautiful scenery of tropical bliss abounds. The grounds are impeccably kept, the staff is very friendly, and there is something awesome around every corner. Be it a shark habitat
or just a statuesque palm tree cluster shading the pool chair where I had moments of total relaxation…
this is the place to be. I’ll start with with the landing and airport to hotel experience. Now this is a scenic landing!!
We didn’t make plans for how to get seven people and plenty of luggage from the airport to the hotel, and after checking prices through the hotel (pretty high) we decided to just wing it. This turned out great. We met a driver at the curb who offered to take us by stretch limo to the hotel for only $80 total. I thought there was no way this could be real, but it was!! We took his card and called him for our ride back, and he sent over an even bigger stretch SUV that easily fit everyone and arrived plenty early. People here are generally very nice. Makes for a great overall experience!
We scored big on the room – the one bedroom topaz suite at The Reef. I still believe this was some sort of glitch in Expedia the day I booked it because the price for this room was great. The room totally blew me away. And I’ve stayed in some great rooms. My husband and I literally jumped up and down when we got into the enormous residence that would be ours for the next six days. Get this room!! The views are outrageous. The bedroom sits above the beach.
You literally wake up to this!! There’s a well equipped kitchen, a huge master bath,
a second bath with shower,
a living room with sofa bed (perfect for the kids) and a dining room,
and a huge balcony the spans the length of the room.
The views from the balcony were fabulous.
Kalik is one of the local brews and we prefer the “gold” which had a little more ABV to it that the regular. I recommend heading to town to get groceries and alcohol to save a little money. We made our breakfasts in the room each day before heading out to the many pools and water park offerings! And there is no shortage of fun here. The pools and water park are all included with your stay. There are about a dozen different pools, numerous water slides,
awesome aquariums, and one of my favorite rides, the river rapids where you just laze on a tube around the meandering water current.
There is so much beauty and you can truly see where all of the money you spend here goes. It’s about the same cost as a Disney vacation, you just aren’t spending your whole day in line!
We had some nice dining experiences, though I wouldn’t call this really a foodie destination. The marina village in Atlantis is a good evening hang out with plenty of restaurants, shops, and amazing boats at the dock to drool over.
The yachts and watercraft that dock at this marina are simply stunning. I want one!!
We had a good dinner at Frankie Gone Bananas (used to be called Bimini Grill, I think).
Good mojitos! We also enjoyed the seafood tacos and the jerk chicken.
The Burger shack and Marina pizza are decent. Ben and Jerry’s is a great after dinner treat, though the line was pretty long!! There is live music at the restaurants and on the street playing all evening to keep you moving. We spent a few of the evenings hanging out down there. We spent one evening in cooking our own dinner in the room with our amazing view. Shrimp, tilapia, potatoes, and corn – came out pretty great!
All of which I found at the grocery store in town. Downtown Nassau is just back over the bridge from Paradise Island where Atlantis is. It’s easiest to take a cab over the bridge. Cab cost is about $15 each way.
Downtown has lots of shopping, and it is also where the Straw Market is located. This is where to get your standard souvenirs, T-shirts, etc. I found a couple of cute sarongs, some kiddie toys, and a couple hats. Be warned – the stalls are packed together and they are manned by mostly very aggressive salespeople, but tourism is their livelihood so just go with it. But it’s ok to just keep walking! No one is mean, everyone is friendly and everything is negotiable! There’s a good lunch spot on the water we hit up called Sharkeez.
Good conch fritters!
And a nice view of the water while you dine!
We had another dinner back down near the marina on Paradise Island at Margaritaville (gotta love Jimmy Buffet). This was a fun spot – good food, games for the kiddos, and friendly staff. There’s a pool and a swim up bar, but it looked like it might just be open during the day.
The weather was perfect here when we went end of March/beginning of April. Not too hot, even a little cool at times. The evenings were nice and cool and walking out on the beach at night was great. One night the moon was so bright we even saw our moon shadows!!
I had such an incredibly relaxing time, I am sure I will be going back. It really is fun for the whole family – my husband and I enjoyed the water park just as much as the kids!!
And we had a few opportunities to walk romantically around the lush grounds while the kids were in the pool.
I fell in love with this one lone palm tree on the beach, by the way. I promised it that I would see it again someday soon!!
If you’re contemplating a family vacation, put Atlantis on the list. I could go on about it forever! Holla if you have questions!!