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Atlantis Review- March 2016

Posted: April 13 2016
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Resorts within Atlantis

Atlantis has 6 resorts in the complex.  We were staying in the Cove.  The Cove is the most luxurious section.  We were escorted to the VIP Lounge for check-in.  Check-in was quick and easy. 

 

The Cove

The Cove is an upscale resort.  The lobby and resort has a sophisticated feel to it. 

The Cove, Deluxe Ocean Suite
This is the suite I had.  I stayed on the 12th floor – 12-831
The rooms include a safe, iron & full sized ironing table, coffee maker (coffee included), hair dryer, soap, shampoo, body wash, lotion, and conditioner. 
My room had a King bed and a living area and a balcony. 
It has a full sized desk.   There are two flat screen TVs in the room.  The TV near the bed was a smaller size.  The living area has a sofa, chair, coffee table, and large screen TV.  The sofa is a pullout bed.  The balcony is not huge, but big enough for 2 chairs and a small table.  The view was amazing!  It was full oceanfront facing towards The Reef.
The bathroom was gorgeous.  It has two vanities, a soaking tub, and a large stand up shower.
These rooms are 672-784 sq ft.
They offer two smaller bottles of water, but warning—the 2 larger bottles of water in the room are NOT included and are $9 per bottle plus the 7.5% VAT.  There is a minibar in the room, but it is not included either. 

The Cove, One-Bedroom Sapphire Suite
This suite is very spacious—1700 sq ft.  It has a large living room, dining area, and bedroom with a king sized bed.  The large, gorgeous marble tiled bathroom has dual vanities, a large soaking tub, and large stand up shower.  There is also another ½ bathroom.  The balcony was large balcony off the living room and a nice sized balcony off the bedroom.  Both had great views.  The suite is 1700 sq ft.

 

The Reef

The Reef has spacious rooms with have the feel of luxurious apartments rather than resort rooms.

The Reef, 2 Bedroom Oceanview Suite
The 2 Bedroom Water View Suite (20-917/20-919) has a lot of room—1,497 sq ft.  This is basically a studio room connected to a one bedroom suite.  It has a bedroom with a King size bed and a living area.  The living area has a couch, chair, and TV.  The One Bedroom Suite has a large living room with a 4 chair table, couch, 2 chairs, and TV.  It also has a kitchen with breakfast bar (3 stools); a toaster, microwave, a full size stove & oven, and refrigerator.  The 2nd bedroom has a King size bed.  The suite has 2 full bathrooms (soaking tub, separate stand up shower, and dual vanity).  It has 2 balconies with great ocean views.

The Reef, 2 Bedroom Topaz Suite
The 2 Bedroom Topaz Suite (16-926/16-928) is large—1718 sq ft.  The room opens to a large living room with couch, chair, TV, and 4 seat table.  It also has a kitchen with breakfast bar (3 stools); a toaster, microwave, a full size stove & oven, and refrigerator.  The bedroom has a King size bed and large windows that highly a great oceanview that you can see from the bed.  The bedroom has a bathroom with dual vanity, soaking tub, and separate stand up shower.   The 2nd bedroom has a king size bed and a full bathroom.  It has a large balcony with 2 lounge chairs and a 4 chair table. 

The Reef, 2 Bedroom Penthouse
The 2 Bedroom Penthouse (22-920) is huge—2,471-2,579 sq ft.  We had our cocktail party here and it was a comfortable size for it.  The large living room has a living area and a dining area.  The dining room table has room for 6 people.  The living area has 2 couches, 2 chairs, a coffee table, and TV.  The bedroom had a lot of windows to take advantage of the gorgeous ocean view.  It has a king size bed, TV, a comfortable lounging chair.  The bathroom is amazing.  It has a gorgeous soaking tub that sits in the middle of the bathroom.  The separate stand up shower is large with marble, tile, and a glass wall.  There is a 2nd half bath off the living room.  The suite has a large wrap around balcony.  It has a full kitchen and a washer & dryer.  The 2nd bedroom is actually a connecting studio room.  So, it has a bedroom with full bathroom.

 

Coral Towers


The Coral Towers have moderately priced family accommodations. 

Coral Towers, Water view
Coral Towers, Waterview Guest Room (11-323).  This is a basic room—300 sq ft.  The room had 2 double beds with a small TV.  It has a basic bathroom with single vanity with a shower/tub combination.  The small balcony fits a small table and 2 chairs.  It has a pool/ocean view.

Coral Towers, Regal 1 Bedroom Suite
Coral Towers, Regal 1 Bedroom Suite (11-329) is 546 sq ft.  This room has a separate living room and bedroom.  The living room has a couch, 2 chairs, and a TV.  The bedroom has a king bed and chair.    It has a basic bathroom with single vanity with a shower/tub combination.  It has a small balcony with 2 chairs and a small table.  The view is a nice oceanview. 

 

Beach Tower

Beach Tower has a relaxed carefree atmosphere for those on a budget. 

Beach Tower, Waterview Guest Room
Beach Tower, Waterview Guest Room (9-124).  This is a basic room.  The room had 2 double beds with a small TV.  It has a basic bathroom with single vanity with a shower/tub combination.  The small balcony fits a small table and 2 chairs.  It has a pool/ocean view.

 

Royal Towers

The Royal Towers are centrally located.  It has The Dig, Ruins Lagoon, Casino, and Aquaventure Waterpark.

Royal Towers, Waterview Guest Room
Royal Towers, Waterview Guest Room (9-536).  This is a basic room—400 sq ft.  The room had 2 double beds with a small TV.  It has a basic bathroom with single vanity with a shower/tub combination.  The small balcony fits a small table and 2 chairs.  It has a pool/ocean view.

Royal Towers, Regal Suite
Royal Towers, Regal Suite (9-504) is large—957-1,076 sq ft.  It has a bedroom and separate living room.  The living room has a small table with 3 chairs, a couch, chair, and TV.  The bedroom has a king bed, two chairs, loveseat, and TV.  The bathroom is large with a single vanity, soaking tub, and separate stand up shower. 

Royal Towers, Grand Suite
Royal Towers, Grand Suite (9-538) is large—1,305 sq ft.  It has a bedroom and separate living room.  The living room has a dining table with 6 chairs.  The living room has a sectional couch and chair and TV.  The bedroom has a king bed, chair, loveseat, and TV.  The bathroom is large with a dual vanity, soaking tub, and large stand up shower. The view from the balcony in the bedroom and living room is great. 

 

Harborside Resort

We did not see any rooms at the Harborside Resort, but we did go there for dinner.  This village has larger villas for larger families.


Things to Do

Pools

We only had time to go to one pool.  Cain is the adults-only pool in The Cove.  It is only accessible to Cove guests who are 18 years or older.  It has a very chic feel to it.  The infinity pool has beach beds in the center of the pool and is surrounded by lounge chairs and beach beds.  You can also rent cabanas that are right on the beach.  They have a bathroom, TV, fridge, and an outdoor shower.  The cost varies by season.  They also have gaming tables during the day. 

There are 11 pools including 3 kids pools.  Each pool has its own feel and vibe.  The Grotto pool is a relaxing pool with 2 waterfalls.  The Baths pool is a large pool with a large sundeck.  The Mayan Temple Pool has a zero-entry pool that is active.  The Royal Baths is a relaxing pool where adults can relax.  The Blu Pool is an active pool with music from the ‘80s & ‘90s. 


Beach

We did not get to go on the beach, but I was able to see it from various rooms and they do have nice beaches.  They have 4 sections—The Cove, Paradise Lagoon Beach, Paradise Beach, and Atlantis Beach.  Paradise Lagoon Beach has snorkeling, paddle boards, and other watersports in the protective cove. 

 

Waterpark

We did not get to experience the waterpark, but we did see parts on our tours.  There are 18 waterslides including the Leap of Faith which is a 60 ft almost vertical drop.  You can race your friends on the Challenger Slide.  One of the slides goes through the aquarium that has sharks. 

The lazy river was a lot of fun.  It has a lot of power in spots.  There are spots that have conveyors that take you to a slide.  There are some huge waves. 

Note, cruise ships can buy passes to the waterpark, but the ships have an allocation that depends on the occupancy of the resort.  So, when the occupancy of the resort is high, there are fewer passes available for cruise ships. 


Marine Habitat

Atlantis is known for its Aquariums and sealife.  They have the largest marine habitat exhibit in the Caribbean (besides the ocean).  They have over 250 marine species including sharks, sting rays, barracuda, dolphins, sea turtles, and sea lions.  

The Dig is a free walkthrough exhibit.  It designed to look like an archaeological dig.  As you walk through you can see tanks with sea life including a hallway with a domed shaped ceiling.  Sharks swim around and other marine life swim overhead and next to you. 

They have some unique experiences that you can do to get up close and personal with the marine life.  Atlantis has a Sea Turtle Conservatory.  They have a head start program for the sea turtles.  They help take care of the eggs and then 60 days after hatching, they take the young out on the beach and release them.

You can do experiences with Stingrays, Sea lions, and Dolphins.  We saw a group of guests wading into the water with buckets to feed sting rays.  We did the Shallow Dolphin Experience.  It was pretty good.  They give you a wet suit and you wade into waste deep water.  After a short orientation, you can touch the dolphins.  They take pictures and they’ll answer all your questions.  After that, we did a behind the scenes tour.  We got to see how they bring in the fish for feeding; the lab; and the experience from the trainer side.


Restaurants

Lunch

Seaglass:

Most of our lunches were catered to the meeting room.  I only got to eat one lunch on our my own.  I got a sandwich at Seaglass.  The sandwich was good, but it was expensive--$25. 

Dinner

77 degrees:

77 degrees is a South American/Caribbean restaurant.  It is Atlantis’ newest restaurant.  I started with Chicken n’ Blue Corn Waffles, a Caesar Salad, and Filet Mignon.  Thefood was pretty good, but I thought the filet was better at Olives. 

Olives Restaurant:

Olives is a Mediterranean restaurant created by Chef Todd English.  This was a great restaurant.  I started with Pita chips and spreads.  For my main dish, I had filet mignon.  For desert I had a warm chocolate pudding cake.  All the food was really good including the olives that they put on the tables.

Carmine's: 

Carmine’s is a New York City Casual Italian restaurant.  We ate at Carmine’s in New York and DC, and the food in the Bahamas was just as good.  They serve it family style, so they bring dishes out that are shared with the table.  See below for the dishes that we got for the table.  My favorites were Rigatoni Ragu with Assorted Meats—the sauce was think and tasty with a number of different meats with very hearty sauce.  The Veal Parmesan was really good too, but I was too stuffed to try much else. 

Appetizers
Fried calamari
Baked Clams
Carmine’s Salad

Pasta
Penne a la Vodka
Rigatoni Ragu with Assorted Meats – very good. 

Vegetables
Broccoli
Sautéed Peppers & Onions

Entrees
Veal Parmesan
Chicken Lemon & Butter
Shrimp Scampi

 

Meal Plans

There are 3 different dining plans. 

Value Dining Plan
This plan is the lowest priced and includes up to 7 restaurants.  This is a two course dining plan.
Dinner includes a choice of appetizer or dessert and entrée.

Atlantis Dining Plan
This plan includes up to 15 restaurants--including Celebrity Chefs!  This is a three course dining plan.  Dinner includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and a dessert.

Reef & Cove Dining Plan
This is the exclusive plan for Reef and Cove guests, featuring up to 16 restaurants.  This is a three course dining plan.  Dinner includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and a dessert.

The 50% off dining plan promotion until March 30th.  The meal plan now includes taxes and gratuity


Casino

The Casino is located in the Royal Tower.  There are 75 gaming tables including poker, craps, baccarat, roulette, and blackjack.  They have 750 slot machines.  They include complementary gaming lessons.

There are several lounges in the casino.  We were in the Dragon Lounge the first night which was more active and then the Moon Lounge the next night which was more laid back.   

The casino has a nightclub, Aura, but we did not go there.

 

Kids & Teen Club

They have a movie theater on property and it is included.  For an extra charge, there is a comedy club. 

The kids club, Atlantis Kids Adventures is really cool.  It for ages 3-12.  There is an extra charge for the kids club.  They have a game room, performance room, arts & crafts room, and computer room.  All of them are unique.  They have a very cool culinary room that has special activities.  You can sign up for the culinary experience.  Chefs come in and teach them how to make food.  When we were there, we saw some kids who made cup cakes.  They also have a very unique experience one night a week—Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory with a very unique room.

For Teens, there is a Teen Club, Crush.  It is open to teens 13-18 years old.  It is set up like a night club with velvet ropes.  Teens must bring their passports and get an ID card.  This is used to allow them access to the club.  It is 14,000 with a dance floor, internet lounge, a game room with individual gaming chairs that have speakers in the chairs.  They have 10 private cabanas.  There is a concession stand and bar.  The club has a dance floor which hosts evening sessions. 

Babysitting are employees who are certified.

There are also a lot of experiences for children and the entire family.  Sea Squirts are for ages 3-6 and allows them to safely experience the marine animals like sea turtles.  Junior Ultimate Trainer allows your children to be a trainer for the day.  They sit with trainers and feed fish and sea turtles.


All-Inclusive

Atlantis is doing beta testing an All-Inclusive program.  This could change as it evolves, but it only includes certain restaurants with specific menus and bars with only deluxe drinks.  Tax and gratuities are included.  You’ll wear a wrist band.  Right now it is only for the Beach Tower guests and only for April & May. 

Summary

Atlantis is a fun resort for families and couples.  It is for the guest who likes to have a lot of activity with some spots for quiet as well.  There are some very unique experiences available.  Families will love the waterpark and the marine activities as they offer something for everyone.  The food is very good, but get a meal plan.  It is worth it.  Please contact your agent at Dream Makers Vacation Services today with any questions and to make your next dream vacation come true.