Our Atlantis Resort Bahamas review will not only provide you with everything you need to know about the Atlantis Resort Bahamas but also give you the lowdown on three other resorts in the area, allowing you to compare these resorts to one another and perhaps give you some direction in your decision-making process regarding accommodations in the Bahamas.
It may be easier to answer the question of what the Atlantis Resort Bahamas isn't! Ok, that may be an exaggeration, but the point is there is no short answer to this question. This sprawling luxury resort situated on Paradise Island offers many options for accommodations and dining, is an ideal venue for weddings, conferences and other special events, has a casino, water park, spa, and golf course, is home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, and offers so much more; as you will see in this Atlantis Resort Bahamas review.
The resort is ideal for all paradise seekers: couples, solo travelers, adventurers, and families. Child and family-friendly activities are just as abundant as adult-only activities. Couples will find no shortage of romantic activities and experiences. Solo travelers can enjoy solitude or find opportunities to socialize and meet new people.
The shortest way to describe the Atlantis Resort Bahamas would be to call it an experience. What kind of experience it depends largely on the activities and amenities you choose to take advantage of; this Atlantis Resort Bahamas review will tell you all about the activities and amenities offered.
The Atlantis Resort is built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools, marine habitats, water slides, and a mile-long river ride.
Aquaventureis described by the resort as a non-stop aquatic playground with an Atlantean theme. Featuring over twenty million gallons of water, 20 swimming areas, 11 different swimming pools, 18 water slides, and a children's water-play fort, there is something for everyone here.
Marvel at the impressive collection of marine habitats and exhibits at the Atlantis Resort, home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world. Take your time checking out the 14 lagoons, eight million gallons of ocean water, and over 250 marine species on display.
Some of these habitats include Ruins Lagoon where guests can snorkel, Predator Lagoon where you can stroll through a 100-foot transparent underwater tunnel and view sharks, barracudas, and giant grouper, and the amazing Mayan Temple Shark Lagoon where you can ride through an enclosed, clear, underwater slide and view reef and nurse sharks from a one-of-a-kind vantage point.
If you love the marine habitats, don't miss Dolphin Cay, originally opened in 2007 for 17 dolphins who were displaced because of Hurricane Katrina. The 14-acre Dolphin Cay provides opportunities to interact with the dolphins in open water. And while the cay may not be named for them, you can also meet some of the sea lions that call Dolphin Cay home.
The Atlantis Resort Bahamas offers nearly 4,000 rooms and suites divided among the different areas within the resort, including The Cove, The Royal, The Coral, The Beach, The Reef, and Harborside Resort. Each location offers different rooms, levels of service, amenities, and prices. Yacht owners can take advantage of all Atlantis Resort Bahamas offers by docking in Atlantis Marina.
Atlantis offers over 20 options for dining and lounges that range from cafes to fine dining. There are plenty of outdoor dining options so you don't have to miss a moment of the beautiful Bahamian views.
Entertainment and Amenities
Besides the water park and marine habitats, guests can find many ways to spend their time. Take a tour of Nassau, play tennis or basketball, visit the fitness center or pottery studio, find the perfect beach book in the Atlantis Library, see a movie in the Atlantis Theater, charter a yacht or fishing boat, do some duty-free shopping, or take advantage of the 18-hole golf course: and don't forget the casino!
Those looking for some nightlife will love the Aura nightclub, which is a great way to end the night after catching a comedy show at the Joker's Wild, the resort's comedy club.
If a slower pace is what you are craving, you can always enjoy your days in one of the many pools or on a pristine beach. Those who value relaxation over adventure must experience the resort's award-winning Mandara Spa for a massage, facial, body treatment, or salon service.
In our Atlantis Resorts Bahamas review, pricing is tricky to pinpoint for a few reasons. First and most obviously, the pricing for any resort will fluctuate based on availability and season. Second, the Atlantis resort and its competitors have rates for just accommodations and additional charges for add-ons such as meal plans, or all-inclusive options.
Last, accommodations range from very basic to very luxurious within the same resort. Basic guestrooms with few amenities and no add-ons can be obtained for under $200, while the most luxurious suites go for over $25,000!
We picked a few similar Bahamian resorts to see how they compare
Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas
Pink Sands Resort
Sandals Emerald Bay
Accommodations: 5/5 Stars
Atlantis offers accommodations for all kinds of travelers and budget types. The Beach offers the most budget-friendly options with nice guestrooms only steps away from Atlantis Beach. Room service and other amenities are not available with these accommodations; guests looking for luxury would be more comfortable in The Coral, The Cove or The Royal. The Atlantis suites feature beautiful design, luxury furnishings, and amazing views.
Amenities and Activities: 5/5 Stars
The never-ending list of ways to spend your time—from an underwater water slide through shark-infested waters to spa treatments and shopping—the amenities here can't be beaten.
Dining: 5/5 Stars
For dining, this Atlantis Resort Bahamas review is giving Atlantis another 5 out of 5 stars. There are so many choices, from BBQ, deli's and cafés to fine dining with celebrity chefs. Japanese, Mediterranean, American, and Bahamian cuisine can be enjoyed in Atlantis, and you will also find the only craft brewery in the country at the Pirate Republic.
Grounds: 4.5/5 Stars
The grounds of Atlantis are stunning—beautiful architecture, lush tropical plants, lagoons, waterfalls, elegant pools, and pristine beaches all contribute to the beauty of this resort. We took away half a star because the grounds are so large and sprawling it can actually take a good amount of time to get where you want to go.
Many dining options for all tastes and budgets
Impressive marine habitats
Accommodations for all budgets
The second resort we will look at in our Atlantis Resort Bahamas review has quite a different feel from the first. Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort is located on Cape Santa Maria Beach on Long Island. This resort is for those who want to get away from the crowds and appreciate a more tranquil experience. No crowds or water parks here! Where this resort excels is in its dreamlike beach and crystal clear waters.
Accommodations: 4.5/5 Stars
This Atlantis Resort Bahamas review gives Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort 4.5 stars for accommodations. Choose from Beachfront Villa, Beachfront Bungalow, or Two-Bedroom Beachfront Bungalow. Each room is decorated with a Bahamian style and offers breathtaking ocean views and a balcony or patio. The only reason half a star was lost here is a lack of accommodation options, which makes staying here difficult for those on a tight budget.
Amenities and Activities: 3/5 Stars
Those looking to get active can enjoy water sports on-site, use the free bicycles, snorkel, dive, hike, canoe, get a massage, fish, workout in the fitness center, or spend some time in the library. The kids can enjoy outdoor play equipment, borrow DVDs, or engage in puzzles and board games.
This resort offers a concierge, will provide packed lunches for excursions, provides babysitting services, and will deliver groceries to your room.
Dining: 3/5 Stars
This resort has a beautiful restaurant with large windows and breathtaking views, but it is your only option for dining. The prices are reasonable and the menu offers a nice variety, so you may not be bothered by the lack of restaurant options. A kid's menu is available for the little ones.
Grounds: 5/5 Stars
It's hard to give this resort anything less than five stars for the grounds, as the grounds are all white sand beach and vibrant turquoise waters: we can find no fault with that!
All beachfront accommodations
Perfect for a quiet and relaxing getaway
The third resort in our Atlantis Resort Bahamas review is Pink Sands Resort; another good option for those who want to avoid crowds. This luxury resort is on Harbour Island and boasts a beautiful pink sand beach. The Pink Sands Resort is a legendary luxury resort in the Bahamas.
Accommodations: 5/5 Stars
The accommodations here are top-notch. Choose from an ocean view cottage, a tropical garden cottage, a villa with a private pool, or your own ocean view estate that comes with the main house, a guest cottage, a private pool, and an outdoor courtyard. All accommodations are fitted with beautiful and luxurious furnishings in an “Old Bahamas” style.
Amenities and Activities: 4/5 Stars
If you can bring yourself to leave your cottage or estate, swim in the freshwater heated swimming pool, play tennis, snorkel, kayak, paddleboard, enjoy the shade in a beach cabana or underprovided beach umbrellas, rent a bicycle, get a massage, or check out the Classic British Colonial library. Land and sea excursions can be arranged by the resort.
Dining: 4/5 Stars
This resort offers fresh island cuisine, produce and seafood. Many of the vegetables and herbs on your plate are grown on the property and all seafood is locally caught. Get breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks at Blue Bar & Restaurant with an amazing ocean view. The menu is not extensive, but everything on it is quality. If you want something more luxurious for dinner or cocktails, try Malcolm 51, where you can enjoy a four-course, candlelight dinner.
Grounds: 5/5 Stars
Quaint sandy paths meander through lush tropical vegetation and take you to a pink sand beach. Five stars!
Pink sand beach
Last in our Atlantis Resort Bahamas review is Sandals Emerald Bay, an all-inclusive resort secluded by 500 tropical acres and on a mile-long beach in the magical water of the Exumas. While this resort will accommodate many more guests than the previous two, you won't feel crowded.
Accommodations: 4/5 Stars
Choose from a variety of ocean view rooms and suites with patios and balconies, comfortable furnishing, and charming decor.
Amenities and Activities: 5/5 Stars
Sandals does not fall short in this department; choose from a variety of land or water sports, take local tours arranged by the resort, rent a private cabana with its own butler, get your PADI certification and go scuba diving, visit the piano bar, see live bands, get your karaoke on, swim in the half-acre zero-entry pool, or use the golf course, among many other things.
Dining: 5/5 Stars
Enjoy international cuisine from one of eleven diverse restaurants and fine spirits at one of six bars, including swim-up bars. Everything from casual to fine dining can be found at Emerald Bay.
Grounds: 4/5 Stars
The grounds at Sandals are well-maintained and designed so you feel as though you are having a more private experience, even though it accommodates many guests and is a rather large operation. The beach is long and beautiful and the hotel property is secluded.
11 diverse restaurants
Half-acre zero-entry pool
Many activities and amenities
We give the Atlantis Resort Bahamas five out of five stars overall. It offers activities, dining, and accommodations for people of all ages and all budgets and still manages to provide a beautiful and luxurious experience for all. Those looking for a quieter vacation may prefer the other resorts in our review, but Atlantis takes the cake for being a crowd-pleaser.
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