Paradise Island Journals

Thanksgiving in Paradise (sort of)

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A November 2000 trip to Paradise Island by JLK100

Quote: I traveled with a family group to Paradise Island in the Bahamas for Thanksgiving in 2000. Although some aspects of the trip deserved superlatives like "paradise," others left something to be desired.

Thanksgiving in Paradise (sort of)

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Overview

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Without a doubt, the highlight of my visit to Atlantis on Paradise Island was the time spent on the powdery beach, swimming in clear calm waters and enjoying the sunny weather. My group also enjoyed: 1. Lavish breakfasts. 2. The opportunity to engage in some low-key gambling. 3. A massage at the Atlantis Aveda spa. 4. A complimentary scuba lesson with Corey who then became my island tour guide. 5. Mayan temple water slides. 6. Checking out local entertainment courtesy of Corey.Quick Tips: If staying at the Atlantis resort, you won't need to worry about many details post-arrival. Just about everything will be handled while booking - ...Read More

Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Tower

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Hotel | "Atlantis"

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I'm not exactly sure what my group of family and friends was thinking when we chose to spend Thanksgiving 2000 at a family-oriented resort like Atlantis. Any Caribbean destination, of course, will be overrun by families with children during a school vacation, but at Atlantis, the situation could best be described as insanity. Still, our first impression as our Atlantis bus approached the resort was "wow." Atlantis is huge and modern with lush vegetation all around. Like visiting Disney World, everything is created with the hope of creating a total experience. Here, the intended theme is "tropical luxury" and sometimes Atlantis delivers on this promise. Sometimes they fall short. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 17, 2002

Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Tower
One Casino Drive
Paradise Island, Bahamas
(954) 809-2100

Atlantis Paradise Resort

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Restaurant | "Restaurants at Atlantis"

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Although I'm not patently opposed to resorts and resort dining, the food at Atlantis was definitely not a highlight. Beyond that, when traveling with my family group, I face certain dining restrictions. My father is on a low fat, low sodium cardiac diet. Neither parent is very adventurous and both consider Asian food creepy. Mom once said "they eat cat, don't they?" when I was raving about a local Indian restaurant. She has since tried, and enjoyed, chicken tikka masala, however progress is slow. With these limitations, some restaurants were automatically off limits. These included Mama Loo's (Chinese; though we had cocktails in the lounge there) and Five Twins (Pan/sushi). Still...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2002

Atlantis Paradise Resort
Casino Drive
Paradise Island, Bahamas
(242) 363-3000

Scuba Lessons (free)

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Attraction | "Free scuba lessons"

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Taking a free intro to scuba lesson was one of the best things I did all week at Atlantis. I have always been crazy about swimming and snorkeling so I was excited to try something new. Atlantis offers at least one in-pool complimentary scuba lesson per day and as a guest, you can find out where it takes place and how to sign up from the daily guest newsletter. In the class, our instructor Corey began poolside, covering every variety of safety information. He was extremely thorough but without stealing our enthusiasm for giving scuba a try. Corey explained the equipment, the risks of scuba, the certification process and then it was time to get in the pool. At first, we kept...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 17, 2002

Scuba Lessons (free)
Atlantis
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Junkanoo Band Practice - Nassau Fair

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Attraction | "Nassau Fair and Junkanoo Band Practice"

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Two of the most entertaining experiences I had while visiting Paradise Island were also the most culturally-oriented. Corey, the Bahamian I befriended during my free scuba lesson, took me to two events that were strictly locals only. Shortly after we met, Corey and I attended a local fair which was similar in some ways to community picnics that I went to while growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania. At least twenty small shacks selling conch salad, Caribbean beer and other local specialties surrounded a grassy square. Corey and I grabbed stools outside one and chatted with the proprietor as Corey ate his bowl of con...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2002

Junkanoo Band Practice - Nassau Fair
Nassau
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Atlantis Beaches

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Attraction | "Beaches at Atlantis"

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It would be strangely easy to never set foot on a beach while at Atlantis. Bizarre, I know. How? Atlantis has created such varied grounds and enticing pools that it sometimes seems an effort to walk the extra bit to the beach. This is especially true of families with children. When the shrieks and splashing of children gets to be too much OR just because you want to enjoy the sand and surf, get yourself to the beach. The two most immediate options are the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and Paradise Lagoon. Two more out of the way beaches are Cove Beach (walking distance; private and gorgeous) and Paradise Beach (a short drive away). I highly recommend Cove Beach. Although it's a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2002

Atlantis Beaches
Atlantis
Paradise Island, Bahamas

The Spa at Atlantis

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Story/Tip

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At the very far end of the resort, near the Royal Towers, you'll find the amazing Spa at Atlantis (aka The Mandara Spa). If you have the inclination or the opportunity, I recommend you sample a service or two. This spa offers everything from massages, body wraps, facials, nail treatments and Thalassotherapy which I learned is essentially a high tech way of saying "big hot tub with strong jets." Given the bad weather during my first few days at Atlantis, I was concerned about filling my days. "What would I do if sunning and swimming aren't options?" I worried. Although the weather improved, I still kept my Spa appointment for a Swedish massage. The Atlantis spa is like any other top...Read More