The first thing that caught my attention at the Atlantis Resort was its size. This gigantic community consists of hotel accommodations, timeshares, condos, shopping villages, restaurants, a convention center, and, of course, water amusements and beaches. Atlantis sits on its own island - Paradise Island. Bridges connect it to downtown Nassau.
As the name implies, the Atlantis Resort takes its theme from the lost city of Atlantis. The legendary city is said to have sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The great detail at which the resort promotes this lost civilization theme is stunning. The lobby of the Royal Towers hotel where we stayed has columns and a high domed ceiling covered in sculpted sea shells. On the walls are paintings depicting artist renditions of how the ancient Atlantis civilization might have looked. The vases around the resort reminded me of the type of artifacts archaeologists uncover in their digs. Even the fish sculptures at the bottom of the night stand lamps in our hotel room intrigued me. The artistic aspect of the resort was not my initial focus but the more time we spent there, the more I became awed by the level of detail of the place.
The water amusements are the major draw for Atlantis. There are swimming pools, lazy rivers, water slides, jet skiing, water tri-cycles, beaches, and more. Your room key card gets you access to towels and a daily wristband from the towel huts scattered throughout the premises. My wife and I are not really beach and water people but at Atlantis, everything looked so inviting that we had to give it a try. We had a great time on The Current, a river rapids ride in which our inner tube was propelled by periodic waves of water around the surprisingly long course. We relaxed for almost an hour on the Lazy River. For an interesting angle on an inner tube slide, try the Serpent Slide. Part of this enclosed slide goes through an aquarium where sharks and other creatures swim - hats off to the creative people who designed this ride. My wife got up the courage to try the steep Challenger water slide. We spent some time on the beach. This beach time was occasionally interrupted by our breaks for conch fritters and fries from one of the various food shacks throughout the property. During our early May visit, Atlantis never seemed crowded.
My wife and I were at Atlantis to attend the Radio One – One Love Getaway event which took place in the Atlantis Resort Convention Center. It was four days of daytime activities and nightly concerts by just about every gospel artist who has ever won a Grammy Award, Stellar Award, Image Award, or any other prestigious music award. It was often a challenge to balance our time between the Radio One events and the resort offerings but it was a challenge we did not mind facing. There were really no bad options on how to spend our time.
Evenings at Atlantis are when the casino and restaurants begin to fill up with guests. Live music happens at several venues throughout the resort but we were normally at the Radio One private concerts on most evenings. Reservations are recommended at the restaurants. Because we normally ate a late lunch or late dinner, we never needed a reservation.
The Atlantis Resort is the kind of place where you can stay active or do nothing at all and still have a wonderful time. The setting is beautiful. The staff is friendly. After learning the ropes on saving money at the resort, we had a great vacation.