Written by glew22 on 04 May, 2009
Only in ParadiseBy: Gary Lewis Jr."Please fasten your seatbelt and prepare for landing," commanded the pilot. Before I knew it Nassau was in the rear view mirror and the Royal Towers were within sight. After unpacking as fast as a child opens presents…Read More
Only in ParadiseBy: Gary Lewis Jr."Please fasten your seatbelt and prepare for landing," commanded the pilot. Before I knew it Nassau was in the rear view mirror and the Royal Towers were within sight. After unpacking as fast as a child opens presents on Christmas morning, we were off to the pools. "Which one should we go to?" asked my sister. "I don’t know, isn’t there like fifteen?" I replied. The remainder of the afternoon we scoured the resort like a tourist at a national monument. At first glance, the Atlantis had certainly lived up to the hype. For the months preceding the trip the photos and literary descriptions of the Bahamian hotspot had raised expectations to an almost unattainable level. Only two hours into the trip, however, it was clear that the pictures didn’t do it justice. The Atlantis is a world renowned tropical destination sitting on Paradise Island. Despite its short one mile distance from the slums and ghettos of downtown Nassau, the Atlantis is a world away. The 60 foot yachts floating in the harbor, the breathtaking façade of the resort, and the 150 acres of water attractions show that Atlantis means luxury. After cooling off in the various pools for the remainder of the afternoon it was back to the room with one burning question: Could the nightlife compare? Only a few hours later that question was answered with a resounding absolutely. The Atlantis has something to offer people of all ages once the sun goes down. My younger sisters departed to the 17 and under, Club Rush, which serves as a combination dance club and internet lounge. I was off to the brand new Club Aura, an 18 and over nightclub perched atop the casino floor. After enjoying the multiple shots of Patron handed to me by some new friends it was off to the casino to try my luck. I didn’t win any money that night, in fact I lost everything I brought, but the monetary setback did not dampen my spirits. The first night was in the books and I was starting to believe that I really was in "Paradise." Day two was spent soaking up the sun, riding jet skis, and taking several plunges down the 60 foot Mayan temple water slide. This particular water attraction takes you on a vertical descent into a tube surrounded by shark infested waters. Despite preventing imminent danger, the four inch thick plastic tube encasing you does little to quell the rush of adrenaline experienced as the kings of the ocean meander by. A long day in the Bahamian sun was followed by a delicious meal at Carmine’s, one of the many high end restaurants located within the resort complex. The remainder of the night was filled with drinks, laughter, and celebrity sightings. I trekked back to the bar at club Aura except this time I was rubbing shoulders with Patrick Ewing, Jr. After a ten minute conversation filled with small talk and jokes I left him with a handshake and my best wishes for his upcoming season as part of the Georgetown University basketball team. I departed the club and paced through the casino to see none other than his father, Patrick Ewing, enjoying a game of blackjack at his private table. The night followed suit for my sisters as well when they encountered Zach and Cody, Disney channel stars from The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, at Club Rush. Meeting the famous was nothing more than a drop in a rather large bucket. The Atlantis provided a truly 5 star experience from dusk til dawn every single day. There were so many aquatic adventures that being in the water never seemed to get old. When it did, you could simply pass the time by relaxing next to one of the shark or manta ray lagoons. The interior architecture and artwork made me feel as if I was in Italy staring at the ceiling of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The nightlife was second to none whether it was spent in the world renowned casino or in the one of a kind club Aura. The Atlantis provided the most relaxing and fun-filled trip I have ever been a part of. Every detail was utterly perfect. Pictures, including those of the Atlantis resort say a thousand words. However, there are one hundred thousand words that describe this tropical getaway that can’t be experienced unless you see it firsthand. I cannot wait until I get a chance to return, except this time, there are even higher expectations waiting to be fulfilled.Close
Written by kiminhalifax on 26 Apr, 2002
Well, first of all, let me say that I was not in the best frame of mind when I visited this island. I had just gone through a nasty breakup and needed to get away. So I may not have the most optimistic…Read More
Well, first of all, let me say that I was not in the best frame of mind when I visited this island. I had just gone through a nasty breakup and needed to get away. So I may not have the most optimistic view of this location.
I did not like the Bahamas.
I found the downtown core dirty, poverty striken (more than I expected), and dangerous. I would not walk alone in this area after dark. Frankly, it reminded me of an area of my home-city that is the home of drug addiction centers and prostitutes. Not exactly what I'm looking for in a vacation spot.
I found the locals not very friendly or helpful. They couldn't tell me where to eat, how to get around, or where to find groceries unless there was something in it for them.
I did not find the beaches to be nice - public beaches were dirty, smelled like diesel fuel from all the jetski operators, and you were hounded by vendors from the time you sat down until the time you left. One exception - the beach belonging to Radisson at Cable Beach was great - and the hotel didn't mind that I wasn't staying there. Great set up!! Restaurant, bar, and lots of chairs. Wonderful, and wonderful staff!!
The scuba diving on Nassau is great - much better than I expected. There are reefs, walls, wrecks, blue holes, and sharks!! And it is priced very reasonably, compared to other vacation locations.
Most of my time was spent underwater. I dove 5 out of 7 days. That usually left afternoons open, where I tried to hit the beach, take a walking tour (unsuccessfully), or gawk around Paradise Island and Atlantis.
So, overall, would I go to Nassau again? Not likely!! But if I did, it would be to dive and I would stay at the South Ocean Resort so I didn't have to deal with the rest of Nassau.
You can see more photos at http://www.pbase.com/kiml/bahamas__underwater
Written by nukegirl on 12 Mar, 2007
If you're interested in making the most of your Atlantis vacation, I highly recommend a trip to Mandara Spa. I go every year when I come, and it's always helped relax me. I'd say it's not the best spa I've ever been to (that honor…Read More
If you're interested in making the most of your Atlantis vacation, I highly recommend a trip to Mandara Spa. I go every year when I come, and it's always helped relax me. I'd say it's not the best spa I've ever been to (that honor goes to the Four Seasons in Dallas), but it's way up there on the list. Mandara Spa offers a variety of treatments, including facials, manicures, massages, wraps, hair extensions, makeup application, and combination packages. You can get a nail polish change for as little as $20, and a shampoo and blow dry for $35, but it's worth it to splurge and try one of the higher-end treatments. For one thing, you get to experience a special "ritual" - and if you spend over $99 you get free access to the sports center for a day and to the full spa, which includes an open-air thalassotherapy pool, sauna, steam rooms, and showers. My first trip here in 2000 I got highlights in my hair. The technique they used was old-fashioned and not particularly painless, involving putting a plastic cap over your head and drawing hair through tiny holes in it, but the result was very natural. Still, thicker highlights are more fashionable now and I've seen them using the more popular foil method lately. Since that first time I've opted for more soothing treatments, and I haven't been disappointed so far. A regular Swedish massage is fantastic, of course, but you should definitely get more creative if you can afford it. I highly recommend the Caribbean Coffee Body Scrub for either men or women; a massage is included in the price, and if you love coffee the aroma alone relaxes you. The most expensive treatment at Atlantis costs $350: Cleito's Tropical Tryst includes a facial, coconut scrub, massage, milk wrap, manicure and pedicure, and lasts 270 minutes. But if that's a bit out of your range (it certainly is out of mine!) you can also choose from a variety of packages or single treatments. Mandara Spa offers four types of massages for men, women, and even pregnant women, and some very tempting rituals for every part of your body. A list of services complete with times and costs is available at Atlantis' Web site, www.atlantis.com.The service here has always been masterful, although for some reason the last time I made an appointment it took them some time to deal with that while I was standing at the reception desk. I always take the opportunity to converse with the locals who provide the services, but they're also good at being quiet if you prefer not to talk. The staff uses high-quality Elemis products and will probably try to sell them to you upon completion of your treatment. Make a reservation when you arrive at the resort, then arrive 20 minutes in advance of your appointment. Close
Written by PaperTiger on 07 Feb, 2005
There is so much to see and do in Atlantis. My personal favourite, which I think a lot of people enjoy, is simply walking around and seeing all the sea creatures. We arrived in the evening, and after dinner, we took a walk of the…Read More
There is so much to see and do in Atlantis. My personal favourite, which I think a lot of people enjoy, is simply walking around and seeing all the sea creatures. We arrived in the evening, and after dinner, we took a walk of the grounds. It took about an hour, but it was amazing and well worth the time! I could have done that for the whole week, but there is a lot more to do than just kick back.
The other thing we spent most of our time doing was sitting by the pool and going on the water slides. The water slide that goes through the shark tank is very impressive and definitely a unique experience. They have drink and snack bars at all the pools and people who walk around to take orders. Half of the pools and the lazy river were closed when we went because the hurricane destroyed them, but we had a great time anyway.
In the lagoon, there is a lot to do, but you want to make sure you go, say, not during hurricane season, because they close a lot of things. It’s also a really great place to go with kids. There were so many people with their kids, ranging from babies to teenagers; it’s definitely a place for the family. Mom can get spa treatments, Dad can go to the bar or gamble, and everyone can have fun at the pools.
There are places where you can go out to the beach, but my husband and I didn't venture out there because there were so many independent vendors who just bug you. You know the type—they offer you some "great" deal and don't leave you alone when you say, "No, thanks." They'll try to sell you everything from daiquiris to half an hour on a jet ski. In the late afternoon, they start to disappear, but unfortunately, we never got to swim in the ocean because of them.
I think there is A LOT this hotel could improve upon, but it is a great experience no matter how much or how little you do. We'll be going back there for sure.
Written by capilitans on 20 Jun, 2004
To summerize, we had a blast! We enjoyed the Atlantis resort and its pools & slides, gardens, restaurants, beaches, and attractions. We liked the location of Harborside since it gave us an escape from the busy atmosphere of Atlantis. We liked the…Read More
To summerize, we had a blast! We enjoyed the Atlantis resort and its pools & slides, gardens, restaurants, beaches, and attractions. We liked the location of Harborside since it gave us an escape from the busy atmosphere of Atlantis. We liked the food at the restaurants, but it was expensive. Our place having a kitchen helped to save on breakfast meals.
We arrived without a glitch except we kept waiting for our luggage which had already been set aside against the wall behind us. That wasted about 20 minutes as we were the only ones not confused by this. The taxi rides from/to airport were OK but our drivers were not very sociable.
Back to the Atlantis - our first visit filled us with awe as we took in the grandeur of Atlantis. Both my wife & I have been to Vegas before and agreed it had the same feel for the glitz. Don't get me wrong because I sincerely mean that in a good way. Every detail was excellent and you can sense the amount of money they put into building the place. The main Royal Tower Lobby is huge. A walk downstairs opens to the Cafe at the Great Hall of Waters restaurant which features the main lagoon with sharks, lobsters, rays including an 8 foot manta and multitudes of fish. This delayed our walk to the beach another 30 minutes.
The gardens were very nice - you have to walk through them to get to the pools and beaches from the Royal towers. The lagoons along with the gardens featured sealife of every kind. There were waterfalls as well. The scenery was excellent when you look up to see the towers looming over the gardens.
We started off in the Paradise Lagoon which links to the sea but is "protected". It was a great place to hang for the day, but it did get crowded as the day wore on. The lagoon featured some fish but you have to look for them. Beyond the ropes where it is about 10-12 feet deep, it is mandatory to swim with a life vest. We saw several people snorkeling (available to rent) and paddle boating. The rentals are not run by Atlantis but by an outside vendor. It was $45 for the 4 person paddle boat for 30 minutes. We did see some colorful fish but had to paddle around the entire lagoon to find their favorite areas.
The following days we tried Cove Beach which was nicer and more quiet than the Atlantis Beach. More kids & family here. The water was so clear and plentiful of fish. The kids loved it when they saw and fed the fish which freely swam up to them. We also tried the various pools. I went down the famous Mayan Temple slide but could not see the sharks in the clear tube - water splashing on my eyes kept me from seeing anything. Go early or late to avoid the long lines. The pool areas do get crowded at Atlantis which is why we enjoyed the Harborside pool so much. Here there were no crowds.
The attractions were also enjoyable. The Dig was great to discover but we never got around to seeing Discovery camp. The casino was beautiful and don't miss the glass sculptures of the moon & sun.
We enjoyed ourselves so much we didn't do any other excursions except for the ferry ride into Nassau to shop at the straw market. Shop around and bargain to hit the bottom prices. Most of the stalls end up carrying the same products so you can be picky and not buy from the first stall you see. Lunch at Senor Frogs is convenient but better values can be found I'm sure.
Given the young age of our kids, there was enough in Atlantis to keep us occupied for the whole week. It was the perfect vacation for their age and allowed us to relax - no driving needed - shuttles were available between all the Atlantis locations.
Written by zzzScuba on 31 Jan, 2003
Paradise Island is an island attached (by way of a bridge) to Nassau . . . an old English port dotted with beautiful pastel-colored homes. The beach is clean and the water is crystal-clear. Recently, Nassau has updated its main shopping attraction, Bay Street,…Read More
Paradise Island is an island attached (by way of a bridge) to Nassau . . . an old English port dotted with beautiful pastel-colored homes. The beach is clean and the water is crystal-clear. Recently, Nassau has updated its main shopping attraction, Bay Street, with a flurry of international shops. Of course, for those seeking straw items, you can visit the famous Nassau Straw Market.
The main attraction at Paradise Island is its beautiful harbor (teeming with yachts of the rich and famous) and the Atlantis Hotel and Casino. The Atlantis is a huge complex that offers superb beaches with lots of sun-and-surf action, a casino, many restaurants, and its own nightclub and movie theater. Guests can also play tennis nearby or enjoy golf at the Paradise Island championship golf course.
Also, there are some quaint shops on Paradise Island . . . but the best shopping is on Bay Street in Nassau.
As far as timeshares are concerned, I cannot recommend staying at Club Land''Or.
The best thing Club Land''Or has to offer is the friendliness of its staff and its proxmity to the Atlantis.
The resort is close to the Atlantis (a walk around the harbor), but there is no easy access to the beach. To get to the beach, you have to go through the Atlantis ... and you may only use one route once you get there. Land''Or guests can not use the many pathways to the beach that are offered to Atlantis guests ... and if you try, the personnel at the door send you away.
Also, Club Land''Or charges many additional fees when you arrive. These include a $16.00 per person/per day fee for the pleasure of staying at this (at best)average resort (this is on top of the fee that you have paid for trading into the resort) + various hotel taxes and required gratuities.
Our room wasn''t anything special. For example, the air conditioning meter could not be read (the digital lights were broken) ... we had to guess the temperature setting, which made it either too cold or too hot. Also, the sliding door to the exterior balcony was broken. The unit has old furniture, and the kitchen dishes were at a bare minimal.
For these reasons, I would recommend visiting Paradise Island, but staying at a different resort. Paradise Island has enough activities for all ages and there is enough to keep anyone active.
Written by azsunluvr on 11 Jan, 2002
My teenage girls went to Club Rush twice during our stay. There is a $10 cover charge and it's open from 8pm to 1am, no parents allowed! Parents may tour the club at 5pm. Set up a tour at the guest services desk in the…Read More
My teenage girls went to Club Rush twice during our stay. There is a $10 cover charge and it's open from 8pm to 1am, no parents allowed! Parents may tour the club at 5pm. Set up a tour at the guest services desk in the lobby. There is a dance floor and music, computers where teens can send e-mail and IM their friends back home, Nintendo & Playstation video games, and a big-screen TV where PG-13 movies are run. There are plush chairs and couches to sit on. A soda vending machine is available. On a scale of 1-5, my teens rated it a 3. You have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to strangers. Club Rush is also available to pre-teens several times a week from 4-6pm. The cover charge is also $10. Check the daily "Fish & Chips" newsletter for schedules.
Atlantis advertises free scuba lessons, but it's not what it seems. The free part is the 2-hour classroom discussion that begins at 9am. After that, you may go for a pool lesson for $35. If you pass that part, you can go on a dive for $45.
There is a movie theater in the courtyard between the Coral and Beach Towers. The movies are all ones you can rent on video, so we never attended.
Ping pong tables are available in at least 2 areas that we saw. You can get the paddles & balls at one of the towel shacks. There are also shuffleboard areas.
The library has some good books available to borrow during your stay. Free internet access is also available there in 15 minute increments.Close
Written by JLK100 on 17 Apr, 2002
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…Read More
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 notch spa and I mean that in the nicest way possible. During some of my travels, I have been disappointed by lackadaisical service. While I realize that this is often a cultural difference, when paying upward of $100 for a single spa service, my expectations are high.
Fortunately, I wasn't letdown. The spa was spotlessly clean and the staff was exceedingly warm and professional. The atmosphere was serene and the massage, outstanding.
One note of warnings: my massage utilized wonderful fragrant essential oils. These oils, of course, do not contain sunscreen so during the outdoor walk back to meet my family, I FRIED in the strong Caribbean sun. My advice? Be prepared to cover up post-massage or choose an indoor walking route.
Written by barbara on 16 May, 2001
What is there to do at Atlantis? A LOT! I would suggest you actually take a few minutes when you get to the resort to check out the channel on your TV that goes over nothing but Atlantis amenities, or you might miss…Read More
What is there to do at Atlantis? A LOT! I would suggest you actually take a few minutes when you get to the resort to check out the channel on your TV that goes over nothing but Atlantis amenities, or you might miss something!
Let's start with water sports:
There are paddle bikes you can rent for $25/30 minute in the lagoon. Kayaks are available, too.
There are free SCUBA lessons that take place at designated pools.There are miles of private beaches with lifeguards for your enjoyment. You will notice TONS of girls in Atlantis with their hair pulled into tight braids and beads. The women in the beach huts do these tropical styles for $2/braid.There is the Lazy River Ride which was a big hit with my son. You just get on an inner tube and float under the trees.And did I mention the water slides? The Serpent Slide in which you twirl through the dark to emerge in a well-lit tunnel and float on your inner tube through a shark tank was definitely a favorite slide of mine! The Leap of Faith slide on the Mayan Temple is awesome (see picture of me going down this slide in Atlantis accomodations entry!). The race slides that time you and your partner are a blast. And on and on. For younger kids there are smaller slides. To ride the big ones, you MUST be 48 inches high, and the slide employees will measure any person whose height comes into question!
After you're done in the water, take a trip over to the full service spa! OR how about the sports center? Courts and equipment can be rented for various periods of time. We had a lot of fun playing putt putt on the 18 hole miniature golf course! This golfing excursion cost around $30 for two adults and a child.
Adult entertainment: The casinos are always open, and I am sure you can find a game to suit your tastes. Dragons is the hip and happening dance club. Fine dining is easy to find (make reservations at the nicer restaurants and have appropriate clothing). The theater is a nice diversion (see separate entry). Shopping is readily available. Understand, however, that ALL of the shops are very upscale. I liked a dress in the window until I saw the $1700 price tag! NOTHING is cheap, not even the sunscreen.
All Around Family Fun: Go on a tour of the Marine Life Exhibits around Atlantis. Visit The Dig. Feed stingrays. Grab a feeding schedule and watch the various fish at dinner time.Discovery Channel Camp should be visited at least once.Babysitting services are available. We paid for a sitter one night, and she was awesome. Atlantis can arrange excursions for you at places such as Dolphin Encounters and Stingray Island.
And, if that's not enough for you to do, I am SURE I've forgotten something!!!
Written by Sask99 on 27 Jan, 2009
The Blue Lagoon is a restaurant aboard the Norwegian Gem. It is located on Deck 8 in the midship. It has a view of the very pretty area by the reception desk, the Java cafe and one of the pianos. If you…Read More
The Blue Lagoon is a restaurant aboard the Norwegian Gem. It is located on Deck 8 in the midship. It has a view of the very pretty area by the reception desk, the Java cafe and one of the pianos. If you time it right it is like being in a piano bar.The Blue Lagoon is open 24 hours a day and you can dress casually here. Despite the Norwegian's "freestyle" claims not all restaurants accept casual clothes, nor are they all free. This one is free and casual however.The Blue Lagoon's menu does not vary much throughout the cruise. It serves standard pub food such as chicken wings, chicken fingers, burgers, etc. They also have good desserts here are well.The service was just as good here as the other restaurants on the ship. Of the three times we tried going, only once was there a wait of about 15 minutes.This is a good place to go if you miss the other restaurants seating times or just want a change.Close