Those of us who have visited the Atlantis Bahamas Resort & Casino sometimes assume that everyone must be familiar with this mega-resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas. From the water park, casino, and variety of other entertainment options, there’s something for everyone at Atlantis Bahamas Resort. However, despite overwhelmingly positive press and word-of-mouth from visitors, for some travelers Atlantis still remains on the periphery of their vacation radar screens. There is a lot of information out there about the Atlantis Bahamas Resort, but we’ve broken it down into easily digestible chunks here. If you ever wondered what all the buzz is about, read on to understand how Atlantis came to be.
When South African hotel magnate Saul Kerzner bought the old Merv Griffin resort in 1994, Paradise Island was considered the “quiet” end of New Providence Island. Most visitors on a Bahamas vacation gravitated to the capital city of Nassau or the better developed Cable Beach area. This began to change when Kerzner began creating his vision of a high-end resort based on the myth of the Lost City of Atlantis. Rather than building a typical Caribbean resort -another boxy hotel with a large pool on the beach – Kerzner envisioned a resort where the visitors’ experience would be truly unique.
Developing the Atlantis Resort
To create this experience Kerzner undertook a design, engineering and artistic endeavor of mammoth proportions. The buildings at The Atlantis, Bahamas would be an architectural wonder with every detail harkening back to the theme of the Lost City. It is hard to find a space on the floors, walls or ceilings that has not been etched, painted or carved by one of the hundreds of artisans that Kerzner engaged for the project. The hundreds of acres encompassing the Atlantis, Bahamas are studded with footpaths, tunnels, bridges, flora and fauna that make the walk from one point to another an activity in and of itself. The resort is truly unique, and there is no other place like Atlantis Bahamas.
The architecture and landscaping will amaze and enthrall adults and children alike. However, Kerzner did not forget to include thrills for kids of all ages- with over 21 various pools, water slides and rides, the Atlantis Bahamas Resort ranks as a world class waterpark. And with the largest collection of sea life in the world it outclasses even the best known aquariums. Mix in 37 different eateries – from the casual to the gourmet, world class golf courses, nightclubs and a dolphin swim/nature exhibit and it is easy to see why visitors rarely experience all there is to do on their first visit to Atlantis. If you’re headed there soon, make sure to check out our Top 10 Activity Recommendations.
The Atlantis Resort Today
The Atlantis Resort is now the top draw for tourists visiting the Bahamas and is consistently rated the #1 resort for families in the Caribbean. Every day streams of cruise boat visitors make the journey from Nassau to Paradise Island to visit the Atlantis. However, since only registered Atlantis Resort guests are allowed to use the facilities – these day trippers are confined to touring the periphery of the resort and whetting their appetites for a return visit and a real Atlantis vacation.
So, the most important thing to know when considering an Atlantis Resort vacation is that you must stay at the resort to use all the activities. Sadly, some travelers have booked accommodations at nearby hotels only to find that they could not get beyond Atlantis’ hotel lobbies. With that in mind the critical decision becomes which of the numerous Atlantis accommodations will best suit your needs. Only by staying at an Atlantis property, like the Harborside Resort at Atlantis Bahamas, will you be able to access the full wonder of Atlantis.
Atlantis is a truly unforgettable vacation destination that your family will talk about for years to come. We’ve sent thousands of families to the Atlantis Bahamas Resort over the past 15 years, and are here to help your family plan the trip of a lifetime. Contact us today to start planning your trip.