Well, going to write a report on our vacation. My family: me, husband, and nine year old boy and 11 year old boy. I will start by saying I absolutely loved our vacation and can't complain about anything. We had so much fun. Well, our only complaint is we only stayed for five nights! Next time we will stay longer. We were so sad to be leaving.
First off we took a taxi from the airport and I was a little confused by this. It says $32 on all the signs but he charged $45 plus my husband tipped him. I thought it was a flat fee??
We did have him stop at liquor store and we got a case of beer and two cases of water, which he told us he would not charge us since we were very quick.
Arrived at the Atlantis resort and wow! Everything is so pretty. We just loved it. I do not see what anyone complains about! We statyed at Beach Towers. Everything was very clean and nice! We had Ocean view and it was so pretty! I asked my boys if they would have rather been in the big towers to be closer to the water park and they said no cuz we were right on the Ocean and we probably would have never seen all the stuff we seen on our walk there.
Yes it was a walk but so pretty. We enjoyed every minute of it! There is lots of stuff to see right at Beach towers (aquariums, stingrays, and turtles) that we probably would not have seen if we weren't staying there.
The water park: my kids loved it. No it's not Disney but it was so much fun. We loved going from the slides to the ocean as we wanted. And then the private beach was so nice. We walked over the sand to the cove beach several times. We just didn't go on up where their seating was and we would be almost the only ones there. Maybe one or two other families.
Food: we did the dining plan with buffets at seagrapes and marketplace. It was a great deal for us because they were offering kids eat free so it made it $100 a day. Without it breakfast would have been almost 100 and dinner 150 so we came out way ahead! And I do not see what the complaints are about. We thought the food was wonderful and with kids buffets are nice. They can choose what they want and get full and get in and out quick. All the staff was super nice! We liked Marketplace the best. I am vegetarian and was in awe over all the choices: vegetarian chilli, pizza, indian vegetable curry, steamd vegetables, and tons of salads. They even had a place where you pick what you want and they make you chinese. My husband loved that. Oh and in the morning they made you omelates.
As for prices yes it is very expensive. But thanks to this site I went knowing that. One mixed drink was 10.50 but I did have the three while there. They were good but at the prices would not have had too many. lol! Most days we were full enough from breakfast that we waited till dinner. Two days my boys were hungry and we did get them nachos and a chicken sandwich. They were around $8 each. We also packed snack food like crackers and nuts to take to the beach with us.
The only excusion we did was stuart snorkeling. It was really nice. We went in a boat and they take you to three places to snorkel. The last place they feed the sharks and you are on top of sharks. I chickened out of this. hehe! But husband and boys thought it was awesome. The prices were $65 adult and $30 kids. We do wish we would have snorkeled with dolphins. It just seemed like time went so fast. I guess something to look forward to next trip.
When we were leavving the taxi driver charged my husband $45 again and he said I thought it was $32? The driver said it's more with lots of luggage. ?? We had 3 cases! We paid and tipped but am still not sure about that.
Overall: Loved Loved Loved this trip and can't wait to go back. Everything was beautiful and clean. Eeryone there was so nice to us!!