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Great trip to Atlantis -- detailed (food-centric) report!

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Great trip to Atlantis -- detailed (food-centric) report!

My wife and I just got back from Atlantis Jan 21-25 and we had a wonderful time! We got an amazing rate and stayed at the Beach Tower. After reading the reviews, we had some apprehensions, but they were all alleviated once we arrived.

1. Distance from Beach tower to main areas of the resort -- water slides were a casual 8 minute walk and the casino could be reached in 5 minutes. Previous reviews quoted 30 minutes to the casino -- perhaps with a large family and kids.

2. Room & Service -- The room was very nice -- large, clean and updated. It is on par with a four-star hotel. We did not experience any rude service. In fact, one of the lifeguards spent over 20 minutes on a slide/pool looking for a missing watch. We have read reviews that people were disappointed with the quality of the room and service. I can see how one might expect better room/service because of the price tag of the room. However, comparing the room charge at the Atlantis with any other hotel is unfair. Part of what is included in the room charge is the "entry fee" for the pools, slides, marine life, and kids programs. In a way, it's like admission to a theme park and hotel in one, so you aren't getting a $300 hotel room, you're getting a $150 hotel room and $150 admission for your party to the theme park.

3. Food was more expensive that at home, but on par with Hawaii. Here is a breakdown of all the places we ate:

Anthony's ($$)- overall was not that great. The conch chowder tasted canned, cracked conch was rubbery. The burger was ok.

Atlas Bar & Grill ($$)- A surprise! Crab dip could have been skipped, but the seared beef asian salad was tasty and the portabello/veggie burger was a bargain for $10. For the price at Atlantis, not bad at all.

Marina Pizza ($)- $6 for a decent-sized slice of pizza. Jamacain chicken pizza wasn't my favorite, but the veggie pizza with broccoli, spinach and other toppings was good. Bring a bottle of water and avoid the $3 can of soda.

Pisces ($)- $7 fish & chips, cracked conch & chips, or even $5.50 conch fritters & chips were a great deal on the Atlantis property. We ate there twice during our stay. Once again, a bottle of water goes a lot way.

Bimini Road ($$$)- Pork chop ($29) was a little dry, but my wife liked her shrimp salad ($21). Overall, a little pricey, but the entertainment (from the staff singing for the birthday at the table beside us to the live entertainment on the patio), made the experience worth it.

Bahamian Grill ($$$$) - Our final dinner on vacation. While a very nice atmosphere, the food was disappointing for the price. My wife had Lobster Thermador ($52 - overcooked and prepared with pre-cooked lobster) and I had the NY strip ($42). The steak was done well, but the side (creamed spinach) was nothing special. The coconut creme brulee was excellent.

Overall, a great trip. We will definitely go back! I will be very happy to answer any questions.

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1. Re: Great trip to Atlantis -- detailed (food-centric) report!

Did you do any activities on or off the property?

How did you travel to and from the airport?

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2. Re: Great trip to Atlantis -- detailed (food-centric) report!

Nice report, and your assessments of your eating experiences are very much the same as mine...although I've never eaten at the Bahamaian Club...

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We are thinking about going to Atlantis with our 7 & 9 year old and wondered how is the beach? Calm, nice sand or on the rough side, lots of waves? We know we would spend a lot of times in the pools but we are beach people at heart and want to be able to enjoy that aspect.

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4. Re: Great trip to Atlantis -- detailed (food-centric) report!

Even if the ocean beaches are a little rough (sometimes they have 3-5 foot waves, sometimes it's pretty much calm), the protected lagoon and soon to be re-opened cove beach are always quite calm.

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5. Re: Great trip to Atlantis -- detailed (food-centric) report!

Here are few of the answers to questions above:

Activities: We did not do any activities, except the ones included (just being lazy on the beach was good enough). We did consider the Dolphin Encounter, which was highly recommended, but we thought we would try the one in Orlando run via Sea World, since that had a conservation angle to it.

Airport transfer: We took cabs (posted price $27 each way). The cabbie quoted us higher prices ($29-30), but since we would tip them anyways, we didn't bother arguing.

Beach: As komosatp stated, the beach can sometimes be a little rough (intermediate 4/5 days there), but there is a protected lagoon, which is only 3-4 ft depth, calm, and warmer than the regular beach. The pools were warmer for us while we were there though.

Hope that helps.

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darrylcm

we're leaving Thursday for Atlantis and just wondered if you thought the weather was warm enough for a snorkeling trip and the PowerBoat trip to Exuma? I realize we can't predict the weather - but overall - was the weather warm enough for outdoor activities?

A great trip report and very helpful information. One thing...do the rooms offer in-room coffee service yet?

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7. Re: Great trip to Atlantis -- detailed (food-centric) report!

GoneWiththeWind-NC

The weather was perfect for us on the beach, 80-85, slightly breezy, occ clouds. I know it was getting a little cooler when we left, but still should be fine for outdoor activities.

As for the water temp, there were plenty of people in the water and at the beach, so as long as you don't mind it being a little chilly, then the water should be warm enough. I would probably recommend wearing a T-shirt for snokelling to keep some of the warmth though. Not sure what others think.

The rooms in the Beach Tower (and probably the rest) did have the "gourmet" coffee pod system (makes 1 cup per pod, with 4 pods per day or so), which made pretty strong coffee, the way I prefer it. They also sometimes have tea pods as well. There is no charge for this, which is nice.

Hope you have a great time at Atlantis.

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darrylcm

thanks for such helpful information.

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