The Atlantis is a fantastic resort complex, the list of things to do is unending - that being said, you better bring a big wallet. Paradise comes at a cost.
We checked in with no problems (it was 4pm) we had made a stop at the grocery store to "stock up" on snacks and drinks. Buying alcohol and beer was a very good move. We purchased a cheap ($10) collapsible rolling cooler at Kmart in advance - most other guests looked at us with great envy. Poolside drinks add up quickly and can easily total over $100 per day.
We were on the opposite side of the roadway which caused some significant problems -- ALL NIGHT road construction, which wrapped up the day we were leaving. The hotel couldn't move our entire two bedroom lock off unit so we were stuck listening to jack hammers throughout the night. The part that bothered me most, is that they made no attempt to lessen the aggravation by offering a dining certificate or any type of compensation.
The room was newly renovated and was very tasteful. The only complaint was in regards to the couches - they seemed quite worn compared to everything else in the unit.
Items to be sure to pack - a sponge, ziploc baggies, laundry detergent, snacks, a dish towel. We brought a full suitcase of stuff to eat and brought 20% of it home - be careful not to bring too much – it’s the last thing you want to deal with when packing up. We made spaghetti one night and omelets another. A seven night stay can be very expensive if you dine out every night. We purchased milk, yogurt, egg beaters, bread and cold cuts at the supermarket in Nassau - food is very expensive in the market. Do not forget to pack plenty of sunscreen it's $28 in any store on paradise island.
The dolphin encounter was great EXCEPT that the private beach area was closed on the day we went (Thursday). We also had fun on the Booze & Cruise - however, the snorkeling area and beach area that they take you to is VERY lame, but the ply you with tons of booze, so you kinda forget about that.
There is a movie theater, pottery painting class, kids club, water activities, shopping, golf, island hopping, encounters with dolphins & sea lions, helicopter rides, jet skiing -- etc. even after 7 days, we only did 10% of those things.
Plan well, put aside lots of money and learn why . . .it’s better in the Bahamas!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the natural wonders of warm Caribbean breezes, blue crystalline waters and sparkling white-sand beaches, Harborside Resort offers Atlantis guests a vacation filled with beauty, relaxation and excitement. Situated just across the marina from Atlantis, you have access to a wealth of private amenities combined with the home-away-from-home extras that only a spacious, private villa can offer. The Harborside Resort is just steps from a harbor front restaurant and pool area, a children's pool with fountains, a fitness facility and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atlantis - Harborside Hotel Paradise Island
- Harborside Resort Paradise Island
- Harborside Hotel Paradise Island
- Harborside Resort Atlantis
- Harborside Resort At Atlantis
- Atlantis - Harborside Resort Bahamas/Paradise Island