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Atlantis - Harborside Resort
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Paradise Island
New York, NY
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“Wonderful family vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2009

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!!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2009

We are owners at the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, FL, and this is the second year in a row that we have traded our ownership week for a stay at Harborside/Atlantis. This year we offered our children (ages 5/8) the option of going back to Disney World and they chose Harborside! There is so much to do there, and there isn't the daily expense of park admission that you get at Disney.

We have stayed in both Phase I and Phase II and liked them both for different reasons. I understand that Phase I is beginning to be remodeled this year, so they will soon be comparable in terms of decor.

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1.) Pack a suitcase of food & household items (dry goods) to stock your kitchen. Families with young children will especially be thankful to have food your children will eat, rather than spending a fortune of money on food they do NOT like. We generally pack: pre-packaged muffins, pringles, bagels, peanut butter, jelly, syrup, bagged Bisquick, boxes of cereal, spaghetti, mayo, salt/pepper, kool-aid or crystal light (only one pitcher in room), a dish sponge and two dish towels, 5-6 Laundry Dropps, and dish washing liquid and 5-6 dishwasher detergent tabs, 4-6 cup Coffee Filter Packs, etc.
2.) We pre-arrange our transportation to and from the airport with Godfrey A. Simms. Mr. Simms will pick you up at the Nassau Airport and also pick you up at Harborside and take you back to the airport at the end of your stay for a flat rate of $100, paid up front upon arrival. He also gives island tours. We discovered him on the Ministry of Tourism website -- and we were SO pleased with his services. He can be reached at [--]
3.) Mr. Simms also took us to a nice, new family grocery on Nassau, before we went to Harborside. I brought along some sturdy canvas grocery bags as well as some collapsible cooler bags. It may be a few hours before your cold items make it into a refrigerator! At the market we bought all perishables for the week including juices, lunch meat, bread, eggs, yogurts, etc.
4.) We ate breakfast in the villa daily. Each morning I packed everyone a nice lunch and we ate poolside or at the tables adjacent to the beach. We brought along our own sandwich containers and a small soft cooler and ice packs to make it possible. It was also great to have access to cold drinks ALL day!! I even froze small containers of fruit and brought them along -- they were my kids favorite!
5.) Nightly, we did eat out at restaurants. Be prepared in advance -- you will pay top dollar for food there. It is a nice resort and it is on an island, so everything has to be shipped there for us vacationers. At Marina Pizza, you will pay over $30 for a family sized pizza. (It is good.) Hopefully family travelers with young kids will plan for this and the savings you get from packing food and buying on Nassau will make the sticker shock okay. Just think of what it would be like to be a native and have to pay those prices all the time!!
6.) We LOVE Dolphin Encounters -- which is on Blue Lagoon Island. The boat ride is fun and the price is much better than Dolphin Cay. Both programs are great, but for the money, this is our recommendation! Shawn is our favorite dolphin!
7.) The Bahamian Craft Village is lots of fun, and a perfect place for the children to come and spend their allowance money. Many of the vendors will be assertive in trying to get your business and it did turn us off a little. However, that being said, we met a talented and wonderful lady Dorothea Rolle who even custom designed me a very high quality purse to my specifications by the very next day. She is so lovely, and I highly recommend that you ask for her when you go to the market. You can even contact her at [-]. You can tell her you found her on Trip Advisor from Grace and Lily's parents.
8.) Finally, I do highly recommend traveling to Atlantis during their quieter seasons. We travel there in September and early October and although some restaurants may be closed, and all the pools at the Beach Tower too, you basically have the rest of the resort to yourselves, and it is wonderful!! No wait to go down the Leap of Faith, no wait to go down the Challenger slides, Aquaventure is not too crowded, and sometime at Cove Beach, you may be the only family there. That is Paradise found!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Denver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2009

We traded our time share for this resort so we did not pay to stay here. After reading other trip reviews we used Sandy Ferguson for a taxi service. It was so nice upon arrival having someone waiting for us with a sign and not worrying about getting a taxi as there were 5 adults plus our luggage. We didn't actually have Sandy but we had one of her employee's, Philip and he was excellent and we would definately use her/him again. [--].com. We got 2 1 bedroom places for the 5 of us and thought the rooms were great. We brought a lot of food from home (bagels, cereal, chips, snacks, box dinners etc) so we did not eat out much since we knew the food would be expensive. We got 2 drinks at the poolside bar at they were $10.50/piece. The resort was beautiful and there were no lines to go onto the different water slides but they said sept-nov is there off season. In the lobby everyday there is free interent from 8am-8pm for 15minutes/person. However, depending on the time you may have to wait for 1/2hr-1 hr to get on. The only "complaint" is there was no real oven...just the microwave which is also the conventional oven. This is not really a complaint as we made do with it and all our dinners still turned out great.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2009

If you love heat and water, then you won't be disappointed. Just returned last night and it was one of our best holidays. Our 17 year olds loved it, although had they not met a few other teens, they would have found the evenings somewhat boring. They weren't impressed with Club Rush, but I think that would be because there were very few teens at the complex. We had most meals in our room as we did find food and drinks rather pricey. The complex is safe, but be careful of theft on the public beach.
There is so much to explore, that I am sure we didn't see it all. We hope to return, but I wouldn't go during the high season. I think it would be very crowded.
The employees are the friendliest I have met in all of our travels. Our accomodations were fine. A few minor items missing, but that just made it more fun (flipping eggs with a spoon) I'm sure if I had asked for the missing items, I would have been accomodated.
Although we were waterlogged by the end of our visit, we'd still rather have stayed than returned to our snow and cold temps.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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Kingston, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2009

Ok...first thing's first...if you're going to Atlantis' property...DO YOUR HOMEWORK! We stayed at the Harborside condos for a glorious 8 days/ 7 nights. It was wonderful! We packed a lot of food to help defer the costly restaurants, such as snack bars, cookies, microwave popcorn, Easy Mac, drink mixes, condiments and pasta. We also froze lunchmeats, butter, cream cheese, bread and buns, hot dogs, breakfast sausage, bacon, bagels and meatballs which we packed in a thermal bag we bought from Sam's Club. We used Sandra Ferguson's Taxi Service and she gave us drinks as soon as she and her son packed us on the taxi from the airport. Me and my hubby had a few Kaliks, the Bahamian beer of choice. Her son made a stop at the duty free liquor store and supermarket for us where we bought the things we could not bring on the plane...like bagged salad, bananas, eggs and milk, jars of spaghetti sauce, etc. Yes, the prices are high in the market, too so try to bring all you can in your luggage. We went to Seafire Steakhouse as on of our "fancy" meals. They give you unlimited bread and butter (which is enough for our family to hold us over) my hubby got the lobster, my sis in law and I got the filet mignon and my bro in law got the prime rib. We also ordered a mashed potato side, green bean side, cauliflower and cheese side and a bake potato that I swear weighed 8 lbs. All of these sides were easily enough for 2 people to share. Total bill with tax and automatic 15% gratuity on everything was approximately $350 and worth every penny. Everyone's meat was cooked perfectly to their liking. We all had an alcoholic beverage, too. We went there a 2nd time and were more careful of our spending...averaging around $112 per couple. Not bad. What was the kicker was the day we went to Johnny Rockets and spent $80 for 4 burgers, fries and sodas. And they were lousy. Went to Mosaic for dinner one night. Fancier buffet. It was really good. Went to the Marketplace buffet for dinner and once for breakfast. You come out of there in pain from stuffing yourself. Such good food.
As for our excursions and activities, we went onto Bestonbahamas.com and booked a "Do-It-All" excursion. Parasail, snorkel, banana boat, jet ski, and time on a secluded beach. The sand was so white and I was in the water up to my neck and could see my feet. It was like looking through glass.
We spent a lot of time at Cove Beach (the BEST beach there) and the waterpark doing slides and such. They were filming an episode of "Ugly Betty" while we were there and had some areas roped off for filming,but it never really lasted long. I was just bummed that I couldn't catch a glimpse of America Fererra. :(
We went to the comedy club one night and our cheeks hurt from laughing so much. I would highly recommend going. It's $20/pp for like an hour and 1/2 of pure hilarity!
Can't wait to go back!!!!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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greenville, ky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2009

Just got back from five days at Harborside. We used Fergie's Taxi for our arrival with a stop at city market to pick up a few staple items. Ride was 50 bucks. Checked in at around noon and our room was ready and waiting. The Condo was well equipped with pots, pans, utensils etc. There is a full size refrigerator, a cooktop stove, and a microwave. There is also a dishwasher and one load of detergent. There is also a stackable washer/dryer in the unit. You need to bring your own detergent. I took some of those new Purex all in one sheets that you use in the washer to wash your clothes and then put the same sheet in the dryer for fabric softener. It worked quite well and didn't take up much space in my luggage. There is soap, shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion in the unit. There is also a hair dryer. One thing I will warn you about is to expect some extra charges upon checkout. We booked through Priceline so maybe if you book direct with Harborside these are included. We were charged 9.50 per day maid gratuity whether she came or not. We were also charged 19.90 per day for a utility service fee.
You will use your room key for everything. They don't take cash anywhere on the resort. We got up every morning and got our wristbands and towels at the pool shack at Harborside and then took the shuttle to Atlantis. We never waited more than a few minutes. We ate breakfast in the room and I packed sandwiches in a soft side cooler for lunch. We ate dinner out every night. We ate at Green Parrot which was just okay in my opinion. The bill was 92 dollars for 4. We also ate at Murray's Deli (72.00 for 3)Marina Pizzaria (53 bucks for 4 including 2 beers), and Carmines (160 bucks for 8). We all agreed that Carmines was our favorite meal. It was delicious and the portions are huge. We ordered 2 entrees, salad, and bread for 8 people and had food left over. It is served family style.
The beaches and pools were great! My kids had a blast on the incredible waterslides. There were no lines and we had no trouble getting a chair no matter what time of day we got out. I am guessing that they were only about 50-60% capacity. They were filming an episode of Ugly Betty which was fun to watch.
If you like to have a few cocktails I recommend Bristols liquor store across the street behind Marina Village. Rum is cheap. Beer is a little pricey, at around 6 dollars a six pack but still much cheaper than the 6.50 per can you'll pay at Atlantis.
Overall, we had a fantastic vacation to the Bahamas. If there's anything I have left out just drop me a message and I'll try to answer your questions.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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travelontime
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2009

I have to say WE LOVE IT... Would not change a thing. For families looking to save money Harborside is worth the time to look at. With its equipped kitchen you can cook meals in the room and SAVE $$$... We stayed for 8 days, 7 nights and only spent a minimum amount in eating out. IF you can, try to get BLDG 5 beautiful Harbor views. IF you are wanting to take a Boat Trip use Bahama Boat Tours with Capt Carl. IT is AWESOME. It will just be your family. The Staff was Incredible and very Helpful. Be Sure when you check in to ask for a Schedule of the Daily Activities at the Concierge Desk.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Atlantis - Harborside Resort
Address: 1 Casino Dr, New Providence Island
Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Paradise Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Paradise Island
#3 Family Hotel in Paradise Island
#3 Casino Hotel in Paradise Island
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Paradise Island
#5 Spa Hotel in Paradise Island
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Paradise Island
#6 Luxury Hotel in Paradise Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Atlantis - Harborside Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 392
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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