Playing around Paradise Island, Part 2


Atlantis is not just a hotel, but an entire vacation destination! It’s larger than life! As dramatically fanciful as it is magnificent in scope and concept, the legendary Atlantis, Paradise Island offers a resort experience of mythical proportions.


Here are my Tips for what to do and see while staying at Atlantis, Paradise Island:

  • You can explore the lost ruins of The Dig, a journey into the world of the ancient Atlanteans, complete with an elaborate maze of corridors through underground ruins teeming with a stunning civilization of sea creatures.
  • Or experience the world’s largest marine habitat, second only to Mother Nature, with over 50,000 sea animals spread throughout 11 exhibit lagoons.
  • Then wander the amazing 63 acre waterscape, where you can climb a 6-story Mayan Temple, only to come splashing back down on a choice of five thrilling water slides.
  • Or immerse yourself in Aquaventure, a thrilling water attraction, featuring four exhilarating waterslides and a one mile rapid river experience.
  • There are 20 swimming areas to enjoy, drift down the lazy river ride, or investigate the secrets of the 7-acre snorkeling lagoon.
  • Discover endless action in the entertainment complex, featuring a 50,000 sq. ft. casino, innovatively designed with brilliant glass sculptures and panoramic windows overlooking the waterscape and marina.
  • And for kids, there’s Atlantis Kid’s Club providing children ages 3-12 a fun way to discover the mysteries of Atlantis while making new friends.

Combine all this with a full service spa, a sports center, marina, haute couture shopping and a vast array of restaurants and lounges and you’ll soon discover why Atlantis is not just a hotel, but an entire vacation destination!


Interested in going? Here are my quick reviews of the separate sections of the Atlantis Resort:

  • Atlantis Paradise IslandThis is the original section of the Atlantis resort. This section contains the Royal Towers with 1200 rooms and the “bridge suite” that connects the two towers. Overall, there are 21 restaurants, 19 bars and lounges, 20 swimming areas consisting of pools, lagoons and water park areas. Six lit tennis courts, a fitness center with yoga and Pilates, a kids club, a teen’s club and the largest casino in the Caribbean.
  • Atlantis Beach Tower – Each room has either 1 king bed or two double beds. All rooms have full balconies. This is The Atlantis’s most economical section and, it is the only tower that is directly on the beach.
  • The Cove Atlantis – 600 suites, and all of them are ocean view. All suites have a separate step – down sitting area. The cove is very upscale, modern and chic. They have pool side cabanas with concierge service available for an additional fee.
  • The Reef Atlantis – 495 units, many of these units are privately owned and the Atlantis rents them out. Each unit has a kitchen area. The Reef and The Cove are the newest sections of The Atlantis and they are not connected however, they are next to each other.
  • Harborside Resort Atlantis – This is primarily a time share property however, rooms are available to book. There are 7 buildings with a total of 392 rooms. There are rooms that will sleep up to 10 people. All buildings have elevators. There are over 30 handicap accessible rooms and a handicap accessible shuttle to the Atlantis main towers. This resort is on the harbor side of the island, not the ocean side.


Playing around Paradise Island – Part 1

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations – Nassau, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Paradise Island is just that – Paradise.

It’s 685 acres of pure bliss connected to Nassau by two 600-foot bridges. The island was developed almost exclusively to accommodate visitors, with resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, a golf course, an aquarium, and a casino rounding out the amenities. 

In the upcoming blog series, “Playing around Paradise Island”, I’ll be giving you my own reviews of all the wonderful things I got to do and see in Nassau, Paradise Island, Bahamas. From intimate getaways to world class resorts, Paradise Island has something for everyone. So, sit back, relax and take a few minutes to discover Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations – Lighthouse on Paradise Island a.k.a. Hog Island Lighthouse, constructed 1817 at the western tip of the island.

Fun Fact – Did you know Paradise Island was originally known as “Hog Island.” 

The first hotel we visited was Paradise Island Harbour Resort. It’s one of the few all-inclusive resorts on Paradise Island and it overlooks the beautiful Nassau Harbour. The casino at the Atlantis Resort is just a short walk away if you have the need for a little night life. This property is perfect for families and couples searching for an affordable Inclusive vacation. There is plenty of fun to keep everyone busy on this property. There’s even a private white sand beach on property, perfect for fun in the sun and relaxation.

Next stop was RIU Palace. I thought that this RIU Palace was smaller than the typical RIU Palace Resorts in other areas. It’s very upscale, yet casually comfortable. The resort features one pool, one buffet restaurant, and some amazing a la carte restaurants for dinning. The food quality is GREAT! No surprise, it’s located on a picture-perfect, white-sand beach just a short walk from the Atlantis Casino, the RIU Palace Paradise Island is a true oasis with a distinct Bahamian flair.

So what do you think so far?

Stay tuned for part 2 of “Playing around Paradise Island”, as I discover everything Atlantis on Paradise Island.

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations – Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island


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