Atlantis Resort Paradise Island, The Bahamas - Hotel Review
The Found Continent
The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in The Bahamas
Atlantis was first mentioned in the works of Plato, the
mythical lost continent has captured the imaginations
of scholars, divers and curious travelers. Francis Bacon
wrote a novel about it in the 1600s, and nineteenth-century
intellectuals identified it as one of the world's earliest
ideal societies. Today the legend lives on at the Atlantis
Resort on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, where a re-creation
of the fable takes the form of a Caribbean traveler's utopia.
myth provides the theme that runs throughout the massive,
self-contained Atlantis Resort. While we're positive the
lost continent didn't have a Las Vegas-worthy
casino, restaurants by superstars such as Nobu Matsuhisa or a Mayan Temple complete with water slide, we know it
had one thing in common with the contemporary facsimile:
water. According to legend, the ancient continent vanished
into the Atlantic Ocean. The modern-day Atlantis incorporates
water into nearly every guest experience, from bedrooms
overlooking the sea, to the Water's Edge restaurant views of the sting ray pools,
to The Ruins Lagoon containing "artifacts"
from the lost civilization.
Royal Towers at Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island
Mother Nature, Atlantis is the largest open-air marine
habitat in the world. We particularly like the dolphin
encounter; Stingray Lagoon, where you can touch the rays;
and Predator Lagoon, with its clear tunnel surrounded
by sharks and barracudas. Despite its casino, flashy nightclub,
comedy club and adult-oriented dining venues, the resort
is family friendly. Atlantis is undoubtedly a kids'
paradise with a seven-acre lagoon for snorkeling and a
lazy river for safe swimming. In March 2007, the hotel added Aquaventure, a 141-acre water park. New thrills include a mile-long river ride and the 120-foot-high Power Tower featuring water slides. 81 lifeguard stations oversee the fun.
Leap of Faith water slide at Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island
into these wet and wild pursuits is a variety of accommodations,
including the Royal Towers, home to the 4,740-square-foot,
sixteen-story-high Bridge Suite, and the Harborside
villas. There is also an Ocean Club Golf Course, tennis
courts, sleek Mandara Spa and meeting facilities that
can accommodate over 2,500 people. While you could easily
spend a month here without wanting or needing to leave
the grounds, we recommend venturing out. Ask the activities
concierge to arrange a catamaran cruise, or pick up picnic
fixings at Cleito's Cart and head to one of the nearby
dreamy white sand beaches.