Your definite ticket to luxury while in the Bahamas, the Atlantis Paradise Island is the ultimate resort and water park. With accommodations ranging from standard hotel rooms to villas, condominium hotel residences to the famous Bridge Suite (once ranked the most expensive hotel suite in the world), the Atlantis allows one to create their own experience. Don't worry if you can't shell out for the Bridge; no matter where you stay, the Atlantis offers premium comfort and service.
The beauty of the Atlantis isn't wasted on kids either. While parents appreciate the exquisite rooms, fine restaurants, and optimum views, kids will have the time of their lives in the hotel's enormous water park, Aquaventure. Opened in 2007, the 141 acre (57 hectare), 200 million gallon (757 million liter) Aquaventure combines slides, lazy rivers, and rapids into one large waterscape. The centerpiece of the attraction is the Power Tower, which contains four waterslides.
Adults need not worry about being left out of the fun. The hotel casino, open 24 hours a day, offers tables, slots, tournaments, and other events.
Review by Leah, USA, July 2011
This place is both absurd and kind of amazing at the same time. The over-the-top, kitschy, crowded, Disneyland-esque atmosphere is not my kind of travel, but it is worth going over for an evening to browse the expansive landscaping, the aquarium and the casino. The Casino has several Dale Chihuly glass sculptures that are beautiful. The aquarium is fun -- manta rays, sting rays, tropical fish, turtles, etc. I think you usually have to pay anywhere from $39 to $69 to tour the aquarium during the day. I went in the evening, and there was no one around to check wristbands or anything, so we went right in. It's underground.
The Marina Village shopping area is crowded and full of kids running around, but it's not a bad place to grab a drink or some Ben and Jerry's and listen to the guy playing the steel drums. It's also the place to gawk at the enormous yachts in the Atlantis marina.
The Atlantis, located on Paradise Island, is about a 10-minute drive from central Nassau and is accessible by bridge.