A few weeks ago we flew down to the Bahamas for a mini-getaway with two our friends and stayed at the famous Atlantis on Paradise Island. Today I’m sharing a recap of our trip including my thoughts about the resort, waterpark, food and more. Oh, and tons of fun photos of course!!
hat // sunglasses // kimono (15% off with code Q1MANICURES15)
THE RESORT & OUR ROOM
Let me start off by saying Atlantis is a HUGE property. There are several places to stay but we chose The Royal, the tall pink high rises that you may typically associate with Atlantis. They have several more affordable options further down the resort (The Coral & The Beach) and a more expensive adults-only tower called The Cove. We wanted to stay there but due to the weekend we went (spring break & March Madness) it was insanely expensive so we passed. It’s definitely somewhere I’d like to check out in the future though, I hear the rooms are very nice and the adults-only pool would be awesome!
The Royal has a grand lobby complete with an aquarium, shops, and dining, a sports book and a big casino. A lot of the all-inclusive resorts I’ve been to in the past have had small casinos but this one is totally Vegas-style. They have everything! I’m not a big gambler but learned how to play craps which was pretty fun.
The rooms in The Royal could definitely use some updating but this is a place where you spend minimal time in your room… so that’s not a deal breaker. I will say we heard kids laughing at like 7am two days so that wasn’t ideal, but you just have to know there are a lot of kids/families on the property. I liked staying in this part of the resort because it was central to the majority of pools, beach and water park.
WATER PARK & BEACH
I am typically not a big water park person but y’all…it was AWESOME! We loved the Rapids River which was like a lazy river, except not so lazy with lots of rapids that push you along. If you got to Atlantis you have to do the slides, I totally felt like a kid again. I have always wanted to go down the big slide you always see on the Atlantis commercials that goes through a shark tank (called the Leap of Faith) and while it was super scary, I made it down and it was so cool!
There are 11 pools on the property so you never have to hang out at the same place twice. I really liked the lagoon which has a small beach with great views of the resort. It was pretty windy the weekend we were there so I enjoyed the calm water. There are two main beaches on the resort with turquoise water- nice but definitely not the best beaches I’ve been to (this would probably be Jamaica).
FOOD & DRINKS
We arrived to the resort around lunch time so we grabbed some food & cocktails at the Lagoon Bar & Grill. I really liked this place because of the yummy (and strong!) drinks and great view of the lagoon and resort.
If you eat anywhere at this resort, eat at Nobu. Yes it’s a chain and yes it’s a major splurge, but the food is consistent and amazing. I’ve been to the one in NYC so I knew what to expect but it was still such a treat. Highly recommend the black miso cod- best fish I’ve ever had! This restaurant is located right by the casino.
For our other nice dinner we went to Casa D’Angelo, an Italian restaurant also located in the Royal Towers. The food was just alright and quite overpriced in my opinion.
During our beach day we grabbed wraps from the beach bar which were pretty tasty. We had another lunch at Murray’s Deli by the marina. I do not recommend this place because the service was super slow and the food wasn’t that great. The guys got sandwiches that were SO huge they could have easily fed 2-3 people.
On our last day we had lunch at Pirate Republic Brewery at the marina and loved it!! I got the ahi tuna salad and Ryan got the pulled pork sandwich with their house made chips. Great food and make sure to snag a seat outside!
AQUARIUM, CASINO & SPORTS BOOK
Our next to last day there was pretty cloudy & rainy so we were a little disappointed like anyone would be on a tropical vacation, but the great thing about Atlantis is there’s so much to do inside. We decided to walk around and explore the property. One of my favorite things was going through the predator tunnel to see all the sharks and The Dig which is an exhibit where you can see all kinds of marine life. Stingrays, eels, manta rays… you name it!
One of the main reasons we picked this weekend to visit Atlantis was March Madness and the guys loved that the resort had a sports book. We also spent a lot of time at the casino before and after dinners. They had all kinds of different games and bring you free drinks as long as your gambling- Ryan was a big fan of the Bailey’s & coffee. Funny story about the casino- we went down an intense waterslide and Ryan lost his sunglasses on the way down. We ended up in a pool inside a cave and while searching for his glasses (which he found!) he came across a $20 bill. He decided it was good luck and wanted to bet it on a game of roulette. He put $10 each on our anniversary numbers (5 & 7) and the number 7 came up winning us $350!!! It was an awesome way to kick off our dinner at Nobu.
Congrats if you made it to the end of this post, I know it was a long one! Overall we had a great time, traveling with another couple is always fun and there was no shortage of things to do at Atlantis. This isn’t somewhere I would go if you’re looking for a relaxing vacation because there is so much to do, you want to take advantage of it all. We were the for 3 days and packed a lot in but there was so much more the resort offered. Know that there will be a lot of kids around, but if you want an adults-only experience I’d recommend upgrading to The Cove.
If you guys have any specific questions, leave me a comment below or feel free to shoot me an email!