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Island Wonders at Atlantis

Jun 21, 2019

Atlantis is one of the most iconic resorts in the Bahamas – and for good reason. Few resorts quite succeed at catering to families, luxury travelers, children, and adults alike. Whether you’re an underwater adventurer looking for close encounters with giant manta rays and reef sharks, a kid (or kid at heart) looking to plunge down the thrilling water slides at Aquaventure (Atlantis’s celebrated 141-acre water park), or are looking for a little romance on a quiet beach – Atlantis offers fun and luxury on a grand scale.

Where to Stay

Atlantis offers six different properties, each with its own character and style. The Cove is Atlantis’s luxury hotel, catering to adults, couples, and to sophisticated travelers. Soak in one of the two private pools (reserved for adults-only). Enjoy fine dining at the hotel’s celebrity chef-helmed restaurant, Fish by José Andrés. Or, enjoy fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and island flavors at Sip Sip. Suites incorporate Bahamian design, with textiles by the renowned textile artist, Lulu DK.

And then there’s The Royal, Atlantis’s iconic hotel, known for its beautiful pink façade. The world’s largest open-air marine habitat is at your doorstep. Explore 14 lagoons, home to some of the world’s rarest and endangered sea creatures. See sharks, barracudas, rays, and sawfish in the Predator Lagoon. View Caribbean reef sharks at the Mayan Temple Shark Lagoon, or venture into the Cenote to see the endangered alligator gar. At the hibiscus lagoon, watch green sea and hawksbill turtles. Or, view the newborn fish at the Estuary. When you stay at The Royal, enjoy family-friendly rooms, with access to a range of kid-friendly activities, the water park, and beaches. Amenities for adults include the casino, 18-hole golf course, and Mandara Spa®. For dinner, indulge at Nobu, celebrity-chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s sushi and Japanese restaurant.

Other accommodations include The Coral, situated right by the marina, where luxury yachts come to dock. The Harborside Resort and The Reef feature residential-style suites and studios, with kitchens and all the comforts of home. And The Beach provides value-based accommodations for budget travelers.

Aquaventure: Atlantis’s Iconic Water Park

Aquaventure is a must-visit. The centerpiece of Paradise Island, it is not just one of the largest water parks in the Atlantic and Caribbean region, but is actually one of the largest water parks in the eastern hemisphere.

With 141-acres of water slides, river rides, pools, and beaches, one day alone might not be enough to experience it all. Take the Leap of Faith, a virtually-vertical drop from atop the water park’s Mayan Temple. Plummet through complete darkness into The Cenote, with an adrenaline-packed ride on The Abyss. Ride an inner tube through a tunnel surrounded by reef sharks on the Serpent Slide. Younger kids can enjoy Splashers, a water playground. Soak beside a pool, relax on a lazy river, or lounge on over five miles of Bahamian beaches.

Dolphin Cay: Swim with Dolphins While Supporting Conservation

Dolphin Cay houses 17 dolphins whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The dolphins reside in a 14-acre environment, which includes an animal rescue and rehabilitation hospital and a sea lion center. While swimming with these extraordinary mammals, learn about the unique challenges they face in the wild and about the ways that human impact has threatened their natural environment. Best of all, your visit to Dolphin Cay supports the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, which works to address conservation issues facing the ocean.

Delve deeper into the ocean with Atlantis Marine Adventures, which allows you to meet and learn from one of the 100 marine biologists who work at the resort. Discover the unique challenges facing the species you can see at Atlantis, while also supporting important work to conserve and preserve marine habitats in decline. Atlantis is not just an aquarium; it is a conservation and research facility devoted to educating the public about the challenges facing our oceans.

Plan a fun-filled experience in the Bahamas at Atlantis, where the Bahamian spirit and all-out fun meets total luxury. Contact a Travel Advisor today to begin planning your Atlantis discovery.