Best place to vacation in the Caribbean

On September 15, 2010, in Travel, by jon

Atlantis ResortThe Atlantis Resort is a legendary property on Paradise Island, near Nassau in the Bahamas and just a hop from Florida. An amazing place prior to 2007, The Atlantis added the AQUAVENTURE waterpark, The Cove luxury lodgings, and The Reef Atlantis beachside tower with kitchen-equipped suites.

Main features at the Atlantis Resort:

The Atlantis has a 97-acre “waterscape” with over 20 million gallons of lagoons, pools, waterfalls, not to mention its giant subterranean aquariums, all adding up to the “largest marine habitat in the world”.

Giant Waterslides
Near the Royal Towers, the five-story Mayan Temple has a 60-ft. vertical drop that ends in a clear tunnel inside a shark-filled lagoon, and a pair of Challenger slides where you can race your friends.

Meanwhile, in AQUAVENTURE, the 120-foot Power Tower, has four wild slides including “The Abyss”: a near-vertical 50 feet drop through darkness, and two inner-tube slides where you can ride up a conveyor to the slide.

River Loop
AQUAVENTURE redefines the river-float experience. Get on your inner tube and ride all day: through lifts and drops, white-water Rapids, 80-foot underground tunnel and caves, and even up a conveyor to the giant waterslides, if you like.

The Atlantis: Beach and More Water Play Zones
Guests can variously enjoy a white-sand beach, multiple swimming pools, 7-acre lagoon with shallow sandy shore (and kayaks and water toys), large kids pool with slide and waterfalls, baby pool, Splashers kiddie waterplay zone.

The Dig at The Atlantis, and Giant Aquariums
The Atlantis has some of the largest tanks full of sea life in the world, and you can get a subterranean view at The Dig, an Atlantis-themed maze of chambers.

Other Atlantis Resort Features: Giant casino, spectacular glass sculptures, wide choice of restaurants, spa, and Marina Village with shops and restaurants.

What’s special about the Atlantis Resort for families?
•Ripples kids’ pool is a large area with slides, waterfalls, other fun features, and ample room for loungers for parents; there’s a second smaller baby pool as well
•Splashers water play zone is for kids under 48″, with slides, dumping bucket, squirters, etc.
•Gentle Travel for families with babies: a special kit with night-light, lullaby CD, baby care products, and tips about keeping baby’s routine while traveling; Prompt Response hot-line; and more.
•Chow time: kids will enjoy feeding time at the Predator and other lagoons.
•Atlantis Kids Adventures (AKA): an 8000 sq. ft. kids’ club, in partnership with LEGO toy company, with LEGO construction room, performance area and sound booth, kids culinary program in deluxe kitchen, arts and crafts, LEGO Mindstorm interactive play, wizardology room, Victorian kitchen and dollhouse, outdoor play space
•Club Rush has dance floor, movies, videogames and is open early evening for kids 7 to 13, and later for kids 13 and up.

Tips for family visits to the Atlantis Resort:

•The Atlantis grounds are large: look at a map to get the picture, and consider where you want to stay. Royal Towers are near the waterslides, and kiddie pool zone; Coral and Beach Towers are a considerable walk from the Mayan Temple waterslides, even farther from AQUAVENTURE, but close to the lazy river.
•The Beach Towers is family-friendly and casual.
•Wear flip-flops or water-shoes in the water park areas – the surface gets Hot!
•The Reef Atlantis has suites with fully-equipped kitchens.
•Another option is Harborside Villas, which can accommodate larger families; a frequent shuttle takes guests to the Atlantis proper. (Walking might take 10 minutes.)
Keep in mind about the Atlantis Resort:
•Expect that food is expensive; also, 15% gratuity is added at all restaurants. Budget-wise families could pack some fruit leather and granola bars for kiddie munchies; buy refillable drinks; head to the Marina village for snacks at Starbucks and family restaurants; and read visitor comments for other tips.
•Guests staying at the adjacent Comfort Suites have access to the Atlantis facilities including pools, lagoons, waterpark, casino, spa, kids’ camp.


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