Atlantis – Back From the Depths…
Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas
Paradise Island doesn’t really count as a separate island in the Bahamas group.
It’s really just an offshoot of New Providence, the main island, and can be
reached by bridge from the capital, Nassau.
It does, though, have a culture that’s all its own. In recent
years Paradise Island has developed a reputation as the place to enjoy yourself
in the fun, hedonistic atmosphere of the Bahamas, and, for those who can’t be
bothered to travel too far from the ‘mainland’ of New Providence, and number of
hotels and resorts have sprung up to meet demand.
Probably the most successful of these is Atlantis. Situated on
the south side of Paradise Island, this resort has been beating down the
boundaries of what we’ve come to expect from major vacation destinations. It
does this, at a very basic level, by defying categories. There are a number of
accommodation options at Atlantis. You can stay in one of the ‘tower’ hotels,
or enjoy a greater degree of self-reliance in self-catering accommodation in
the Harborside Resort. If you’re fortunate enough to own a boat, you can even
sleep aboard while moored in the marina that the resort complex surrounds.
It’s not only in its variety that Atlantic challenges
traditional ideas about resorts. As a destination it’s a little like Disneyland
in that it defies easy classification. Although you won’t manage to find dirt
cheap accommodation here, there is a range – so you shouldn’t have too many
problems putting together a vacation to suit your budget.
One thing you might have problems with, though, is deciding what
to do when you get there. Atlantis must be one of the most staggeringly
well-equipped vacation resorts in the world. There is a usual run of
watersports that you might expect from any high-end Caribbean resort and a
couple of great beaches if you just want to chill out and relax. But beyond
that, the choice is virtually endless.
Kids are particularly well catered for. Atlantis features the
Discovery Channel Camp. Although your kids don’t actually stay there during
your vacation, you can send them on programs and activities that vary from a
single hour to a whole day in length. Although this is very far from being
school, there is quite a strong emphasis on activities that will stimulate your
child mentally as well as physically – including lots of opportunities to find
out about and experience the local flora and fauna. There is even an
astronomical observatory for them to visit at night and learn about the stars
Bigger kids have a huge variety of choices. Sports fans can play
tennis on one of the dozen courts, and there’s an excellent, brand new golf
course for golf fans. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the 18-hole, par-72 course
should provide much of interest to even the most seasoned golfer. There are, of
course, coaching facilities available for those who have come on vacation with
the express intention of improving their game.
In the evening, there are three clubs for avid partiers to enjoy
themselves in. The Jokers Wild comedy club provides entertainment for the funny
bone while Dragons caters for those whose idea of a great time is to boogie the
night away. There’s even a dedicated club for teens – Club Rush, which is
equipped with great spaces to chill out and all kinds of facilities for your
kids to enjoy themselves, including a non-alcoholic bar. The clubs are within
easy distance of the on-site casino, which is on a scale to rival quite a few
Dining options at Atlantis are excellent – everything is
available from snack lunches to comfort food and gourmet dining. The cookery at
Atlantis is recognized as being very special indeed, and those vacationers
intent on making the most of the fine dining opportunities on offer are advised
to book tables for every night of their stay in order to avoid disappointment.
Those who don’t want to bother about paying bills at the end of the meal can
also sign up for the cashless dining scheme. Although Atlantis hasn’t gone al
the way down the road of all-inclusive package vacations in the way some
resorts have, the management still go out of their way to make life as easy for
you as possible in this regard.
Atlantis is a great choice of vacation destination for those who
want fun and flexibility. Kids are well catered for, and it’s easy to choose a
standard of accommodation that fits your budget exactly. It’s also very
unlikely that you’ll ever run out of things to see and do, even if you’re here
for an extended break. This Atlantis is unlikely to disappear under the waves
any time soon – but why take chance? Book your vacation