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Trip Report Atlantis - A Fantasy Vacation Thanks to John Conway

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We returned yesterday from a trip to Paradise Island. Our reason for going is because my brother-in-law Jim, (my husband's younger brother) who is 44, was recently diagnosed with a glioblastoma. Jim has a wife, Terri, and two sons, 13 and 9. Jim wanted all of us to go away together to the Bahamas, so we booked the trip (all 13 of us) and decided to stay at the Atlantis, Royal Towers. My sister-in-law Terri, has a friend named Nayda who lives on New Providence Island, so she told her we'd be flying down. Long story short, Nayda made some phone calls to someone she knows, wanting to see if she could leave a gift basket in Jim and Terri's room upon their arrival. Apparently one phone call led to another, until John Conway, VP and General Manager of Atlantis Resorts, heard about Jim and his illness. The moment we walked out of the airport, our fantasy vacation began...

There was a beautiful limousine waiting for us outside of the airport. There was a nice Bahamian gentleman named Eric who was sort of our "concierge" at the airport, and he notified us that we would not be staying at the Royal Towers, we would be staying at The Cove. We'd seen the pictures of the The Cove on the internet, and knew what a beautiful place it was, so we were both happy and shocked that we would be staying there.

When the limo arrived at The Cove, we were greeted by so many wonderful people. John Conway was standing there, and shook our hands as we exited the limo. We felt like celebrities! They took us into the lobby and explained that we'd be staying there at The Cove, then explained all of the amenities to us. Again, we were speechless.

We were escorted to our rooms, and were in disbelief at how beautiful the rooms, and the view were. Jim and Terri's room was a large one-bedroom suite, with an adjoining room for the boys. The view of Paradise Beach left you breathless. The floors were marble, and the luxurious bathroom was very large and spacious. The rest of our rooms were ocean view suites, and were so nice! From our balcony we had a view of the many pools and water slides, the Royal Towers, and Cove Beach.

John Conway had arranged for us to participate in some of the activities available at the resort. We swam with the dolphins, were kissed by sea lions, and the kids raced remote control cars. John would call Terri and check in periodically to make sure everything was okay, and to see if she or Jim needed anything.

As vacations always go, the next thing you know, it's time to leave. Again, there were limos waiting to take us to the airport. John Conway was there to see us off. There was nothing I could say to thank him enough for all that he had done for Jim, Terri, and the boys, and what he'd done for us. I couldn't begin describe what this vacation meant for all of us. When we arrived at the airport, we were taken aside and checked in, so we didn't have to wait in line.

When I told my son, who unfortunately could not go on the trip, about John 'Conway and all he'd done for us, I told him that I could never put into words how thankful I was to him and his staff for making this such a fantastic, memorable trip. I could tell that Jim's two boys had the time of their lives, and will always remember this vacation. "How do I thank this man?" I asked my son. He simply said, "Pay it forward, Mom."

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