Atlantis - how does it work?

Old Oct 24th, 2004, 01:20 PM
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Atlantis - how does it work?

how does Atlantis work? you stay there, right? is it like disney? do you have to buy a pass to the amusement park? is it expensive?

are the accomodations all good, or are only some, most likely more expensive levels, worth it?

what's the best length of stay - 2,3 days or more?
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Old Oct 24th, 2004, 01:57 PM
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There is no amusement park.Type Atlantis into the search box for more info.
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Old Oct 24th, 2004, 05:49 PM
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It's a resort hotel with a really nice pool and aquarium. There is no amusement park.

If you stay there, you can go through the aquariums and use the pool and water slides at no additional charge.

If you don't stay there, you can no how no way use the pools/slides, but you can pay a fee to walk through the main Aquarium called The Dig.

None of the hotel rooms are "worth it," so to speak. They are just regular rooms. You are paying for the incredible grounds, lobby, pools and slides, and common areas.

How long to stay? Depends on your interests. For how many days can you/your kids sit by a pool, play on a beach, ride water slides, eat at expensive restaurants, and/or gamble? You can do your own side trips, but nothing is "included."

Hope this helps.

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Old Oct 24th, 2004, 06:01 PM
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Go to www.atlantis.com for a look at the resort.
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Old Oct 25th, 2004, 05:08 AM
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We stayed at Atlantis last year - got an air inclusive package which was a tremendous saving - rooms were about half price and there were two-for-one coupons included for additional activities such as a snorkeling excursion.

I think 3-4 days is probably enough. I would not spend extra money on a room just to stay in Royal Towers unless you plan on spending a lot of time in the room. The grounds are terrific, as is The Dig. The various pools and slides are nice for those who enjoy slides - I liked the Lazy River ride myself. Hubby enjoyed the slide that goes through the shark pool and snorkeled in the lagoon. The sea was a bit rough when we were there so we did not use the beach except for long walks on the sand. Not gamblers, so we did not use the casino although we walked through it to and from our room to the restaurant.

I would suggest considering the meal package unless you plan to eat outside the resort (maybe in Nassau) - otherwise restaurants are fairly expensive at the resort itself. Plenty of variety and good food.

We were there in early December - lazed around the pool in the morning. Went out to do something mid-day: walked to Versailles Gardens and the Cloister on Paradise Island - not too far from the resort; took the ferry across and hopped a jitney to check out the Botanical Gardens and the Flamingos; from the Nassau side, walked back to Atlantis over the bridge; etc. In the late afternoon, relaxed around the pool at the resort, wandered through the grounds and the Dig - the aquarium never stopped being fascinating.

In other words, had a fantastic 4-day vacation by mingling resort amenities with other things on the island, and a snorkeling trip offered by Seahorse. We wouldn't mind going back at the right price.

If you would like to see some photos from our trip, you're welcome to check out: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/eerkun...rkun/my_photos.
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Old Oct 25th, 2004, 05:52 AM
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We were just there two weeks ago. We stayed four nights/five days. This was just about right. Remember traveling kills day one and day five. I found no reason or desire to leave the resort. The Nassau area is not the nicest. (Sorry to all who live there). The resort grounds are not an amusement park like said above. It has wonderful water slides for all ages. It has many pools, lagoon areas, and ocean swimming areas. There are many restaurants to choose from. I would not recommend the meal plan. We did the gourmet. The food was good, but I felt I had to overeat in order to justify the cost. If you are a couple, you may like this plan. If you are going with kids, like we did, than I would recommend winging it. One night nice, one night buffet, one night burgers by the pool.
The hotel: Now, I did not see Coral tower rooms, but the Royal towers is the only place to stay. The Royal towers has the nicest accomdations. The beach tower is a dump. (My brother was in there and said he felt like he was at a MOtel 6 somewhere.) It is worth the extra. If you have kids, the Royal towers has two queen beds vs.two doubles. The royal towers is also closest to all the slides and pool areas. My brother said it took 45 minutes one way walking with three small children. Like I said, I have no opinion on the Coral. We enjoyed our stay here. We relaxed by the pool, swam in the lagoons and oceans, saw their aquariums, and ate like pigs! It is a very expensive place, but I think it is expensive almost anywhere you go. We did the meal plan because we felt we wouldn't have to think about cost. I recommend the marketplace in the Royal towers for breakfast whether you do the meal plan or not. It was about 65 dollars for two adults and two kids. But they have everything for breakfast!!!! We were not hungry again until late in the day.
Enjoy!
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