Atlantis in August for how long?

May 31st, 2006, 07:31 PM
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Atlantis in August for how long?

Hi! We are considering going to Atlantis for 1 week in mid-August. It is me, my husband and our 8 year old. We are very laid back(villa rental in T&C) type of people and I am scared that it will be PACKED in August..Also, should we stay in the Coral Tower or the Royal Tower? Is the Imperial level worth it? My daughter wants to do the slides and lazy river pool, but I am guessing that will get old after a day or two. What is the beach like? Can it compare to a Prov, G.C. or V.G. beach?

P.S. We are also looking at villas in St. John and Virgin Gorda, but we want something either beachfront or less than a 5minute walk to the beach. Our problem is the HEAT, so we ere looking for a villa with central air. I found a few on St. John, but nothing on Virgin Gorda. Any suggestions?
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Jun 1st, 2006, 04:15 AM
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The slides are closest to the Royal Tower and the lazy river is closest to the Beach Tower. The Coral Tower is in the middle and would be convenient to both. If you want laid back , then Atlantis might not be for you. We love it there, and always manage to make our own laid back vacation, but the place is huge. We love the beach there. The water is calm and clear. It will be HOT and you will want to spend your time in the water. We usually stay five nights.
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Jun 1st, 2006, 07:09 PM
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I agree with schmerl that the Coral Towers are right in the middle and convenient to everything, but I disagree somewhat about the place not being laid back. How can it get more laid back than sitting by the pool or on the beach with a tropical drink in your hand? Or floating for an hour in the lazy river? I think Atlantis can be whatever you make of it. The area around the slides near Royal Towers was packed with kids yelling and having fun, but there are plenty of other pools with a quieter, calmer atmosphere. And yes, the place is huge. I think it is even huge by Vegas standards.

We stayed in the Coral Towers for five nights late last week (just got back Monday). The rooms are clean but very basic, but you are paying (dearly) for the waterscape and other attractions, not the room. In my view, 5 nights was one night too many.

Personally, I would go back to Tortola before going back to Atlantis. We got a nice villa on the beach in July about 4 years ago (Fort Recovery Villas). It did have AC and was a very nice place with a staff that worked really hard to make us feel at home. Just a short (30-40 minute) ferry ride to Virgin Gorda. I felt like I could swim to St. John. And St. Thomas was only a 45 minutes ride away.

Atlantis and the Virgin Islands are two very different vacatons. If you want amenities, fancy tropical drinks around every corner, casinos and man-made paradise, Atlantis is for you (and it is very beautiful). If you want natural beauty and a more genuine experience, try the VI's (never went to St. John's but hear it is nice as well). However, you should also consider that your eight year-old will be in heaven at Atlantis but will probably be a little bored in the VI's unless you fill your days with action (snorkel trips, seeing the baths on Virgin Gorda, visiting Coral World on St. Thomas, etc.) Our son was about eight when we went to the VI's and is now 12. He had a great time at the VI's (we packed our days with action) but without a nano-second's hesitation would pick Atlantis if he had to choose.

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Jun 2nd, 2006, 08:43 PM
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Thanks for your post, Dave. I know that my daughter would prefer Atlantis as well, so I am trying to go from the Bahamas to the BVI or the VI, but cant figure out how to do it..3 nights Atlantis and then a week in a villa sounds great. Tell me about the Fort Recovery Villas//are they beachfront. The a/c sounds great!
Thanks!
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Jun 6th, 2006, 03:57 AM
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Yes, Fort Recovery is beachfront, but the beach is rather small and not your typical tropical white-sand beach. The beach at Fort Recovery faces St. Johns and has a wonderful view. Nice place to relax in the evening after a day doing other stuff, but I wouldn't spend my day there. However, Cane Garden Bay is (in my opinion) one of the world's most beautiful beaches and is only a short drive away. As I recall, Fort Recovery is mostly individual villas, reasonably priced (for what you get). There is a ruin on the hotel property and a small pool. I think they have a decent website as well.

Tortolla is such a small island that nothing is very far away.
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Jun 6th, 2006, 05:15 AM
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Have been to the Atlantis and stayed in the Royal Towers. This is the closest hotel section to all the action. It is also the newest and nicest (in my opinion). The Atlantis is busy, crazy and expensive. The food is good, the pools are fun. There is gambling if you like it. My kids loved it. They were about 10, 12 when we went. (girls also)
My kids are also very happy just going to the beach and swimming.
I would say 4 nights is plenty at the Atlantis. It is a great long weekend place.
There are also villas and such in the bahamas if you want to go to one of the outer islands. I have not been, but I am sure it is much nicer. I am sure you can go from Nassau to STT and then on to St. John. That is supposed to be gorgeous and quiet. Maybe go to St John first and end in the Atlantis. St. John will seem very boring compared.
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Jun 8th, 2006, 05:34 AM
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We leave Sunday for our 4th trip in 2 years. We take our now 6 1/2 year old daughter. We love it! I would suggest staying at Harborside Resort, the timeshares at Atlantis. For the money that you will spend in the Royal towers, it is worth it to spend it at Harborside. They are beautiful condos across from Atlantis and you can use the facilities of Atlantis for free. It is an easy and beautiful walk around the marina (big beautiful yachts) or take a quick shuttle. If you get overwhelmed at Atlantis you can stay at Harborside's pool-fun kid oriented pool. I don't think Atlantis gets old at all, it takes at least a full day or two to see it all-the aquariums and all of the sea life is amazing. The beach is fantastic, you can walk along the beach for a long way, the water is beautiful blue/green and WARM!! My daughter has found wonderful shells on the beach and has a great time playing in the soft sand. You will all be fully entertained for a full week. You can look on ebay for a timeshare rental, I think you can do it through Atlantis too, but it is more expensive that way. Have fun!!
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Jun 8th, 2006, 07:27 AM
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Another closer option you might want to look into is Harbour Island, a 2 hour amazing ferry ride or a 15 minute flight to N. Eleuthera and a water taxi ride over to the island. The ferry stops at Spanish Wells and then on Harbour Island.

You can stay at one of the resorts or in a villa on island, right ON the beach.

Lots of families on island, so your daughter should be able to find a friend or two to pal around with.

Try one of these websites for more info.

www.coralsands.com
www.romorabay.com
www.myharbourisland.com

Have a great time.
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Jun 8th, 2006, 11:03 AM
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My two sisters and I did our annual sister trip to Atlantis last year and I wouldn't go back. It is incredibly expensive, very crowded and the beach is not that great. I would recommend that you look into just about anywhere else; I just don't think it's worth the money. There are so many places in the Bahamas that would be a better value. We are looking at Harbour Island for our next trip.
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