Atlantis Tip Blog 3| An Experts Kid Activity Guide to Making the Best of Your Family Trip

Family and Kid Activities:

Activities and marine attractions (marine exhibits, aquariums, turtles, stingrays, sharks) are everywhere at the Atlantis.   A great summer bonus is when Cartoon Network comes to the Atlantis for the summer (June through September).

Atlantis Obstacle Course

Cartoon Network Obstacle Course Tip:

On the day you arrive go to the Cartoon Network Obstacle course and sign up for a time.  You need to make a reservation early (it is free) to make sure you get a time slot.

Attend Free Activities at The Atlantis Resort:

The Cartoon Network Character parade in Marina Village is on Tuesdays and Friday evenings at 7 pm.   Also, don’t miss the “Screen on the Green”.   Monday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm on the Dolphin Cay lawn.  My daughter loved this!  They put up a huge inflatable screen on the lawn with chairs and Cartoon Network blankets and the kids watch their favorite Cartoon Network shows.  Beautiful outdoor nighttime activity!

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Cartoon Network Tip:

Get there on time to get the free Cartoon Network sunglasses that they give out – who doesn’t love free stuff!

 Paddle-boarding at the Atlantis:

We also loved Paddle-boarding in the Paradise Lagoon.   It is a great fun family activity – $44 per person for ½ hour.  Very relaxing and refreshing.  While paddling in the lagoon you are next to the Cartoon Network obstacle course so it’s like you are watching a live version of the show “Wipeout”.  Well, not that intense because the obstacle course is for kids but great entertainment and scenery all around.

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Ocean and Beach:

I can’t say enough about how beautiful, clear and blue the water is in the Caribbean.  Perfect temperature, crystal clear water, beautiful sandy beach – we couldn’t get enough of the ocean.  The beaches and sand are clean and we swam and relaxed at the beach for hours.  The great part about the Atlantis is that the beaches are right there – no driving anywhere to get to the beach – you can go from beach to pool to water-slide to aquarium very easily.

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Speedway!

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Atlantis Tip Blog 2 | An Experts Food Guide to Making the Best of Your Family Trip

Meal Planning Options:

To meal plan or not to meal plan – that is the big question.    I have several customers who swear that it saves them money and others who will not touch the meal plan.  The biggest benefit to the meal plan is knowing exactly what you will be spending on meals (not counting alcohol or lunch). The full Atlantis plan is $149 per adult, per day.  The other big benefit of the meal plan is that kids 6 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal plan.  So if you are a family with young kids and the kids will order the kids menu (and/or share some of your meal too) then you are in good shape.

If your kids normally order off an adult menu or you are not the type to have both a very large breakfast and very large dinner you may be better going a la carte.

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Atlantis Meal Planning Tip:

I have all the menus for all the restaurants so we can have in depth discussions on what is the best value for your family.    

Atlantis Resort Restaurants:

Lunch for my family was always at one of the 15 outdoor dining options.  We wished these pool food stands were open for dinner!   Everything we ordered from burgers to salads to wraps were fresh and tasty.   You don’t normally expect that from pool food but we have always been very happy with the poolside food at the Atlantis and most of my customers agree!   Portions are large and prices are reasonable.  The fresh fruit in the Bahamas is always amazing, in season and my favorite afternoon poolside snack.  They give you a huge bag of cut up fresh fruit for $9.00.  We all shared it – it was perfect.   We also loved the large Caesar wrap (fresh grilled chicken) and the Greek salad was huge with tons of feta cheese! The value meals range from $10.00 to $12.00 and come with a hamburger, hot dog or chicken strips – chips and a drink.

Soft Drink Tip:

The soft drinks are self serve so you can get one drink for $3.50 and refill your cup at all the soda stations throughout the whole day (we never actually did this because we were on the go and forgot but I kept saying I wanted to try and drink 10 diet cokes for $3.50).

Virgil’s BBQ and Carmines Restaurants:

virgilsVirgil’s BBQ and Carmines are two casual restaurants that offer family style dining.  (Entrées feed 3-4 people easily).  So if everyone in your family can agree on ordering an appetizer or salad and a huge plate of chicken or pasta or steak then family style dining is for you and I highly suggest these 2 restaurants.  Reservations are needed (I can make these in advance for you.  If you decide you want to cancel you may do so with the concierge as long as it is by 4 pm that day).

mosiacAtlantis Buffets:

My family is usually not “buffet” people but I must say we really liked the buffet options at the Atlantis (Marketplace at Royal Tower and Mosiac at the Cove). It is not a buffet line but rather different stations with tons of choices.  Mosiac is first class with a variety of fresh sushi, steak, shrimp, pasta stations, etc etc!  The Mosiac buffet is much nicer and more upscale than Marketplace and we were surprised it was only about $10.00 more.   We ate at Olives (a newer Atlantis restaurant –  a Todd English restaurant just like the one at the Bellagio Las Vegas) which was also excellent.  Great service, big martinis and pretty atmosphere.

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Atlantis Restaurant Tip: 

Olives SignAt Olives restaurant ask to eat outside on the patio or in the “birds eye view” area.  Both these spots are looking right at the huge yachts docked in the Marina.  Just being in the presence of these $100 million dollar yachts is makes you feel pretty fancy.

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Food delivery service – outside the Atlantis resort:

Several of my clients have used FoodStore2Go.com but this was my first time trying it myself.  FoodStore2Go is an online grocery store and delivery service that specializes in delivering to Atlantis vacationers. This service was amazing!  My husband and I figured we would place a small order for beverages and fruit and see how it worked out.  The minimum order is $50.00 and delivery is $9.00.  (I also tipped the driver $5.00).  Prices were reasonable.  A slight markup from a Bahamian grocery store but not much and with no hassle! I had advised people in the past that on the way to the resort your cab driver could stop at a local grocery store and you could go shop and stock up but this is 10 times easier. Convenience is everything to me!  We ordered a case of water ($19.00), 1 liter of Vodka ($14.00), 4 cans of Red Bull ($3.00 per can), a few cans of Cranberry juice ($1.49 each) and a 3 pound bag of small Gala apples ($8.49 for the bag).  You provide your airline info so the delivery driver knows when to meet you at the Atlantis (about an hour after your flight lands).  Right on time the delivery driver sent me a text telling me he was ready with my delivery whenever I was checked in and had my room number.

After I checked in I met the nice driver right outside the Royal Tower.  He unloaded my groceries and got a bellman to bring everything up to my room. Check out the food lists online – there is tons of stuff (most people I know order water, alcohol, mixers and snacks of all kinds).  Bottom line is this saved us a ton of money on alcohol by the pool (or a cocktail before dinner) and saved us on bottled water. We weren’t obsessive about this because it is vacation and we wanted to enjoy ordering and sitting at the pool bars with other vacationers but it was great to have this stuff in our room when we wanted it.  I highly recommend this delivery service!

Food Delivery Service Tips: 

Place your order and use a special code specifically for Dana Rubin Casino Services guests and receive $5.00 off your order.

Note: If you do not want to spend a minimum of $50.00 there is a small shopping center right across the street from the Coral Tower at the Atlantis (Picture).  There is a liquor store there, Dunkin Donuts and small grocery store.  I compared prices to my FoodStoretoGo list and they were about the same.  I saw several people lugging cases of water out of there but that’s not for me.  I much prefer the delivery service but wanted to share that this is an option also for you to save money at the resort.

 

 

 

 


Atlantis Tip Blog 1 | An Experts Guide to Making the Best of Your Family Trip

I am so excited to share with my readers tips from my latest family trip to the Atlantis Bahamas Resort.  Each week, I will post insider information on the best rooms/tower to stay in, kids activities, places to eat, entertainment, how to make the most out of the casino and overall which places/things are not to be missed!

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Outside The Atlantis Hotel

Atlantis Bahamas Rooms and Towers:

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Royal Tower West

I booked my room this trip in the Royal Tower West. This is the first time I stayed in Royal Tower West (I usually stay in the Royal Tower East).  Both Royal Tower East and Royal Tower West have French Balconies (you can open the door and walk out on the balcony to take pictures and selfies but it is not a full balcony that can have chairs on it).   Royal Tower West does have a few full balconies on the corner rooms on a few of the floors.  West tower is little quieter than the Royal Tower East – elevator banks and general foot traffic was less busy in the West tower.   I have stayed in both the East and West tower.  Royal Tower East is also a very central location for the waterpark and main Atlantis attractions and also has spectacular water views.    East is slightly closer to the casino and Marina Village. West is perfect if you plan on using the Kids Club and the fitness center.  We had a wonderful water view (could see the lush green of the entire resort plus the waterslides and ocean from the balcony).  Pleasantly surprised to find 2 comfortable white robes in the closet.   Our room had 2 queen beds.  We requested a rollaway bed and that is no extra charge.  There was plenty of space to move around the room  – even with the rollaway bed.

View From Our Room

View From Our Room

Atlantis Room Tip:

Rooms in the West tower with a full balcony are hard to get and go quickly but you can always ask for a balcony room upon check-in and maybe you will get lucky.

Atlantis Bahamas Water-slides and Pools:

Family in the pool

Family in the pool

Pools are open from 9 am to 7 pm (Water-slides open at 10 am).   We were there at the end of June (peak summer vacation time) and although we waited in line for most of the slides it was not too long of a wait and the lines go quickly.  We liked to park our stuff (towel, sunscreen, room key) at the Royal Baths pool (located very close to Royal Tower West) and then took off for the water-slides.  All the water-slides are right there in the resort – very easy!

Kids pool

Kids pool

Several times our 12 year old daughter took off to do some rides on her own while my husband and I relaxed at the pool.  We also bought a Nerf football for the pool and my daughter and husband loved tossing the football around the Royal Baths pool.  Tons of room to play with fun music playing.

Me on the Leap of Faith slide!

Me on the Leap of Faith slide!

With 18 pools and 10 water rides there is something for all ages.  The best waterslide and the one you always see on TV is the Leap of Faith.  It looks crazy scary and intimidating but trust me – it is a thrill!  Do not leave the Atlantis without experiencing this ride.  I promise you will love it!  For the little kids (under 48”) there are several kids pools/areas with mini water-slides – almost like a mini version of the big stuff.

Atlantis Pools Tip:

We loved going on the water-slides at the end of the day (5-6:30 pm) when lines were very short.  Several times my daughter and I would ride down and then hop right back in line and go down again.  Who can resist going twice in a row when there is no line?!  Have to take advantage of this time frame.

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Stay tuned for the next installment of our guide, Places to Eat!

Atlantis Hotel at night

Atlantis Hotel at night


Atlantis is now exclusive for hotel guests

GREAT NEWS! Aquaventure is now Exclusive for Atlantis Hotel Guests Only!

This new rule will keep the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas MUCH less crowded from cruise day traffic – I love it!

AtlantisNew Atlantis rule takes effect:

As of March 1, 2015, access to Atlantis, Paradise Island’s Aquaventure and other resort facilities will be restricted in order to better enhance Atlantis’ guest experience.

Aquaventure, Atlantis’ 141-acre water park, remains complimentary to guests of Atlantis and our affiliated partner hotels One & Only Ocean Club and Comfort Suites on Paradise Island.

Day passes to Atlantis’ water park, marine habitat and beaches will only be available for purchase through Atlantis’ cruise line partners on a SPACE AVAILABLE basis.


Kids Eat Free

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KIDS EAT FREE PROMOTION AT ATLANTIS, BAHAMAS!
Limited time only –  Must book by November 18th, 2014

(Not valid between November 25th – 30th or December 24th – January 4th, 2015 )
Offer is valid for children 11 years old and younger- Kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult dining plan. (adult plan is $89 per day for value plan and $139 per day for Atlantis full plan).

Valid on new bookings only for travel between now and December 31st, 2015.
“All in” pricing (room, hotel tax, Atlantis fees and booking fee to DRCS, Inc) for 2015 is $246.30 per night in Coral Tower and $272.70 per night in Royal Tower.

**Blackout dates do apply in 2015** – Rates are not valid Feb. 13th – 21st, March 6th – 16th, March 27th – April 13th, July 3rd – 7th, November 25th – 30th and December 24th – January 3rd, 2016.

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