Journey to a not-so-lost kingdom

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This article was published 23/12/2014 (2787 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I’ve been fortunate to visit a few resorts in my travelling life, but never have I stayed at one quite like Atlantis, Paradise Island.

With loads of outdoor adventure, decadent indoor luxury, and full schedule of daily activities and attractions, you get the best of all worlds here.

Atlantis, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014, is a sprawling property on one of the best beaches in The Bahamas. It’s situated on a peninsula, allowing for breathtaking views of turquoise waters and white sands. It’s an ideal destination for group travel, because there really is something for everyone, and every budget.

Photo by RoseAnna Schick Atlantis, Paradise Island is a unique experience, offering outdoor adventure and decadent indoor luxury.

The economic traveller looking for the most affordable option will find casual tropical décor in the Beach Tower guest rooms. Mid-range spenders can check into Coral Towers and choose from contemporary guest rooms or suites. The iconic Royal Towers, central to all of Atlantis’ premiere attractions, offer deluxe accommodations and are the most photographed structures on-site.

They are just as grandiose on the inside, too, with massive pillars, statues and murals depicting the lost city of Atlantis, and a great big “Poseidon’s chair” that entire families can pose for pictures on. The Royal Towers also connects directly to the casino, with slot machines, card and roulette tables, sports betting, and a special high rollers section that spending $21 on slots didn’t qualify me for.

For the most luxury, The Cove is for you. This gorgeous all-suite tower is closest to the beach, and is the island’s most sophisticated and chic escape, with special amenities available only to Cove guests. The Ocean suites have open floor plan with step-down living rooms, walk-in closets, big-screen televisions, and spacious marble bathrooms that happen to have remarkable acoustics for singing in the shower.

The best thing about The Cove is that you’re guaranteed an ocean view from every room. The balconies are large enough to dine on, and each one is shielded from the next, providing a true sense of privacy and solitude. So kick back, put your feet up, and take in the sunset or sunrise — you’ll get one or the other, depending on which way your balcony faces.

Outside, you have access to Cain at The Cove, an adults-only pool and beach club with chaise lounges, daybeds and  cabanas, poolside gaming, an all-day DJ spinning pulsating techno music, and some of the best people-watching around. Cove guests also get access to Cascades pool, located right alongside the beach, much less nightclub-ish, and much more suitable for families.  

Since I wasn’t travelling with my family, I was happy that halfway through my trip, I found a surrogate one. The four ladies from Delaware — a mother and three daughters — were on vacation to celebrate a 40th birthday. I felt right at home with these awesome women, and felt a little bit like I was travelling with my own sisters. This made Atlantis feel even more special for me, and opened the door to a whole new level of shenanigans…

More to come: My next Travelations will continue with Atlantis in the second of a two-part series. Please join me as I discover the adrenaline-inducing water park, playing with dolphins, snorkeling with stingrays, shark-watching, yacht-stalking, and more.

RoseAnna Schick

RoseAnna Schick
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RoseAnna Schick is an avid traveller and music lover who seeks inspiration wherever she goes. Email her at rascreative@yahoo.ca

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