Cupcake Travel Diary: Atlantis Resort

04/17/2017 7 Comments

Today I thought I’d share some pictures, thoughts and tips from my recent trip to Nassau, Bahamas! My family and I stayed at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Coral Towers. This was my second time staying at the resort.

We arrived on a Thursday afternoon and stayed until Tuesday morning, which was the perfect amount of time to enjoy what Atlantis has to offer.

*If you don’t book your transfers through the Atlantis, I highly recommend majestic tours. They were safe, reliable and reasonably priced compared to other options. 

STAY

The Coral Towers are a great location due to their close proximity to one of the pools, the beach and a quick walk to the Marina shops and outdoor restaurants.

The rooms are pretty standard, which I didn’t even take pictures of because they are pretty basic. I enjoyed having a low balcony that overlooked the resort and the beach though. If you are looking for fancy then check out The Cove. I stayed there in 2014 and it’s more upscale with bigger rooms/bathrooms and exclusive access to the adults only pool.

PLAY

Since it was my parents, my siblings who are in their 20s and my sister’s boyfriend on this trip, we mainly wanted to hang out with a few cocktails. However, we thoroughly took advantage of the river rapids and waterslides. It felt like we were little kids again when we use to go to amusement parks as a family and take on all the rides together. I overcame my fear from three years ago and finally took the plunge down the Leap of Faith. Even my parents did it!

We enjoyed playing a little bit in the casino and exploring the aquariums. We were huge fans of the bar/lounge, Plato, just off the Royal Towers lobby to the left. They have nightly entertainment (an amazing live singer named Paula, sports games and if you drink the local beer then reasonable prices lol (*everything at Atlantis is expensive, just know that before arriving).

Sandy Toes Island Excursion

This was new for us this time around. I was looking for something to do to add to our trip this year and since my dad loves getting out on the water I looked into going to a different location for a day on a boat. Boy did I find a gem!

The Sandy Toes Island was a great experience. You get picked up at the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal right next to Margaritaville (short walk from the Coral Towers). Then there is a 20 minute boat ride (which was pretty calm) to a private island this company Sandy Toes owns. Whoever is on your boat (around 50), plus if the villa on the island is rented, is all that occupies the island while you are there.

Included in the package is the transfer, a bbq lunch (which was pretty good), one complimentary drink, snorkeling, hammocks, bathrooms and a private bar. There are chairs and umbrellas on the beach for your connivence as well.

If you are traveling with little ones or want a more family atmosphere I would book any of the days available except Sunday. Sunday is more of a young crowd and locals who come to have a good time.

EAT

Carmine’s

Unfortunately, this Carmine’s is not as great as the NYC one. It seems their dishes are a little different. It is family style so it may be a good option for families.

Virgil’s 

A yummy family style BBQ restaurant! We had my birthday dinner there and it was delicious. Ordering family style made it easy for us and it was a lot of food!

Nobu

Very pricey, especially for small portions, but then again it IS known for that. It was delicious but definitely take a look at the menu beforehand to understand what you are getting for your money.

Margartiaville 

Margaritaville was a new addition this trip. The restaurant is on the other side of the swim up bar/pool and offers a great view of the harbor while dining. It has reasonable prices because its off the resort.

Marina Pizzeria

Unfortunately I took no photos of the pizza but that is because we ate it so fast. It was delicious and I highly recommend the Island pizza! *This is one of the more affordable dining options, especially for families!

Here’s a few more pics just for fun…

That was my experience this time around at the Atlantis! It is always such a memorable and special place to visit 🙂

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7 Comments

  1. Reply

    Rebecca

    04/19/2017

    Oh my goodness that slide! Your holiday sounds dreamy, cocktails and beaches and barbeque just sounds perfect. Lovely photos too!

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/20/2017

      Thank you Rebecca! It’s a magical place 🙂

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    Van

    04/19/2017

    Ahh you make me want to book a beach holiday right now! The resort looks really lovely and I’m sure I could spend a couple of days doing absolutely nothing there 🙂

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/20/2017

      I highly recommend it Van! It’s a great place to keep you busy and relax at the same time!

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    Jo

    04/24/2017

    My children would absolutely love the water slide that goes through the shark pool and I would love the Sandy Toes trip and the great food! Beautiful beaches, sunshine, cocktails – what’s not to love! #MondayEscapes

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    Jane @ Raincity Librarian

    04/24/2017

    I spent a day in Nassau as part of a cruise years ago, and remember looking in awe at the Atlantis complex!!

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    Kasi

    04/27/2017

    Atlantis looks like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to go to the Bahamas and if I do I will make sure to check out this resort. The beach and the food are amazing, sounds like you had an awesome time 🙂

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