As my title states, overall this was a near perfect vacation and my family cannot wait to go back!
Here are the positives for my family (because I know positive is subjective - a plus for me could be a negative for someone else):
- Huge resort, tons of options - we could not possibly see or do all that it had to offer. (Not a great resort if you don't like to do a lot of walking).
- Huge water park - tons of water slides, not so lazy river, pools, silly poolside games (beer drinking contests, etc...), tons of snack and drink shacks, upbeat music playing continually, and plenty of places to buy poolside supplies (i.e., sunscreen, water balls, pails, shovels, etc...).
- Quick ride into town - we enjoyed shopping at the Straw Market.
- Tons of onsite shopping
- Big Casino - never saw it crowded.
- Kids' Clubs - looked nice - we didn't try it.
- Arcades - my kids really liked them (although they wished they had the ticket games were you could trade tickets for prizes).
- Good customer service - most resort employees were very nice and helpful.
- Coral Tower - good location, many onsite amenities - not as nice as Royal Towers or the Cove (but less expensive and more budget friendly). Room was kept clean.
- Dolphin Cay - we did the shallow water dolphin experience and LOVED it.
- Photographers - everywhere taking pics, which you can buy later.
- Multiple beaches - calm to hard hitting surf (we preferred calm cove beach).
- Onsite hair braiding - my daughter loved it!!
- Onsite free aquarium - we all loved walking through it every day on our way to the pool.
- Starbucks - yum!
- Mini bar in room
- Upscale restaurants had very limited child menus - we would have spent more money and eaten at the more upscale restaurants, but the kids' meal options were very limited (hey what's so tough about offering chicken fingers, pizza, hot dogs and mac n cheese in all the restaurants so mom and dad can enjoy a nice meal??).
- Water park - a bit crowded, but to be expected over April vacation. Chairs were hard to come by, unless you arrived early. I wish they limited the cruise crowd that descends daily on the water park. Mid-day lines were long (30 - 45 minutes to get on the more popular rides). We hit the beach mid-day to avoid the long lines.
- EXPENSIVE - yikes! I had read it was expensive but brushed it off. To give you some examples : breakfast buffet ran us $98 for two adults and two kids, dinner was always between $150 - $200 before booze, weak drinks at pool were $9.50, even after over-tipping bartender. By the end of the week, we had spent just under $3K on food drink and a few extras.
- Weak drinks (as mentioned above).
- Private parties that limit use of some areas - There were a couple big onsite corp. parties when we were there that closed off some pools and common areas to the other guests. Parties went late and were loud - kept my kids up one night.
- No poolside or beach games for children - wish they had poolside bingo, pool and/or beach games run by resort staff, dance contests, sand castle building, even poolside arts n crafts - anything that would allow my husband a few minutes to sit and watch them play (vs dropping them at the kids clubs were we cannot watch them). We would love some sort of organized poolside activities (like Disney) were we can keep our eyes on the kids, while resort staff entertains them. I love being with my kids - but this is a very active vacation, a little break would have been nice. My kids were not comfortable being dropped at kids' club.
- No ice cream near pool - other than Ben and Jerry's ice cream bars at pool shacks - boring!!
- Maid forgot to leave clean towels one day, and coffee another day.
- No fridge in room (only mini bar) - would like to store water and snacks in room, but couldn't.
- Lifeguards didn't always pay attention - plenty of young men and woman that were more interested in texting/reading email and socializing with each other, than watching folks in pools. I don't think I saw any lifeguards on the beaches??
Again, while the negatives list looks long on paper, we LOVED this vacation and will definitely be going back (when budget allows). It is interesting to note that another mega resort is in the process of being built in the Bahamas that is expected to give Atlantis a run for its money. I am looking forward to its completion so my family can try it. I am also hoping that means that Atlantis will try to become more price competitive. If Atlantis went all inclusive, it would be a no brainer for us in the future. And/or, it could throw in amenities like dolphin experiences or spa services.
All in all - expensive but wonderful vacation!!
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