“Multi-generational families find enough onsite activities and attractions to appeal to all age groups.”
Some employees at Atlantis, Paradise Island, carry business cards that say, “Core Value #1: blow away the customer,” and that’s exactly what Atlantis does. Customers are blown away just taking their first walk about this Bahamian destination resort, with its five soaring hotels—especially the Royal Towers, whose spires and turrets seem straight out of mythology—and palm trees, endless beach, pools with waterfalls, rock-climbing walls, tennis courts, Mayan-style temple, Power Tower, aquariums, bars, DJs…. And then there are the 3,400 rooms and suites: memorize all the categories, and you get to be president of ASTA.
“This is the perfect destination for a family who wants tons to do without ever having to leave the property,” notes Christine Hardenberger, owner of Magical Mouse Plans in Virginia. “Multi-generational families find enough onsite activities and attractions to appeal to all age groups,” says Joan Novack, owner of Majesty Travel NY at Pisa Brothers.
Some of these attractions beckon to couples, including honeymooners: there’s that colossal casino (which has windows—a rarity in the gaming world), 40 lounges and restaurants (including three operated by superstar chefs), innumerable entertainment and sporting options, the Mandara Spa, shopping, and plenty of bling. But above all, Atlantis attracts families. Indeed, it blows them away.
When Atlantis completed the great Mayan Temple (1998), with water slides like the 60-ft. Leap of Faith that passes through a shark tank, guests wondered, “What resort can ever top this?” Answer: Atlantis itself, which then expanded its water park, now called Aquaventure, to include even more pools, more waterfalls, a mile-long tubing river with rapids (aptly dubbed The Current), and the 120-ft. Power Tower, seemingly straight out of some sci-fi movie. Parents and kids gladly climb the tower steps and wait in line to ride The Abyss (with its plunge into total darkness) and three roller coaster-like water slides. Stand at The Current’s finish line (or call it the starting line, because people can ride back up on a conveyer belt), and you see entire families giggling.
atlantis kids adventures
You also see parents without children at this resort, especially at the Atlantis casino, the adults-only Cain at the Cove pool, Mandara Spa, and innumerable lounges. Their kids are in Atlantis’ programs for children and teens, and the kids love it. Children ages 3-5 in Atlantis Kids Adventures (AKA) play with their counselors (who know more about first aid than some doctors) in free-form pools, in a walk-in dollhouse, a LEGO room, and a wizardry room where a talking tree tells them stories. Older children get beach parties, a cutting-edge game room, a crafts shop, and cooking classes in a kitchen designed for Food Network-era kids. Pre-teens are taken to Aquaventure or the snorkeling lagoon, play the latest video/Xbox games, enter karaoke contests, and dance at Club Rush. Teens enjoy sports, Aquaventure, and CRUSH, a club with a (monitored) Internet lounge, spectacular gaming room, cafe, and dance scene that pulses ‘till 1 a.m.