We just got back from a 4 night/5 day stay in the Bahamas and it was so. much. fun. I have been to Nassau several times but they were only for a day and all while vacationing on a cruise ship. My parents and I had been looking at places to go this summer but hadn’t decided on anything. After our cruise in May, I pitched the idea of going and actually staying at the Atlantis. I have always wanted to stay at the property rather than just visit it for a few hours. After some research and talking to some friends that visit there often, we were booked for June!
For those of you that don’t know much about the Atlantis, it is comprised of 6 different parts; Beach Tower, Coral Tower, Royal Towers, Harborside Marina, The Cove, and The Reef. We opted for The Reef as they had 2 bedroom suites that were equipped with a full kitchen, perfect for the kiddos. They are, after all, resident style rooms. It also shared a private beach and pool with The Cove so it was going to be less crowded and more upscale then other parts of the resort.
The Reef was beautiful. Our room was great! They gave us a crib for Hudson, there was a pull out bed for Kyler, and a king size bed for us. We had our own bathroom and balcony. There was also a main living room and kitchen, and another king size bedroom and bathroom off the living area. It is the furthest tower from the action, however, with the constant shuttles running, we never really found it to be an issue.
The view from our room
We stopped at the grocery store on the way in and stocked up on breakfast and lunch items. We also brought a ton of snacks and dry items with us. Food at the Atlantis is absolutely absurd in pricing. We fully expected it to be expensive, however, it really is just silly. To combat that, the kids had breakfast and lunch in the room and we just snacked on small things until dinner. This helped save some serious $$.
The service was great as well. I had read some not so flattering reviews online, however, our experience was great! Everyone was super friendly and helpful. I am not sure if it was because we stayed at The Reef or what but we were happy!
The kids LOVED the kid water area. It had 4 slides just her size and we spent a lot of time there.
One of my favorite things about the place is their lazy aka not so lazy river. I was so happy that Kyler was big enough to go down it and she loved it!
The pools are great and the kids loved them all!
Big Hud the Stud!
We spent more time on the beach than I thought we would. The beach was covered in tiny little shells so that kept Kyler busy and Hudson LOVES to play in the sand!
The Marina Village was a fun place to go at night for dinner and ice cream.
We usually walked back to the room for dinner and made stops along the way.
We would stop along the way and look at the flowers and pick up the nice ones that fell off the tree
The aquariums at the Atlantis were another highlight for the kids
With a full casino, there was plenty to do at night. It just so happened that I had co-workers staying at the resort down street at the same time we were there so we were able to meet up one night!
Another dear friend and former co-worker of mine actually works down there in paradise so it was so much fun to catch up with her!
We had a dolphin experience included in our stay so my mom and I decided to do it and Kyler was free so that was a bonus. We suited up (even little Hud!) and were ready to go. Hudson was so tired already that he was just too fussy to go. He watched from the beach and seems perfectly fine with that :)
After 5 days in paradise, we headed back home. We loved Atlantis and had a blast. I would definitely go back and we agreed that the length of stay we did was perfect. It didn’t fly by but we were not bored one bit. It was great to have my parents there as my kids are obsessed with them. They would watch the kids and Chris and I would run off, do some of the water parks, then take turns hanging with the kiddos in the pool. The weather was absolutely PERFECT and had sunshine the entire time. We never left the resort as we didn’t feel as though we needed to. Atlantis, thanks for living up to the expectations and hope to see you again soon!!!!