All the blinking glitz of Vegas and drama of Disney World, with towering atriums, outrageous mythical sculptures, painted ceilings, endless and extreme get-wet fun, and a mass of humanity: Welcome to Atlantis, no longer a lost world, but one found on Paradise Island by a million or so each year.
This is the epitome of vacation hype, a place where you could spend a week and not have seen and done it all. Despite its vastness and commercialism and my aversion to such, it does have some good points. For a foodie, one of those is the dining options, but hold onto your pocketbook! “Overpriced” is an understatement.
And OK, I’m a sucker for the aquarium aspects. Walking through a tunnel of sharks, exploring an imagined lost-world archaeological dig, and finding sea creatures in pools or tanks at every turn – you’ve gotta love that. The kids, of course, will LOVE the water park slides, rides, and marine animal interactions. Teens will flip out over the new and insanely state-of-the-art CRUSH teens club.
This place leaves no vacation fantasy unturned. It has even worked out guest golfing privileges at its sister property, the One&Only Ocean Club. A shuttle bus takes you back and forth, and you can dine there just in case Atlantis’ 30-some restaurants aren’t diverse enough and expensive enough for you.
Accommodations come in varying grades. The most affordable are in the two original Beach and Coral Towers. Next in line are the Royal Towers, adjacent to the casino and its The Dig feature. Finally la créme — The Cove, an adults component, departs from the lost city theme for a virtual trip to Asia. Other adult pleasures: an exclusive pool with gaming, a Mandara Spa, and its new signature 77 West, which opened in November 2015 in place of Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill.
In July 2013, celebrity chef Todd English opened his first Olives restaurant in the Caribbean at the casino.