Atlantis Resort & Casino Information and history
The Atlantis Resort & Casino is a luxury resort and water park located on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Atlantis Resort & Casino was created by South African hotel magnate Sol Kerzner and Kerzner International Ltd. The resort has often been voted to be the best and most beautiful family vacation spot in the world.
Atlantis Resort & Casino was expanded in 2007 to include the 63 acre, 200 million gallon Aquaventure a combination of water slides, lazy rivers, and rapids. The centerpiece of the attraction is the Power Tower which contains four waterslides and a rock-climbing wall. The slides include The Abyss, The Drop, The Falls and The Surge. Aquaventure also includes one of the resort's most popular attractions, The Current. The new additions to Atlantis Resort & Casino alone are bigger than most other resorts. At over 400 acres, the entire Atlantis Resort & Casino dwarfs its nearest competitors.
The Harborside at Atlantis Villas next to Atlantis Marina Village offer what many consider to be the best value for accommodations at the resort.
The Harborside at Atlantis Villas
Situated right on the Atlantis Resort & Casino marina and next to the new Marina Village are the Harborside at Atlantis Villas. Built as timeshare offerings, Phase One units are sold out to private owners and the vast majority of the Phase Two units are also privately owned.
Like all Atlantis Resort & Casino accommodations — the Harborside at Atlantis Villas allow for full access to all Atlantis Resort & Casino activities. In addition, similar to the Cove and Reef, Harborside at Atlantis has its own pool for the exclusive use of guests. Harborside at Atlantis also has its own hot tub, exercise room, poolside activities, restaurant and convenience shop.
There are three types of villas available at Harborside at Atlantis – some units can be attached with a connecting door at the living rooms to offer additional configurations for larger families or families traveling together.
One bedroom Deluxe units are about 550 sf and accommodate up to 4 people in a condo with separate bedroom, living room, kitchenette and dining area. One-bedroom Premium units are 960 sf and accommodate up to 5 people – the kitchen and dining areas are larger and the bathroom is configured to allow for separate vanities and a 2-person jacuzzi in the master bedroom. Booking a Premium unit also guarantees a balcony or patio.
Two-bedroom Deluxe units are essentially the same footprint as a Premium one-bedroom but these units are configured to allow for two bedrooms and two baths. The two-bedroom Deluxe allows for up to 6 guests. Unfortunately, at this writing there are very few 2-bedrooms at the resort and the upcharge is considerable over the one-bedroom units.
Smaller families should consider the savings in booking a one-bedroom unit. Remember, rates for accommodations at Atlantis Resort & Casino are all about how many people will be using the facilities – paying for a larger room than you need means paying for occupancy you are not using.
Rates at the Harborside at Atlantis Villas will often be comparable to a standard hotel room on the resort - making these units the favorite accommodation for families at the resort.
Whatever your choice of accommodations, remember these key essentials when booking:
- Atlantis Resort & Casino is not a day trip – or three-four – leave plenty of time to explore at a leisurely pace.
- Get the final rate for all accommodations from your booking agent. Nothing ruins a great vacation quicker than finding out about an additional 25-30% in surcharges at check-out.
- Food prices in the Caribbean are high – everything has to be shipped in – consider an accommodation with kitchen amenities for the savings and convenience. No, you won’t be cooking big meals but the savings and convenience of being able to have breakfast in most mornings is hard to overstate.
" . . . thank you for helping us have the most spectacular trip. Harborside was beautiful - everything was flawless. We will definitely return and have already recommended your site to friends and family. We had the trip of a lifetime." Babs and Todd Wheelden, Maine