Atlantis Hotel — It Works for Some, Not for All

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What age is right for the Atlantis hotel in the Bahamas? After four trips at various stages of her life, Life Coach TravelingMom Kamryn Adams has some thoughts on that. Hint: Don’t do if you’re a 20-something single.

Who Should Visit the Atlantis Hotel?

Visiting the Atlantis hotel in the Bahamas
Oceanview room from Royal Tower/ Photo by Kamryn Adams, LifeCoachTravelingmom

Some time ago, I wrote a piece about why I would never return to Atlantis Resort. That was after my second trip to Atlantis. Ironically, I went back again last year and just returned from yet another vacation at the sprawling Paradise Island Bahamas resort. Each time that I arrived at Atlantis it was with a different purpose in mind. Here is a recap of my four Atlantis resort vacations.

Atlantis for Singles in Their 20s

Atlantis is a family resort and most young people are not looking for squealing children at every corner. The first time I went to Atlantis I was young and the nightlife was for “old people” and there were too many kids for me. I don’t recommend it for young singles.

Atlantis for Families with Young Children

Atlantis can be a fun vacation for families with small children. I have never stayed in the Beach Tower, considered the value tower at about $300/night. But families often choose to stay there to be close to the activities for younger children like the Earth and Pottery studio and Atlantis Pals, where you can build a stuffed animal. Both activities are available at an additional charge.

You getting the picture yet? Atlantis is a good choice for families with young children, but it is pricey. However, children 6 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult dining plan. In my opinion, when my children were under 10 years old, I did not feel like Atlantis was worth the additional $2550 for meals over the 5 days.


Atlantis for Families with Older Children

When I traveled to the Atlantis hotel with older children, I was pleased with my experience. It’s my favorite Atlantis experience of all. It was still expensive, but my children were old enough to enjoy most of what the resort had to offer. I did not mind paying the high prices for food since my boys were no longer eating chicken fingers and french fries for $40.

Nightlife for older children is a hit and allows parents to have some adult fun in the evenings. Club Rush is the favorite for tweens, 9-12. Tweens can hang out from 7pm to 11pm for an additional fee of around $50 per child for admission. There are also drinks and snacks for purchase and the kids have their own dance party, play games and hang out with other kids.

CRUSH is a teen nightclub that is open until 1am with the same cover charge and food for purchase. It is the highlight for teens and tweens at Atlantis after a long day of slides and water rides.

For the adults, there are choices of lounges to enjoy and the casino if you feel lucky. In my opinion this is the time of life to visit Atlantis. It is a must do for families with children 10-17 years old. But, save your pennies.

Atlantis for Relaxation

Communing with the fishes at Atlantis hotel.
The underground aquarium at Atlantis/Photo by Kamryn Adams, LifeCoach Travelingmom

In my 20s, I hated it. In my 30s, I felt the pain in my pocketbook but eventually got over it. In my 40s, YES!

I just returned from a solo trip to Atlantis with no kids. Yes, Atlantis with no kids. It’s amazing what 20 years of perspective will do for you.

First the spa at Atlantis is the Mandarin spa and it is wonderful. Is it pricey? Of course. It’s Atlantis! Was it worth it? Absolutely.

Try “Bliss for a Day” and get a body treatment, facial, hand and foot massage and stop by the salon. It’s about a 6-hour experience. Afterwards you can lay by the Cain at the Cove, the adults-only pool. There are 11 pools at Atlantis and each one has something to offer. My favorite is the BLU pool where the DJ plays my favorite “old school” beats.

On my R&R Atlantis vacation, I spent a lot of time gazing at the marine life in the quiet areas of the resort. Atlantis boasts more than 50,000 aquatic animals and has more than 8 million gallons of salt water in the lagoons on property. I love the water. At Atlantis, you are surrounded by it while you explore the lagoons and caves. My last experience at delightful. I never imagined that I could have an Atlantis vacation that was not noisy and crowded, but I did.

You’ve Got to Go At Least Once

The Atlantis hotel is a beautiful resort. The staff is friendly and the grounds are pristine. This is not a value vacation, but it is a vacation you should take at least once. Since I wrote that first article about never going back, I have to say I’m glad I did. Everybody deserves a second chance and I am glad I gave Atlantis more than that.

Have you been to Atlantis? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.

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