The Reef Atlantis
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It has been about 20 years since i was in the Bahamas on a college Carnival Cruise that docked there for a day. We ventured out to the Atlantis. It was huge then and is even bigger now. This time was a little different as we had 2 of our kids in tow. Ages 4 and 7. Our boys had a blast and it was a great get away. The view was spectacular and i can honestly say no trick photography needed... the beaches were your magazine quality perfect white sands with that gorgeous aqua blue and green crystal blue ocean. Truly felt like we were in a Corona commercial. The place really is enormous. Here are the pros and cons and takeaways. Pros - the beach is literally right there from room to beach we are talking 3-4 minutes - the elevators were great - never seemed to wait longer than 20 seconds for one... - there is an abundance of pools, the beach was just the perfect amount of people, you could literally walk towards the light house right up until the rocks about 500 yards away and you had that secluded beach feeling but were only 5 - 10 minutes away from the hotel, the rooms were super luxurious (we had a 1 bedroom ocean view suite and got bumped to the topaz suite) Super Awesome! The shuttles were great and it was easy to get around to the other towers on the Atlantis properties. The aquarium at the Royal Towers is fantastic! The kids loved the kids zone there too! ($$$) We felt completely safe with our boys the whole time. Cons - the water park slides, wave river and kids play pools were a about a 10 minute walk (still not bad) from the Reef Tower... remember to bring your flip flops or your feet will get fried. The big water slides were crowded and took about 20 minutes to go down on average. Do the challenger it's a faster moving line but do the leap of faith at least once! There are plenty of restaurants to choose from - they are all pretty expensive but you're in the islands so everything is a little pricier... Our favorites were Nobu($$$$ - worth it) and the Italian Restaraunt Carmines($$). The fish fry($) area was okay - prices were a little better but the taxi rides to get there were about $70 round trip... so it equalled out. 77 Degrees($$$) and Olives($$$) were just okay - in my opinion not worth the money. Probably should have cooked something in the kitchen that night to save money... The dolphin petting was really hyped up and then we found out how expensive it was and it just wasn't worth the money in my opinion - so we never did this. if your kids are under 12 then they need to be accompanied by an adult and at $170ish a person that adds up pretty quick for 4 people for just an hours' time. We chartered a boat for half a day instead for $650 and had a blast. We fished, snorkeled the reef, swam with turtles and had a booze cruise around Paradise Island - what a great day we had! The kids absolutely loved it. The boat we chartered was called Born Free. I absolutely recommend them. Some of our best spent money. If i had to do the trip over again, i would do the exact same thing - maybe wait until my kids are 48 inches tall so they can ride the big slides, not eat out every night and just go to the Nobu, Carmines and another restaurant and bring my snorkeling gear and goggles to save money. (Literally $20+ for goggle and $65+ to rent snorkel, fins and mask / hour.) Definitely charter the boat again. One more thing - while waiting at the Margaritaville which is great if you hit the happy hour - we ran into Johnny the conk shell guy - make sure you get a conch shell that has been bleached and won't stink - we bought these huge shells and a star fish and brought them back to our hotel and they reeked! Ha! Freebies and cost savings: Take advantage of the Virtuoso breakfast (travel agent or exedia can help) - if you do the cold breakfast bar it's free, the hot buffet is $20+ / person - still not terrible, bring your goggles and snorkel gear - if you don't have it buy it before you go - don't necessarily need fins, pack snacks and stop at the grocery store in town before you get to hotel, can also order groceries to be delivered - but a little more expensive. The water parks and lounges on the beach are included but you need to reserve the lounge chairs early in the morning. The reef is literally 20 yards out from the beach and there are plenty of tropical fish and sometimes turtles and coral reefs. Bring an under water camera. I would recommend cooking in a couple of nights, the kitchen is fully equipped in the room. Walk around on the Atlantis Harbor at night it is really nice and they have live music. Carmines is in the back corner. The aquarium as stated before is a must - even without kids is really well done.Splurges: For me was the boat tour from Born Free and Nobu restaurant. Both definitely worth it.I look forward to going back one day hopefully a lot sooner than my last trip to the Bahamas!
This is our 2nd time staying at the Reef and 4th to Atlantis. We were very dissapointed with check - in as there were only 2 desk clerks, and people who had already been checked in kept coming back with problems and slowing things down even more. We waited in line for over and hour. BUT> we were comped with an upgrade to a suite; which was fantastic; hence the reason that they kept my 5 star review. The beach and ocean are incredible; which is the prime reason that we; and most other come to PI. The kids loved the water park. The water park closes at 630 in August, but we already knew that and planned accordingly. We do wish that at least a fraction of the outdoor bars and food shacks stayed open after 630 though. Even though the lifeguards pack i in at 630, people continue to use the pools and beaches; it would be nice if soemthing stayed open. there is no restaurant at the Reef, but there is next door at the Cove. Also , the Sea Glass Lounge is located in the walkway between the 2 and you can get drinks to go from there. We always pack as many snacks as we can and get our drinks and cold stuff across the street; its cheaper than on-site. Example : a box of Eggo frozen waffles is 7.50 across the street at the market and 12.50 in the lobby store. It's worth taking the free shuttle to Marina Village and walking across the street to the market . All in all , we loved it again. We wish that they didn't add in the automatic 15 % gratuity to everything as this really provides no motivation for the servers, and ... we areent really sure that they are actually getting it. But. this is standard across PI and not an "Atlantis thing".
We enjoyed our stay at the Atlantis Resort. We had originally booked a room in the new Coral Towers that were due to open beginning of July, however, we were notified 2 weeks before our trip that there was a delay and that we were being upgraded to the Reef. Our upgrade was lovely! We were upgraded to a 1 bedroom ocean view suite. This upgrade and change was such a pleasant surprise and we thoroughly enjoyed the Reef hotel as well as the access to the private pool and private beach. With two young kids we spent most of our days at the Water Park areas, but in the later parts of the afternoon would come back to the hotel's beach or pool to enjoy a little quiet on their beach. We read quite a bit prior to arriving that the food is very pricey, so we knew what we were getting into, however, once we knew we had a kitchen it was a game changer. We were able to order our groceries for delivery and had some meals in our room. Overall the food on the island was as expected both in quality and cost. Kids club was excellent and the kids loved their time spent there! The spa and our Dolphin Cay experience was also great! Overall - this is not the resort to skimp on if you are on a tight budget! Lots to do but everything costs so save and plan!Great vacation, wonderful and kind staff and lots of fun!
Booked 2 room Ocean Suite and was down graded to a Harbor Suite view with views of shipping containers and it took 5 days to get it straighten out on difference in money. Spent 45 minutes a day getting promise and nothing ever getting done. Made promise they never followed through on. If it wasn't for Ariel the housekeeper on the 18th floor it would have been a terrible rating.
My wife, 2 kids and I just spent a week at the Reef and absolutely loved it. My only complaint would be the friendliness of some staff members. Some were great, some were indifferent and some were down right rude. The resort itself is great, my kids loved the slides and aquariums, we had an absolute blast. Flew in and took a cab to the hotel. U.S. dollars are all you need for the cab fare ($50). There is a little grocery in the shopping plaza, you can take the shuttle to Coral tower and it is right there by the Scotia bank. Picked up some breakfast supplies and some liquor and wine and we were set. The rooms have a nicely stocked kitchen, so we would make breakfast every morning before heading out. Ate lunch and dinner at the various restaurants on property. All reasonably good and reasonably priced for a resort. We didn't have the outrageous price experience that many have mentioned. It's resort prices, same as any U.S. resort. Overall, we had a fantastic time and plan to go back next year. We will bring our own wine and liquor and some more food items to help with cost. I thought this was a great experience. My only thoughts for people going there are be prepared to have a mixed customer service experience and be prepared to pay high amounts for things, but as I said, no different then any other resort.
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- 497 Rooms
- 2 Restaurants
- 1 Bar
- 1 pool
- Golf nearby
- Coin operated laundromat
- Sundry Store
- Wireless internet (fee)
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- 1 king-size bed and 1 double sofabed
- 1 full bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Coffee maker
- Internet (fee)
- Iron and ironing board
- Kitchenette facilities including under counter refrigerator, 2 burner ceramic glass cooktop, under counter single drawer dishwasher, countertop microwave oven, sink, china, glassware, tableware, cookware, utensils.
- Max occupancy: 4
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The Reef AtlantisNassau,Bahamas
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1 Casino Drive New Providence Island
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