Top Sites to Explore at the Atlantis Resort – Paradise Island, Bahamas

Enjoy Some Guilty Pleasure at Atlantis

An image of a white gold and diamond watch

This white gold diamond watch retails for $192,000 USD at the Atlantis Resort.

I have a guilty pleasure – something I like to do, but I really shouldn’t.  Whenever I see a high end watch or jewelry store in an over-the-top luxurious destination, I like to pop inside and see their most expensive watch or diamond necklace and try it on if possible. Sometimes I’ll take selfies of myself wearing the items. For some reason this amuses me.

Some destinations are better than others for indulging my weird little fetish. I’ve tried on diamond encrusted Rolex watches in Switzerland, an emerald and diamond necklace in the south of France and a beautiful designer watch that was worth more than my house in a high end shop on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Before I try the items on, I always let the sales people know that I have no intention of making a purchase and yet they still indulge me.

On a recent trip to the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas I hit the big time. I tried on a watch worth $192,000 USD. That was my weird little guilty pleasure, but there are plenty of other ways to indulge at this 3400-room resort and casino.

Exploring Atlantis Resort

Paradise Island derives much of its reputation as the “Vegas of the Tropics” from the glamorous Atlantis Resort & Casino, which is as much a tourist attraction as it is an accommodation option. Guests of the resort can explore the 141-acre waterpark, the outdoor aquariums, the casino and the art of Atlantis for no additional charge, but visitors can also pay to take a guided tour of the property or use some of the facilities. Here are some of the top sites to see:

An image of Poseidon's throne chair at Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

Sitting in Poseidon’s big throne chair is a rite of passage at the Atlantis Resort.

An image of glass art at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas

The Atlantis Casino is the Caribbean’s largest casino. The glass sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly add a touch of elegance.There are more than 75 gaming tables and 750 slot machines in the casino.

An image of the aquarium at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Atlantis is home to the world’s largest open air marine habitat and the largest aquarium in the Caribbean. More than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species live in the 14 lagoons.

An image of a couple posing for a picture in the Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Aquaventure Waterpark is a 141-acre waterscape with 20 swimming areas, a kids water play fort, thrilling high speed waterslides, a river ride with rapids and waves, rock climbing, restaurants and more.

An image of a water slide passing through a shark tank at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas

The water slides are incredible. One slide even passes through a shark tank

An image of a sandy swimming area at the Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas

There are 20 swimming areas at the Aquaventure Water Park including this nice sandy beach area. Outside the water park, there is also a natural 2-mile long white sandy beach for guests to enjoy.

An image of yachts in the marina at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas

It’s interesting to look at the mega-yachts in the onsite marina. The marina village area is also the best spot to find a relatively inexpensive meal.

If You Go:

  • A stay at the Atlantis Resort starts at $143 USD per night during low season and about $519 USD per night during the peak holiday season. All-inclusive rates are also available. There are many different room types. For more information on the Atlantis Resort or to make reservations, visit: www.atlantisbahamas.com.
  • You can visit the Atlantis resort and enjoy a tour of the aquariums for $42 USD per person. A pass that gives access to the aquariums and the beach will cost $70 USD per person. A day pass that allows access to the aquariums, the beach and the 130-acre waterpark will cost $150 USD per adult and $99 USD per child.

 Hot Travel Tip: Guests staying at Comfort Suites Paradise Island have full access to all of the facilities at the Atlantis. Free Wi-Fi, in-room fridges and a complimentary hot American breakfast buffet are also included. Rates can sometimes be lower at this property – especially during the peak season.

Note: All pictures for this post were taken on a rather ancient cellphone with a poor camera. Find out how to get the best pictures from your smartphone by reading this article.

2 thoughts on “Top Sites to Explore at the Atlantis Resort – Paradise Island, Bahamas

  1. Paula Reply

    Fun tip the aquarium is free in the evening. We stayed at the all inclusive Warwick and the staff there gave us that little tip. It was a fun adventure one evening checking out everything for free. The shark tank that people slide through was pretty amazing. Next time I’ll have try on that watch 😉

    1. wanderwoman Reply

      Great tip! I didn’t know that! Thanks for sharing, Paula! I did that shark tank thing a couple of times and I have to say it’s super fun! And not as scary as it looks!

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