Enjoy Some Guilty Pleasure at Atlantis
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:
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.
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