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Dive deep into this Atlantis Bahamas review to learn everything you need to know before going to this popular Caribbean resort. I visited it twice (in April 2022 for a wedding with friends and in May 2024 for a romantic getaway), and I have a lot of helpful tips to share from both my and my friends’ experiences.

You’ll learn everything from accommodations to dining, things to do both on and off the resort, helpful tips, and what to pack. It’s everything I wish I knew before I went myself! Let’s plan your dream vacation.

exterior shots at Atlantis Bahamas.

Atlantis Bahamas Review: 10 Quick Takeaways

1 – Hands down, my top packing tip is water shoes, particularly if you are visiting the water park. It’s really hot and painful to walk around such a large resort otherwise, and you can’t wear flip-flops on the rides.

2 – I also recommend you pack a waterproof case for your cell phone and/or room key, credit card, etc. This makes it SO easy and stress-free to do water activities.

3 – For adults, I highly recommend staying at The Cove. It is exceptional in every way and worth every penny. There are also many exclusive and/or “Adults Only” locations there, so it’s far less crowded.

4 – If you want something more cost-effective, The Royal is cheaper plus centrally located.

5 – To save on food, which is very expensive and has exorbitant taxes, check out the kids’ menus and the stands near the kids’ pools. It’s often the same food and a lot cheaper.

6 – Some “fancy” restaurants require dinner reservations in advance and some don’t. I recommend planning dinner two to three weeks in advance.

7 – If you are traveling with kids, check out the Kids Concierge for additional activities and information. They can hang out at the Atlantis Kids Adventure kids club (a drop-off facility for ages 3 – 12) and visit the arcade, the pottery studio, and more.

8 – I recommend most people ride the lazy river/rapids river. They are fairly mild and fun. The water slides can be a bit scary and you will also get more wet on them, so they are best for adventurous older kids and adults.

9 – The main beach near The Royal has the most expansive views, the whitest sands, and the bluest waters.

10 – You can take a free shuttle around the resort throughout the day.

Atlantis Bahamas Review in Video Format

If you prefer video reviews, here is my quick travel vlog from April 2022:

And, here is my quick travel vlog from May 2024:

Hotels at Atlantis: Where to Stay

Next in this Atlantis Bahamas review, let’s talk about your hotel options, as there are five options right on the resort.

TIPS

  • A resort fee and other charges are added after you select your room type. You will see all of these fees before you book, but it still helps to know they are coming. (Check the current fees.)
  • Be aware of any minimum stay requirements.

The Cove Atlantis Review: Top Notch Accommodations With “Adults Only” Sections

reception area and pools at the cove at the atlantis in the bahamas.
The Cove reception area and exclusive pools
the cove at the atlantis bahamas room and views.
The Cove hotel room and views

My Rating: ★★★★★ (top pick for adults)

Pros: The Cove is a private luxury hotel within the Atlantis resort, and it is absolutely stunning. It is my second favorite hotel I’ve ever stayed at (second only to the best of Italy on the Amalfi coast). Even Prince William and Kate Middleton chose to stay at The Cove!

The exclusive pools and beaches are private and very high-end, with views overlooking the ocean. There are also bars, outdoor gambling, meticulous koi ponds, and so much more. It’s the most relaxing oasis.

The rooms are spacious suites with an open floor plan, including a step-down living area with a sleeper sofa. The closets are walk-in and the bathroom is massive, with two separate sinks and separate spaces for the shower, bath, and toilet.

Private balconies overlook the resort as well, and you can see them right from the comfort of your bed.

Cons: The “Adults Only” pool can get crowded fast, and there often aren’t enough umbrellas if you prefer the shade. You need to get there right around breakfast if you want to secure the location of your choice. They also play fairly loud music there in the afternoon, which may or may not be your thing.

Families with children can stay at The Cove, but you must be over age 18 to use their “Adults Only” pool. That being said, there are two other pools nearby with lots of kids, as well as several pools on the main resort.

Food is also more expensive at The Cove.

Is The Cove worth it? 100% yes, if you are looking for a high-end tropical getaway, particularly for adults only. Our stay was exceptional in nearly all ways, and we intend to return.


The Royal Towers

Atlantis Bahamas.

My Rating: ★★★★ (top pick for a cheaper price, as it still has great accommodations as well as a central location)

We have also stayed at The Royal, the two iconic towers at the heart of the resort (adjoined by a bridge containing a luxurious suite where Michael Jackson famously stayed).

We booked a standard room. Our room contained a king bed and a nice view of the main beach, as well as things like a chair and table, a coffee maker with coffee and tea, a large closet with lots of hangers, an ironing board and iron, plenty of dresser space, and a large bathroom with a tub, shower, and separate toilet.

It was really easy for my husband and me to get ready at the same time, which always helps.

Pros: The Royal was very reasonably priced, and I really appreciated the size of the bathroom. It was also nice to have a central location near the aquariums, casino, water park, pools, beaches, etc.

Cons: Some common areas and rooms were somewhat worn and dated at The Royal when we stayed there in 2022 (however, when we returned in 2024 we saw that our tower was under renovation).

My husband also found the water pressure to be lacking.

Overall: The Royal is a good value and has the best overall location.


Other Atlantis Accommodations

The Coral is marketed towards families, as they are home to a family-friendly pool, the CRUSH teen nightclub, and the Sun & Ice ice cream shop.

The Reef is a tower that contains residential-style suites and studios. Our friends stayed there and said the rooms were lovely. They had a kitchenette (but you can also get a full kitchen). Guests of The Reef also have access to a private pool and beach.

Harborside Resort is a waterfront property along the marina that is on the outskirts of the Atlantis resort. It contains villas for larger groups, with extra room, plus you can get laundry and a full kitchen.

Best Restaurants at Atlantis Bahamas

restaurants and food at the atlantis bahamas.
Top row, from left to right: Frezca and Paranza at The Cove; Bottom row, from left to right: Pita near The Cove, Silan in the casino, and Perch at The Cove

Next in this Atlantis Bahamas review, let’s talk about dining recommendations and tips.

TIPS

  • The most important thing to note is that all food and drinks at the Atlantis are expensive, plus 15% gratuity and 12% VAT tax are added.
  • You can purchase a meal plan, which allows you to dine at certain restaurants.
  • Reservations are recommended but not necessarily unless there’s something you don’t want to miss. I recommend booking dinner 2+ weeks in advance, as that’s when the fine dining tends to book up.
  • We dressed “business casual” for dinner, but most people were dressed casually.

Breakfast

Top Pick: For a buffet, Poseidon’s Table is absolutely fantastic — one of the best breakfast buffets at which I have ever dined! It was expensive, but it included anything and everything I could imagine (including steak for my husband), and it was all very fresh and delicious. My friends also raved about it.

For casual breakfast, we ate at Starbucks (there are a few on site), and Plato’s, which is a cafe near the lobby in The Royal where you can dine in or take out things like breakfast sandwiches and pastries.

Perch at The Cove (pictured above) is very beautiful and high end, with lots of fresh options like smoothies and everything from lighter to heavier options, but the downside is that it is very expensive.


Lunch

drinks on the beach at frezca at atlantis bahamas.

Top Pick: If you stay at The Cove, Frezca (pictured above) is located at the “Adults Only” pool, and it’s quite high end and fresh for pool food. If you walk towards the beach, there is a section of this restaurant overlooking a stunning private beach with one lone palm tree. It’s our favorite spot on the whole resort.

I also love to grab at least one lunch at at Pita (pictured above), which is a small Mediterranean stand (i.e., chicken shwarma, hummus, tabbouleh) near The Cove with tables overlooking the beach, which is such a great bonus! For fast food, it’s quite good, plus reasonably priced. My husband and I have even shared a platter of food for $20. Also, I swear, their beach cocktails are the best on the resort.

I’ve also eaten at Shark Bites, which has full service and a bar, near the pools outside of The Royal, and it was expensive, but had solid casual dining options like wraps and burgers.

Money-Saving Tip: If you don’t care about full service, there are grab-and-go stands that offered the same or similar food cheaper throughout Aquaventure (the water park). You can also order a kids’ meal at these stands for really reasonable prices.


Dinner

Top Pick: Paranza (pictured above) is a new Italian restaurant at The Cove by award-winning chef Michael White. It’s so beautiful, and the food was excellent. We especially loved the complimentary foccacia bread, octopus, and mushroom tagiatelle. The only con is it was unbearably cold in the restaurant, and we asked to be seated outdoors instead, which was lovely. It’s a meal I’m still thinking about.

For dinner, we previously dined at Cafe Martinique on the Marina, which is a fine dining restaurant that feels very Bahamian. It’s one of the prettiest restaurants at which I have ever dined. The food is seasonal and vegetable-forward, with many high-end options. It was very expensive ($300+ per couple), but very good.

We also tried the new restaurant Silan (pictured above) in the casino because we are big fans of Israeli food, and it was a fun experience. It kind of mixed American food with Israeli food and was slightly more casual than expected. We split a bottle of wine and the popular mezze platter and, honestly, that was enough for the two of us!

While I didn’t dine at Nobu personally, I received SO MANY recommendations for it, and my friends who dined there during our stay loved it. It’s right in the casino.

A few of my friends also dined at Fish by Jose Andres, which is located at The Cove, and they were really disappointed by the service, food, AND cost.

Things to Do at Atlantis Bahamas: Aquaventure Water Park Slides, Beaches, and More

An Atlantis Bahamas review wouldn’t be complete without talking about things to do, as there is no shortage!

TIPS

  • Atlantis is known for the Aquaventure water park, which covers 141 acres with water slides, a rapid river ride, 20 swimming areas, a kids’ water-play fort, and 11 swimming pools. 
  • If you are NOT staying at the Atlantis, you can buy a day pass for the water park.
  • Atlantis is also known for having the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, with 14 lagoons, and more than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species. 

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Pros and Cons of Atlantis Resort Activities

Top Picks: Both Aquaventure and marine habitats totally live up to the hype are are a must do. I was also really unexpectedly taken by them.

Pros:

The rapids river (about a 20-minute ride) and the water slides are a lot of fun for most ages! They are fairly fast and scary — best for preteens, teens, and adults, not very young children.

Although there are storage lockers, we left our belongings on our chairs and felt safe doing so. Just note that you need to bring your room card or get a wristband before you go on any rides.

The main beach near The Royal has the most expansive views, the whitest sands, and the bluest waters.

We didn’t experience the Dolphin Cay or the Mandara Spa, but our friends did, and they loved it.

The groom at the wedding we attended golfed, and he said the championship course was beautiful.

Another friend snorkeled and loved the experience.

Book Recommendation: I love to combine travel with literature, and my favorite beach read set in the Bahamas is The Golden Hour by the popular historical fiction author Beatriz Williams.

Cons:

Some of our friends also rented a cabana at The Cove, and they found it to be extremely expensive. It’s best for a larger group that is splitting the bill.

Things to Do Near the Atlantis Resort

Next in this Atlantis Bahamas review are a few things you can do outside the resort.

collage of the ocean club and dunes at the four seasons bahamas.

Top Pick: Visit The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons resort next door where the James Bond movie Casino Royale was filmed. You can get there by a quick walk on the beach the free shuttle, or a cab. It has the most breathtaking Caribbean views. We dined at Dune, whose chef is the famous Jean Georges, twice and these were among the best travel moments of our lives.

Additionally, you can book an excursion, such as an island tour or swimming with the pigs and turtles.

What to Pack for Your Trip to Atlantis Bahamas

BEST SELLING WATER SHOES

Pack water shoes if you plan on doing water activities. It’s really hot and painful to walk around otherwise, plus they offer support. My friend said if she did just one thing differently, it would be to pack the water shoes I wore, so learn from her mistake!

  • You should also be sure to pack a waterproof case for your cell phone and/or room key, credit card, etc. This makes it SO easy and stress-free to do water activities. You can also get some great pictures!
  • You may wish to bring your own snacks and/or drinks from home, the airport, or a nearby grocery store, so you can save some money at the resort.
  • You should pack casual beach and resort wear.
  • There is no need to pack towels or water bottles (refillable ones are provided).

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Tips for Traveling to Atlantis Bahamas from the United States

Lastly in this Atlantis Bahamas review are some travel tips I want to share with you so you have a great experience.

  • Make sure your passport is valid and bring it.
  • Check your cell phone carrier for any extra international service you may need. I purchased international day passes.
  • Taxis are readily available at the airport. We hopped in a large one and paid $55 for a 30-minute ride from the airport to the Atlantis.
  • If you arrive before check-in, there are large restroom areas where you can change and/or freshen up.
  • Atlantis is a cashless resort. You can charge everything to the room.
  • Get to the Bahamas airport for your return flight two to three hours before your flight’s departure, as you go through customs at the Bahamas — not the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Atlantis Bahamas safe?

Atlantis Bahamas feels generally safe. Many areas require wristbands, including the elevators to guest rooms.

Is Atlantis Bahamas all-inclusive?

No. Hotel guests can visit the Aquaventure Water Park, beaches, pools, and aquariums without an extra charge, and they get a free refillable water bottle, but most other food and activities are paid.

What is so special about the Atlantis Bahamas?

Atlantis Bahamas is known for its massive on-site water park, aquariums, marine exhibits, and casino. With its beachfront location and countless options for accommodations, dining, shopping, and activities for all ages, it’s a one-stop vacation for all ages.

How many days do you need at Atlantis Bahamas?

Two to four nights are best for a trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas to both relax and experience the resort’s many amenities.

Is Atlantis Bahamas Worth It?

Yes. To conclude this Atlantis Bahamas review, it’s worth it if you want to spend a few days at a large resort in the Caribbean and don’t require an all-inclusive package. With its beachfront location and countless options for accommodations, dining, shopping, and activities for all ages, it’s a great vacation spot for all ages.

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