Atlantis Bahamas Review: The Good and Bad for Families

For years, the Atlantis Bahamas advertising, which seems ubiquitous here in the Northeast in the winter months, enticed me to book a family vacation, but I always hesitated because of the price tag. Yet that marketing kept taunting me, so when my in-laws brought up taking the whole extended family on a Caribbean vacation, the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island near Nassua seemed like the perfect choice, offering something for everyone. I barely even glanced at the Atlantis Bahamas reviews before booking rooms for our extended family of fourteen.

Well, spoiler alert — we were really disappointed. The advertising and all those paid influencers do an amazing job selling this megaresort as the ultimate winter getaway destination with “great deals” that sound like a dream come true. The water slides, pools, dolphin encounters, casinos, restaurants — it had to be worth the price, right? Wrong.

Since I know so many people save for years to splurge on this “luxury” destination, I wanted to write an honest Atlantis Bahamas review about our experience so you can think twice before booking and consider some alternatives instead.

Atlantis Bahamas resort from the lagoon beach

Atlantis Bahamas Review — No Holds Barred

Our multi-generational family vacation was made up of four families, with ages ranging from four to 70 years old. We stayed for four nights in February, during a school break, which probably made the resort a little extra crowded.

Since my in-laws were paying, it was up to them to choose which of the “hotels within a hotel” to stay in. We are all accustomed to staying at luxury or upscale properties on our family vacations — nothing over the top like overwater bungalows in the Maldives, but we have enjoyed the Four Seasons Costa Rica, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, and the Ritz Carlton Aruba, for example.

Yet even my father-in-law, who would do anything to have the whole family gathered together, balked at the price of the Atlantis Bahamas. We ended up staying in the Coral Towers, which is part of the “cheaper” part of the resort.

2 kids sitting on steps in front of pink coral tower at the atlantis

Accommodations at the Atlantis Bahamas Resort

As I alluded to, there are actually six different places to stay within the Atlantis Bahamas resort:

  • Harborside Resort – this waterfront property is outside of the actual Atlantis resort and offers villas for families and groups, with room to spread out and full kitchens if you want to be self-sufficient. One-bedroom villas start at around $500 per night and two-bedrooms start at over $1,000.
  • The Beach – these are super basic rooms for the “budget conscious” traveler and often sell out.
  • The Coral – the Coral Towers are just to one side of the central Royal Towers and are home to the CRUSH teen nightclub and the Sun & Ice ice cream shop. These rooms start around $500 per night in high season.
  • The Royal – the iconic Royal Towers are what you see in all the Atlantis advertising. They are centrally located and are home to The Dig open-air marine habitat and the famous Atlantis Casino. Rooms start around $600 per night in the high season, but big spenders could always splurge for the “Michael Jackson” suite between the two towers which is rumored to go for $25,000 a night.
  • The Cove – this is the upscale, luxury hotel within the resort and I swear this is where they must put all the influencers who rave about the hotel. Rooms start at $800 a night in high season and while families are welcome to stay there, you need to be 18+ to use the Cove Pool, which makes a big perk of staying there unavailable to you if traveling with kids.
  • The Reef – these are residential-style suites and studios with access to a private pool and a private strip of Paradise Beach. Studios start around $600 per night.

Keep in mind that, at least during high season, the Atlantis Bahamas Resort requires a four-night minimum stay. Also, these rates are not all-inclusive. Food is a whole other ballgame. But I’ll get into that more later.

We stayed in rooms at the Coral Towers, and while the resort markets these as centrally-located, it is still at least a 10-minute walk to get to most things within the resort. This meant our in-laws with limited mobility hung out at the Coral Pool, while the rest of us shuttled the grandkids to and from the waterpark while stopping to check on the grandparents — not exactly the together time we had envisioned.

The rooms themselves were very basic and, at the time, in need of a refurb. I’ve heard these rooms have since been renovated but overall reports indicate that the resort continues to be poorly maintained. When we opened the door to our room, I expected luxury or at least upscale furnishings and decor, but I was quite disappointed.

The room looked similar to what you would find in a standard Marriott or Hilton in any old city. In fact, since we didn’t spring for the ocean view, when we looked out our window at night, it felt like we were in a city. Looking out at the other towers and lights of the resort, I felt like I was in Las Vegas. Far from the laid-back Bahamian vibe I had hoped for.

2 girls standing in front of pool at the waterpark at the Atlantis Bahamas

Is the Atlantis Bahamas Resort Worth It?

To be honest, my main complaint against the Atlantis Bahamas is the lack of character. Maybe this has to do with the size, but it feels like a giant resort, plopped on a random island because it is is easy to get there from the East Coast of the United States. Outside of a very performative show in the marina village, it didn’t seem to reflect the local culture at all.

I’m sure part of this was the size, but I’ve stayed at Beaches Resorts that are also huge, but still feel like a Caribbean island resort. I’ll lay out the good and the bad in this Atlantis Bahamas review below, and I’m not going to bash the property with an overly negative review, but the adults all agreed that we wished we spent our money elsewhere.

And we aren’t just being cheap, we have spent more at other resorts, but at least there we felt we received the value back in return. For us, the money we spent at the Atlantis Bahamas just wasn’t worth it.

Just because we didn’t fall in love with the Atlantis Bahamas doesn’t mean it isn’t the right choice for YOU. However, if you are looking for a relaxing, laid-back, authentic Caribbean experience, don’t go to the Atlantis.  If you love cruises, mega-resorts, water parks, and gambling then MAYBE the Atlantis might be for you. Or, if you like all of that and have the budget to try The Cove, you might enjoy it more. Read on to find out.

Atlantis Bahamas Review: The Good

I have done my best in this review to lay out the good and the bad about the resort, at least from our collective perspective. Of course, these are our opinions and others may feel differently, so please take a look and make a choice for yourself. The comments below may also prove helpful in making your decision.

The Aquaventure Waterpark

Atlantis pyramid slide
Pyramid slide at the Atlantis

Included in a stay at the Atlantis is admission to their massive Aquaventure waterpark, which covers 141-acres with Atlantean-themed towers, water slides, a mile-long rapid river ride, 20 swimming areas, a kids water-play fort, and 11 swimming pools.  There is so much to do that you can stay busy all day for multiple days.

You can float down the less-than lazy river, shoot through tubes underwater surrounded by sharks, slide through the dark, or splash down the baby slides. There were quite a few little ones in our group so we staked out chairs near the splash area, but close enough to the more thrilling slides to satisfy the older kids (and adults).

Everyone loved the time we spent at the waterpark, especially the thrill-seekers. Although my daughter still holds a grudge about not getting to do Leap of Faith because she wasn’t tall enough (measured at home before we left she seemed to meet the height requirement.) The downside to the waterpark is the sheer size.

If you are traveling with younger kids, it is really hard to keep track of everyone. It is a lush environment, with pockets of chairs tucked into various areas around the different attractions. It makes for a much more pleasant environment than large rows of chairs, but it can make it more challenging for large groups to find chairs near each other (unless you get out there early or pay extra for reserved chairs with lock boxes).

It is very hard to keep eyes on multiple kids at once. It is even challenging to keep your eye on kids when you accompany them to various attractions. For example, I took my young nephew to a smaller waterslide and watched as he waited his turn on the slide, but then had to run around to find where the slide emptied out and tried to find him in the crowd.

Because of the layout, it can be very easy to get lost. This is something to be aware of to make a plan on where to meet, how to handle if kids can’t find you, and how they deal with strangers before you go.

Maybe sometime they will implement a location app like they have introduced at the H2O Live water park at the Margaritaville Orlando, but I will say I had some scary moments not being able to find all of the kids. And when this happens in a busy place around water, I get a little freaked out. This is another reason why I would also highly recommend life jackets for younger children.

Marine Habitat

Predator tunnel at the Altantis Bahamas
Checking out the Predator Tunnel

I think one of the reasons why the Atlantis is so expensive is to pay for the upkeep of their marine habitat.  The resort offers 14 lagoons, eight million gallons of saltwater, and more than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species.

These exhibits are spread throughout the grounds with displays like The Dig (a pseudo-underwater archeological discovery featuring giant manta rays and other sea life), the predator tunnel (where you walk surrounded by the sea’s scariest creatures), and a number of different lagoons offering stingray feedings and dolphin encounters.

Sharks at the Atlantis Bahamas from Atlantis Bahamas Reviews from
Water slide past the sharks

It is like having an aquarium built into your hotel. The Atlantis Bahamas also offers many types of marine experiences from hands-on stingray encounters, snorkeling in the ruins lagoon, walking with the sharks, and touch encounters for little kids. These experiences are add-on premium experiences, but great for animal lovers and adventure seekers.

The Marine Habitat is definitely fascinating for young kids, but from an adult perspective, it also has some drawbacks. First, some of these animals, like the sharks, are swimming around in a very small area. Now I’m no lover of sharks, but I’m also not cool with putting a bunch of giant predators in a small confined area for our pleasure.

Second, I’m not sure how good of a job they do with the upkeep. Even my daughter would call the Predator Tunnel the “stinky tunnel.”

Dolphin Cay

Dolphin Cay at The Atlantis Bahamas from Atlantis Bahamas Reviews via
Kissing Echo at Dolphin Cay

I have very mixed feelings about dolphin encounters. After all, it is a dream come true to get to interact with dolphins. However, many of these habitats cage in their animals and animal cruelty experts have brought attention to the ethics of these types of experiences.

Dolphin Cay (prounced key) at least is committed to conservation, rehabilitation, and education. Plus, the first residents of Dolphin Cay were 17 stranded dolphins and 10 sea lions whose home in Gulfport, Mississippi was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and they focus on marine animal rehabilitation.

Visits support the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, with a focus on coral reef and habitat conservation, and Atlantis tries to keep interactions educational.

So you need to be your own judge and think about the impacts before you book. If you do decide to book an experience, prepare to pay through the nose, have less time than you hope for, and be totally ripped off if you want to purchase the pictures…but…the smile on your and your child’s face is truly priceless.

There are a number of in-water experiences in both shallow and deeper water, as well as behind-the-scenes tours available. If you do want to swim with the dolphins, be sure to book early as this is a very popular cruise-line excursion and fills up early.

Something for everyone

2 men on water slide

The Atlantis is a lot like a cruise ship on land…just much bigger.  You really can find something for everyone…teen dance clubs, cooking classes, swimming, waterpark, gambling, kids clubs, game room, water sports, spa, and more. There is even a pottery studio, theater, fitness center, tennis courts, and day trips and excursions.

In the evenings, guests can enjoy fine dining, laugh at a comedy club, dance at a nightclub, hit the casino, or take in one of the many live events. Just keep in mind that all this is spread out across multiple towers so it might feel like you have to walk a mile or more from your room to your selected activity.

But all of these activities and options really do make it great for a multigenerational trip, if you are the type of family to take advantage of all these resources. Just keep in mind that some of these involve extra fees and, do to COVID, some may not be available during your stay — this is something I’d be sure to look into in advance.

Atlantis Bahamas Review: The Bad

Girl on throne in the Atlantis lobby
Throne in the lobby

Food & Dining Options at the Atlantis Bahamas

Theoretically, the Atlantis offers great food options, including restaurants from celebrity chefs Jose Andres, Todd English, and Nobu Matsuhisa. However, since you will probably only splurge for one meal at these fine dining establishments (unless you win big at the casino), the rest of the food is overpriced and just mediocre. The Atlantis Bahamas is not an all-inclusive resort, however, you can purchase a dining meal plan in advance or when you arrive (before your first meal.)

Since we were going with a large group of 14, we opted to try the meal plan, since it seemed like it offered cost savings.  What we weren’t told was that not all of the casual dining options were included and that room service also wasn’t included in the meal plan. Since sometimes those options are just easier when traveling with kids (especially when they get sick), we ended up double paying for certain meals.

The other options, like the Chinese restaurant and steakhouse, were just average and quite overpriced with mediocre service. The buffets were not really enjoyable. I admit that I’m not a big fan of buffets, but we have seen some good ones, but as they say “these were not them.”

The other downside about the food was the lack of Bahamian or Caribbean flair.  Out by the waterpark, all the snack bars offered the same fare.  It was very generic theme park food with hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie wraps, etc.

I left craving conch fritters or something authentic. I understand that now there is a Bahamian cuisine fine dining restaurant. However, I wish more Bahamian cuisine was wrapped into the other dining options instead of just creating familiar dining experiences that make U.S. guests comfortable.

I know when you go to a resort like the Atlantis, mosts guests tend to just stay on property, especially when you have a big group like we did. But if I did return, I’d opt to head into town for some more authentic and less over-priced meals.

family with Bahamian dancers

The Crowds

The Atlantis is big, really big.  Looking out my window at night was disconcerting.  I was in the Caribbean right? Why was I looking out and seeing hotel towers lighting up the sky? Was this Las Vegas?

But while the Atlantis can hold thousands of people, what you don’t realize at first is that the Atlantis is packed not just with people staying there, but it is also filled with cruise ship passengers or those staying nearby that have bought a day pass to enjoy the Atlantis waterpark and facilities.

Scores of cruise ship passengers and visitors from neighboring hotels fill the Atlantis. This is something I really wish I knew ahead of time as it really would have made me think twice. I don’t know why I assumed those awesome water park rides would be just for guests of the hotel and therefore there wouldn’t be any lines or crowds.

Atlantis day passes range from $75 for kids under 13 to to $250 for a full-day adult Atlantis and water park pass.

The Rooms

Even with the amazing “deals” the Atlantis offers, the rooms were still over $500 per night in the non-centrally located Coral Towers. For that price, we expected something more. We knew we weren’t getting a beach view, but as I described above, I expected a much nicer room.

If you stay in the Cove or the Reef, at least your rooms are going to be nicer. The question would be, are they nice enough to make it worth it to you? Frankly if I was going to spend $800 a night, I can think of many nicer hotels I’d rather spend that on.

The Beach 

Atlantis beach
The small Atlantis beach

There are certainly more pools than you can swim in during your vacation but if you come to the Caribbean, you probably would also like to spend some time at the beach. There are three ocean beaches at the Atlantis — the Cove Beach, Atlantis Beach, and Paradise Beach. There is also a Lagoon beach on the manmade lagoon in the center of the property.

There are apparently five miles of beaches, but we found the Atlantis beach to be quite small and under-serviced at the time that we visited. However, I have heard that the Cove beach is very nice and that it is restricted to only hotel guests (no day guests), so that would be where to go if you decide to book an Atlantis vacation. But, if a gorgeous beach is your priority, I would pick Beaches Resort Turks & Caicos over Atlantis.

kids on the couch in the lobby of the atlantis bahamas

The Bottom Line about the Atlantis Bahamas

The kids absolutely loved the Atlantis — especially the water park — actually mostly because of the water park. Now that our group is made up of teens and tweens, I think they also would have been a bit more discerning about some of the other aspects of the resort. But in general, whenever the cousins have time to play and relax together they are happy.

The eight adults of the group all felt that the Atlantis Bahamas was overpriced for what you got, too big, and too commercial for our tastes. My in-laws have since returned to the Bahamas and they fell in love with the service and atmosphere at the Rosewood Baha Mar.

What about you? Have you been to the Atlantis? Did you love it, hate it, or in between?

Pro Money Savings Tip

Do all the activities and amenities of the Atlantis Bahamas appeal to you but you are still turned off by the price tag? There are other options. For example, you can stay nearby at the Comfort Suites and still get access to the Atlantis and waterpark, plus you can use your room key to pay at the restaurants and gift shops.

The Comfort Suites is one block away and all rooms are suites, which include a pull-out couch and small refrigerator — perfect for families. The hotel also includes free breakfast each morning and there is even a swim up pool bar.

Looking for other family-friendly resorts in the Caribbean?

Be sure to check out our review of Beaches Turks and Caicos, Club Med Martinique, Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, and the Grand Velas in Riviera Maya.

You may also want to consider alternates like Bermuda or Hawk’s Cay in the Florida Keys.


The Atlantis in the Bahamas is a large family-friendly resort in the Caribbean, but as beautiful as it is, it also has some drawbacks. In this Atlantis Bahamas review we go through the good and the bad of the resort. #atlantis #hotels #bahamas #caribbeanhotels #caribbean #familytravel #luxuryhotels

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Publish Date: February 17, 2022

44 thoughts on “Atlantis Bahamas Review: The Good and Bad for Families”

  1. Well it was the first time we stayed there The Beach, was given a Garden Room View, but upon arriving there, no they’re down (Garden Room) wasn’t to pleased about this cause we paid an arm and leg, plus the fact they open up on Dec 21st, 2019 no one front desk even told us!..what a rip off!..under the sink the piping looks molded!.not a five star as it is? ladies were taking my meds!..
    All in all, didn’t mind the beach the Ocean plus our vacation, I wouldn’t recommend (The Atlantis) looks like the Rio had more going for their guests every day /night?..

  2. I couldn’t agree more. We are here over Christmas. The room in the Coral is $680 a night. I’ve have stayed in nicer holiday in express is. The service is her horrendous And the place is packed. It is nearly impossible to get a place to sit at many of the pools.

    The food is mediocre at best and way overpriced. Vodka tonic is $17.

    I spent nearly $20,000 to bring eight adults and three children down here. What a waste of money. Could not be more disappointed.

  3. Hi,
    I went to Atlantis for my 25th birthday with two of my friends I absolutely hated the food there. They offer a resort credit but half the restaurants are closed. My trip was scheduled for 5 nights I finished all the activities and had nothing left to do. I would stay to enjoy the pool but the service and food is so bad I paid extra to get out of there. I would only recommend someone to come here for the weekend only and leave.

  4. Thanks for posting this review. I’m just wondering which activity did you choose for your daughter at Dolphin Cay? There are so many options but it looks like you chose a great one!

    1. Good question! It was a while ago so I don’t remember and they probably change. We visited with the dolphin, got to touch him and kiss him but we didn’t do much “swimming” with them.

      1. I’m currently on my 2nd day the Bahamas with it family and I have say I’m so absolutely disappointed with the food! The food absolutely is horrendous. The room are so cheaply made and forget about taking a taxi anywhere it cost $54 for 4 miles for a round trip. I hate the fact that we booked for a whole week!

  5. Was not even aware of another Atlantis and always thought the Atlantis in Dubai was an original. The bad review however with the crowds and the beach will probably make my husband choose the Dubai Atlantis. Thank you for a good review.

  6. You didn’t mention anything about the “hospitality centers” where you wait well over an hour to store your belongings in the park. This is horribly inefficient waiting in line instead of just renting a locker by providing change or a credit card at the locker and taking the key. The line was very calm, but most of the vacationers were getting sarcastic and irritated in the heat. This one aspect being the first impression probably isn’t what the venue intends.

    1. I’m not sure if those weren’t a thing when I was there or we just didn’t use them because we were staying in the hotel but good to know.

  7. this sums it up nicely. I felt the food was Disneylike, and overpriced as well. You left out the staff is not that friendly. I paid $12 for a chicken sandwich but another .29 cents would have gotten me a drink cup and a bag of chips, well cashier didn’t mention anything, would have been nice, when I tried to cancel order and get a meal for $12.29 she refused in a very nasty way. Also overbought a one day pass to waterpark, which counter lady said she could do nothing for me, non refundable and said I should ask people on the line to buy it from me. humiliated and mortified, I did just that only to find out all ppl preordered tix. she refused to give me extra bracelet I paid for unless I had a wrist(person) to put it on. worst part of my cruise was Atlantis. DO NOT pre order your ticket. Pay more but get on day of your visit. Overpiced and over rated.

  8. swimming pool builder Austin TX

    Atlantis is something else! Love the experience and hopefully i can get back soon!

  9. Do you have any idea what the cost is just to go into the hotel to see the aquarium in the lower level? We were there on a cruise and took the water taxi where we were able to walk to the Atlantis. At the time, there was no charge to get in and just walk around 2009, but I heard there is a cover charge now. Our cruise isn’t offering an excursion to do that so I was wondering if you noticed. We also stopped at a beach on the way back to the water taxi that was a free beach within sight of the Atlantis beaches. I wonder if that is still available….anyone know?

    1. We just stayed at the Harborside 2 weeks ago. We are now owners! I would never pay $500+ per night, so I won’t be staying on the grounds, ever. This was my second trip to the Atlantis, first time with kids. First trip we stayed at Comfort Suites. They have continental breakfast!!! Harborside has a kitchen, so we went to the grocery store so we could make some meals and have snacks and beverages. We weren’t wasting money on high-priced mediocre food. The meals plans were very expensive and were either all week or not at all. We ended up taking a ferry to the port and then a taxi to Fish fry. Food is amazing, and affordable. Don’t let the taxis take advantage of you though! It is also in walking distance but our 4 and 6 year olds had fallen asleep. We also walked over the bridge one night and ate sushi. I would do this again! Next time we would also hit the little huts under the bridge, where the locals eat. That’s where you’ll get the good, fresh conch salad!
      Also, Junkanoo Beach is a free Beach. It was super busy and loud and dirty, since we were there over Spring Break, but the sand and water is beautiful! We knew we were heading to better beaches at the Atlantis so we just stopped briefly to let the kids get their feet wet.
      Like I said, we will go back, but only because we talked to some locals and found out some great tips.

  10. I took my 4 young daughters to Atlantis a few years ago. It was so awful that I make sure I write a review every year or so. We went at Christmas. What I was promised was all inclusive and all of a sudden Christmas dinner was not included. It was $600 and not good. They tried twice to give us an inferior room. The staff yelled at my kids when in the food line, and I mean yelled!!! The guys driving the dirty towel buggy around ran into us many times!!!! My belief I feel they hate Americans. Today I would worry about child trafficking because of the lay out of the facility

    1. I felt like they hated us there that day as well. I would not go back. Just have to say that staff is very unhappy, unfriendly and undertrained.I have been to Cancun and Punta Cana where the staff just can’t be any nicer, they practically kiss your feet. Atlantis was not a great experience at all.

    2. I feel like they have ZERO INCENTIVE to give good service. They are guaranteed their 15% mandatory gratuity and the “State” gets 12.5% VAT. Why would they care about the customer when they are getting a guaranteed outrageous tip for making an overpriced mixed drink for you. We found this to be true about 25-40% of the time.

  11. Hi! Our family of 3 was one of the many cruise ship passengers that enjoyed the day at the Atlantis. Honestly, I’m glad we did it that way for all the reasons you mentioned. We had a fantastic time at the waterpark (my 6 yr old was in heaven) but I can see how staying there would be costly and probably not worth it. I even commented how irritated I would be with all the cruise people if I was paying the high dollar to stay there. We got best of both worlds… an awesome day at a world class waterpark but not the high price for everything else. It’s definitely something to see… just be ready for everything else 🙂

  12. Daniel J. molk

    Just left Atlantis today, 5/3/2017. Here is my take, plain and simple. The resort is nice. But they will RIP you off, every chance they get. with unknown charges daily. not to mention winning at the Texas Holdem table and after being paid out by the dealer and 2 managers. the pit boss says ,” THAT’S NOT RIGHT, Take their money back”. And it was a sizeable win ( straight flush) progressive. after talking with management, they said they would credit my account 1oo dollars. a far cry from what I won. they didn’t. long story SHORT…Pun intended. We will never be returning to ATLANTIS again. you ONLY get One chance to impress me when it costs that much to stay there.

    1. Next time check out renting at HaRBorside! You will love it! Very cost effective! See my comments describing why. We are owners . Our family loves it there. We also rent out, if we are not using it.
      Staff is terrifc!

  13. Going next week with some doubts. Went to the Rui last year in aruba- amazing and stunning beach/weather
    Went to Cancun earlier this year and weather was not good

  14. We are at Atlantis now and very disappointed .. We went to olives for dinner and could not get waited on. Server were just standing there waited 10 min so we left. We returned back to the club level and told them what happened. Nothing has been done at this time. We can afford to go anywhere for dinner but someone who can’t has to sit and wait. We also asked to put our names on a cabana for the week. Found out that they didn’t put our name on the list. We are staying at the cove . Our room is 2500 a night. The food is just alright. The pool at the cove is beautiful but I didn’t expect romper room. The sign say 18 and over. I was a bartender for many years and would card have the people and 20 percent would be 15 to 17 years old. One mother even let it slip that here twins were 17. They were there with 6 of there friends. We have been to Atlantis many times and will not return.

  15. Hands down the best resort for the whole family. I agree with everything you said except for the beaches. If you stay at the Cove or the Reef the beaches are awesome! Very secluded and hardly any waves, which was great for my 2 year old in 2012, that’s the first year we started going there. My kids never wants to come home when we’re there…

  16. Been to Atlantis 3 times and heading back in July. Me and my two daughters absolutely love it and can’t wait to return. We stay in the Royal Towers and yes, it is pricey, but I wouldn’t stay anywhere else. You can find decent food, not too expensive if you look around. Check the cruise ship schedules to find when it’s not so crowded and plan your day accordingly.

  17. I am curios, and not knocking you in any way. However, were there negative reviews on this place before you decided to make arrangements to go. I was thinking about taking my family, but with more investigation, and your blog confirms everything else that i have heard. I am having a lot of second thoughts in regards to spending the money to go.

    1. I’ve always heard mixed reviews as I think it depends on what you enjoy and what type of vacation you are looking for. This was booked by my in laws and we were there with extended family so I didn’t have a choice on the destination. The idea was to find something that would make everyone happy, especially the kids.

  18. If price is the main concern go during non- peak times. Also its not really Advertised but stay at Comfort Suites right next door to Atlantis. you get all the amenities and passes as if you were staying at Atlantis.
    Example: 12/14-12/18 stay with all taxes and fees

    Atlantis Beach Tower – $1197.26
    Comfort Suites – $866.69

  19. Victoria@celebratetheweekend

    I only visited as a cruise ship passenger and would not want to stay in the hotel that allows the day passes! (one “plus” if I may (or at least the excitement) was to meet the celebrities. I ran into Halle Barry and Rudy Giuliani on separate day visits)

  20. We have been staying at the Cove at the Atlantis for the past five years….with a meal plan and we love it. We have been to many other islands but nothing compares to the beauty and service at the Atlantis, yes it is expensive but you get what you pay for, Cove is the only way to go.

  21. Here now, and trying to find a plus about the room in Royal Tower West. I would settle for a comfortable bed! The water parks are great as well as the kids activities.

    1. Oh no! I’m sorry you are not in a good room. I also found the rooms to be not nearly what I would expect for that price.

  22. Thanks for the great review, Tamara. Thinking of going to the Bahamas with my kids but I’ve got some concerns about if the Atlantis is the right place for us, so I was happy to hear both sides for the story. Thanks!

  23. I visited Atlantis with my family for 5 days and absolutely agree with EVERYTHING you said in your review. Many thanks for that detailed and true review!

    1. Thanks for coming by and leaving the comment Cleo! It can be a great place for a family vacation with so much to do it just depends on the experience you are looking for and who much you want to pay for it. I think I prefer something more intimate and laid back.

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