Palm trees and Blue skies frame the facade of the Atlantis Hotel

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Staying at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island

Some consider the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island the resort to end all resorts. Since opening in 1994, its iconic waterpark and marine themed hotel has made many a bucket list for a true dream vacation. After visiting, it’s easy to see why. It’s as if you truly did stumble upon Atlantis itself. Its facade appears slightly submerged, and in this city like resort, you can find literally anything you’d wish to see or do.

Lodging Type: Luxury Resort Hotel

Tip: Before you arrive, download the Atlantis app to your phone which can be handy to assist you in navigating the enormous property.

view of the palm trees, marina harbor filled with yachts and the overpass leading to downtown Nassau
View from our Atlantis Hotel Room – it had a balcony and was facing the Marina harbor

Where is the Hotel Located?

The Bahamas is actually comprised of over 700 islands, total. However, not all of them are inhabited. In fact, many of them are not islands that travelers frequent. The Atlantis Resort is located on Paradise Island. Paradise Island has historically been a star studded celebrity home locale. Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Mariah Carey, Sean “Diddy” Combs and many more names have or currently own properties on ritzy Paradise Island.

There are many airports you can fly into to arrive in the Bahamas. If you’re headed to Atlantis, it’s best to fly into the Lynden Pindling International Airport (formerly the Nassau International Airport). When you arrive in Nassau, there are many things to see and do there as well!

Tip: Check out my guide of things to do in Nassau here.

Sandy white beach with footsteps, leading up to the Atlantis resort lit up at dusk
This is Atlantis Beach, accessible just beyond the Paradise Lagoon

Resort Amenities & Entertainment on Paradise Island

When it comes to activities and amusement, the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island shines. All of the following is included with your stay at no extra charge:

Aquaventure Water Park: Perhaps the star of the show, Atlantis boasts an incredibly fun water park that is free to all hotel Guests. Aquaventure is comprised of 8 incredibly fun themed water slides and river rides. There are 11 different pools to choose from, depending on your ambiance of choice.

This is perhaps the most anticipated feature of the resort. If you want to get a day pass to simply access Aquaventure, the price varies seasonally. On average, you can expect to pay about $190 per adult and $95 for kids.

Tip: Cruise ship goers often get day passes to Aquaventure, Paradise Island. If you want to dodge the crowds, the best time to make a splash is right when the park opens at 9:00am – 10:00am or the last two hours before closing 5:00pm- 7:00pm.

Leap of Faith slide at Aquaventure, after dark
Leap of Faith slide at Aquaventure, after dark

Hotels at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island

There are four different hotels to choose from within the resort:

The Cove

This is the hotel for a top shelf, white glove experience. Featuring luxury suites, butler services and a private beach just for Cove Guests, this hotel is for those seeking the splendor of luxury. The Cove hotel also features the only adults only pool at the resort.

The Coral

My visit was a comped stay. I am a Caesars Rewards Platinum card holder, and a 5 night stay is a rewards perk. Caesars Rewards stays are booked at the Coral Hotel. I found this tower to be centrally located and convenient. For instance, there is a Starbucks right below the main lobby, as well as a delicious ice cream shoppe. It also has a view the Marina harbor and just steps away from all the restaurants and shopping in the Marina village. If, by chance, you are attending a convention at Atlantis, this is definitely the hotel you’ll want to stay in, since the convention halls are all in this hotel. The comedy club and movie theater are also located at The Coral.

Dolphin statue in the Coral Tower
Dolphin Fountain in the Coral Tower connecting the Shops to the Convention Center

The Reef

These rooms are made to have a more “residential” feel. In addition, you can book some pretty swanky penthouses with oceanfront balconies. The Reef Hotel is quite far from everything else in the resort, but it has direct beach access and shuttles area available.

The Royal

The Royal Towers are in the center of it all. The ornate lobby is the epicenter of the entire hotel, garnished in giant pearls and seashell facades. It’s also closest to the designer shopping, casinos and luxe restaurants indoors.

The Harborside Resort

This area is great for: those who want to be away from it all, a bit of a quiet atmosphere, to be near the boat marina and to have accommodations with a kitchen, washer & dryer. There is also a kids pool in this part of the resort, but no direct beach access.

Part of the resort facing the salt water lagoon lit up at night
View of the Salt Water Lagoon at Night! Swimming ends at 7:00pm


The service at the resort is, overall, very warm, friendly and welcoming. The check in process could have been a bit more through and efficient. There was a bit of a wait to check in and a huge crowd waiting to check in behind us. As a result, the employee at check in was rushing to check us in. Unfortunately, since it was our first visit and the Atlantis can be a bit overwhelming, we wished she had explained a few things to us that we found out on our own a few days in.

Hotel Cost

The nightly rate will vary seasonally and depend on which hotel tower you ultimately choose. The Atlantis on Paradise Island is by no means a budget hotel. But on my Instagram, I’ve shared a couple different ways you can get free stays or nights at the Atlantis.

Safety & Security

Paradise Island, overall, is a very safe place. It’s filled with resorts, luxury hotels and celebrity homes. The resort itself feels extremely safe in every way. All rooms are a key card entry and have a safe in the closet. There is also round the clock security on the grounds of the hotel.

Food Situation

There are countless restaurant options at the resort ranging from celebrity chef fine dining to casual and well known chains. It’s widely known that the Bahamas is incredibly expensive and the food at the Atlantis resort is no exception. Some of the restaurants recommend making reservations whereas, others, like pizza or ice cream you can just stand in line.

Tip: If you’re on a budget you can buy water bottles and snacks from stores or restaurants in downtown Nassau and store them in your hotel refrigerator. This is also a great option if you want to try some local cuisine and store your leftovers.

Atlantis Resort lit up at night
The Resort lit up at night!


The Mandara Spa is a full service spa on the Atlantis, Paradise Island located in the Royal Towers. Mandara Spa is a chain that can be found all over the world. It’s a luxury spa with top shelf prices, so if you’re looking to splurge, treat yourself! I did not have any spa services done during this visit, but will check it out next time.

Tip: You’ll pay top dollar for spa services at the resort. If you’re looking for convenience, that is your best option. Appointment slots fill up quickly, so make your reservations in advance online if you can. If you’re willing to venture out or hire a mobile masseuse, you can save this way, but you’ll also need to book this well in advance!

Know Before You Go

There is no need to exchange money before your trip if you have USD! USD is equivalent to the Bahamian dollar. For travelers from countries other than the US, just make sure you have either USD or the Bahamian dollar.

The Bahamas is a beautiful archipelago, with stunning skies and beaches. Whether you decide to go all out during your visit at Atlantis or not, just know that it is possible to enjoy this fabulous resort on a budget! Any questions? Leave them in the comments!

Travel Tips & Resources to Help You Plan an Epic Trip!

Going – I’ve subscribed to Going (formerly, beloved, Scott’s Cheap Flights) for awhile now and it’s an amazing resource for finding… did you guess cheap flights? Yes, you can set your preferences from airports to flight class and get destination deals right to your inbox. It’s fab! I use the Premium paid version, but they have a FREE version too. So what are you waiting for?! Let’s get Going! – the majority, if not almost all of my stays are booked on It’s a reliable site to book and manage your reservations. It’s a great way to find boutique stays and unique accommodations at the best rates! You can also easily communicate with your accommodation through the app.

Expedia – If I am looking for a flight to a specific destination for specific dates, I find myself booking many flights on Expedia. It’s user friendly and straight forward. I often find the most cost effective rates, while earning points for every flight I book (in tandem with the points I receive from the credit cards I pay with).

Viator – most of the activities, tours and excursions I book for my trips are booked through Viator. Whether you’re seeking a guide for the day, a group tour, a cooking class, Viator has you covered!

Get Your Guide – this is another great marketplace to find tours, excursions and activities to book for your upcoming trip.

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