The first time that my husband heard of Atlantis was an embarrassing incident. He was running with his friends one morning and asked if any of them knew any vacation spots nearby where he could take his Mom and kids. Everyone laughed and one guy said: “Don’t worry, I’ll sort you out. Just send me an email with when you want to go.”
The fact was my husband had no idea where his friend worked. He was just looking for ideas. He said that and they thought he was joking. It turns out his friend was, at the time, in marketing for the Atlantis Resort. To make matters worse, and yes, this is true, he then said: “What’s Atlantis?”
They all howled with laughter and his friend asked if it was possible? ‘Atlantis”, he said, “has been the largest single advertiser that year in the New York Times Travel section. Was it possible that he had really never even heard of them?”
Since then, we’ve been to Atlantis a half dozen times and my husband admits, given what a remarkable destination it is, it’s really quirky that he hadn’t heard of it back then.
Our first trip to Atlantis we fly over on a Chalks seaplane. It was my first time on a seaplane and my last. It was a terrifying experience when we landed in the water. The nice thing about it was that we landed right on the Atlantis property and bypassed the main airport.
Everything that we saw in ads and TV commercials didn’t do justice to this resort. We had booked a room in the Royal Towers based on a recommendation by our friend. Once we arrived at the resort, we were escorted to the VIP check-in area for the Royal Towers. We felt like royalty. I noticed the woman next to us who was finalizing her bill. It was Victoria Gotti. Once we arrived at the designated area, a security guard checked our badges and we went up to our suite. The room was enormous and had a fantastic view. Both the Royal and Coral Towers offer beautifully appointed 1 and 2 bedroom suites which are great if you are traveling with your family.
The highlights of the trips are the amazing water rides with the kids and the incredible aquariums. The restaurants, casinos, beaches, and pools are great and there’s so much variety. We went there once to hear a concert. We took the kids about six years ago to hear Fergie and it was fantastic. We’ve also been as a couple. We’ve stayed in both the Royal Towers and the Ocean Club.
The highlights of the trips are the amazing water rides for both the kids and adults to enjoy. When we first went to Atlantis the kids were young and weren’t tall enough to go on some of the rides that had height restrictions. They were thrilled once they grew a few inches.
Aquaventure, Atlantis Paradise Island’s water park, is a one-of-a-kind 141-acre waterscape with complimentary admission for over-night guests at Atlantis. This non-stop aquatic thrill ride features over twenty million gallons of water, incredible Atlantean-themed towers, thrilling high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort and 11 unique and refreshing swimming pools—connected by a lush, tropical environment that is both immersive and interconnected
Resort guests can take on The Abyss, a 200-foot body-slide that will send you plunging 50-feet into a lagoon. Try out The Drop, dare The Falls or dive into The Surge, a waterslide roller coaster of twists and turns. From the iconic Mayan Temple to the ominous Power Tower to the playful Splashers Island, Aquaventure boasts more than 18 thrilling water slides for kids of all ages.
The Leap of Faith slide offers the daring and adventurous a 60 ft. almost-vertical drop from the top of the world-famous and iconic Mayan Temple, propelling riders at a tremendous speed through a clear acrylic tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon.
On the five-story corkscrew Serpent Slide, guests travel on a tube at high speeds through the darkness of the Mayan Temple’s core. The twisting and turning ride culminates with a leisurely pass through a clear acrylic tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon.
The Dig is amazing either above the water or from below. There are so many amazing animals to see. It’s the only place in the world where you can embark on a journey through the streets and tunnels of the fabulous lost city of Atlantis while touting stunning marine life exhibits. The Dig features habitats for 100 venomous Indo-Pacific Ocean Lionfish, 500 piranhas, iridescent jellyfish and six-foot Moray Eels. There are special environments nine species of enormous groupers. And in separate, smaller “Jewel Habitats,” multitudes of brilliantly colored tropical fish dwell. Resort guests should plan ahead and remember not to miss the interactive touch tank aquarium—filled with conch, starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, crabs and horseshoe crabs—and designed to encourage vacationer interaction. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. Try to go when they are feeding, it is not to be missed.
Atlantis is a great resort offering an unrivaled property and experience. There is so much to do, you will never be bored. Have you discovered Atlantis?