3 Days In Paradise

Last weekend we were soaking up the Caribbean sun. We stayed at Atlantis. After seeing all the promotions, we had high expectations for this resort.

So what was our experience like?

We stayed in the beach tower which is a bit of a hike from the famous main building (below). We were there for 3 full days. While our stay was short, we still had plenty of fun.

Atlantis at night

Our room was very comfortable and worked well for our family of 2 adults, a 5 year old and 7 month old. We brought our own pack n play which fit perfectly in the corner of the room. There was no microwave but there was a nice mini fridge along with plenty of storage for snacks and baby food. The bathroom had more than enough towels and a nice sized tub. We did experience a few power outages and a decrease in water pressure after a few intense thunderstorms.

The Resort was massive with multiple pools, water activities and a large beach. We found the food and drinks a little expensive. A modestly sized frozen drink cost $12 plus a 7.5% tax and 15% gratuity added. All drink and food purchases have gratuity added. There are several restaurants, many of them we did not visit. And for those coffee lovers, Starbucks has several locations.

Yum πŸ˜‹

The water activities were awesome. Maddy spent hours playing in their kiddie pool and took a lap around the children’s lazy river. By far the best experience was the rapid river ride. On this ride you can use a single or double tube. It starts with a section of waves and ends with the rapids. There are several areas where you can get out to avoid any sections you don’t enjoy. After going around ourselves, we decided Maddy was big enough to ride the waves. In typical dad fashion, however, Tim let her do the entire ride. She loved it! I’m happy she went with her dad because I would’ve freaked out!

Atlantis is full of slides. Although I only did one, I think I did one of the scariest! I put on a brave face and took on the “Leap of faith”. The ride takes about 2 seconds but starts with a near vertical drop followed by a lighten trip through the shark tank and ends in a small pool below. It was so fast I didn’t even have a chance to scream. After facing my fears, I was done and spent the rest of the day sitting by the pool.πŸ˜‹

The aquarium was very impressive. There were sea creatures everywhere! If we return, we plan to do a few of the many activities the resort offers (for a fee). Children can feed the sharks and rays, interact with dolphins or even snorkel in the large tank. We opted to walk through the aquarium on a rainy morning. Maddy loved looking for all the different fish!

Overall we would return, however, many activities are restricted by height. Returning when the kiddos are older would maximize our experience.

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