Happy Wednesday, friends! We are doing the happy dance today for two reasons. One, it’s hump day and we are that much closer to the weekend. Two, we have finally finished compiling our gazillion photos of our family vacation to the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas and are thrilled to share with you our travel experience and how we spent our days with two babes in tow. Think food, pool, beach, stunning accommodations, kid-friendly activities, and our daily routine because even on vacay you develop a routine that just works, am I right? If you are pondering a Spring break trip with the family, Atlantis will not disappoint and will make your vacay one for the books! Let me tell you why we love and recommend this destination…
Let’s start by saying that Atlantis is just what it looks like, nothing short of amazing and full of excitement and activities catered to both adults and children. We chose this destination not only to explore this amazing resort but also for the convenient travel time. With a five year old and five month old we had to keep in mind the time spent in the air and in the car headed to the resort from the airport. The Bahamas was a direct flight under three hours on Southwest, affordable when compared to other flight costs into the Caribbean, and a car ride of only thirty minutes to the resort, bingo! Although you do need a passport to travel to the Bahamas if you live in the US, customs was super easy arriving and departing and the lines moved quickly! We applied for Delilah and Sawyer’s passports in the Fall and received them in the mail within 4 weeks.
Atlantis is comprised of three different towers, Beach, Coral and Royal Towers and offers Harbourside villas, as well as, luxury and stylish suites at The Reef and The Cove. The towers, villas and suites can be reserved at varying price points to attract all budgets and exceed your amenity requirements. Let me just say that we met many different couples, some with children, others there by themselves or for work travel, and they were quite pleased with their room and service. Not all of these individuals stayed in the most expensive tower or suite.
After carefully surveying all of the room options and comparing the different areas at which these rooms were located on the resort we made the decision to stay at The Reef as the view of the ocean was very important to us. We also wanted to stay in an area that was a bit more secluded and quiet for Sawyer to nap at his leisure. Let’s be honest….we also just had a baby five months ago and we wanted major relaxation and the most serene of serene views that were available at this resort for a reasonable price. The Reef scored way high in all of these areas and exceeded our expectations with its exclusive access to the cascades pool, a family- friendly zero-entry pool that belonged to only The Cove and The Reef, and also included easy access to Paradise Beach… this beach is totes breathtaking!
The towers had a ton of fun activities and sights to offer as well and we walked the kiddos down to these towers almost daily to experience the kid friendly attractions. Our luxury studio room at The Reef was simply beautiful, spacious and comfortable. It was well equipped with a flat screen television, kitchen space with deluxe amenities, luxurious bedroom, private balcony, and two queen beds.
With Sawyer eating his baby food three times daily and Delilah being the snacker that she is, having a microwave, cook top, refrigerator, and dishwasher in our room was important to us. We wanted to be able to re-heat food from dinner the evening before when the children were hungry for lunch or a snack the next day in-stead of purchasing several meals over the course of the week that would go wasted, this saved us major bucks friends! The Bahamas is unbelievably beautiful but it’s also pricey so we made sure to book our trip with a dining plan that accounted for breakfast and dinner while we packed many snacks for the week in our suitcase to avoid high-priced goldfish and other toddler foods.
The resort itself was impeccably maintained and clean. The grounds were gorgeous as was the breathtaking views of the beach and turqouise ocean. The staff was friendly and eager to help if we needed something, for example, hot water for Sawyers oatmeal or extra towels for the pool to make for a comfy napping area was no biggie to accommodate in a jiffy. Atlantis has 20 swimming spaces, a kids water-play fort that Delilah adored and 11 unique swimming pools around the property. Their Aquaventure waterpark is beyond thrilling and down right ahhhhmazing! Although Delilah was not quite big enough to take part in the water slides she did enjoy the rapids and lazy river that included a fun ride in an inner-tube with daddy. Note: The Aquaventure Park is included in your stay at Atlantis, score!
We were enamored by the numerous marine habitats and aquarium exhibits located all throughout this property. These exhibits showcase dolphins, sharks, sting rays, barracuda, piranha, eels and the list continues. Each day specific habitats have scheduled live feedings for the kids to participate in and better yet they are free of charge! We would frequent the 9 AM feeding at The Ruins Tank as it took place right after we were finishing breakfast and happened to be located above The Dig, a cave like tunnel that takes you on a journey through the streets of the lost city of Atlantis. We would walk through this tunnel every day to look at the stunning marine life. An interactive touch tank is also located in The Dig and Delilah had a ball touching real life conch, starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, crabs, and horseshoe crabs!
In addition to the many exotic marine habitats around the property they also have a Dolphin Cay that offers different packages for you and your family to interact with their beautiful dolphins. Delilah opted to take part in Sea Squirts located in The Beach Tower which was the cutest activity everrrrr! Sea Squirts included one full hour of marine interaction and activities, as well as, feeding baby stingrays, sharks and schools of fish. Delilah was given an Atlantis swim shirt as a keepsake, she was so excited and wore this shirt multiple days during our stay. This activity was under $60 dollars!
Lets talk about our daily vacation grind. Of course we were relaxed and on island time but we did have a little routine that just sort of developed organically. We would wake up super early because, well, we have two kids. We would have a quick snack in the room while we got everyone situated in their suits and packed up the stroller with our beach bag, sunscreen, diaper bag etc. While mama got the kiddos together daddy would head down to the lobby to get us coffee at Starbucks. Did I forget to mention that The Reef has a beautiful Starbucks right off of the lobby?! Some mornings Sawyer and I were up at 6 AM, a little before the rest of the tribe, and we would walk down for coffee at Starbucks and then along the beautiful beach. These mornings with just my little man were glorious and so special. Our walks together with his smiley face on the beach will be retained in my mama brain forever. After we were suited up and packed for the day we would head down to breakfast at our favorite spot, Poseidon’s Table. This place had an amazing buffet that met all of our families needs. Pancakes for Delilah, meat and eggs for Daddy and all the healthy stuff for mama. Poseidon’s Table is located in The Royal Towers which is perfectly centered in the middle of all the action.
After breakfast we would attend a free feeding at The Ruins Tank for Delilah to participate in, walk through the dig, play in The Lagoon and then head back toward The Cove and The Reef for pool and beach time for the majority of the day. Somewhere between pool, beach and nap we would walk back down toward The Royal Towers for Delilah to play in the Water Play-Fort. She could have lived here all week and that would have been enough for her to fall in love with Atlantis.
After a full day on the resort we would head back to The Reef to get showered and ready for dinner. The kids usually took another power nap during this time. Each evening we had a reservation at a different restaurant. The Atlantis Dining plan was awesome and allowed us to dine at some pretty amazing places. Our very favorite dinner spots included Carmines and The Bahamian Club. They were spectacular, the food, the decor, the staff, the ambiance…..all amazing! Highly recommend both of these restaurants to those traveling to Atlantis. One tidbit, Carmines is a family style restaurant and serves enormous portion sizes. One meal fed our entire family and then some, a huge Italian feast that was just so darn yummy! After dinner we strolled the kiddos through the marina village and they would fall asleep before 9 pm like clock work. During this time the hubby and I enjoyed wine and daiquiris while strolling through the Royal Towers and casino.
This trip was beyond memorable and is definitely on our list to travel back to again soon. Traveling with young children can be difficult; however, Atlantis made it super smooth as it holds the perfect balance of excitement, entertainment and relaxation for the entire family. The resort is one to add to the bucket list for sure and would make a great Spring getaway. Safe and Happy Travels, friends!
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