Atlantis Resort is located on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. There is no doubt that this destination is breath-taking, and there seems to be plenty of activities to keep both children and adults busy.
A massive waterpark offers a lazy river, more than 20 swimming areas, and the world-renowned Mayan Temple "Leap of Faith" waterslide. Besides outdoor fun, Atlantis also boasts a variety of restaurants, a large casino, and numerous entertainment options.
With this being said, it is clear that the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas is a dream destination for many. However, there seems to be much dispute in regards to if the cost is worth it.
It is important to keep in mind that the resort is not all-inclusive. This means that your guest room (which can run between $230 and $680 a night in the off season) is the only expense that can be determined in advance.
When it comes to meals, you can expect to pay a minimum of $10 per person per meal, and more realistically, around $16 to $20 per person per meal. The cheaper dining options, like Marina Pizzeria, offers a slice of pizza for $6.75. However, keep in mind that you are also taxed on all food purchases and a 15% gratuity is automatically added to your bill.
This is the situation no matter where you dine at the resort. If you're coming with a family of five, it is not crazy to consider that you'll probably be spending around $300 a day just on food.
Interested in hitting the gym to burn off those calories before lounging and drinking by the pool all day? Think again. At $15 a day, the gym membership is probably not worth it. Strapping on your tennis shoes and heading for a run on the beach may be the better option, and undoubtedly the more affordable way to go. Like to dapple on the tennis court with friends? For $20 an hour, not so much.
Let's be clear. Paradise Island is an amazing destination that most individuals would recommend to friends and family alike. However, one must consider the budget they intend to have on a trip like this one. When you consider flight, round-trip airport transportation, five to seven nights at the resort, and the cost of food and drinks, you're looking at a pretty daunting bill at the end of the trip.
For most guests, the amount spent truly gets away from them, because you are able to charge everything to the room. You never have to carry cash or a credit card because your room key is all you ever need to make a purchase.
Overall, I give Atlantis Resort 3 out of 5 stars. The resort is really beautiful, and you can never get bored finding new things to do, new pools to lounge by, and new friends to meet. However, when it comes to cost, it is a bit over the top for what you get.