Atlantis is a gorgeous resort-waterpark in the Bahamas. We recently visited for the first time and hopefully this will help you decide if you want to part with the cash.
Is It Just For Kids? It’s for kids, adults, and even grandma and grandpa will have a blast. You can play in the sun and water all day, swimming with dolphins or sipping something out of a coconut. The casino rivals any you’ve seen in Vegas, and the rooms are exquisite. There are stingray pools, saltwater pools, video game rooms, miles of manicured trails to walk, water slides, and great room service. Anything you want (within reason) is there for you; if you’re wiling to pay for it.
What’s the Cost? That depends on what sort of rooms you want and how you get there. You’ll have to book a flight. We drove to Florida and left from there. Our round trip flights for a family of four were right at $2,000 dollars roundtrip. We stayed at Atlantis for one week at The Ocean Club which was a little over $500 dollars per night. There are cheaper places to stay, such as the Cove or the Towers. You can find deals on Expedia or Orbitz sometimes. I wanted to stay somewhere amazing because I had just gone through cancer and needed a getaway with my children. Our entire trip, including exquisite rooms, flight, casino, and all extras was right around $9,000 dollars. You can come in at half of that if you stay in a room that isn’t so expensive. The most expensive suite there costs thousands of dollars per week.
What About Extras? With any vacation you are going to have extras that aren’t included. You have to drive to the airport, pay for parking, baggage fees, and so forth. Then of course you have to consider food, beverages, and any extra shopping you may want to do. Atlantis also charges around $200 dollars for a CD of your family with dolphins and so forth. I usually add in an additional $2,000 dollars for things like this. If you don’t spend it, that’s great but you may need it.
Was It Worth It? For me it was worth the money I spent. I’m the type of person who really doesn’t put a lot of value on money. I make it to spend it on my family. I do save, but I’m the, “You can’t take it with you,” type of person. As long as I can pay for my children to go to college, have emergency money, and can pay my bills, I’m happy. I don’t need expensive dinners out every night. Vacationing and seeing the world are my way of spoiling myself. Yes, I think Atlantis is worth every penny. Yes, it’s overpriced in many ways but you can easily spend that much on a vacation right here in the United States.