visionary hotelier Sol Kerzner proclaimed his core value No. 1
"blow away the customer", never was that phrase more
apparent than in his utopian masterpiece, Atlantis.
on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, this massive water-world
resort which opened in December, 1998 boasts 1,201 guest accommodations
set in the two majestic Royal Towers and the Coral and Beach Towers,
2,300 rooms, 35 restaurants and bars, fountains, waterfalls, watersheds
and the largest marine habitat in the world (besides the actual
ocean). And let's not forget a world-class casino, spa, children's
learning center, shops, a comedy club, convention facilities,
a movie theater and more! So where do you start? Anywhere you
first, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the vast island
empire called Atlantis, here's a little background about the fabled
city, the theme of this spectacular resort, and the island where
Little Background Music
About Paradise Island
Paradise Island is located on the northern edge of Nassau
(New Providence) the capital of the Bahamas. The island is 826
acres, 4 1/2 miles long and 3/4 of a mile wide. It used to be
known as Hog Island and first became a tourist attraction in 1921.
In 1962, it was renamed "Paradise Island" since the
Bahamian Parliament and commercial developers didn't think the
name Hog Island would be appealing to tourists. (Hmmm.."Hog
Heaven" maybe?) Ever since 1962, Hog Island has been Paradise
Island. Good move.
was first mentioned by the Greek Philosopher Plato. The empire
was said to have stretched from the Straits of Gibraltar at the
mouth of the Mediterranean all the way to the Americas. It was
where Poseidon, the God of the Oceans, ruled with his five sets
of male twins. (My heart goes out to Mrs. Poseidon cooking for
10 teenage boys and a god, but of course, they never mention her).
Atlantis was known as a thriving utopian society where inhabitants
enjoyed a life of harmony and abundance going back as far as 10
centuries B.C. According to the legend, around 1,500 B.C., a massive
earthquake destroyed Atlantis and it disappeared under the ocean
named for it, the Atlantic.
years people have searched for traces of this wonderful civilization
and some believe Atlantis was the island of Crete, while others
believe it to be the Canary Islands, Scandinavia or the New World.
what Atlantis really is, is a larger than life, dramatic, extraordinary
playground for humans of all ages, interests and homelands. If
Atlantis was to have been a place where people lived in harmony
and enjoyed all the gifts life and nature had to offer, then rest
assured, Atlantis lives. More gloriously than ever.
waterscape surrounding the Atlantis resort is over 11 million
gallons of water, more than 50,000 sea animals that represent
over 200 species that live in 11 exhibit lagoons.
So our journey here won't be too word intensive, I've bolded
certain names and words in red that could do with a bit
more background or explanation. Just
click on the bolded word(s) in RED and a pop-up
box will appear with more info on the subject. (Go ahead
do it now on these previous red words.)
Days in Paradise
arriving at Nassau airport, my assistant and I were met by a limousine
sent by Atlantis. Michael, our limo driver who came to us by way
of Bahamas Experience, a combination limo and tour guide
service, was a pleasant and talkative native Bahamian, happy to
share his knowledge of the Island. For those of you wanting limo
service to Atlantis or a private tour of the island, you can email
Experience for more info.
a 30 minute drive from the airport we arrived at our destination.
To say Atlantis is magnificent, is an understated understatement.
Count on having your jaw in the dropped position for at least...
the whole time you're there. The wonders never cease. Atlantis
is delicious visual banquet that you can never seem to get enough
The first thing we saw upon arrival (besides the gigantic scope
and structure of the buildings) were the brilliant bronze Flying
Horses sculpture by Dani
de Jager at the at the Porte Cochére entrance
to the Royal Towers.
our way inside, we found ourselves in the Great Hall of Waters,
the main lobby area of the Royal Towers.
could easily spend some time roller-blading around this huge rotunda
(although, don't). The ornate Atlantean pillars and the gleaming
marble floors are highlighted by a domed ceiling that displays
eight murals that tell the story of Atlantis from its days of
glory to its impending destruction. The murals were painted by
Immense carved pillars lead up to a 70-foot domed ceiling made
from golden shells. One side of the hall leads to the casino,
another leads to the Royal Towers and another side leads to The
Digan awesome display of archeological findings about
the lost city.
checking in, we were shown to our room in the Royal Towers.
The Royal Towers has 1,201 guest facilities including 120 suites,
and the amazing 5,000 square-foot Bridge Suite located in an archway
high above the resort.
rooms have mini-bars, in-room safes, hair dryers, iron and ironing
board, color satellite TV and movies on demand.
room offered an incredible view of the grounds and the ocean.
After many "oohs" and "ahhas" from our window,
we unpacked and began our journey.
our time here was limited, and we couldn't sample everything (which
is why you MUST come here a second, or more, time!) I'll give
you a first hand account of our experiences. If you need more
info on Atlantis, I'll be listing the Atlantis website for you
to explore at the end of this article. >>more
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