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reeling from the initial shock over the splendor that surrounded
us, we realized we were starving! The question wasn't what
to eatbut where. With over 35 restaurants and bars, it was
a dilemma. We decided to explore The Lagoon.
Lagoon is a round, shell topped bar and eatery, with the most
marvelous pastel colors and aquatic designs. It looks like a big
Atlantean cake. An intricate serpentine railing winds its way
around the entire structure. You get to the Lagoon through an
underwater glass tunnel that runs directly beneath the Predator
Lagoon and Reef, so you can eat while watching things you
could be eaten by.
don't forget to look up. The inside of the Lagoon's dome is painted
in a very specific style depicting an array of sea creatures that
almost seem to be talking to each other. The ceiling looks as
if it has been there for thousands of years, complete with age
spots and imperfections. The images, however, are vivid, as if
in defiance of the fate of their city.
The food here is deli sandwiches, salads and lots of great drink
specials. We ordered the Crab Salad, made with a harmonious blend
of crab, avocado and lime chili; Conch Salad which was marinated
in lime and a pepper salsa of vegetables, and a Philly Cheesesteak,
made with thinly sliced sirloin, melted mozzarella cheese and
pepper and onions. All of it? Fresh, fresh, fresh. And delicious.
tried the Junkaroo Rush which is the favorite tropical
drink here; a Bahamian Pina Colada layered with a strawberry daiquiri.
Mmmm... No dessert. Too full. But will indulge later...
One more thing about the Lagoon. Through our entire trip, if one
employee stood out more than the rest, it would have to be the
Lagoon's hostess, native Bahamian, Judy Demeritte. She
is a rare treasure. Judy welcomes you into the restaurant like
you're coming into her home; with charm, grace, and a heartfelt
feeling of hospitality. It was very crowded when we arrived, and
Judy never lost her cool. Smiling, cheerful and genuinely happy
about where she was, Judy is, in a phrase, good for business.
our more than satisfying lunch, we decided to waddle over to The
Entertainment Center. Covering 100,000 square feet, this adult
playground boasts over 980 slot machines, 78 gaming tables, including
baccarat, roulette, craps, blackjack and Caribbean stud poker.
There's also a high limit table area called the Baccarat Lounge.
The casino here is the largest in the Bahamas and it is the focal
point of the gaming area.
In the Casino are two magnificent glass pieces by famed American
glass artist, Dale
Chihuly. One is the Temple
of the Sun and the other, The Temple of the Moon. Amazingly
structured with pieces of blown glass, these two works of art
serve as a reminder of elaborate Atlantean temples.
To relieve the cricks in our necks from staring at the Chihulys,
my assistant and I decided to try our luck gambling. Yesssir!
I was feeling lucky. Here we were in the middle of the most magnificent
resort hotel in the Bahamas (the world?) surrounded by beauty,
splendor and just great vibes. I decided to take a chance.
Gamble on this good feeling. Throwing caution to the wind, I sidled
over to the 25-cent slot machines (sure there are 5-cent slot
machines too, but I felt daring!).
I picked one called "Whale of a Time" which I thought
appropriately described our trip so far. After about 45 minutes
of that sheer adrenaline rush of pulling the "arm" (okay,
I'm not much of a gambler) I counted my quarters and found I had
$30 dollars extra in my pocket! (So what if the pocket was a tad
heavy and noisy, I was happy.)
what do you do with all that extra cash? Go shopping of course!
The shopping area, called The Crystal Court, features such
upscale designers as Lalique, Ferragamo, Cartier, Façonnable,
Gucci and Bulgari.
However, if I were to purchase my heart's desire in one of these
stores, I'd have to go back to the casino and parlay my winnings
by pi squared. So, not wanting to take a chance and blow my fortune,
we decided to go to one of the little gift shops in the Royal
Towers. Here I found the most wonderful fragrance for women called
"Ancient Evenings". It's made exclusively for Atlantis
and comes in an adorable seahorse shaped spray container. And
it's under $20. What a find. (There's a larger size as well).
And the gents are not left out. A wonderful men's fragrance called
"Essence of Atlantis" is available in both sizes as
we decided to visit The Dig, the archeological adventure
that uncovers the remains of the ancient city of Atlantis. I guarantee
you, you will dig The Dig. more>>
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