The history of the Atlantis Resort started out in the visionary mind of Sol Kerzner, a South African tycoon who has an innate passion for the hotel industry. In 1994, he bought the dying Resorts International on Paradise Island and envisioned a paradise in its place. With the idea of creating a resort that will attract world fame as well as enable people to make their dreams come true, Kerzner built this fantastic resort from the ground up. Within a span of 4 years, the mythological land of Atlantis was built and is now a worldwide attraction. It is also the biggest resort and casino in the whole Caribbean region.
Because my family is always looking for a quick family vacation with that worry-free island vibe, one of my sons and I recently stayed at Atlantis, Paradise Island, for a long weekend. ISLANDS' world headquarters is in Florida, so the flight to Nassau was just over 1 hour. The new Nassau terminal is now open, so customs and immigration were a breeze -- barely a line. With a 30-minute shuttle ride from the airport to Atlantis -- crossing the bridge to Paradise Island -- we were relaxing fast.
The attractions in Atlantis Bahamas are diverse, wholly entertaining, and even educational. One of the most popular among tourists is the Dolphin Cay where they can learn, lounge, and experience an extraordinary marine habitat with dolphins, sea lions, and even stingrays. A more daring attraction is the Aquaventure Water Park, a 141-acre aquatic paradise where people can enjoy 9 water slides, 11 pools, and a mile-long river – all connected to each other. A Marine Habitat is also open to visitors of the hotel where they can come face-to-face with the most exotic sea creatures in huge aquariums.
The Atlantis Resort takes pride in the variety of activities it offers; there’s something for everyone, no matter how young or old you may be.
Slated to arise nearly in the shadow of Atlantis on the Bahamas'Paradise Island -- and about the only project big enough to overshadow the Atlantis mega-resort -- the $3.5-billion Baha Marproject will open in 2014 and eventually include multiple upscale hotels as well as a mega casino and a private island.