The largest hotel in the Bahamas is a sight to behold from every island vantage point. With more than 3,000 rooms, the iconic mega-resort on Paradise Island is full of big fun from the extraordinarily distinctive Dolphin Cay to umpteen bars, shops, restaurants and fabulous venues for a wedding, big or small. A quick hop from Nassau and a short flight from Florida, Atlantis is not only the biggest resort in the Bahamas, it’s also the biggest in the Caribbean and hugely popular with couples tying the knot, celebrating an anniversary or just making merry in the tropics.
New this year and already creating a bridal buzz, Luxury Bridal Retreat is three-day seminar for brides and her gal pals. From June 27 – 30, the whole gaggle of girls can listen to inspirational speakers, hone their wedding photography skills and get the skinny on hair and make-up while indulging in fabulous gourmet dinners, breakfast in bed and divine afternoon naps on a hammock strung between two seaside palm trees.
“What makes the property so appealing is our ability to create the type of getaway that perfectly suits a couple’s personality,” says Anna Schmid, vice president, weddings, “for your honeymoon, you might be attracted to a luxurious experience made up of sun-filled days in your own private beachside cabana and evenings of fine dining in a variety of gourmet restaurants. Or, you might prefer an adventurous, active romantic escape including dolphin interactions, championship golf, trying your luck in the Caribbean’s largest casino and ending the evening dancing till the wee hours of the morning.”A big hit with couples (and everyone else), The Dolphin habitat is built around a gigantic waterscape filled with twenty million gallons of fresh and saltwater. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, 50,000 animals frolic in the lagoons which includes The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors crafted to look like ancient Atlantis and Aquaventure, a thrilling water park with adrenalin-pumping slides, mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges that are visually awesome.
Just steps from Marina Village and close to everything else, Coral Towers are the crème de la crème for honeymooners who have come to splurge, if just for a few days. Perfect for nature-lovers, stays at The Royal Towers include complimentary access to The Dig and the Aquaventure Waterpark.Fashionable with celebrities, The Cove is regal from top to bottom. With an adults-only –pool, the Ocean Suites are simply spectacular with French balconies, step-down living areas, glass- enclosed showers and a custom in-room bar. A collection of restaurants resort-wide tease every taste bud with kitchens presided over by world-renowned chefs like Japanese Master Nobu Matsuhisa, French whiz Jean-Georges Vongerichten and America’s favorite Bobby Flay.
Party PackagesWooing couples with the aptly named “Love Atlantis” package, newlyweds enjoy an on-the -house three-night return stay for their first anniversary when their wedding is booked at the resort. For up to twenty-five guests, ‘Simply Love’ includes a personal planner, escort to the Registrar’s Office, bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere, wedding photos and an Atlantis gift. For larger receptions, ‘Shared Love’ accommodates up to fifty people and includes three-nights in a Royal Tower suite, champagne and strawberries.
The ‘Love Atlantis Honeymoon Pass’ kicks off with cocktails at Café Martinique, breakfast at Seagrapes, massages at Mandara Spa; dolphin interactions at Dolphin Cay and dinner at Mesa Grill. “The Love Atlantis Wedding Specialists are nothing short of a dream team,” adds Anna Schmid, vice president, weddings, “we’ll walk you through every step of the process and put your mind at ease so you can enjoy this special time with your friends and family.”
Dallying with the Dolphins at Dolphin Cay
- The habitat has one holding pool with a water hydraulic lifting floor to assist the veterinarians in giving the best care to the dolphins.
- The coves are ten feet deep with gradual slopes that level off into sandy beaches.
- 80 percent of the dolphins come from The Bahamas.
- The dolphins are fed a diet of herring enriched with multi-vitamins.