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In Bahamas, there once stood an old and decrepit resort with about 1000 vacant rooms that the manager wasn’t able to fill until the Kerzner International Corporation came swinging in on a vine, ready to save the day.
Thus began construction on one of the most well-known hotels in history. Four years of hard labor and a bill of $800 million later (I’d hate to be the person stuck with writing THAT check) and the Atlantis Paradise Island became famous around the world.
Located on Nassau in the Bahamas, the Atlantis Casino Resort is full of lagoons, caves, coral formations, underwater ruins designed specifically to showcase exotic marine life ranging from dolphins, sea lions and barracudas to sharks, piranhas and eels (did I mention that the endangered alligator gar will be joining this party as well?)
Now I know what you’re thinking, “It seems like they have a lot of sea life on their hands. What do they do with them besides eat them?” Well, why not put them all in the largest marine exhibit in the Caribbean, attached to the hotel for all visitors to see?
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At Dolphin Cay, you can interact and swim with the dolphins and sea lions at the extraordinary 14 acre marine habitat (a couple billion times bigger than the average home aquarium).
This includes the largest dolphin rescue-rehabilitation facility in the Caribbean along with the Mayan temple shark habitat where guests can take an inner tube ride through a clear, underwater tube while a variety of sharks swim around them (make sure not to make any direct eye contact). Kids are invited to dive into the shallow water to swim around with vibrant fish, including clownfish (maybe Marlin from Finding Nemo will be amongst them).
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The beautiful resort offers guests 11 different swimming pools to enjoy. The “adult pools” include plush daybeds, live DJs and maintain a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
The children’s pools, on the other hand, include The Splasher, an elaborate Mayan themed pool and water playground with tube slides, rope bridges, water cannons, fountains and water wheels for never ending soaking…which pool do you think most of the adults are going to go to?
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After you’ve had enough of just LOOKING at the marine life, it’s time to go meet them in person! Check out The Dig, an 11,000 year old lost continent. The Dig provides guests with a tour of a wondrous civilization that is now home to millions of exotic creatures.
There’s only one place in the world where you can embark on a journey through the streets and tunnels of the fantastic lost city of Atlantis while snorkeling hand in hand with starfish, sea urchins, and horseshoe crabs (yes it’s in Atlantis).
If you’re not one for snorkeling with sea cucumbers rubbing up against you, then snorkel in the hotels Ruins Lagoon, which is filled with artifacts inspired by ancient Atlantis.
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Now that we got the administrative stuff out of the way, it’s time to move onto the part you’ve all been waiting for: the waterslides. Leap of Faith is an Atlantis tradition but you might not want to eat 3 hours before daring to take on this 60 foot, almost-vertical slide.
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Unfortunately, they don’t hand out shots of “liquid courage” on your way up to the slide, so don’t take on the challenge unless you’re ready for it! Once you reach the bottom of the slide, you are propelled with tremendous speed (about the speed of the cars racing down the autobahn in Germany) into a clear tube submerged in a shark-filled lagoon; the only proper way to end such a heart stopping ride.
If you’re not quite up to that level of daring, then not to worry, Atlantis has a slide specifically for you. The abyss is only a 50 foot high vertical drop slide that thrusts you into the darkness within the Power Tower and propels you through waterfalls until you finally drop into the Cenote-an underground lair of prehistoric fish (see? Not as scary).
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Well, you have conquered your greatest fears, so now there is nothing left to do but reward yourself. As the men head off to the casino section of the hotel, ladies can slip off to the new Mandara Spa that brings ancient healing methods, European therapies and natural elements together to create the most pampering experience possible.
Atlantis resort in Bahamas may not be on the INTERNATIONAL 7 wonders of the world list but it should be on the must-see list of every beach, marine life and adrenaline fanatic.
Psst! Dreaming of reserving a room on the bridge that connects the two wings of the hotel? With $25,000 per night, and a mandatory minimum stay of 4 nights, that dream is within your grasp! Better start collecting the pennies between the couch cushions!
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