Atlantis Paradise Island
Atlantis Paradise Island is an ocean-themed resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. It features a variety of accommodations built around Aquaventure, a 141-acre waterscape, which includes fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools, marine habitats, and water slides and river rides.
Officially opened in 1998, the resort was created by South African hotel magnate Sol Kerzner and Kerzner International Limited. Currently, the property is owned by Brookfield Asset Management and operated by Brookfield Hospitality. In October 2014, Atlantis, Paradise Island became a member of Marriott International's Autograph Collection Hotels, which includes a marketing partnership with the brand in order for guests to earn or redeem Marriott Rewards at Atlantis.
Paradise Island first opened its Coral and Beach Towers as the Trump Plaza, then changed its name to Atlantis when the Royal Towers were built. The Coral and Beach Towers were later refurbished to match the theme of the Royal Towers. On 28 March 2007 a 600-suite luxury hotel named The Cove Atlantis opened on Paradise Island. Another tower, the 497-room The Reef Atlantis, opened 19 December 2007.
Accommodations at the resort include:
- The Beach Tower, formerly known as the Paradise Beach Hotel;
- The Coral Towers, formerly known as the Britannia Beach Hotel;
- The Royal Towers contain the "Bridge Suite", ranked in 2002 by Forbes as the most expensive hotel room in the world. With the recent hotels built over the last couple of years, Atlantis is included in one of the most expensive hotels in the world; The Bridge Suite, billed at US $25,000 per night, is listed at number 10 on the World's 15 most expensive hotel suites compiled by CNN Go in 2012.
- Harborside Resort consists of 392 villas and features a harbor-front restaurant, pool area including a children's pool with water fountains, a fitness facility, a sundry store, and all-day shuttle service to Atlantis;
- The Reef, the newest building at Atlantis, consists of condominium hotel residences;
- The Cove Atlantis is a 600-suite tower that opened in 2007. Dolphin Cay is at the rear of the building. This hotel also contains Mosaic restaurant.
Mayan Temple slides
The Mayan Temple is the grand icon of Aquaventure, towering at an impressive six-story height. The structure boasts a series of thrilling water rides, including the Leap of Faith, a 60-foot near-perpendicular plunge that sends riders through a clear acrylic tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon. Also located atop the Mayan Temple are the Challenger Slides, two high-speed dueling slides where riders race against the clock for the best times. From just below, the Serpent Slide spins out from 48 feet up the Temple and into the blackness of the Temple’s mysterious core before emerging through the shark-filled lagoon at a more leisurely “shark-viewing” pace. For a milder change of pace, the Jungle Slide meanders through exotic jungles and caves built in the heart of the Mayan Temple.
The Current is a mile long water ride complete with waves, artificial tidal surges, rapids, and environmental effects such as steam, special lighting, and waterfalls. The Falls and the Drop water coasters are accessible from The Current without the guest needing to leave their innertube. The Current has changed only slightly since its 2007 opening, with an optional rapids waterway closing.
The Power Tower is the tallest feature of Aquaventure, at 120 feet tall. The tower is home to four adrenaline-inducing water slides, including its most notorious option, The Abyss. The body slide drops riders a staggering near-vertical 50 feet into total darkness and through a tumbling waterfall, ending their journey in a deep cenote filled with menacing Alligator Gars. The Drop, The Falls and The Surge are three inner-tube slides powered by “master-blaster” technology, which uses jets of water to create roller coasters of waves that propel riders both up and downhill at a fast pace. The Drop spirals through the Power Tower’s dark center, while The Falls drops riders down 58 feet and propels them up again through twisting turns. The Surge also drops riders into a cavern from the top of the tower before ending in a flash flood.
For those under 54 inches (and their parents), a world of fun and amusement is found at Splashers, a children’s water play area and pool. Splashers is an elaborate Mayan-themed water play structure featuring two enclosed spiral body slides, one open spiral body slide, and a child-friendly version of the famous Mayan Temple Challenger slides nearby. Splashers also sports cargo nets and rope bridges for climbing in addition to water cannons, fountains, and water wheels for endless soaking. Overhead, a 320-gallon bucket regularly showers water-lovers below with 8,000 gallons of water per hour. Other swimming areas for younger guests include the Ripples Pool, with miniature slides, and Poseidon’s Kid’s Pool, with fountains and in-water play structures.
Atlantis is home to 14 lagoons and more than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species. The Dig simulates the 11,000-year-old lost continent and provides a unique look at the wondrous civilization, home to some of the world’s most exotic sea creatures. The goal of The Dig is to provide guests with a taste of life in the legendary destroyed city of Atlantis. If one observes the bottom of the floors in the different aquariums, wreckage and debris scattered about represent the "Lost City of Atlantis."
The Ocean Club Golf is a private 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course that stretches for over 7,100 yards at the Atlantis, Paradise Island. The course features a restaurant and bar located at the clubhouse. Many professional golf events are hosted at the Ocean Club Golf including the LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.
The Marina and Marina Village
The resort features a marina designed to dock large yachts. The eastern side of the marina features the Marina Village, which is a small shopping center reminiscent of market-style tourist centers, such as the Faneuil Hall in Boston or Downtown Disney at the American Disney parks. The center features numerous restaurants and stores, such as Ben and Jerry's, Carmines and Starbucks. The Harborside Resort at Atlantis is located on the south side of the marina.
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