Friday, April 30, 2010

Lunches & Breakfasts at The Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Lunches and breakfasts were a bit more low key at The Atlantis, although not incredibly inexpensive. For most breakfasts, if we didn’t have leftovers from the night before (we love leftovers!) we either grabbed something in the lobby of Beach Tower (there are small grab-and-go areas in the Towers, with items like cold cereals, fruit, rolls, bagels, Danish, teas and coffees) or grabbed the same at Starbucks (located at The Reef). We did, twice, eat breakfast at Anthony’s, a restaurant found in the Paradise Shopping Village, just outside The Atlantis property (more on the shopping village later), where we were able to get a hot breakfast of eggs, French toast, etc… Anthony’s also serves lunch and dinner, and is a nice option if you want to pay a bit less, and not have to make reservations for dinner. (We ate early enough, when it was just Suzanne & Brad, to not need reservations for dinner, but when Suzanne’s family came to join us, we needed reservations for all meals.)

Lunches, for the most part, were quick bites poolside, at one of the many eateries found along the many pools at The Atlantis. Basically, they all had the same fare – burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, French fries, sodas, a salad or two, and ice cream. There were plenty of tables to grab, and it was a quick way to grab a bite without having to stay out of the fun for too long! The couple restaurants we tried for lunch were Bimini Road (where we also had dinner) and Murray’s Delicatessen, which is a New York-style restaurant with sandwiches, soups, etc… This was pretty good, and the sandwiches were large enough to split.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dining at The Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

You know we love to eat, so let’s start our overview of The Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas with the restaurants we went to during our stay……..

Chop Stix – We ate here our second night on the island, as we were in the mood for Chinese food. Overall, we were not impressed. Although the portions of food were large (in fact, we split an entrĂ©e and each had Won Ton soup to start), the service was mediocre (Could it be that the 15% tip was already included????? Actually, this was the case in all restaurants, even those without wait-service.) and the food was just okay. We weren’t impressed at all.

The Point Restaurant & Bar ~ We ate here on our 4th night and enjoyed the staff, food, and view immensely. The Point is not in the main Atlantis area – rather a bit of a walk (wheelchair accessible) to the Harborside area, across the marina. You can sit indoors or outdoors (we chose out) and a band played while we watched the ships pass-by in the ocean. The food is grill/bar food – salads, pizzas, burgers, the such, and we split a marguerita pizza and salad. In fact, we had enough for leftovers! This was one of our favorite restaurants – on the less expensive side (of course, that’s relative since this was The Bahamas), a relaxed atmosphere, and probably some of the nicest waitstaff we encountered the entire time.

Bimini Road ~ We ate here twice – once for lunch upon on arrival to The Atlantis and then for dinner on the 5th night. It’s a casual restaurant, a bit loud, but with great red snapper (according to Brad). Bimini Road is located in the marina, so it offers a great location to wander and look at the incredible yachts that anchor in the marina.

Carmine’s ~ Also found in the marina area, Carmine’s is Italian, served family style with HUGE portions (one meal could easily feed 4-5 people). We were with Suzanne’s family (a group of 6 adults and 2 teenagers) and had plenty of leftovers (seriously, we ate four more meals with the leftovers and still didn’t finish them) with three entrees, salad, and garlic bread. You must make reservations for Carmine’s, and if you do get to The Atlantis sometime, be sure to eat here at least once.

Nobu ~ This is one of the premier restaurants at The Atlantis, but not our favorite. Nobu is a sushi/fish restaurant, so there is a very limited selection if one isn’t into sushi (i.e. Suzanne & Brad). We were able to find a couple chicken dishes, as well as a couple vegetable and tofu appetizers, but we weren’t impressed. That being said, however, this is a sushi place and may actually be great and we just didn’t order the right things. Regardless of the food, can you say expensive? Wow!

Casa D’Angelo ~ Another Italian restaurant (to make up for the sushi night), this one is located between Beach and Coral Towers. The staff was very nice, albeit it was slow service. The food was excellent, and we loved the complementary appetizers of bruschetta with tomatoes and parmesan – yum! This was incredibly expensive, though, and we were glad we weren’t the one’s footing the bill (thanks R&R!)

A review of our lunches & breakfasts in our next post................

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A trip to The Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

We had the opportunity to stay at The Atlantis on Paradise Island in The Bahamas for about a week, and overall it was a pretty good time, albeit expensive. Overall, The Atlantis is a conglomerate of five hotels ~ from least expensive to most expensive: Beach Tower, Coral Towers, Royal Towers (which also has the Imperial Club – the most expensive rooms in The Atlantis on the 17th-24th floors), The Reef (which has studios and one bedrooms, including kitchens, as well as condos for sale ranging from $700,000 to $2.3 million+), The Cove (which has it’s own adult-only swimming area), and Harborside Resort (which is also a time-share investment opportunity). The expanse of hotels are connected by a multitude of swimming pools, Dolphin Cay - where you can swim with the dolphins, a spa, the gym, and the infamous Aquaventure, the water park featuring the Lazy River and the Leap of Faith slide through a shark tank.

Since we were there for a week, we got a good perspective of the goings-on at The Atlantis. Over the next few days, we’ll post about the restaurants on- and off-site, the casino, activities, and our thoughts in general. Stay tuned!

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