The Cove is elegantly situated between Cove and Paradise Beaches creating the feeling of being cast away on a private, white-sand sanctuary. The ultra-luxury property was designed by architect Jeffrey Beers to bring high design together with the bluest ocean and mother of pearl hued sand. The result is an open air lobby that rises and sets with the day, an exclusive poolscape that gently skims the private beaches, stunning and sensual rooms and suites, a collection of unparalleled dining and shopping and purposeful service delivered with Bahamian warmth.
King Bed Suite ?
Problems: balcony sliding door; bathroom door; too little hot water when showering and bathing, no mini-fridge; too little drawer storage; too much unusable storage for empty non-comp snacks/drinks and wine glasses/cups; sofa bed uncomfortable; decor too dated; missed some daily room service; not worth the $$$$ price tab per night, for sure (get the $$$ standard room instead).
Indoor Dining ?
Problems: Only breakfast choice was $40pp, unless you purchased yogurt (without spoons available) or muffins from the Sundries Shop or walked to another resort or off-property; no seafood restaurant for shrimp, scallops, crab, etc; all indoor dining for two was overpriced.
Outdoor Dining ???
Food is good around the pools, but hamburgers are $15 and with 27% taxes, you can't eat for less than $20 per person for lunch and early dinner (only serves food until 5pm); if you get a drink, you can't eat/drink for less than $40-$50 per person. The best food we found is at the Atlantis Village Marina, easily walkable from The Cove to The Royal, through the Royal and with easy entry to the Marina Village.
Water Park ?
Biggest Disappointment: Of the twelve water park features, only 25% to 50% were open for our weeklong stay
Beach ?? and Ocean ?????
Beach Problem: due to soft. unpacked sand, walking the beach isn't enjoyable; however, the ocean is great with clear water full of sea creatures when snorkeling.
Beautiful pools are everywhere you turn and all different, however, often finding an available complimentary chair can be difficult if you get a late start; too many areas to lounge require reservations and charges.
Landscaping and Grounds ?????
Make sure you spend time walking the grounds of the entire resort as the landscaping, bridges, and sculptures are a must see.
Outside Hospitality ????? Inside Hospitality ???
Everyone working the outside areas was extremely helpful and pleasant; those working inside The Cove seemed indifferent. I spoke with the Hotel Manager on the day before our departure to voice my disappointments and she did deduct a totally inadequate $150 inconvenience credit against our $8,500 weekly charge for room, food and drinks - $50 for the water park closures (for three people) and $100 for suite issues.
Comparing Atlantis to DisneyWorld ?????, Universal Orlando ?????, Great Wolf Lodge ????? and other water parks, Atlantis just can't compare to our US entertainment standards. Since I was underwhelmed by the overall experience, I probably won't return to Atlantis, but I'm posting this review so others may be the judge when considering their first trip to Atlantis. BTW, you can stay at Comfort Suites, literally across from the entrance to the Marina Village, and CS gives you complimentary access to the Atlantis water park facilities and the beaches. Check it out!
If you ever wanted to be in a black mirror episode stay here
(London, United Kingdom)
Aug 01, 2021
Bizarre and unhospitable cattle market Disney land. The concierge couldn't fit us in at any of their seven restaurants for dinner. We stayed here for only two nights thankfully (as part of travelling back through Nassau at the end of our Bahamas trip. If you want to wear a plastic bracelet and wait 1.5 hours for room service (this is no exaggeration) then it maybe your kind of place. It's a huge Disney land. The water park is good but save yourself and just visit this in the day without staying here. We were in the 'cove' which is also the 'nicest' section. The place is insanely huge. Some good restaurants, shopping and casinos so worth a visit for this but the Baha Mar complex is a lot more upscale if you are looking for these things and you have the Rosewood which is definitely the best option and I reviewed previously.