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Atlantis... Bahamas???

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by TrewBrew, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. TrewBrew

    TrewBrew High-Roller

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    So we just booked 5 nights at Atlants 3 free because of Total Rewrds, thank you CET.

    We have never been there Atlantis or the Bahamas any places we should try on or off resort. Main plan is to relax pooside or on the beach, but we are open to doing other things.

    Also since there is a casino what issues with taking money through customs, is it just claiiming what I am taking, should I worry about the amount drawing attention to me?
     
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  2. sabre

    sabre Low-Roller

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    If you leave the Bahamas with more than 10k in cash and monetary instruments in your party you better declare it accurately to the penny. Otherwise you risk forfeiting it to the Crown and jail.

    Don't get on any jet skis and don't get roofied.
     
  3. Ezzy711

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    Atlantis is huge. Some might say there are things to see elsewhere, (especially cheaper eats as everything there is higher priced than even Vegas) but you really need to know where you are going. Nassau and Paradise Island have nice tourist areas and some sketchy and dangerous areas. The complex has tons to do outside. I enjoyed the marina. Many people with huge amts of disposable income go there to charter yachts. While you cannot go on them to look around, you can walk through the marina and feel sorry for the poor saps who cannot afford a yacht with a helipad. If you do leave property, I suggest a listed tour company and not a local cabbie.

    I've been there several times, sometimes as a layover from a cruise and about 2 years ago on a "free" trip from Mife (though the mandatory resort fee was near $100/night if I remember correctly). I never had much luck at their casino, but that might be just me. There are no pay back regulations, so the slots are hit and miss. The table games have limits/rules that are close to Vegas. You don't have to declare anything under $10K. They hawk a ton a jewelry and tell you not to worry about paying duty, just wear it on the plane. They must think customs people are stupid. If you buy it, pay for it. If you can't afford the small duty, you probably can't afford the jewelry. The prices aren't that much better than the states, but they usually have a much larger selection. Everyone who sell there are really high pressure. You need to be firm. It's a different culture in that sense. If you haven't been to the islands I think you will really enjoy the weather.

    I actually stayed at Atlantis the year it opened. Back then it was built by Merv Griffin and had I think just one tower. Most of the resorts at the time were in Nassau, very little was on Paradise Island. Merv was a true forward thinker. He created Atlantis AND Wheel of Fortune. Both are still going strong.
     
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  4. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    I've heard that the food there is VERY EXPENSIVE! It's also not a CET property and you won't get CET credit for any of your play there.

    I realize that it's closer than Hawaii for people on the East Coast, and if you like beaches, well, enjoy!!
     
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  5. FABismonte

    FABismonte Low-Roller

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    I agree with Dailun that food is quite expensive at Atlantis restaurants. I don't know where in Atlantis the OP will be staying. If it the Reef tower, then there is a kitchenette with cooking facilities. One should consider asking the taxi driver to bring you to a supermarket on the way to the Atlantis to buy bottled water, snacks. Downtown Nassau is near Paradise Island, where the Atlantis is located. There is a nice collection of colonial era buildings there. Food there is more reasonable, but is still more expensive than the States.

    The beaches, and pools, at Atlantis is very nice. If you buy soft drinks near the pool areas, you can keep refilling those cups at several soft drink stations in the pool complex.
     
  6. TrewBrew

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    Thanks for the info everyone.
    We are staying in the Beach Tower, I got my confirmation via email and it is 4 free nights not 5 so bonus.

    Food costs we will probably do more casualo dining so hopefully it will not hurt too bad. They take a $150 per night charge on the credit card and then credit back so we will "Budget" that for food and beverage each day.

    I don't know how much gaming will come in I really don't need to get more free rooms for a place soo far away.

    Bonus: cashed in some Delta miles so we are flying 1st class (first time) for alittle more than economy.
     
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  7. FABismonte

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    If you are staying in the Beach tower, there are cheaper options available for food across the street in the Atlantis Marina Village

    https://www.nassauparadiseisland.com/thing-to-do/shopping/marina-village

    I recall there was a reasonably priced BBQ restaurant attached to the Beach Tower.

    Don't forget to check out the large aquariums. One is next to the Beach tower, the other in the Royal Tower. The free shuttle buses make getting around the Atlantis complex doable. There are two casinos a large one at the Royal tower complex and a small one in the Cove tower. The one in the Cove has limited hours.

    BTW, don't expect to get ANY comps from casino play - unless you are hitting the high limit room hard. Just enjoy the beach and the Bahamas.
     
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  8. TrewBrew

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    I am not planning on comps, gaming will probabally be limited to an hour or so before Mrs TrewBrew wakes up in the morning maybe an hour after she goes to sleep.
     
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  9. c21mling

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    The beach tower room is more of less like a motel room. My wife is a Diamond player in Caesar's. We went to Atlantis last year for 4 comp nights based on her Diamond status. The resort fee was $50 per day plus $7 per person maid fee ( also a 10% tax on everything) Any food purchase in Atlantis has a 15% gratuity added to the bill. The water park and aquarium are free and they are great. you just have to be prepare to spend money!!
     
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