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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

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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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    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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    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.
     
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  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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    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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    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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  10. mganut

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    Hi TrueBrew,
    My wife and I stayed at the Beach Tower (or The Beach as it is now called) in February of last year and again two months ago. They were in the process of updating rooms last year and our room had just been done. We had a great room again this year again overlooking the pools and ocean. If this type of view interests you ask for a even numbered room on a higher floor.
    We like the closeness of the Beach pool and ocean access and the adjacent Cave Grill which has reasonably priced luncheon specials. This year we spent time as well at the newly opened Coral Pool which is about a five minute walk from the Beach tower and the service there was outstanding. You can order food to be delivered to your pool lounges or eat in the Lagoon Bar & Grill next door. They have a swim up bar as well. The pricing is reasonable and the food and service was terrific at the Lagoon.
    As far as dining options we found Viola's Bar and Restaurant great for breakfast and dinner. They have a diverse menu, reasonable pricing and terrific service. It is a five minute walk from the Beach tower main entrance (shuttle pick up area) just past the RIU at the Sunrise Beach Club. We also had a great dinner at Anthony's Restaurant which is located in the plaza across the street from the Coral entrance.
    I hope that you will enjoy it as much as we did.
    We are planning on returning next January on the Diamond promotion as well.
     
  11. TrewBrew

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    Thanks for the info. We are looking forward to our trip.
     
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    My pleasure...I think that you will enjoy it. Just another tip is to pack a number of snacks as they are extremely expensive there. The burger place at the end of the Marina Village is also quite good and reasonable by Atlantis standards.
    Let me know if you have any other questions.
     
  13. TrewBrew

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    So the trip is over and we arrived back in Milwaukee to a winter weather advisory, high wind warning and a near shore flood watch. We live west so one of the three will not bother us.

    Travel
    There and back was smooth and faster then i anticipated first mistake of the trip was flying first class. Mrs Brew loved it so it will cost me on future trips. We booked a town car for the ride from the airport to Atlantis and the return trip, we had the same drive both times Hall was very informative and gave us a brief history of the island and pointed out the high points along the way

    Took two taxi rides both involved our trip to the Straw Market in Nassau, there was interesting the cab guy said it would be $15 to get there or $4 per person if we shared, Well we shared and it was cram a guest in the minivan day, I did not know they could fit 10 passengers and a driver and the driver delivered his message about accepting Jesus as your savior for the extended trip. The trip back was by ourselves and we paid the $15 to be by ourselves.

    The Room

    We atayed at the Beach so it was a room nothing special nothing bad about it.
    Food

    At Atlantis it was expensive and to make up for it the added 15% tip on everything. and a 7.5% Value added tax. We did not eat at any of the High end places on site so no reviews on them. The recommendations for the Marina Village (Still Atlantis property) for food was helpful we ate at The Burger Shack and Carmines there and had beverages at the Tap Room. The Dunkin Donuts across the street provided breakfast for most mornings and the places by the pools the lunches.

    The service at the restaurants was less than stellar I am assuming because of the tip being added automatically. There were some good ones though and they got extra.

    Pools

    The pools were very nice spent the mornings relaxing out by them. First day was a killer for me even with the sunscreen i burned not real bad but I was a nice shade of red, so I restricted myself to mornings until lunch when my wife continued to enjoy the weather and I went into the casino.

    Casino

    I spent more time there than I originally planned. The dealers were hit and miss as far as friendliness, but that is anywhere that you go. We brought a bankroll for $5000 for the two of us. The games played were 3CP and a mixture of slots. Table limits $10 in the afternoon $15 at night which I was not thrilled with as i am a $5 player most of the time and the wife is all of the time.

    The highlights pictures coming latter. I hit what would be my first hand pay if the limit was the same as the states. playing game similar to Top Dollar i can not remember the name now. I hit 2x2x2x for a 1000 credit win on a $2 machine among some other nice hits, latter in the trip I hit the bonus and delcined the first three offers of 25, 20 and 90 credits to hit the top 1000 credit offfer for another $2000 win.

    3CP I was just as lucky hit a total of 3 3OAK and 3 Straight Flushes

    Stopped by the Guest Services on the last full day and they took off my last night room and all the food and beverages not the resort fees though ended up paying $500 to Atlantis from my winnings anyways.

    On the way home we came in just under the Customs minimum at $9600 thanks to me having a bad Friday morning at the slots and after Mrs spending a good amount of money shopping and buying gifts for the grandkids

    I will post pictures latter. Thanks for the help in planning.
     
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  14. rgrif57

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    Thanks for the report. We are thinking of heading there for a winter getaway next year. Will have to see. Big question will you go back? Thanks
     
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    Enjoyed the report TrueBrew...glad you enjoyed yourselves and congrats on the casino wins!
     
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    We would go back. I would stay in a different tower/building. And bring a higher SPF sunscreen.
     
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    We stayed in the Beach Tower too and I would definitely do a different tower next time. Atlantis is a great venue for a concert; we saw Kenny Chesney concert there. Michael Douglas was hosting a charity golf tournament that weekend and we were surrounded by celebrities at his concert...Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Morgan Freeman, Benjamin Bratt, Alice Cooper, Mark Wahlberg et al.