My 12 year and I woke up today ready to head out for a swim before the day’s activities. However, as we made our way out of the Royal Tower (where we are staying), we became distracted by how everything looks when lit by the bright warm sun of the Bahamas and by the incredible landscape in the area.
We decided to walk through the tunnels of The Dig again, which was a totally different experience this time around. The beams of sunlight gleaming into the water gave the entire place a different feel. Plus it was a lot of fun watching the staff surf in the tanks to care for the fish and other sea animals.
While walking through the amazing lobby we saw designs of the timeshares here at Atlantis. We also walked through the casino. The casino hosts amazing glass sculptures designed by artist Dale Chihuly. The main sculture, appropriately designed to fit the namesake and theme of the casino (Temple of The Sun), is a breathtaking array of oranges, reds, and yellows, commanding your attention as you walk by. Absolutely gorgeous.
Though I am not a big fan of casinos, I do understand many travelers enjoy them. I appreciate that Atlantis caters to this traveler by offering them a nice space, that doesn’t over power the feel of the place.
We also walked by the gorgeous beaches. The water is so clear and warm, it just really made me wish my little ones were here as well. It’s Winter here also, so the those who live here consider this windy weather “cold”…but for my son and I it was heaven. The resort is so big that it would be difficult to get bored here. There is so much to see and do, and though you do have to pay a nominal fee for some of the activities, we really just spent most of the morning walking around and discovering new places at every bend. We noticed a lot of families with kids of all ages. Some had little babies, others had teens, tweens…and a lot of strollers. It was nice to see families walking around in the morning, sharing this amazing experience with their little ones. Before we knew it, it was time to meet our group and we hand’t even got our planned swimming done!
We met up with our group for brunch. We looked down and couldn’t believe the spread they had for us there! Everything one could ever possibly want for brunch…or ever…was laid out. Even various colored chocolate fondue. I tried it all…but strictly for you, my darling readers, just so I could accurately describe it all…you know. All for you. And I have to say, it was all very good!
Once we had brunch and chatted, we had the opportunity to listen to Sol Kerzner, the creator and visionary force behind the Atlantis enterprise. A soft spoken man, he addressed the children saying, “We hope you enjoy your experience at Atlantis so much that you will bring your mommies and daddies back again.” To which many of the children (and their parents) applauded. Then they unveiled the scuba diver, L.A.N.S.E., designed and created by the Lego master builders and brought to Atlantis for all to enjoy. This unveiling was only the first sign of the amazing partnership between Lego and Atlantis forged to focus on ways in which the traveling family’s experience, in particular the children, could be a magical one when staying at the Atlantis resorts.
As we took pictures and watched the kids’ reaction to the huge Lego sculpture in the water with the fish, we heard drumming. And soon we had a group of children from dancing to the local beats of the island played by the young boys behind them, a group of beautiful Bahamian little girls, dressed in bright dresses and hand made crowns fill the air with festivity. The children came from Claridge Primary School, of Nassau, with kids from ages 7-12 years old made up the group of dancers and instrument players. The school is headed by Principal Rose and Vice Principal Chisholm, whom I met and spoke to. Ms. Chilholm was not only very proud of her students, but also very excited to talk to me about them and their talents.
We all couldn’t help but dance and smile. It was truly a welcoming and beautiful sight. Kim Orlando, from Traveling Mom, told me that someone had told her that the kids got to perform for us because they had won a competition recently. They were awesome and what a way to kick off our day!
We were instructed to follow them as they led us through the hotel and past other guests, right to the new Atlantis Kids Adventure, a kids club recently opened taking into consideration the desires and needs of the visiting child guest.
Check out tomorrow as I highlight the features of this new kids club and share with you the awesome things awaiting your kids upon visiting Atlantis Paradise Island. I’ll also tell you more about our amazing adventures here!
Disclosure: This adventured was fully sponsored by Atlantis, Jet Blue, Lego. However, the views and opinions shared in this post are strictly my own.