I learned two things on this trip: You can enjoy all that The Atlantis has to offer, or you can enjoy all that the Bahamas has to offer. What I mean by that, is, I ventured outside of the Atlantis for a good half of our trip. Again, I traveled with four people. Only this time, one member of the gang saw potential for new adventures just over the connection bridge (or under! – I’ll explain later in this post). Either way you choose, once again, you are in for a real treat.
Leaving on a 7:45AM flight had us arrive to Atlantis at approximatley 11:15AM. The airport was a breeze this time, and we made it through to our gate in about one hour after arriving. I still would never chance it, which is why we sat in the terminal for about 2 hours.
Upon arriving, we had to wait until 3:15PM to get our keys, which was as to be expected since they say check-in time is at 4PM. During the down time, we left our bags in a side-room where the bellmen checked them and gave us a return voucher, and we were on our way in exploring Marina Village.
As I had mentioned in last years post, I politely asked if it was possible to get an upgraded room, in which they happily accomodated me with a larger corner room with a large balcony. I strongly suggest requesting corner rooms if you are in a one bedroom. It makes a world of a difference.
Our room was great. The food arrived on time from foodstore2go.com, who I highly reccommend. We were set to go for our trip. I will not go in to as much detail as my first years post, but I will give you highlights on what we did, and what we strongly urge you to do if you feel up to it on your next visit.
First and foremost, if you do not own a snorkel, go and get one. The beauty of the Atlantis, after all, lies under the sea. So, visit The Cove beach, bring your snorkel, and enjoy the natural beauty that lies beneath. From barracuda to angel fish, we had quite the view. You can also take your gear to The Lagoon, which is another beautiful area to snorkel. They charge 15 dollars to rent their snorkels daily, but if you have your own, you are welcome to enter The Lagoon.
Now, not much has changed since our last visit, but enough to make happy with what you pay in yearly maintenance fee’s. They added WIFI to every room for your convenience, allowing you internet access anywhere on the property, whereas it used to only be in the pool area. You can sometimes catch a signal in Marina Village, as well.
They were undergoing some exterior changes during our visit, including repainting every building. They have also ordered all new fitness equipment, repaved the pool area, and replaced the pool table.
I would like to talk about Nassau. I was not very eager to visit Nassau, however a friend of ours encouraged us to explore and enjoy things as the locals do. Now, I am all about eating some good sushi at Nobu, enjoying a steak at Seafire Grill, and fresh fish at Bimini Road, all which we still did this year. But this year, I don’t even have words to describe the food I ate and the places I visited. Here are a list of a few:
Montegu Gardens- Ask the front desk to arrange a driver to pick you up and bring you there. It’s a free service that the restaurant offers! The area is breathtaking, as it used to be a house, and it’s situated on a lake. It is very colonial-looking. People get married there often, and I can understand why. The food was amazing. I ordered Red Snapper, and it came with plantains, beans and rice, two of their signature sides. The fish was freshly caught, and my dish only came to $12.00. Compare that to Atlantis prices, and you will find you can barely order a side dish for that price.
When you are ready to experience Montegu Garden, just pick up your room phone, dial down to the front desk, and a free taxi service provided by the restaurant will pick you up outside of the lobby! If you end up getting Oscar as your driver, be prepared to laugh the entire ride to the restaurant – he was great! As you can see in one of the photos below, the food was great as well. At the end of your dinner, walk around the restaurant and take in the beauty of this historic property.
Rev’s- This was one of the most interesting parts of our trip. Situated just under the bridge to Nassau (on the departure side), lies Rev’s. Rev owns a small shack on the bay, and I literally mean on the bay. You can see the water through the wood floor planks. He has conch that is still in the shell. He fishes off of the small deck for small snapper, which he cooks. There is a menu, but I strongly urge you to let Rev make you a special dish. Small tip would be to tell him to go easy on making it spicy. With that being said, he made us two red snapper, freshly caught conch, grouper, lobster tail, plantains, and beans and rice for $10 per person! .I do not even understand where he came up with that price, but it was a good one for sure. You must try what the locals love the most: raw conch. I strongly suggest getting the conch salad, which is raw conch chopped up and mixed with peppers and onions in a lime citrus dressing.
There are no leaves in this salad, just what I had described. Its delicious. You will be hooked. Its an experience you have to try. You are surrounded by locals, but they were all kind to us. You can walk the bridge (7 minutes) or take a cab ($10). The bridge is scenic, so I suggest walking it. It looks like a workout, but it is just an illusion. Bring your camera.
Fish Fry - Downtown Nassau. Take a cab ($21). Fish fry is not the name of the restaurant, but the name of the strip of restaurants that they lie in. We ate in two places: Oh Andros and Twin Brothers.
These two places were the most talked about by the locals when we would ask where to go to eat. They were right. If you want a smaller, more local-friendly place, go to Oh Andros. A couple buildings down is Twin Brothers. Go here for more of a mix of locals and tourists. Both were fantastic. Remember, these places are offering food between $10 – $15 for their specialties! You must try one.
Poop Deck – This place is something else. It is located just after the Nassau bridge, on the Nassau side, facing Atlantis. I never had such a delicious grouper before in my life. $14, and you will leave stuffed. The plate is completely filled. You will always hear a local suggest the Poop Deck. It is a mix of tourists and locals. You can personally choose your fresh snapper if you order it. The fish comes in off the dock a few times a day. Don’t be surprised if you see a celebrity enjoying their dinner right beside you. It’s a favorite to Danny DeVito. Do not pass this one up. It’s too close to not try, and there is something for everybody.
Besides the amazing food we had experienced, we also ran through a couple of local art galleries, one where the artist happened to currently be at. We bought a few prints off of him, which he graciously signed. Their artwork is beautiful. The colors speak the Bahamas without even knowing it came from there. They are now hanging in my living room, and people love them.
Not much more to touch on. The weather was great. 85-90 degrees every day. It only rained on day one. Clouds come and go, but thats to be expected, being its their rainy season in July. Rain comes and goes with the clouds, as well, so don’t dwell on the fact that you see dark clouds moving in…It’s only the matter of time until the sun burns through those clouds to give you another beautiful day.
July 4th was once again amazing. The fireworks were great. We were not aloud to sit on the beach this year, as we did the year before. But thats okay, we still had great views of the fireworks over the Royal Towers. Celebrity P. Diddy (Puff Daddy) checked in to The Cove during our week, and we saw him several times throughout the week. Apparently Beyonce and Dave Chapelle visited just months prior, and Richard Gere had just checked out of the royal towers bridge suite ($30,000/day, minimum of 3 night stay required).
Now you know how to act like a local, all while enjoying the amazing benefits and amenities of The Atlantis and your award-winning home resort, Harborside!
We’ll be in touch!