Atlantis ( Bahamas ) on a Budget 2016



Background story: If you've been following me for a while now. You're aware that me and my Mini King went to the Bahamas during Spring Break this year. You see, last year I purchased a passport for him, and honestly. I was trying to figure out when it would be the best time to use it... Why not Spring Break? Right? My brother-in-law went on several occasions to the Bahamas and my sister went for the first time last year too. Of course I pretty much asked him a million questions. They stayed at one of the other hotels on the Island. However, mentioned that Atlantis would be the perfect fit for us. I honestly had no idea how much of a Big Deal Atlantis Resort was. During Spring break it was packed with families and couples etc. I did find out after booking my hotel room that there is a hotel across the street or that is within walking distance that is a lot cheaper and I believe many people refer to it as the Pink hotel. By staying at this hotel they do offer continental

breakfast and free passes to the Atlantis Resort. (just something to consider) In the event that I would have learned about this hotel first. I would have stayed here prior to staying at the Atlantis Resort. I will say, after staying at the Atlantis Resort and seeing the breath taking views. I would stay at the resort again. I only had a little over a week to plan this vacation and I must say that I think that I did pretty good great. I read tons of reviews, and conducted as much research as I could with such a limited time frame. Below I have complied a list of helpful tips when staying at the Atlantis Resort. (If I can think of anything else. I will just update the post)



Tips
  • Bring your own snorkel gear (it's more cost effective)
  • Try to remember your sun screen and all toiletries
  • Atlantis Resort gives you free water tickets. I believe their brand of water (two per day, or two per person per day.) I purchased water at the airport for myself though.
  • Fish Fry (Everyone waves about Fish Fry. However, my little guy didn't want to leave the resort. Usually cabs are available at all times to transport you to and from Fish Fry.)
  • Plan for travel time to the airport returning home. Remember to consider rush hour when planning when you should leave the resort in route to the Airport.
  • I used Trip Advisor and Expedia for Reviews
  • Bring your own snacks and breakfast bars
  • Travel Cooler

Transportation I did not arrange transportation prior arriving. However, my brother-in-law suggested that we would be just fine (plus, reviews mentioned that as well). We were fine. During the transport to the Resort. I was transported by a female who was super sweet. I just went outside and told them that I needed transportation to the Atlantis Resort. I believe someone was outside directing people in the appropriate direction. When I was transported from the hotel to the airport. That morning I went to the Porter (not sure of the appropriate terminology) I explained to him that I would need transportation to the airport at X time. When I went down stairs, he called for the driver and we were off to the airport. Our driver was super sweet as well.
Where we dined
  • Breakfast: We usually woke up late and I had cereal/granola bars on hand
  • Lunch: We ate at the Marina Village (It's attached pretty much to the Atlantis Resort. Just ask a staff to direct you to the right direction.)
  • Dinner: Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
  • (It's across the street from the Marina Village-Just ask) I would compare this restaurant to TGI Fridays in comparison to food options and price-I didn't have any issues with their food at all)

Food in route to the Resort:

A lot of people mentioned how pricey the restaurants are at the Resort. I was reading a review and someone mentioned that they requested their cab driver to stop at any fast food restaurant in route prior to going to the resort. I asked my driver to do the same and she was super sweet about stopping. We ate once we were checked into our room. No microwaves were included in the room we booked which I knew prior to booking. On our way home (We ate at the airport)



Don't forget to checkout

  • Various Marine habitats
  • Water slides ( I went on many of them too )
  • Beaches at the Resort
  • Cool spots like the gold chair



What I wish I purchased prior to the trip

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15 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to go here! Thank you so much for your tips. That gold chair is awesome.

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  2. Every Cruise we go on I think, dangit I forgot to bring my own snorkel gear again...guess I'll just put my mouth on this strange rubber piece everyone and their uncle has over the past 10 years. haha! Great tips, and a great easy run down! Looks beautiful, I've always thought how awesome would it be to stay there every time Oprah gave an Atlantis package away on TV. ;) Will probably have to talk to the hubs about it soon.

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  3. For a limited time planning you did such an amazing job and thanks for the recommendations. I too love checking out trip advisor reviews

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  4. Wow thats so awesome that you were able to travel here and enjoy it! :)

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    1. Oops! Meant to say **travel here on a budget

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  5. Sounds like a fantastic holiday, I hope to visit that part of the world someday. Great tips, I swear by TripAdvisor and Expedia too. :)

    Lennae xxx
    www.lennaesworld.com

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  6. Looks like you enjoyed your trip. :)
    IF you mention snorkel gear that means the water must be super clear and you can see a lot of water life. That must be awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. This looks amazing!! I went to the Bahamas once when I was very little, but haven't been back since! My husband and I want to take a delayed honeymoon there!

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  8. The Atlantis is a beautiful hotel! I stayed sat a different resort but was able to visit it the last time I was there.

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  9. How exciting! It sounds like loads of fun. And the pictures are really nice. I am happy arrangements for transportation was so easy to secure.

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  10. I always wanted to go to Bahamas , but never made it there yet. Thank you for this awesome tips.

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  11. You look awesome in that gold chair. Looks like a really good place to visit.

    www.learn2livefully.com

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  12. That place is definitely on my bucket list! That and one pier where you can feed the sharks.... LOL, like I ever going to get near one!!!!

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  13. What fUn your Bahamas trip looks like .It's great you shared the tis of having a good time

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  14. I have always wanted to visit Atlantis! It looks like it would be such an amazing time.

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