* It is approx a 30 minute ride from the airport.
* The resort is huge. Huge!
* Pricey. Bring cash and two credit cards.
* Most of the resort is cashless. There are very few restaurants & shops that will accept cash.
* Tipping is acceptable. Altho a few times staff members have declined my tips.
* Comfortable walking shoes are necessary. However, shuttles are provided to travel in between towers.
* You will get lost. Just when you think you’ve found a short cut, you’re trapped and gotta backtrack.
* Getting lost is nice. That is if you’re not in a rush.
* If you’re planning on walking, the average time from your room to your destination is about 10 minutes.
* You will be mesmerized by the vast marine life. It’s stunning. Fish are everywhere.
* I also ate quite a bit of fish while I was here.
* The beach is beautiful. It is crowded but is well spaced.
* Getting your hair braided on the beach is a popular activity.
* Did I mention expensive? Cabana rental at the Cove starts around $700. Even higher on weekends & prime dates.
* I’ve been told people actually would pay that much for the cabana.
* To rent one of the mattress size lounge pads is approx $100. Yes, folks pay for that too.
* I learned the resort will charge you $30 to rent a mini fridge in your room.
* No, I didn’t rent a fridge.
* I didn’t check, but I’m sure use of the ice machine was free
* Not may things in Atlantis is complimentary.
* This resort clearly attracts a specific clientele. Those who have money to burn.
* It IS very possible to enjoy a vacation here on a budget. No, really.
* Not sure how is the water on the island. I stuck with bottled water the entire time to play it safe.
* The architecture is stunning. Absofrickinlutely stunning.
* I saw a wedding while I was there. A brown couple. *fist pump* for black love.
* I avoided the pool area. That’s where most of the kiddos & families hung out. Besides, why lay by the pool when you’re steps away from a stunning beach?!
* I cannot even imagine the budget a family of five would need to stay here for 5 nights.
* Pack a cooler & extra food. I saw a lot of the larger families do this. I bet a lot of meals were consumed on the beach or in-room to save cost.
* The resort is home to approx 30 dolphins. The average life expectancy for the Dolphin is about 5-10 years longer than a dolphin that lives out in the wild.
* It takes about 8,000 people to run the resort. From the janitor, to the shuttle driver, to the shark feeder, all the way up to management and executives. Amazing.
* Really, you do not need to leave the island. There is a grocery, movie theater, comedy club, pottery painting shop, arcade, and many more to be enjoyed right on site.
* If I heard a kid complained of boredom on this resort, I’d smack ’em.
* For the most part, most of the resort is smoke free. I believe each tower has one floor that is designated as the smoking floor.
* The Cove is by far my absolute favorite tower.
* The island is stunning. The weather was perfect.
* I saw seahorses. I’d think I’d like to own one as a pet. No, make that two seahorses. I’d name them Celie & Nettie.
* The best food I ate during my stay was this tiny chocolate cake. I literally moaned out loud. The 2nd best was the couscous salad. (Hey, I’m a simple girl)
* I didn’t take as many pictures during this trip. My total pictures & movies is just over 200.