Harborside Atlantis 8 years ago. Is buying time share a good idea? I always get that question, and my answer is: "NO!" It is not a good option for vacationing if you want flexibility, and it is not a real estate investment, more likely than not, buyers take a lost when selling their timeshare. So, if going to same place for vacation every year knowing the exact day of your travels each year is appareling to you, you can probably find a great deal on the secondary market, definitely do your research on pros and cons to see if it works for you.
With that said, we have wonderful family vacations when we do make it to Nassau, Bahamas! Aiden claims Bahamas is his best vacation he ever had, and not the tour of Japan!
Where to Stay - when traveling with family, stay at the Atlantis, rent timeshare at Haborside, or a hotel with access to Atlantis resort usage.
What to do
First time at the Atlantis, we started at the Beach Tower with a regular lazy river and children's pool. I actually really like the lazy river pool as it is relaxing with lots of shaded area, and I can swim in the water with the help of slight current. Dine at the Lagoon Bar and Grill watching the sting rays swim next to you. Then explore the marine life underneath the Lagoon Bar and Grill and walk over the rope bridge. In the evening, walk the main path from Coral to Royal towers to check out the casinos, stores, the DIG aquarium (this used to be a paid feature, but now it is free to its guests). The kids will enjoy this on the first day without knowing about the Aquaventure, so when they get to the Aquaventure, they will be even happier. This plan is also a good alternative plan on n a day the resort is most crowded from Cruise visitors.
**This is also a good day to make your reservations for the special activities from the resort or Day Trip Bookings.
They have different activities through out the day for guests, this year the Adventure Time Obstacle Course was popular and require advance reservation. This can be done in any of the pool or beach days. I would recommend a beach day, as it is nice to do something different for 45 mins besides relaxing on the beach.
Power Adventures for a day tour, book online before you go, or first few days of arrival as their bookings do get full multiple days prior.
There are plenty of food options inside Atlantis, and some are very good I am sure, but to me, they are mostly just over priced food for okay dining experience. Advance reservations are required at most restaurants.
Cafe Matisse - Our favorite garden style restaurant in Nassau. Food, Service, Ambiance are all the best you can find in Bahamas.
Twin Brothers is the most popular restaurant in Fish Fry.
**BE Prepared for rudeness, expensive charges for below par value and services, just people everywhere trying to sell you items and services you may and may not need.