Atlantis vs. Baha Mar: Which Bahamas Resort Is Best for Your Family? | Family Vacation Critic (2023)

With the completion of Cable Beach’s renaissance in 2018 in the form of Baha Mar, the reigning resort giant Atlantis is getting nudged a bit in the realm of Nassau-Paradise Island vacationing. Which fantasy kingdom best fits your family’s vacation vision? We compare Baha Mar vs. Atlantis, based on 10 different criteria.

Atlantis vs. Baha Mar: Overall Kid-Friendliness

Atlantis

Atlantis could be called the ultimate kid resort for its endless list of water amenities, diverse entertainment options, and wide variety of restaurants and snack stands. Its accommodations options are more extensive than Baha Mar’s, and we found its website more family-informative by far.But a stay at Atlantis is hardly what one would consider on a typical family budget—more like a once-in-a-lifetime splurge for most, and that goes for everything from room rates to restaurant prices and family programs.

Baha Mar

The newer resort brings its own full menu of family activities in a smaller, less overwhelming package. It too can add up to a costly vacation, but Baha Mar’s Cable Beach offers off-site attractions and more affordable dining closer to home and more varied than on Paradise Island. Overall, Baha Mar is more genuinely immersive in Bahamian culture, although recent Atlantis initiatives aim to strengthen the local connection.

Atlantis vs. Baha Mar: Accommodations

Atlantis

The Coral (formerly Coral Towers, one of the first wings to open in 1994) is the most family appropriate of Atlantis’ half-dozen accommodation options. Updated in 2018, its new lobby is home to a gelateria and a Kids Concierge desk. Its units (some of them adjoining) are also close to many of the resort’s family restaurants. For roomier options with kitchens and direct access to the water parks, consider the suites (some of them also adjoining) at The Reef, a more luxurious choice.

Baha Mar

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Three separate luxury resorts make up Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt being the most family-friendly and affordable. Its 1,800 units include two- and three-bedroom suites suitable for families, some of them adjoining. The downside to staying at Grand Hyatt for families is the imposing casino in its lobby and the clubs around it. The upside is easy access to a lot of the restaurants and pools. The SLSand Rosewoodresorts welcome families, but represent higher and highest luxury and price points, respectively.

Atlantis vs. Baha Mar: Restaurants

Atlantis

Most of Atlantis’ 21 food outlets offer kids menus, and children 6 years and younger eat for free with the purchase of adult dining plans. Some restaurants (see adult activities below) have restrictions on ages and hours for dining children. For sit-down, the most family-recommended restaurants are Seagrapes, with live cooking stations; Carmine’s for family-style Italian; and Frankie Gone Bananas at Bimini Road, serving casual Bahamian-style seafood.

Baha Mar

With 22 food outlets, Baha Mar feeds every appetite and budget. At the Regatta Buffet in the Grand Hyatt, kids under age 5 eat free. Four Airstream food trucks make for fun noshing steps off the beach. Hit the Sandy Dog for eight varieties of hot dogs, including a waffle dog and breakfast dog topped with scrambled egg. Scoops serves ice cream; El Jefe, Mexican faves. Most restaurants have kids’ menus. At Drift Bar & Grill poolside, kids’ meals come with a fresh fruit cup. At The Swimming Pig near the casino, the Piglets’ kids meals include ice cream, and the regular menu offers family-friendly noshes such as Piggy Popcorn with bacon butter.

Atlantis vs. Baha Mar: Kids’ Programming

Atlantis

Atlantis takes care of kids of all ages, starting with the 3-to-6 crowd and the Sea Squirts program, a one-hour activity that has them feeding and interacting with juvenile marine animals. Its main kids club, Atlantis Kids Adventure, allows parents to check in their youngsters, ages 3 to 12, for morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. LEGO construction, wizarding, tea parties, water play, and culinary adventures are all part of the programming. Kids of all ages can play in Gamer’s Reef arcade and at Atlantis Speedway.

Baha Mar

The Explorers Club, at home in the Kids Club near the resort pier, supervises kids ages 3 to 12 during morning, afternoon, and evening sessions as they participate in free play, art, games, movies, and marine life encounters.

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Atlantis vs. Baha Mar: Activities for ‘weens and Teens

Atlantis

Atlantis takes on the “difficult years” with aplomb, beginning with 9- to 13-year-olds at Club Rush, featuring video games and karaoke. The teen version (ages 13 to 17), CRUSH, is so cool, parents will want to stay. And they can during family session times. State-of-the-art gaming, their own mocktail bar, and a live DJ just begin to describe it. A vast variety of theme pools and marine life interactions, plus snorkeling, scuba, and other waters ports, promise happy tweens and teens.

Baha Mar

The resort hosts a special teens-only event every Friday evening: a dive-in teen movie at the Drift Pool. Kids ages 13 to 18 also can choose from teen-exclusive services at ESPA Baha Mar, such as Fab Facial or Mocktinis and Manicures. Complimentary use of water sports equipment strikes a chord with the older kids.

Atlantis vs. Baha Mar: Activities/Amenities for Parents

Atlantis

With the kids safely checked into a kids’ program, parents can enjoy adult-time in the casino and spa. Atlantis guests also have privileges at Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island. In The Cove accommodations wing, the pool, its outdoor gaming tables and cabanas, and its new poolside Sip Sip restaurant and bar is restricted to ages 21 and older. Aura nightclub is a very adult, very chic nightlife option. For child-free dining, three restaurants restrict children under age 6, including the newly reimagined Café Martinique. Nobu and Casa D’Angelo contain the wee ones to early dining hours.

Baha Mar

In addition to its spa and 100,000-square-foot casino, parents can do adult-time away from kids at SLS’ Privilege Pool, where craft cocktails and DJ music keep the pool party going all day. After dark, BOND lounge creates a sexy, lively atmosphere for cocktailing and dancing. Skybar, on SLS’ roofop, is another favorite for late-nighters. In all, the resort serves adult beverages at 17 venues from pool bars to sophisticated lounges. By day, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Royal Blue Golf Club presents two different courses in one and offers an elite program of club rentals.

Atlantis vs. Baha Mar: Family Activities

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Atlantis

Plenty of water venues and wildlife interactions encourage family time together. The Atlantis Theatre shows blockbusters, and admission is included in room rates. As for the beach, often overshadowed by the water park: Families with tots and toddlers may find this trumps all of Atlantis’ manmade features.

Baha Mar

One of the coolest bonding experiences at Baha Mar brings families together with the wonder of Bahamian marine life—sea turtles, rays, nurse sharks, and tropical fish. Stop by The Sanctuary to watch a feeding or book an interactive encounter. In connection with its artist-in-residence program and gallery of local artists, Baha Mar offers children’s art workshops and adult classes. At Flamingo Cay, families can take part in special programs with the resort’s own flock of flamingoes.

Atlantis vs. Baha Mar: Water Activities

Atlantis

Aquaventure Water Park is the hub of Atlantis’ vast wet and wild world. Dolphin Cay and interactions with sting rays and sea lions are the resort’s true strength, along with its amazing aquariums such as The Dig and various habitat lagoons. Its dolphin experiences and trainer-for-a-day programs raise the bar.

Baha Mar

Of its 11 pools and water features, Dean’s Hole tops the list, named for and modeled after a natural out-island blue hole. Waterfalls, rock walls, and a private grotto that gives window to the creatures of The Sanctuary set this apart from the other chichi pools. Cable Beach has long held a reputation as Nassau’s best sandy playground, and Baha Mar recaptures its heyday that faded with the opening of Atlantis. The beach feels more a part of the resort than it does at Atlantis, and there’s the added bonus of complimentary water rentals—from snorkel gear to stand-up paddleboards.

Atlantis vs. Baha Mar: Water Activities: Other Sports & Amenities

Atlantis

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If shopping is a family priority, Atlantis excels. In addition to all the high-end duty-free stores, its Marina Village makes for a colorful foray with candy and ice cream shops among fun stores. Six tennis courts, a fitness center, and yacht and fishing charters complete the sporting amenities.

Baha Mar

Use of the outdoor basketball court and bocce ball are complimentary. The complex also encompasses a racquet club with nine tennis courts, including the only grass court in the Caribbean. Kid rentals and junior clinics are available.

Atlantis vs. Baha Mar: Cost

Below, we price out a few vacation expenses for sake of comparison.

Atlantis

Room rates in The Coral range from $170 to $290; $259 to $459 at The Reef (plus tax and resort fee). Take into consideration that included access to Aquaventure water park represents a $157 to $168 value (the walk-up cost of a day wristband for non-guests low to high season). Atlantis Kids Adventure half-day programs cost $48.38 each, $64.50 for the evening session. The basic 30-minute Swim in Wonder dolphin program for ages 6 to 9 costs $231. At Frankie Gone Bananas Bimini Road, the All American burger costs $17, and kids meals range $7 to $9.

Baha Mar

Rates at the Hyatt Regency run $215 for rooms to $1,175 for suites, plus tax and resort fees. Unlike Atlantis, non-motorized water sports equipment use is included. The cost is $55 per child per Explorers Club morning, afternoon, or evening session. The one-hour interactive encounters in The Sanctuary run $65 per person. At Drift restaurant, a burger costs $18; kids’ meals are $6.

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FAQs

What age is best for Atlantis? ›

For young kids

Atlantis Kids Adventures is for children ages three to 12 years old. The space features age-appropriate, pretend-play options for the youngest travelers — including a Victorian dollhouse, a grocery store, Legos and building blocks.

How far apart are Atlantis and Baha Mar? ›

The distance between Baha Mar and Atlantis Paradise Island is 8 km.

Was Atlantis ever all-inclusive? ›

IS ATLANTIS AN ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT? Atlantis is not an all-inclusive Resort; we are a full service Resort.

How many nights should you stay at Atlantis Bahamas? ›

It usually takes people a day or so to get oriented at Atlantis. So if you only do a three night trip, your last day ids the first one where you feel like you know what you are doing. So the minimum number of nights I recommend is 4.

Is the Atlantis Bahamas good for kids? ›

Atlantis is one of the best places to travel with kids. Filled with family fun and adventure for kids of all ages and their parents, Atlantis is the ideal place for your Bahamas family vacation. Here's everything you need to know about bringing your kids to Atlantis, Paradise Island.

Is Atlantis worth it with kids? ›

Atlantis Bahamas on Paradise Island is paradise indeed for families. From babies to teens, kids of all ages love this resort. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world and a 141-acre water park, it's easy to see why. Discover all the fun awaiting your family at Atlantis Bahamas with kids.

Can you just walk into Atlantis? ›

Atlantis is open to the public

You can walk right into the resort. Personally, I brought my boat and docked it at their free dinghy docks. You can walk right up to the resort though as well and enjoy their casino, restaurants and bars, as well as a few other things that are listed below.

When should I go to Atlantis Bahamas? ›

The best time to visit the Bahamas is from mid-December to mid-April, the country's peak season. Though temperatures here are great year-round (they rarely dip below 60 degrees), the islands fall within the hurricane belt, so hurricanes may be a factor between June 1 and Nov. 30 (the Atlantic hurricane season).

Does Baha Mar have a beach? ›

Rosewood Baha Mar is located on Cable Beach, widely considered to be one of The Bahamas' best beaches. Vibrant turquoise waters and soft white sands provide a picturesque setting for both exhilarating activity and relaxing leisure.

Does Atlantis have free airport shuttle? ›

Complimentary airport shuttle, to and from Atlantis.

The shuttle departs the airport every 30 minutes, on the quarter hours, and can be found directly outside baggage claim. It departs Atlantis every 30 minutes, on the hour and half hour. For more information, please call 775.825. 4700.

Is there a free shuttle from Nassau airport to Atlantis? ›

There are no free shuttles from Nassau airport to Paradise Island.

Is Atlantis free after 6? ›

Highly recommend walking through this aquarium as the size and variety of sea specimens is great. The best time to visit is after 6pm when its free.

Is it worth staying in Atlantis? ›

It absolutely does. As an ocean-themed mega-resort based on a mythical civilization, Atlantis scores. Even better, to experience all the hotel has to offer, you just need to be a guest (minimum two-night stay), which will run you anywhere from $350 to $775 per night.

Can you swim in the ocean at Atlantis Bahamas? ›

5 MILES OF WHITE-SAND BEACHES, TURQUOISE OCEAN. AND 11 POOLS

Stroll along some of the most beautiful beaches in The Bahamas and soak in the sun's rays. There are three inviting beaches available to guests of Atlantis, each with its allure and charm.

What do I need to know before going to Atlantis? ›

10 Things To Know Before Going To Atlantis, Bahamas
  • Bring Your Walking Shoes. When staying at Atlantis, you will be walking a lot! ...
  • Download The App. ...
  • Make Restaurant Reservations In Advance. ...
  • The Speak English. ...
  • Everyone Is So Nice. ...
  • Plan To Be Outside All Day. ...
  • Book A Dolphin Cay Adventure. ...
  • Food Is Expensive.
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What part of the Bahamas is kid friendly? ›

The one-two punch of Atlantis and Baha Mar resorts make Paradise Island the top destination in the Bahamas for kids. While we are huge fans of off-the-grid adventure, this pint-sized island off the coast of New Providence is perfect for education and fun just a short distance from Nassau.

Are children allowed at Baha Mar? ›

Baha Mar offers the ideal Bahamas family vacation—one that perfectly balances fun for the kids with pure luxury and relaxation for adults. Families will make spectacular memories together as they play in crystal waters, get up close to incredible wildlife, and revel in all the beauty of Cable Beach.

Do kids eat free at Atlantis? ›

Kids 6 years and under stay free at Atlantis. Kids 6 years and under eat free with a purchase of an adult dining plan.

Is Atlantis Waterpark free for Atlantis guests? ›

Two: The park is HUGE – 42 acres to be exact. To cover that much ground, you'll need all the time you can get, so an early start is a must! Three: Entry to Aquaventure is FREE for people staying at Atlantis the Palm Hotel, so hotel guests are always going to have the time advantage.

Is 4 days enough at the Atlantis? ›

Re: How many days at Atlantis are enough? Four days was certainly enough for me. I had just as much fun at the Comfort Suites and going to the Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon Island.

Does Atlantis give you towels? ›

Beach Services Warning: Atlantis offers beach services such as chaise lounges, sun shades and towels to registered guests of the resort.

What shoes should I wear to Atlantis? ›

Beach, sand, and deck surfaces may be hot. Wearing shoes, sandals or "aqua socks" is strongly recommended, especially for children of all ages.

Can you use all pools at Atlantis? ›

In addition, guests of The Reef Atlantis can access Atlantis' other 9 pools, with each one having a different atmosphere to accommodate all tastes. Cain at The Cove is exclusive to guests of The Cove Atlantis only and offers an an adults-only pool experience. over a year ago.

What is the best month to travel to the Bahamas? ›

Peak season: mid-December – mid-April

The months of January and February are great for traveling to the Bahamas for people who love the sun, but not extreme heat and humidity. There is also a great balance of heat and cool in March. Keep in mind that the evenings may get Caribbean chilly*, so pack appropriately.

Is Atlantis Bahamas too crowded? ›

Atlantis is a very popular resort. You are likely to encounter crowds, especially if you visit during holidays or school vacations. The best way to avoid crowds is to travel in the low season when most kids are in school.

What is the cheapest month to go to Bahamas? ›

High season is considered to be May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly from the United States is January. Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest The Bahamas flight deals.

Can you swim in Atlantis Lagoon? ›

Swimming in the lagoon or ocean beyond the buoys and designated marked areas is not allowed. Power Tower: The awe-inspiring grand centerpiece of Atlantis' new waterscape offers guests four adrenaline-inducing water slides using "master blaster" technology.

Are the pools heated at Baha Mar? ›

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Great resort! The pools are heated and the water feels fantastic!

Does Baha Mar have a dress code? ›

Dress Code: Smart Casual : Please refrain from wearing exercise or beach attire. Covered shoes and sleeved shirts are required for gentlemen, in addition to long trousers in the evening. Baha Mar dining venues reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee for "no-show" reservations.

Is breakfast free at Atlantis? ›

Upgrade to our Concierge Tower to enjoy even more amenities including access to the resort's 25th floor Concierge Lounge and complimentary continental breakfast.

What airline do you fly into for Atlantis Bahamas? ›

Flying to Atlantis Bahamas

If you're flying to The Bahamas for your Atlantis getaway, you'll want to fly into Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau.

What can you do for free at Atlantis? ›

7 Free Things To Do At Atlantis, Bahamas
  • Explore The Aquaventure Water Park. ...
  • Enjoy Self Guided Tours Throughout the Marine Exhibits. ...
  • Jumpstart Your Day At The Fitness Center. ...
  • Take A Complimentary Gaming Lesson at The Atlantis Casino. ...
  • For Bragging Rights Attempt To Complete The Atlantis Bucket List. ...
  • Let's Go Window Shopping.
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Do you tip taxi drivers in Bahamas? ›

In the Bahamas, service staff and hotel workers expect to be tipped. The usual tip for service from a taxi driver or waiter is 15% and $1–$2 a bag for porters. Most travelers leave $1 to $3 per day for their hotel maid, usually every morning since the maid may have a day off.

Is the beach at Atlantis free? ›

All beaches in the Bahamas are 'free' to swim at and walk on. It is a matter of access. To access the beaches at Atlantis, if you are not a guest there or staying at Comfort Suites or Harborside, there is a public access path to the right or east of the Riu hotel next door.

Do you have to pay for food at Atlantis? ›

The poolside restaurants sell kids meals at a cheaper price than regular meals, order kids meals for everyone and save. Or share some regular meals, if the kids are only “kind of” hungry. Atlantis is a cashless resort (kind of ironic when you think about it), everything gets charged to your room.

Is food included at Atlantis? ›

The most important thing to note at the outset is that all food and drinks at the Atlantis are extremely expensive, plus 15% gratuity and 12% VAT tax are added. It is NOT all-inclusive; however, you can purchase a meal plan, which allows you to dine at certain restaurants.

Is the Atlantis Aquarium free? ›

You can visit just the aquariums as a guest at Atlantis, with a day pass to Atlantis, or pay about $40 for just the aquariums. You may get a tour with that as well. You can purchase passes in the Royal Tower, or the kiosk in the center of the casino.

Is Atlantis safe Bahamas? ›

Our community safety, health, and well-being is our #1 priority. For nearly 25 years, Atlantis has adhered to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety protocols. Our resort is always rigorously cleaned and sanitized every day.

Can you go to the beach at Atlantis? ›

There are four inviting beaches available to guests of Atlantis, Paradise Island. No matter what beach you choose, you will find fine sand and a spectacular vista of azure water waiting for you. Just follow a path to the water's edge.

Is Atlantis Aquaventure Bahamas worth it? ›

If you've been thinking about a trip to Atlantis, you won't regret it! Staying at The Cove at Atlantis was spectacular. The experience was absolutely worth it. I wish the food had been better, but overall we had an amazing vacation.

Is there a lazy river at Atlantis? ›

Yes, there is. The Lazy River is near the Beach Tower at Atlantis, near the kiddies' pools.

Are there jellyfish at Atlantis? ›

Reflecting the tunnels and thoroughfares of the lost continent, The Dig at Atlantis Paradise Island features over 100 venomous Indo-Pacific Ocean Lionfish, iridescent jellyfish, and six-foot Moray Eels.

Can you drink the water at Atlantis resort? ›

Yes, the tap water in Atlantis Bahamas is safe to drink.

How many days is enough at Atlantis? ›

With five days in our tropical paradise, you can enjoy everything Atlantis has to offer, from heart pounding adventure to blissful relaxation. Discover Mandara Spa for rejuvenating therapies or enjoy spectacular ocean views and challenging play at Ocean Club Golf Course.

How do you get free upgrades at Atlantis Bahamas? ›

Upgrading your room to the next category or the next tower:

If you are confirmed through Atlantis, call us directly at 800-285-2684 or 954-809-2100 to request an upgrade. Pre-paid packages can not be upgraded at check-in and must be upgraded in advance.

What is the best month to go to Atlantis Bahamas? ›

The best time to visit The Bahamas is November or late April, when you'll have fine weather and fewer crowds, and you're still outside the hurricane season.

What age is Paradise Island for? ›

Suitable for all ages, you can expect exotic wildlife, magnificent stone carvings and two challenging courses; the Tiki Hut Trail and Temple Ruins Adventure, just remember it's not the taking part that counts.... it's the winning!

What island is best to stay in Bahamas? ›

Best Islands in the Bahamas
  • Harbour Island.
  • The Exumas.
  • Eleuthera.
  • Grand Bahama Island.
  • The Abacos.
  • Long Island, Bahamas.
  • Paradise Island.
  • Cat Island.

What is the rainiest month in the Bahamas? ›

Hottest months: July and August (average 84 F) Coldest month: January (average 72 F) Wettest month: August (average rainfall: 6.2 inches)

What is Atlantis Paradise Island known for? ›

Atlantis, Paradise Island - the most popular resort destination in The Bahamas - features the world's largest open-air marine habitat; Aquaventure water park, including the iconic Mayan Temple's Leap of Faith slider; 11 unique pools; renowned beaches; 18-hole golf course; the largest casino in the Caribbean; over 21 ...

Is Paradise Island the same as Atlantis? ›

The property's name was changed to Atlantis when The Royal Towers was built. The Coral Towers and The Beach Tower were later refurbished to match the theme of the Royal Towers. On March 28, 2007, a 600-suite luxury hotel named The Cove Atlantis opened on Paradise Island.

Can kids go to Paradise Beach? ›

Super paradise is a nice enough beach. Water is clear and quite shallow for kids to enjoy. More lively and less pretentious than some of the other beaches on the island but during the day still pleasant enough to visit with kids.

Is it free to walk around Atlantis? ›

Visit the boardwalk for free

Atlantis Bahamas is so big, it's like it's own little town. The boardwalk has activities, shopping and restaurants. It also has a great view of the water. The marina is right next to the boardwalk.

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