Our travel day to the Bahamas started early. We drove to Nashville and flew from there to Charlotte and had a very quick connection on to Nassau. Once we landed in Nassau we were on the runway for almost an hour just waiting for a gate to open to park the plane. That was tough! Once we were in the airport we then had a very long immigration line to deal with. Unfortunately, the taxi I had reserved ahead of time had been waiting for a very long time. I had planned to add the option for a small additional fee for him to stop at a grocery store on the way to the resort. However, by the time we were finally out of the airport all grocery stores had closed.
When we got to the Atlantis Resort we were amazed at how massive and beautiful it was! The sun set really early so by the time we got to our room it was starting to get dark, so no time for water fun. We did, however, walk through Marina Village to find a dinner spot. We started at The Burger Shack, as that is usually a go-to type of food while on vacation with the kids' food allergies. They were completely inept at dealing with food allergies and didn't even know what kind of oil they used. We also waited a substantial amount of time to just be served water. The service here was slow and the wait staff seemed uninterested in their customers so we were actually happy to leave.
We found Bimini Road in Marina Village and they were able to accommodate the allergies. They had a good system in place which made me feel better! We were pleased with the ambiance of this restaurant and had a delicious dinner here. When we finished our dinner and headed outside, it was completely dark, except for the lights on the yachts in the harbor and the decorative lights around Marina Village. Live music was going strong and we had a great time walking about. We finally headed to the room to get some sleep so we could get good rest before our fun-filled days ahead!
During our stay here we got breakfast to go from the ala carte cafe and took it outside to eat every morning. From there we would find lounge chairs and start our water fun for the day. The kids loved trying all the water rides, including the iconic Leap of Faith. At one point we were all on the not-so-lazy river and my mom accidentally went another way. She ended up going down several water slides that she had no intention of doing! A couple hours passed and she finally found us - that is one con to staying at such a huge, sprawling resort -it's hard to find your party if you get lost!
The beach was fun for a bit, but quite rough, we all got tossed around quite a bit and decided it was too much for us. We spent most of our time in the pools, The Current, and water slides. Our favorite dinner was at the upscale Virgil's BBQ, which overlooked the water.
Overall, Atlantis was fun for a few days. Our kids were at the perfect ages to enjoy all the rides. I wish that the beach had been more enjoyable but you can't control Mother Nature, that's for sure!