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Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Inspiration: Paradise Island, Bahamas—Part 2

  |  By Alison McGill
Wedding reception at Atlantis.

Last week I shared details of my heavenly stay at the One&Only Ocean Club with you. As promised, today I’m dishing all about Atlantis, Ocean Club’s much larger, glitzier sister-hotel located just down the beach. You’re probably familiar with Atlantis as it’s one of Bahamas most popular properties. Built on 500-acres Atlantis is a massive oceanfront playground offering something for everyone. There are over 3,700 rooms spread over 6 hotels: The Reef, Royal Towers, Coral Towers, Beach Tower, Harbourside Resort and The Cove.

A penthouse with a view!

The most exclusive and private is The Cove which is where I laid my head down for some sweet tropical dreams. From the moment you enter the sweeping open-air lobby, you know you are in for a luxury stay. Although it’s big, there is something very Zen and intimate about the atmosphere.

The Cove lobby.

The neighbouring Cove Beach is actually one of the most popular and beautiful places to say “I do” on property at Atlantis. It’s quiet, the beach is stunning and you can host up to 150 guests for a reception. There are a number of other fantastic places for your destination wedding on property including the Dig Deck, Stingray Falls, the Royal Deck (this has the largest capacity, with room for 500 guests), Paradise Beach and the Royal Overlook. Where you decide to throw your party really depends on what type of wedding you want to have and the number of guests. Interesting fact I learned while visiting: for 11/11/11, there are already 16 weddings booked for the day, and they are trying to squeeze in a few more as they have been inundated with requests!

Atlantis' Lazy River...SO fun!

Other features that make Atlantis so amazing: the multi-pools (the Cove exclusive pool is tres chic); the aquarium; Dolphin Cay, where you can get up close and personal with them; the Water Adventures (slides, plunges and a lazy river!); the casino; the massive Mandara Spa (there are 32 treatment rooms!); prestige shopping and the food.  There are 21 restos on site including the prestigious Nobu and the Mesa Grill by Bobby Flay, which was my hands down favourite. The Southwestern dishes were to-die-for, and the ambiance is electric.

This article was originally published on Jul 11, 2011

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