Being Marriott Platinum Elite members, Mr. C and I wanted to try one of Marriott’s Autograph Collection hotels in Paradise Island, Bahamas. We were looking for a romantic and peaceful getaway in one of the beautiful hotels in Atlantis and The Cove Atlantis seemed to be the perfect fit. Discover this lavish hotel in Atlantis and find out what sets it apart from others.
Room Rates: From $500/night to $2,500/night
Hotel Reward Points: From 45,000 Marriot Rewards points/night
Sophistication and Elegance of The Cove Atlantis
The lobby of The Cove Atlantis has a lovely open-air design. It has a wide space surrounded by palm trees and a pond filled with colorful fish. It is decorated with wood, marble, lanterns, and vases. Its high ceiling is adorned with huge teal lamps.
We booked at The Cove Atlantis for two main reasons: exclusive adults-only pool and ocean-view suites.
Upon check-in, the concierge informed us that we have been upgraded to a suite with an oceanfront view. That’s a good start! In fact, what we loved most about the room is the view from the balcony. It had a magnificent view of the ocean, the cove, and the pool.
The room was spacious and had a nice layout. The bed faced the beautiful ocean view. Aside from the bedroom and the balcony, it had a separate living area with a sofa bed. It had two TVs – one for the bedroom and one for the living area.
The suite had a large marbled bathroom with two sinks, bathtub, shower, and toilet. There are two sets of good-quality toiletries. The bathroom also had three large mirrors and a centralized sound system. We enjoyed having our own sink and mirror because it was a lot easier for us to prepare.
As Marriott Rewards Platinum members, we were asked to choose our welcome amenities from the food and drinks selection. Sand Bahamian Beers and chocolate chip cookies for us! 🙂
The Cove Pool
The Cove Atlantis is the only hotel in Atlantis that has a pool exclusive for adults only. For those of you who are expecting to get some peace and quiet during your pool time, I’d like to set your expectations and say it’s the opposite. Its vibe is similar to pool parties with club music and alcohol. The later it gets, the bigger the crowd becomes. If you’re one of those who enjoy people watching, this is a good place to do so!
This pool is exclusive to guests of The Cove Atlantis only. There are many red and yellow lounge chairs and cabanas around the pool but it gets fully occupied as the day ends. If you want to avoid the crowd, you have to go there early. You could also order food and alcohol from the servers and pay with your room key.
Pristine White Sand Beach
The beach in Atlantis is perfect for snorkeling! The water is calm and clear. It has a beautiful reef and you would be able to see different kinds of fish. Good thing we brought our snorkeling gears! We love snorkeling so we spent a lot of our time at the beach. It’s also a great alternative if ever you get tired of the waterslides and the pools. 🙂
If you want to relax and bask under the sun, there are lounge chairs available for all hotel guests.
The customer service in The Cove Atlantis was very professional but lacked warmth. When we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, we felt that we were welcomed by all of the employees from the moment we arrived until we left. This was not the case with The Cove Atlantis. They were able to advise everything we needed to know but with hostile demeanor. We expected more from the guest services at the Crescent VIP Lounge for VIP guests but the concierge at the regular lobby was even friendlier and more hospitable.
Free Access to the Aquaventure Water Park
Being a guest of The Cove or other hotels in Atlantis gives you an unlimited free access to Atlantis’ famous Aquaventure Water Park. The Day Pass regular rate for non-guests is $161. Instead of paying $161 for a day in the Aquaventure Water Park, why not book a room at one of the hotels in Atlantis? It has 11 pools, 8 water slides, and 2 river rides.
Our favorite was the Rapid River/Current! It’s a mile-long ride with waves and extreme rapids. You could ride in a single inner tube or in pairs.
Aside from the Aquaventure Water Park, Atlantis also has an aquarium called the Predator Lagoon and Tunnel. Here, you can view different species of sharks and fishes.
Other Activities in the Area
There are other water activities in Atlantis but with additional fees. These include swimming and interacting with dolphins, sea lions, and stingrays.
There are many food choices at The Cove and Atlantis. Whether you prefer fine dining or casual dining, there are several restaurants to choose from. Marina Village is a strip in Atlantis with restaurants and shops.
If you want the comfort and convenience of Atlantis and still get to experience the Bahamian cuisine, Bimini Road is the closest option you could get. We loved their grilled mahi-mahi, conch salad, and loaded nachos!
1. Know the additional charges before you book and your actual stay
On top of the room rates, there are additional charges for Cove Gratuity ($12/night) which they said was for housekeeping, Resort Fee ($53.69/night including VAT), 7.5% of your nightly room rate for the VAT, and 10.75% of your nightly room rate for PIDTA/NPIPB charges. The last one is confusing and when I researched about it, I found that NPIPB stands for Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board.
We found that some of the restaurants have inconsistent schedule and some require advance reservation. For a list of Atlantis Restaurant Closures, you can check their site. For a list of their restaurants, you can check here.
3. Services included in the resort fee
Since the resort fee is mandatory, you might as well know how you can enjoy it best! The complimentary services include shuttle service around Atlantis, water park access and fitness center access.
4. Don’t forget to check your final bill
In our case, we were charged twice for the minibar. The minibar is pressure-sensitive. You will be automatically billed when you move the drinks even if you didn’t consume anything. If this happens, you can ask the concierge to waive it.
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