If you are looking for a warm-weather getaway, fine and fun dining, award-winning accommodations, lots of watersports options, fishing, golf, tennis, and fun for all ages, The Cove at Atlantis has long been popular. Without having to fly into the deep Caribbean, its Paradise Island location is just a walking bridge to the shops of Nassau – if you even want to leave.
I’ve stayed a couple of times at The Cove, and what I like is it’s as good a place to go for a family, group of friends, or just a romantic getaway. The beautiful and modern open-air lobby provides for a breezy way to start your stay, especially if you are arriving from colder climates. While it’s part of the larger Atlantis complex, The Cove is a separate hotel with its own private pool and beach areas, but still access to the larger resort.
A perennial winner of various reader awards from the major travel magazines, Conde Nast Traveler writes, “The Cove is a refuge of calm within a complex that’s all about activity. The 600-room tower has its own slice of beach with a row of cozy cabanas, celebrity chef–helmed restaurant (Fish by José Andrés) as well as an outpost of beloved local favorite Harbour Island’s Sip Sip, and private access to the adults-only pools.”
Travel + Leisure ranks The Cove as one of its top 25 Girlfriend Getaways.
Of course, if you want more, the entire complex features 21 restaurants, 19 bars, 11 pools, a 141-acre water park, spa, a casino with 85 different types of gaming, and an 18-hole, par 72 championship course stretching 7,159 yards.
2. Accommodations at The Cove at Atlantis
Forbes Travel Guide describes the design of accommodations as “crisp, clean lines and modern fixtures. Private balconies provide a wonderful place to take in a golden sunrise or a scenic sunset.” The Penthouse, Presidential, Sapphire, and Azure Suites all provide Concierge Level services.
Penthouse Suites (1 in category)
The two-bedroom 4,070 sq. ft. Penthouse Suites offer a king and two queen beds and can be extended with an extra bedroom, as can the Presidential, Sapphire, and Azure Suites (below).
With double-height ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, you may just want to relocate for a while.
Presidential Suites (2 in category)
The two top-floor 2,751 sq. ft. Presidential Suites offer an option to add a second bedroom providing space for up to five guests.
Sapphire Suites (26 in category)
The one-bedroom, 1,700 sq. ft. Sapphire Suites offer expansive guest living spaces with floor-to-ceiling window walls and with views of the resort, islands, and ocean, and the option to add an extra bedroom.
A favorite of Forbes, their inspector adds, “Panoramic views of the sky and beach make the upscale Sapphire Suite stand out. The spacious one-bedroom accommodation features a dining area, a TV room, a deep soaking bathtub well-situated to watch the sun sink, and a balcony with patio seating for brunches overlooking the ocean.”
Azure Suites (10 in category)
The one-or-two-bedroom Azure Suites are located on the top five floors and span 1,198 to 1,958 sq. ft., all with ocean views.
Indigo Suites (14 in category)
Located on floors 8 to 15, the 924 sq. ft one-bedroom suites all feature ocean views with an option of one king or two queen beds. Oversized bathrooms feature separate bathing tubs and walk-in showers.
3. Restaurants and Bars at Atlantis, the Bahamas
With dozens of restaurants and bars, your biggest worry will be which one to choose. Among fine dining outlets, Nobu, Olives, SeaFire Steak House and Carmines all offer outdoor dining as well.
Fish by José Andrés
Master Chef José Andrés incorporates a wide variety of ingredients from crustaceans to tuna, lionfish to conch with preparations ranging from simple and flavorful to innovative and creative. Choose from inventive, hand-crafted cocktails and wines produced in regions known for the world’s best seafood, served alongside small plates for sharing in addition to larger-format dishes.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa brings his own spin on traditional Japanese fare to the Bahamas with this Nobu outpost, handily located near the casino floor. Check out his local inspiration with Conch Ceviche or Roasted Bahamian Lobster or stay traditional with favorites like Crispy Rice and Spicy Tuna or Black Cod with Miso.
For a family-style dining experience, and classic Italian cuisine, the ever-popular New York institution Carmines is a perfect choice. Select from an array of fine Italian wines, including a private label magnum, and dine on platters of classic Italian recipes such as chicken scarpariello, shrimp scampi, fried calamari, and veal saltimbocca. Leave room for the giant ice cream laden chocolate torte.
Café Martinique is the resort’s newest and only restaurant to feature a seasonal, plant-forward menu. Dishes are created using local Bahamian ingredients to create unique Mediterranean-inspired flavors.
The Bahamian Club is an experience in Bahamian culture, flavor, and service set in a dining room featuring dark woods, plush fabrics, and intimate seating. Dine on aged steaks and chops, fresh local fish, and signature dishes, such as a Bahamian Mixed Grill.
Chef Angelo Elia brings his award-winning Italian eatery featuring the best of Tuscan cuisine to Atlantis. Start with thin-sliced beef carpaccio with arugula, shaved Reggiano, lemon truffle oil, Antipasto di Mare, or meatball and sausages with onions and peppers. Leave room for homemade bucatini carbonara, fettuccine Bolognese, or potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms, Reggiano, and truffle cream. Oh, and that’s just the beginning. There’s roasted lamb chops, Milanese chicken breast, veal chops, Branzino, and more.
Todd English’s Olives Atlantis features an expansive open kitchen where the award-winning chef’s team prepares dishes from a rotisserie grill. Guests can enjoy made-to-order cuts of meat and grilled fish. The Raw Bar offers a large fresh seafood display with daily offerings of shellfish, clams and oysters, and a wood-burning oven showcasing English’s thin-crust flatbread pizzas.
From a 38-ounce, 28-day dry-aged Porterhouse to Kansas City Strip and Prime Boneless Rib Eye, meat aficionados will celebrate. Don’t forget to start with seafood favorites and sides like Creamed Sweet Corn or Jumbo Onion Rings. There’s a variety of signature martinis and offers an extensive collection of fine wines.
Bars and Lounges
Also, relax at Sea Glass for tapas, fruit-infused martinis, and signature cocktails are served nightly. Enjoy table games like blackjack, or roulette or just sit back and relax in a casual upscale environment in the heart of The Cove.
Or, try the Moon Bar (above). Its main focal point is a marine habitat with moon jellyfish directly behind the bar. Featured cocktails, an extensive wine collection, a plethora of draft beer options, and a selection of cigars are available.
4. Pools and Beaches
You won’t have trouble finding your own socially distanced spot with five miles of white-sand beach and 11 pools. Exclusive to guests of The Cove Atlantis, The Cove Pool offers an adults-only experience. Enjoy four multi-level pools, stylish daybeds, and outdoor gaming. You must be 18 or older to enter The Cove Pool. And don’t forget the myriad of fun and spectacular options, including the River Pool, Mayan Temple Pool, Grotto Pool, and more.
Set amid the glass sculptures of artist Dale Chihuly, there are 85 gaming tables featuring baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold’em poker, Let It Ride poker, craps, roulette and blackjack, high roller, and private gaming stations, and over 700 of the latest slot machines.
6. Marine Experiences
Atlantis is one of only two aquariums in the Western Hemisphere to care for and study the manta. The resort has a large team of marine mammal specialists, lab technicians, and water quality experts.
Atlantis guests can participate in the “Snorkel the Ruins” program, which allows guests to come face-to-face with over 20,000 marine animals its giant manta, Hope.
A portion of the cost of Atlantis’ marine interactive programs goes back to the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation (ABPF), the resort’s nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to saving sea species and their extraordinary habitats throughout The Bahamas and surrounding Caribbean seas.
For everlasting memories, let your kids be a Junior Ultimate Trainer for the Day, or kayak, swim, and paddleboard with dolphins. There is also playtime with sea lions and a sea turtle excursion option.
You can also arrange private snorkel and scuba experiences. Make sure to check out the Mayan Temple Shark Habitat, Ruins Lagoon, and the Royal Stingray & Shark Lagoon.
The Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course offers an 18-hole, par 72 championship course stretching over 7,100 yards on a peninsula, where crosswinds challenge even the most experienced players. Ocean Club ranks on Golf News’ 5 Best Casino Golf Courses and USA Top 10 Caribbean Golf Courses.
8. Spa and Fitness
Mandara Spa at Atlantis brings together ancient Balinese healing touches, traditional European therapies, and natural elements indigenous to The Bahamas. There are warm and cold plunge pools, as well as steam and sauna rooms. There’s a Couple’s Spa Suite while the women’s area includes an aromatherapy room.