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Everyone knows the Bahamas' The Atlantis Resort likes to do things big. Start with a 2300-room resort (not counting the adults-only wing--Cove Atlantis and its 600 rooms) add an almost waterpark theme in the form of 141-acres, and don't forget the massive casino. Naturally an outfit this size doesn't slouch when it comes to dining, which is why their collection of dining options include restaurants from Nobu, Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay. But not one to rest on their laurels (which some were afraid was becoming the case lately), the Paradise Island resort announced that on June 1st, celebrity chef Todd English will finally open Olives Atlantis.
Expect his signature cuisine to take advantage of the island's seafood bounty and from what we've read, the three-meal-a-day menu will reflect and respect the location. Guests seated at the 268-seat restaurant will have views of an open kitchen where staff will prepare casual, Mediterranean-island cuisine that might battle for attention with the serious raw bar piled high with shellfish, clams, crab, oysters and the like. Carnivores and vegetarians will have plenty of options to choose from as well, from steaks to pastas and English's well-known thin-crust flat-bread pizzas courtesy of the restaurant's wood-burning oven. And for those who find themselves in the clutches of Lady Luck or the nightclub Aura, Olives will be open until 3 a.m.
The restaurant, which is said to have a 6,850 square-foot interior, was designed by architect Jeffrey Beers, who also had a hand in the Hard Rock and Fontainebleau resorts. Here you'll see drama that Atlantis is known for, gigantic candelabras, wall sconces, limestone floor tiles, and views of Atlantis' dramatic marina. Let's hope the food has lots of drama on the plates, too.
[Photo: Atlantis Resort]
While wandering around The Cove Atlantis recently, we noticed a wonderful sign--one we wish we could clap eyes on at hotels around the world. Yep, we're talking about The Transit Lounge.
Like its more affordable pal, The Atlantis Resort, The Cove Atlantis has one of these glorious rooms where guests who have time to kill before hitting the airport can retreat post check-out. (Or, pre–check-in.)
Since we've turned many a hotel pool/lobby/lobby bathroom into our personal transit lounge in the past, we find this amenity a shining example of dignity. Especially at a place where there's so many ways to suck every last drop out of your stay. Just take a look at the view of the Atlantis Water Park from our room...
Perhaps the only way to really enjoy The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas without worrying about being nickel and dimed for everything is to be Katy Perry (or any of the other pop sensations that have performed at the resort this summer.)
The "California Gurls" singer/problem speller splashed around the water park with her entourage the day after performing to a sold-out crowd at the hotel's Grand Ballroom, according to the Daily Mail.
The Aquaventure water park at Atlantis is typically populated with children but there is a lot going on there--11 pools, water slides, (fake) river rides and even rock-climbing. And this is all included in your room rate. But about that room rate....
After Sports Illustrated reported that they'd confirmed Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez had tested positive for testosterone and anabolic steroids in 2003, A-Rod reacted to the media frenzy (and his new nickname, A-Fraud) by bouncing outta the continental U.S. For him, this was probably a good move: tons of Yankee fans and would-be A-Rod supporters are out for blood now that the baseball hero has been ratted out. But instead of sitting quietly and thinking about what he's done (and thinking of ways to apologize to disappointed fans), he's been partying it up at the Atlantis Bahamas.
New York Daily News reports that he checked into a two-bedroom suite in the Cove section of the hotel reportedly $15,450 a night and spent the evening getting his drank on in the VIP area at Aura nightclub in the hotel. Per NYDN:
Grey Goose vodka, A-Rod's liquor of choice, goes for $425 a bottle in the VIP areas. Hotel staff said A-Rod partied so hard Saturday night that he slept late into the day Sunday before eating and leaving.
The butler in A-Rod's suite told reporters that he had gone to a Grammy party for the evening and was not expected back at the hotel Sunday night.
Eh, he was probably knocking back those Grey Goose and Red Bull cocktails to celebrate the fact that someone would still let him into a VIP area at all.
Perhaps to recover from the loss of her beloved dog Paw Paw, Martha Stewart took her crew to the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas and she even blogged about it! (You know Martha, you could have just submitted a VIP Review to HotelChatter.)
Anyways, Martha's short on text but long on photos and photo captions. After looking at all the pics on her blog, we gathered this is what she did at the Atlantis resort: made a meal with executive sous chef at Jean George Vongerichten’s Café Martinique, tried on straw hats, checked out the garden at The Cove, observed architecture, bandaged her friend's hurt leg, went for a swim in rough seas, pitied her make-up assistant who got seasick, took a lot of pictures on the boat and fed some manta rays.
Go Martha! That's way more action than what we experienced at the resort last year.
As for accommodations, we're guessing Martha et. al. were put up in The Cove which is the newer and more pricier tower.
See what Martha's hotel digs probably looked liked here.
· You must book by Feb. 29th, so you have one week left.
· Rate is per person, double-occupancy, based on Sun. or Mon. arrival. Got that?
· It's effective for travel 4/27/08-6/15/08, basically when it starts to get warm where you live.
· It's only for rooms in the Beach Tower Terrace which is the cheapest tower on the property.
· Don't forget to add up to $81 per person for mandatory taxes, mandatory housekeeping gratuities, and utility service fees. Yikes, good thing we told you about hidden fees.
· Weekend, holiday & peak period surcharges apply. So basically you have to ask for vacation days from work.
· Worst of all, we searched several dates online and not once did we see the $439 deal. Unless the deal is $439 per night which isn't really a deal here.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Thanks go to jyanich for dropping this killer view into the HotelChatter Flickr pool. The view belongs to the The Cove Atlantis in the Bahamas. It's a paradise kind of picture looking the other direction to this video, and shot from higher up--from the Club Level, in fact. A couple of perfect pools to dive into, a really inviting-looking ocean--that's pretty much enough to satisfy us any time.
If you want your own piece of this paradise, The Cove is running a Paradise Getaway special at the moment starting at $899 for 4 days/3 nights per person; although if you click through to reserve the special, you'll see that it's not available on too many dates in the near future. But if you get there, you can be fairly sure to have a pretty special view, at least.
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On our way back from Eleuthera, we decided to spend the night in Nassau. Afterall, who knows when we will ever get back to the Bahamas? And if we do get back there, we already know where we are going.
So we shacked up at The Cove on our own dime and not part of the scheduled press trip. We've been dying to check out The Cove since it opened last year--it must have been the initial celebrity draw that got us hooked. And we were expected to love the place, especially after a few days of idle island living on Eleuthera.
But the thing is, we really missed our stripped-down, laid back, easy come, easy go days on Eleuthera. And the Atlantis Resort is anything but laid back.
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The Cove at Atlantis is a 600-suite luxury hotel within the family-oriented Atlantis Resort which recently opened on March 28 in the Bahamas. What sets Cove apart from the rest of the lodgings at Atlantis is its "grownup taste", meaning that it's adults only, the room prices are higher (suites start at $735 in the high season), there's a swank restaurant by celeb chef Bobby Flay and a hotspot from Cain, who own the storied Cain outposts in Manhattan and the Hamptons.
Cain at the Cove is an outdoor pool and beach club that will feature:
22 fully-staffed cabanas with personal butlers and include plasma TVs, private bathrooms with shower, and a stocked mini-bar chose by the guest. The Cain experience will include international DJs, entertainment and the service it is known for in NYC.
During the day, Cain will serve "daytime elixirs" that will cure you of last night's hangover so you can keep the party going. Also, available will be spa coordinators to set up any spa treatments you might want. So pretty much anything you can dream up poolside, Cain will try to get for you, so long as it's legal of course. The bad news is you still have to wait until May for the pool club to offically open.
As for staying at the hotel, there's no discounted introductory rates but they are offering the fourth night free when you book three nights and the going rate for this spring is $660. The offer is good until April 30th. But beware, construction still abounds according to recent guest reports.
· The Cove Atlantis reviews [TripAdvisor]
According to FTVLive.com, Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide, and Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. were among the 100 CNN execs who got to go on vacation this week on the company dime. And that dime must go a long way as rooms at the Atlantis, which has an onsite casino, a Nobu restaurant, nearly 6,000 rooms and an open-air marine life habitat, can hit up to $10,000 for a week.
Naturally, this has the employees stuck in Atlanta pissed, especially since most of them won't be getting bonuses this year.
While we are sure, no one would pass up a free trip to Atlantis, this is still supreme, big-resort cheesiness. One example? Reality TV couple Rob and Amber from Survivor got married here. Another example? The Aquaventure water park, bound to be filled with children.(See picture above.)
· Atlantis Resort reviews [TripAdvisor]
Smart Money runs the numbers at five big resorts--and it's not a pretty picture.
You know the scene. You sleep in late since it's vacation, eating a leisurely breakfast and then sauntering out to the hotel pool to relax and read a book. Only one problem: there's not a lounge chair to be found.
At far too many resorts, this is the norm, not an exception. The January issue of Smart Money, which is not online yet, runs a whole feature story called "Musical Chairs," with tales of guests at $600 resorts not being able to find a place to lounge and stories of people lining up at Mandalay Bay in Vegas before 8:00 a.m. so they can get through the gate at opening time to snag a good spot for the day. (Story is not online yet.) At the Westin in Aruba, the hotel hands out free coffee to those in line and the first one through gets a t-shirt that says, "First in Line." (No, it doesn't say "I'm still a loser" on the back.)
More on the hotel lounge chair crisis after the jump.
Reality royalty finally wed this past Saturday when Rob & Amber, of Survivor and Amazing Race fame, got hitched at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.
Atlantis is home to a water theme park, the worlds largest marine habitat, and top Bahamian entertainment.
Alas, after CBS airs Rob and Amber Get Married on May 24, most of America will know Atlantis for the B-list celeb wedding of the century.
We are sure CBS war room white boards currently contain the following titles scribbled in Expo marker:
Rob and Amber Get Naked
Rob and Amber Have A Baby
Rob and Amber On Marriage 911