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Going to the Bahamas was a surreal experience for myself, considering that I had never traveled to the country, with its stunning beaches, amazing climate and delicious food. While there, I stayed at the Atlantis Resort, one of the Bahamas' main tourist attractions. When many Americans think of visiting Nassau, the country's capital, they think almost exclusively of the resort.
The Atlantis resort itself is overwhelming, making up most of Paradise Island, according to Anita Johnson Patty of the Ministry of Tourism. It includes several different towers, with rooms priced at several levels. I stayed at the Royal Towers, which might be a little more affordable for those on a budget.
I was immediately impressed with the size of the lobby. It is huge, as you might expect. My room had a beautiful view of the harbor and the bridges connecting Paradise Island with New Providence, where Nassau is located.
If you want to stay close, the Atlantis has much to offer, with plenty of restaurants and activities such as tours and activities for children and adults. The resort even has a movie theater that shows past Hollywood hits from the year (The Avengers and Magic Mike were among the films playing while I was there). A casino and nightclubs are also right near the Royal Towers lobby.
For my first night, I ate at Virgil's Barbecue, which feels like a slice of home for any American. The portions are huge – and by that, I mean designed for three to four people. When you see the menu, it notes that each item is a family portion, so don't expect to be able to make it through the BBQ Chicken all by yourself. You'll definitely need a friend or two.
At the Coral Towers, there is the amazing Mosaic restaurant, which features a buffet of everything you can imagine, from fish and beef to chicken and pasta dishes. Delicious deserts are on the buffet if you can find room enough for them.
While at the casino, it's a good idea to go to Nobu, but make sure you book your reservation in advance. The Japanese-style restaurant is one of the most popular at the resort and justifiably so. Again, this is a family style restaurant so go with a group.
For breakfast, checking out the Marketplace's buffet is a must. Every breakfast item you can imagine – from pancakes to waffles and everything in between.
The Atlantis offers so much that it was absolutely impossible for me to expect to get through everything, especially when you're only there for three days. The resort is lined with beaches, pools, restaurants and shops. It is a great place to stay while visiting the Bahamas, but don't forget to experience the country itself.