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After an adventurous Colorado honeymoon, my husband and I vowed that our next romantic getaway would involves beaches, pina coladas and plenty of relaxation. So when a stellar deal for Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas was published in the Top 20, we booked it instantly.
The iconic resort may be best known for its family-friendly kids clubs, water slides and 11 huge pools, but it’s also a great getaway for couples.
Here are some tips on booking your romantic Atlantis retreat:
Research the five “towers” before you book.
If you’re looking to avoid swarms of young ones, consider booking at The Cove for its luxury suites and private, adults-only pool. After doing our research, we decided to stay at Coral Towers, hoping that booking one level up from the family-friendly Beach Tower would be comfortable and quiet enough for us, and it was.
Consider a la carte dining plans.
There’s more room for flexibility -- and splurges – when you have fewer mouths to feed. We instead opted for quick bites at beachside grills, embracing the island vibe and going with the flow.
Call ahead to make dinner reservations.
Day-of reservations at the island’s hot spots are hard to come by, so spontaneity isn’t really an option if you’re interested fine dining. We called weeks in advance for our reservations at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill and Dune, which was the only way to snag prime timeslots. Our sunset dinner on Dune’s patio was one of the most delicious and memorable meals of our lives.
Opt for beaches rather than pools.
For a more relaxing experience, skip the pools and head out early to stake out a spot at one of Atlantis’ three beaches. Our favorite, by far, was Paradise Beach, with its padded and shaded chairs, peaceful atmosphere and clear blue waters.
Have some fun.
Sure, you’re kids-free, but that doesn’t mean you can’t act like one. After a hot morning spent reading and resting on the beach, there was nothing more refreshing than an exhilarating trip down one of Aquaventure’s rollercoaster waterslides.