I anxiously peered out of the plane’s window as the pilot announced the beginning of our decent down and was immediately awestruck. My best friend and her family had told me how breathtaking it all was, but no words could have prepared me for how beautiful the aqua waters were. Seeing the Bahamas for the first time (from a window seat I won fair and square in rock, paper, scissors) is a moment I will never forget.
I was very blessed to have the opportunity to vacation in the Bahamas; my eyes were opened to a gorgeous world. It was my first time out of the country, first passport that I cringe at when I see the photo, and my first encounter with customs. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
We stayed at the Royal Towers at Atlantis on Paradise Island, where it really was paradise. There was something new to see at every turn, exquisite detail down to every last stone on the Mayan Temple. The weather was gorgeous, the water invitingly warm, and the sun enticed us to initiate operation “get as tan as you possibly can” the instant of arrival.
The real magic of the Atlantis, besides the fact it truly makes you feel like you’re in the lost city, comes from the tremendous amount to do, regardless of age. The kids can explore the eleven different pools and conquer the seven waterslides, while the adults relax by the poolside or try their luck in the casino. Families can bond on the lazy river that winds around the grounds or tackle the famous Leap of Faith together, a sixty-foot waterslide that’s almost a vertical drop into a clear tunnel surrounded by a shark-filled lagoon. I had a huge adrenaline rush after because it’s honestly what the name says it is! If you don’t feel like staying at the pool, check out the Atlantis’s white sandy beaches and swim in their crystal clear waters. Feeling daring? One dazzling morning I felt just that. I rented a jet ski and had a blast speeding through the waves. There’s also parasailing to make your trip even more memorable.
Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean the fun stops. I was very impressed by the variety of food and entertainment available. Whatever dinner you’re in the mood for you can find it. From the Chinese cuisine at Chopstix to the Italian specials at Carmen’s, it was all delicious. The Atlantis has a movie theatre if you just want to stay in for the evening and catch a film.
My week in the Bahamas was filled with excitement and memories that I will always cherish. It brought my best friend and her family so much closer to me. When we weren’t laughing, we were crying from our laughter. Staying at the Atlantis was incredible because of its’ charm, beauty, and captivating theme. I also learned to take the time to appreciate the little things in life that so often go unnoticed from the natives there.
Everything wasn’t done in the fast paced way that we’ve grown so accustomed to. I would take the opportunity to return in a heartbeat!
It was hard to leave, but I left with knowledge on a different culture, wonderful pictures… and a nice tan too!
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