First Atlantis Bahamas explorer..
Hello out there. I've read some of the posts regarding where to go to eat & buy groceries. They are about a year old was looking for an updated discussion on this. I'll be staying at Coral Towers with children ages 3 & 4. Also would like to know what anyone may have to say about the Atlantis kids club. I'm be traveling in April & would appreciate a feedback before then.
Thanks so much,
Wow - staying with a 3 and 4 year old - I must say, not my areas of expertise. However, the kids' club has lots of great activities. Of course, the busier they are, the more they do with the kids (ie if you are there over Easter, they will have lots of great activities for this age group).
That said, other than the kids' club, it may be tougher to find ways to keep them occupied unless they are happy water babies at the pools and the lagoon.
Will you be travelling with any other adults other than yourself? In terms of eating and buying groceries, what are you looking for? I can help you to decide what to do and where to go.
Happy to help, so let me know what you are looking for.
re: Food on the brain
Would love to hear more from you, Food on the brain, as we are also traveling to Atlantis in a few weeks. We are staying at Harborside. We've been there several times before, but we haven't been for a few years. In the past, we have arrived in the evening and gone grocery shopping the following day (took Harborside's shuttle to the grocery store). We'll be arriving during the day this time, and my husband would like to stop by a grocery store on our way from the airport. Where would you suggest we stop, and do you know how much extra this stop would cost us? Would also love to hear your restaurant recs (we eat pretty much anything and everything).
Exploring mom, there's definitely plenty to do with the kids. We've been going to Atlantis since our boys were 2 and 4. They can spend hours exploring the dig, floating down the lazy river, playing in the kiddie pool, the lagoon and the beach. They can participate in Aqua Tots where they can go and feed the sting ray (they only pick a few kids per day), so make sure to sign up on your first day to make sure they get picked before you leave).
As for Kids Club, I think we only put our kids in once. Can't really say much about it since we obviously did not stay to observe. I'm sure they had fun.
The kids will have a blast. Our boys are now 10 and 12, and they are looking forward to returning.
Welcome back, when you come back! Stopping for groceries on the way to Harbourside is a great idea. You have some options. If you want good, organic produce, fresh fish (only once in a while local - whole local caught snappers for $7.99/lb), good cuts of meat, lots of options in terms of gluten free products and international (aka European) brands, and nice fresh breads, then Fresh market would be a great place to stop. There is one west of the airport by 5 minutes, or one in Harbour Bay, which is east of the Paradise Island bridge by 5 minutes. If you have coolers or cooler bags, I would go to the one out west.
If you do not need these special things, Super Valu on Cable Beach is a good place to stop. What day of the week do you arrive?
If you need to stop for liquor, there is Bristol's on Blake Road on the way from the airport, and several others along the way. There is actually a Bristol's on PI as well, but it is quite small.
As for restaurants, Athena & Cafe Matisse downtown are great choices. Athena is only open during the day - once the cruise passengers head back to the ship they close. Matisse is open for both lunch and dinner, and as you may have read in my previous posts, out in the courtyard is the nicest!
On PI and on the Nassau side, there is also Green Parrot - both locations great for a casual lunch or dinner. Personally, we still like the original one on PI though.
If you have never done it before, you might enjoy doing a day trip on one of the powerboats that take you down to the Exumas for the day - you can feed iguanas, pet and swim with stingrays, watch them make fresh conch salad (and eat it, of course), have lunch, snorkel and swim. It's quite different from Nassau, and the kids might really enjoy that. Powerboat Adventures is one company. I can't remember the name of the other company. http://www.powerboatadventures.com/
If you have never done it before, you and the boys might also really enjoy doing a segway tour along the beach. http://www.segwaynassau.com/
Hope this helps. Have fun!