Atlantis Paradise Island, the much-advertised and much-coveted
family vacation resort in the Bahamas, is having a sale. At
this resort, where it's easy to spend the kids' college fund on a
week-long vacation, having a sale is a very big deal.
The offer, which starts today, is a $99-per-night room rate for
August 21-October 31, 2011, although there are fees, taxes and
mandatory gratuities that can add up to $54 to the nightly rate.
Hurry. The deal must be booked by July 24. The deal can be booked
by calling 1-800-ATLANTIS or online at www.atlantis.com. There's
also a deal that lets the kids eat every meal free, gives you the
fourth night free, and includes free breakfast for adults. That
deal must be booked by July 17, but it's good for stays through the
end of the summer.
The Atlantis is a beautiful property. I have visited several
times and we always had a good time. But it can be incredibly
expensive and it feels as though everything you (or your kid) want
to do there is an additional charge. Returning from my first visit
five years ago, I starting chatting with a dad on the plane home
who said he budgets $500/day--not including the room charge--for
his family's annual visit to the resort.
However, if your kids like water parks, you like relaxing by the
water or on the beach, these deals might make the rest of the
Atlantis feel more affordable.
Just for teens and tweens
If you happen to have travel wtih hard-to-please tweens and
teens, Atlantis can help.
I can't imagine there are more than a few teens who wouldn't
love the new CRUSH teens-only nightclub. It's a 14,000-square-foot
space with an Internet Lounge. CRUSH is stocked with multi-touch
computers and surface tables with photo editing and publishing
interfaced to Facebook, a Gaming Room stocked with state-of-the-art
technology ranging from the new Microsoft flagship motion sensor
product Kinect for Xbox 360 to a floor-to-ceiling gaming tree with
24 gaming consoles, ten private gaming cabanas, and even a
selection of iPads for internet browsing. Multi-purpose video walls
decorate the Dance Club's VIP sections and a live DJ is accessible
via a touch screen song request system. There's also a bar serving
non-alcoholic drinks and the CRUSH Café serves up snacks, from
pizzas to smoothies to ice cream and more.
As one mom confided as we attempted to extracate our children,
"This place is a teen's wet dream."
Tweens have their own space as well--Club Rush. No parents
allowed at either spot.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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