The History of Atlantis
25 Years of Paradise Magic

For more than two decades, Atlantis — best known for exuding Bahamian culture, serving as a marvel and custodian of marine life, and its landmark pink architecture — has paved the way for luxury, hospitality, and entertainment in the Caribbean and around the world. Now the resort is raising the bar even higher by embarking upon a new chapter with an array of massive upgrades and striking enhancements.

Somewhere Else Opens

American musician Pharrell Williams and David Grutman of Groot Hospitality will partner with Atlantis to open a new resort. The Somewhere Else resort to be located at what was the Beach Tower is set to offer “a unique and immersive experience” in The Bahamas. Somewhere Else will reportedly feature over 400 guest rooms and suites alongside an array of vibrant, top-tier dining venues, lushly landscaped grounds, multiple pools and recreation areas, luxury amenities, and live entertainment. 

2025 & beyond
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Present Day
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Atlantis hosts the 2nd Annual Nassau Paradise Island Wine & Food Festival - The largest culinary extravaganza in Bahamian history.

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Present Day
Atlantis casino renovation debut

The stunning renovations and gaming enhancements offer an unparalleled casino experience for both high rollers and novice gamblers.

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Present Day
The Royal is renovated

The Royal's multimillion-dollar modernization, includes the redevelopment of all Royal Tower guest rooms and suites, a reimagined Atlantis Casino, and the addition of another Michelin-starred chef to its already impressive dining roster.

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Atlantis Paradise Island served as host to the 2023 CARICOM conference

Audrey Oswell, President and Managing Director, Atlantis Paradise Island and The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada, during his stay at The Royal, Atlantis Paradise Island

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25th Anniversary of The Royal

Atlantis marks its milestone 25th anniversary in 2023. Exciting celebratory details to come!

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The Royals take paradise

On the last stop of their 2022 tour of the Caribbean, Prince William and Kate Middleton got the royal treatment during a two-night stay at The Cove.

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The Cove Renovation

The Cove relaunch brought two restaurants — one led by Bahamian Chef Julie Lightbourn and one by renowned Master Chef José Andres, a newly designed poolscape and cabana sanctuary designed by Lulu DK and a soul-stirring art installation created by Antonius Roberts.

The ultra-luxury property is elegantly situated between Cove and Paradise Beaches, creating the feeling of being cast away on a private, white-sand sanctuary. The Cove features an open-air lobby, sensual suites and super suites, dining, bespoke amenities and purposeful service delivered with Bahamian warmth.

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The Reef Renovation
  • The epitome of residential luxury, The Reef is a true home-away-from-home getaway with all the conveniences of residential apartments (including a full kitchen).  Guests at The Reef have access to the private Cascades Pool that is exclusively for guests of The Cove and The Reef. In Spring 2019, the tower’s rooms, suites, and lobby were renovated by leading hospitality interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), which was one of the principal firms for The Reef when it was first constructed.

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New Poolscapes at The Cove & Coral

The new, sparkling blue-and-white poolscape at The Cove and Coral, designed by renowned architect Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International (JBI), created a stunning environment with private cabanas, family-friendly water activities, a swim-up bar, and more. (Image of Coral Pool)

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The Coral Renovation

A $20 million renovation of Atlantis’ Coral Towers brought numerous new amenities, facilities, and services to the resort, including an adults-only pool, a new lobby and accommodations, and even more food and beverage concepts.

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Crush and atlantis kids adventure debut

Who says adults have all the fun in Paradise? CRUSH was created as the ultimate nightclub and hangout spot for teens ages 13 to 17. Atlantis Kids Adventures gives kids, ages 3 to 12, a chance to embark on daily adventures at the coolest kids’ club on the planet including culinary lessons, theatre, outdoor play – and more.

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The Cove and The Reef Opened & Aquaventure and Marine Habitats Expanded

Following a decade of success, Atlantis continued its growth as Kerzner International embarked on a third phase of development with its approximately $1 billion expansion in 2007. The expansion included The Cove, a luxurious 600-room resort within the resort; The Reef, a 497-key condo-hotel; Dolphin Cay, a 14-acre dolphin habitat and education center; Aquaventure, a 63-acre addition to Atlantis’ waterscape; Aura, a nightclub from the operators of Hakkasan Group; approximately 100,000 additional square feet of conference facilities, which created the largest conference space in the Caribbean; and the 30,000-square-foot Mandara Spa.

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Marina and Marina Village Opened

The 75,000-square-foot Marina Village and its surrounding Marina transformed Atlantis into the “Monté Carlo of the Americas.” As the premier yachting destination in The Bahamas, visitors can enjoy shopping, dining, and entertainment, plus all Atlantis Paradise Island has to offer. 

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The Royal Towers and Casino Opened

A major architectural achievement of arches, domes, and spires, flanked by soaring towers that appear to have arisen from the sea, based on the myth that inspired them. Millions of dollars were spent commissioning museum-quality art from renowned artists from Europe, Africa, The Bahamas, and the United States. The Caribbean’s largest casino was also built in the Royal Towers, containing millions of dollars in art.

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Atlantis Development Begins

Sol Kerzner created the mythical city of Atlantis from the ground up — or, more accurately, from the seabed to the skies. More than $800 million was spent to bring to life the myth and legend of the lost city of Atlantis. The original scope and scale of the project were mind-boggling: the world’s largest open-air marine environment of 11 million gallons, home to 50,000 sea creatures representing 200 species; new lagoons and countless waterfalls; a spectacular Mayan Temple Waterslide complex; 6 swimming areas and a $15 million Marina.

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Sol Kerzner Purchased Resorts International

This once-popular jet-set playground on Paradise Island had seen better days, but from the start, Kerzner saw its potential. Struck by the beauty of the location, on a lush tropical island with a pristine two-mile white sand beach, Kerzner vowed to build the most engaging and astounding resort the world had ever seen.

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