The Reef Atlantis, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Rate includes daily access to the Aquaventure water park
- All rooms have kitchenettes, sofabeds and private ocean-facing balconies
- Contemporary Caribbean look — no palm fringed curtains or shell art here
- Access to private pool and beach, reserved exclusively for guests of the Cove and the Reef
- The Reef Atlantis, an Autograph Collection, has no on-site restaurant, but it has a Starbucks in the lobby
- It’s the westernmost property at Atlantis, so it has more privacy than the other buildings
- Free shuttle service around the Atlantis property
- Exclusive stretch of beautiful beach just west of the hotel (for Reef and Cove guests only)
What To Know
- Atlantis is a big, sprawling resort complex packed with families
- Eating out at Atlantis is expensive; consider stopping at the City Market or Fresh Market grocery store on the way from the airport to stock up on some items
- Paradise Island is connected to the main island of New Providence by a bridge
- The fitness facility at the Reef is open to owners only (visitors can use the Atlantis facilities, a short walk away)
- Guests of The Reef Atlantis, an Autograph Collection, do not have access to Cain, the Cove’s adults-only party pool next door
- The airport is a 30-minute taxi or shuttle ride away
- A hotel service and gratuity charge of $49.95 (plus tax) per room, per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Contemporary Caribbean. Many all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas come with the inevitable palm patterns and shell art. But at this 14-acre condo-style hotel, the marble lobby has wood-paneled walls and egg-shaped microsuede loungers, and the rooms have furniture with pops of orange, brown and light green, pearly marble bathrooms with granite countertops, and teal- and turquoise-trimmed floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to ocean-facing balconies.
Bed and Bath
All of the 497 rooms in The Reef Atlantis, an Autograph Collection, have a residence feel, with kingsize beds, marble bathrooms with oversize tubs, iPod docks and Bose sound systems, and equipped kitchens (with electric stovetops, cutlery, tablewares and dishwashers in the Studios), which make for a nice alternative to expensive meals out at Atlantis.
There’s a nearly three-mile stretch of sand (exclusive to The Reef and Cove Atlantis guests), and palm-fringed paths that lead to Atlantis’s six swimming pools, the Mayan temple water slide park, the Mandara Spa and fitness area and the myriad on-site restaurants — 21 in all — where you can savor crispy conch and cornmeal-crusted chile rellenos at celebrity chef hotspot Nobu. Although The Reef Atlantis, an Autograph Collection, has no restaurant (only a Starbucks in the lobby), it’s a short walk to the Cove, for the daily buffet breakfast at Mosaic.
In the Area
The Reef Atlantis, an Autograph Collection, is located on the slower-paced westernmost corner of Paradise Island, Atlantis’s sprawling mass of a casino, luxury shops and marine displays — and the Caribbean’s largest water park. In between splashes on the private beach, have some sushi at Nobu (or at popular local spot Seafront Sushi), and fresh fish with Bahamian music at the weekend Fish Fry at Arawak Cay. Watch fishing boats bring in the daily catch, and later try it at the food stalls of Potters Cay. Dive with scores of Caribbean reef sharks with Stuart Cove’s Dive, and imbibe and unwind at the nearby One&Only Ocean Club, or take the 38-mile jaunt from Nassau to the Northern Exumas with Powerboat Adventures for shark feeding, snorkeling and surf and turf.
How to Get There
Nothing but good things to say about The Reef. We had a harbor view studio with a beautiful view (see picture!) comes with a mini kitchen with a stove, sink and mini fridge. Bathroom has double sinks (so convenient!) a deep tub, shower with glass door and a toilet with its own door (lifesaver...). Hotel was very clean and the staff was superb. They were all very friendly and seem to love kids. My little girl (she’s a tough one to please) asked for a schedule everyday and wants to sign it, and the staff played along. BUT one of the staff member, her name was Zelderine (my daughter calls her Mrs.Z) was the BEST. You can tell she really cares about her guest and makes sure they are taken care of. We felt so touched by her. And my little girl loves her! Zeledrine was the highlight of our trip!!! My 2 year old girl kept saying she needs to say bye to Mrs. Z before flying back! So I went to look for and then it was all hugs and kisses ***Other things about The Reef: Starbucks is right downstairs. They have a tiny store in the lobby where you can buy eggs, butter, bread ice cream etc...which we bought so we can cook our breakfast (all the restaurants are pricey) ***Some tips: ^resort is massive, can get confusing going through all the resorts. Take one day and just roam around to get to know the area. ^if you have a toddler, bring them to the aquarium every am to keep them busy for 30mins. ^take advantage of the free shuttle ^have to call room service for your FREE 4 bottles a day Destin water. ^for food, when in doubt, go to the marina village. ^you pay everything in the resort with your room key
We stayed at the Reef in a two bedroom suite. The suite was spacious and clean with all the amenties we needed. We had our driver stop at a grocery on the way to get some snacks and essentials. Resort is sprawling and there was plenty for all of us to enjoy. Would recommend the cabanas for privacy and convenience to the lazy river. Water was beautiful by the reef for snorkeling. Dolphin experience lots of fun. The resort is expensive. Food great at Nobu.
We just stayed in a One Bedroom Topaz suite and had a great time. The room itself was huge and had an enormous balcony overlooking the ocean. You get a full kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining area, living room, two bathrooms, and a huge master with floor to ceiling views of the ocean in the bedroom.
I have seen many people comment on the prices and the condition of the property, and while I don't know that I would compare the condition of the room to something you may find in a ritz carlton, we found the rooms to be in much better shape than the negative comments seem to indicate. Additionally the grounds are kept up really well. As for the prices, it is expensive, but we had our driver from the airport stop at a local grocery store before we checked in (this is even cheaper than the grocery store close to the resort) and stocked up on everything we would need. We did eat out a couple times but spent $108 on groceries and could have eaten most meals in the room over our four days there. If you plan ahead food really shouldn't be an issue.
The beach itself is great, it was quiet for us, and the waterpark section was never over crowded. I chalk this up to the time we were there and would definitely recommend early December as the weather is really nice and the crowds are limited. We never had to wait in line more than 5 minutes for anything.
We also enjoyed walking the property and even though a shuttle is offered, you can walk from the reef to the royal in about 10-15 minutes at a leisurely pace.
If I had to list some cons I would say we were very underwhelmed with the service. Despite having an economy based on tourism, we felt like most of the staff would just as soon have us leave. In one case we were having lunch at Murray's deli and our waitress told the hostess, as she stood in front of us, that she didn't want to wait on us because our group was too small. After that she didn't say a word to us other than taking our order, while the 8 person table behind us got a happy, upbeat, completely different version of the same woman. I would exclude the front desk and the wait staff at some of the nicer restaurants like NOBU though as we found them to be great. Overally my advice would be to set your expectations low on the quality of service and hope to be pleasantly surprised by at least some of the staff.
Last I would just mention that if you have Marriott status, do not expect it to do anything for you. We are Platinum Elite and short of briefly being "thanked" for our loyalty at check-in, we received none of the usual benefits.
Overall we would definitely return. The property and views are beautiful, there is lots to do on property and close by in town, and it is a great place to take the family.
Outstanding place, the Hotel and Ocean are perfect.
Fun pools and many slides for all levels of of adventure.
Food service was lovely, with a variety fo choice locations and types of food.
Could also cook in, which was handy with small children and always hungry teenagers.
Also enjoyed room services.
Visited in feb this past year. Room was huge. Lots of space for our family of 4. Pull out bed needed a new mattress. Resort itself is amazing. We did a nightly walk through the aquarium. Not inexpensive to eat as a family or have a few cocktails but we brought some food to try to keep the cost for the week down. Kids want to go back because the pool, beach and water park were all amazing.