As we begin to plan for our 2014 Edition of Sophisticated Weddings, we’ve been hard at work (and play!) at scoping out the best places to get married in and out of New York City. For those of us that prefer a Caribbean retreat to host a destination wedding or honeymoon, Atlantis Paradise Island has it all. Having recently visited Atlantis in the Bahamas, we can say with certainty that there is no destination more relaxing, luxurious, romantic, and fun, when you’re looking to plan a destination wedding or honeymoon in paradise. We’ve compiled some of our favorite aspects about Atlantis to share with you lovebirds!
The Cove at Atlantis is the lap of luxury for wedded couples. Featuring sophisticated, loft-like suites, The Cove offers its guests exclusive access to The Club, a dedicated concierge service for assistance with restaurants, golf, Mandara Spa, and cabana reservations. Guests may also relish in The Cain, an adults-only pool exclusive to The Cove inhabitants, with an outdoor gaming pavilion and 20 private cabanas. This widely known family-friendly resort ain’t just for kids- and things just got a lot more romantic.
Unlike many banquet halls and all-inclusive resorts, the cuisine at Atlantis is of superior flavor and quality. With numerous options to choose from, some of the dining highlights at Atlantis include Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, Nobu, and Mosaic. Bringing celebrity chefs and delectable fare to the Caribbean, Atlantis hosts some of the creature comforts of living in New York City. Still not convinced? Not to worry- Atlantis has a Starbucks cafe on-site to fulfill your fix.
Indulge in a day of relaxation with your bridal party, or enjoy a treatment with your significant other. Mandara Spa offers a complete menu of services including massages, facials, hair styling, manicures, and pedicures. The spa exudes a luxurious and relaxing ambience to set the tone, but if you find your accommodations too nice to leave (and you just might!), it can be arranged for a massage therapist bring the spa to your private suite.
Discover your inner adventurer at Aquaventure, a comprehensive water park complete with water slides, pools, and a lazy river. Atlantis is known for its Mayan Temple, where a water slide exists that will actually send you through a fully-enclosed clear tunnel surrounded by sharks! The Bahamas beach at Atlantis is certainly magnificent, but the water activities gives it some major competition!
Whether you’re a high-roller or just like to visit the slots, The Casino at Atlantis is open 24 hours a day, complete with all of your gaming favorites. Find yourself a winner? The Crystal Court Shops at Atlantis include many high-end designer boutiques including Cartier, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Gucci, and many others . Couples and bridal parties may also find themselves living it up at Aura Nightclub and Seaglass Lounge (perfect for bachelor and bachelorette parties!).
(Pictured Above: Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition Editor-in-Chief Samantha Ewers tickling Hercules the dolphin’s tummy)
The Dolphin Cay at Atlantis is right on-site, offering shallow and deep water interactions with some of the Caribbean’s friendliest creatures. Whether giving your dolphin friend a nice big kiss, letting them push your feet as you soar across the water, or using a motorized scooter to snorkel with your flipper friend, this experience is unrivaled. The encounter is held with small groups, so everyone gets in on the fun. This encounter is the perfect once-in-a-lifetime treat for couples and bridal party groups alike. Photographers are on hand to capture all of the magical moments of the experience.
With so much to do at Atlantis, the last thing anyone wants is to stress over the planning. Expert planners work diligently to coordinate a production as seamless as the Caribbean pace. Whether an intimate beach wedding, or a big affair, Atlantis may accommodate wedding parties of any size, style, or theme. A recent addition to the Atlantis wedding scene includes Indian wedding planning options, including Indian-inspired menus and amenities, complete with bright, vibrant colors, and pulsating, expressive music. When it comes to customizing a wedding at Atlantis, the sky is the limit. To learn more about having a wedding at Atlantis, visit www.loveatlantis.com
From golf to pottery, Atlantis has it all, and the list of things to do and enjoy are endless. There is no resort quite like Atlantis; it is literally a paradise island, and the perfect destination for all occasions, especially weddings and honeymoons.
Check out www.Atlantis.com to discover everything Atlantis Paradise Island has to offer, and be sure to read more about weddings at Atlantis in the 2014 Edition of Sophisticated Weddings, on newsstands in January 2014! To look into seamless flight accommodations to Nassau, Bahamas, be sure to visit www.JetBlue.com.