The Bahamas archipelago, a string of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, annually attracts 3.5 millions seekers of sun and surf wishing to temporarily escape the stress of urban life. “This destination became more and more well-known as a result of royal families and English and American actors who whose chose it for their vacations. In the latter category, the most famous of these is Sean Connery, who lives here six months a year,” explains Karine Mallet in charge of the French office of the Bahamas Tourist Bureau. The 1950s was a boom period for tourism in the New Providence Islands, the seat of the capital city of Nassau and Paradise Island. With its superb stretches of beach, Paradise Island has attracted numerous visitors since the end of the 19th century. Who would have believed back then that this quiet and remote little seaside resort would possess one of the most important tourist complexes in the archipelago?
In 1994, Paradise Island fell into disuse. The hotel complex created at the end of the 1960s by American sponsor, Huntington Hartford, was going bankrupt, and the different sites abandoned. One man however, decided to launch a rehabilitation project, convinced of the incredible potential of the site. Sol Kerzner, a real estate magnate recalls: “It was a deteriorating and devastated island that didn’t even have an airport. I redid it all.” As he usually did, Sol Kerzner saw things on a large scale. A billion dollars were invested into constructing what is undoubtedly the most stunning and exuberant of all the resorts he’s created. In essence, it’s the myth of Atlantis revisited. True to his philosophy, Kerzner wanted to offer his guests fantasy and dreams. The Atlantis contains 2,317 rooms, 10 swimming pools, a casino, 21 restaurants not to mention the opening in 2007 of Aquaventure, a giant aquatic park. The Atlantis is a combination family resort with unlimited distractions, exploration and action. “Once you’re there, there is no reason to go elsewhere,” according to John Conway, director of The Cove, the complex’s new and trendy annex.
Atlantis Paradise Island is often used as the setting for numerous films and television series. In 2005, the film, “Into the Blue” starring Paul Walker and Jessica Alba was shot in the aquatic park resort.
Four stars / Mega resort / Edenlike island / Six hotels from family friendly to adults only / Ocean views / Jet-set / Sensuality / Spacious / Water Park / Over ten swimming pools / Seventeen restaurants / Gourmet world cuisine, grill, buffet, snacks / Spa / Fitness center / Land & water sports / Dolphins Cay / Shopping / Gambling / Live DJs
Open all year
3 767 rooms, suites and villas spread over 6 buildings
Double occupancy from 581 euros
Nassau Airport (NAS) - Bahamas
ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND
One Casino Drive
Approximately 9 heures
- 6 hours
Tropical, maritime climate. Fairly stable temperatures between
25°C and 30°C. Water temperature: 22°C to 29°C
For French citizens, passport valid 6 months after return date and a return or continuing ticket.
Children are required to have their own passports.
Visitors transiting via the United States must conform to American legislation : optical or e-passport required.
Since January 12th, 2009, an “ESTA” authorization is required for entry into the United States. This form can only be obtained via the internet: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov
No visa required
No required vaccinations, although it is advisable that diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccinations be up to date.
The Bahamian dollar (BSD) and the U.S. dollar
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