Atlantis Resort, the brainchild of Sol Kerzner, is now the biggest resort in Paradise Island. It is amazing how this paradise got started—what was then a stale piece of infrastructure has now become a magical world on a prime location. Atlantis Resort played a big part in Bahamas tourism back then in 1994 when visitor traffic was low. Being such a diverse resort that has something for everyone, Atlantis Bahamas exponentially boosted tourist influx making Paradise Island one of the most popular destinations when visiting the Bahamas.
Atlantis: From Stale to Surreal
Sol Kerzner saw an opportunity when Paradise Island Resort and Casino went bankrupt. He purchased it then set about redeveloping and expanding the resort. What used to be a 1,150 room hotel was expanded into a 2,300 room resort and casino. The resort was then named Trump Plaza which had two towers: the Coral Tower and the Beach Tower. When the Royal Towers were added, Sol Kerzner changed the name to Atlantis Resort. He also had the first two towers refurbished in order to match the new theme. In 2007, the resort further expanded with an expenditure of $1 billion worth of development which included the Cove Atlantis, a 22-story hotel that has 600 rooms, and the Reef Atlantis dolphin center.
It was Sol Kerzner’s main goal to make this piece of land appealing to families that’s why he gracefully designed the Atlantis Bahamas in line with the already majestic natural vegetation of its surroundings. You can also find here the biggest manmade aquarium where exotic and tropical sea creatures can be seen. The 50,000 sea creatures swimming in 11 million gallons of water is the most engaging feature of this resort. In addition to that, the casino is also known to be the biggest in the Caribbean.
Atlantis: A Global Attraction
Today, Atlantis Resort has become a worldwide phenomenon. Aside from being a main attraction in the Bahamas, it has also been featured in different movies such as “Casino Royale”, the James bond film, and “Holiday in the Sun”. It has also housed events such as the 2008 Miss Teen USA and the 2009 Miss Universe pageant.
The enthralling background of the Atlantis adds more to the enticement of tourists. While it is already a place packed with never-ending excitement, it is not far long before Sol Kernzer adds another unique feature to this mythical world. The Atlantis Resort has evolved into being a staple in the Caribbean and will definitely continue to provide only the utmost exhilaration and thrill to people for decades to come.