Atlantis Paradise Island resort in Nassau is in the midst of renovating its tower guestrooms as well as the Marina Village complex. In addition, the resort is adding guest experiences that highlight the Bahamian culture.
"The world changes, and Atlantis is evolving," said Howard Karawan, president and managing director of Atlantis Paradise Island. "Atlantis has created epic guest experiences over the years, and now we want to offer activities and surroundings that immerse them in authentic Bahamian experiences."
For starters, the 1,201-room Royal Towers launched the weekly Junkanoo Experience in the lobby's Great Hall of Waters Cafe on Feb. 17.
Junkanoo is a massive, costumed street parade that traditionally takes place in the Bahamas on Boxing Day, Dec. 26.
"Guests have heard about it, but most have never seen it," Karawan said. "Our goal is to give them the opportunity to experience it."
The experience includes hands-on Junkanoo costume making, a dance lesson and a dinner with Bahamian cuisine, priced at $80 for adults and $40 for kids.
The 693-room Coral Towers is undergoing a $20 million renovation, slated for completion this summer. During the renovation, some guestrooms and the lobby remain open and operational.
The Blu Pool is also being renovated and currently is closed.
"There will be a pool for families with cabanas where kids and parents can hang out and a swim-up bar serving [ice pops] and sippy cups," Karawan said. "We're redoing the lobby and offering a gelato and espresso bar for families who don't want to drink or gamble."
The 423-room Beach Tower is open and offers an optional all-inclusive meal and beverage plan to guests, but it will convert to a fully all-inclusive plan later this year.
The Marina Village, a collection of shops and restaurants that line the Atlantis Marina, will launch a series of Best of the Bahamas experiences this summer that celebrate Bahamian culture, spirit and cuisine.
In the planning stages are a restaurant serving craft beers and conch salads; a weekly fish fry and arts festival; farm stands; clambakes; and beach bonfires.
"We are rethinking the way we have our guests interact," Karawan said. "People are looking for authentic escapes, and Atlantis plans to deliver them."