The Reef Atlantis, Autograph Collection Review

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1216 Family Reviews
1 Casino Drive , New Providence Island, Bahamas
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Editor’s Review of The Reef Atlantis, Autograph Collection

Built in 2008, the same time as The Cove hotel next door, the Reef shares a similar upscale vibe that sets it apart from the previous three hotels at Atlantis resort. While the overriding attitude is one of exclusivity and luxury, there are some differences. Instead of a South Beach hotel, the lobby creates the feel of an Upper East Side apartment building -- with marble floors and polished dark wood walls -- albeit with a few beachy touches such as fishing net chairs and driftwood in an illuminated case under the reception desk.

The 500 rooms here are all apartments, ranging from studios to one-bedrooms to penthouses, all with multiple beds, refrigerators, and kitchens, making the Reef a good choice
... more for families who are looking for a bit more luxury as well as -- counter-intuitively -- families on a budget, since its possible to save a good chunk of money by cooking their own meals rather than signing onto the expensive meal plans or paying a la carte at the restaurants. The apartments are subject to a unique arrangement, whereby they are owned by private owners as timeshares and rented out to guests with the owners and resorts splitting the profits. As a result, they have a very homey, lived-in feel, with each apartment living up to a certain standard of quality at the same time possessing individual touches that set each one apart.

Read individual reviews of the Atlantis complex of hotels:
Beach Tower
Coral Towers
The Cove
Harborside Resort
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Our Editor Loves
  • Private pools and beach
  • All-apartment accommodations with balconies
  • Upscale refinement and family friendliness
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 1216 Reviews
Misleading and Fraudulent
Reviewed on 07/17/2015
Do not stay here. This hotel is misleading, dishonest, and fraudulent. One credit card was used to reserve and pay for 5 rooms for 9 guests. Each room supplied an additional credit card for a $1000 "incidentals" hold. We were ...
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We booked the Sunscape package with the Gourmet Meal plan. We got 2 free Dolphin interactions. We had a studio room with 2 double beds. The room was tastefully decorated, but lacked storage space enough for 4 people. There is ...
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All of the 497 rooms at The Reef are apartments with kitchens. A small number are one-room studio kitchenettes, while the majority are suites of various sizes with a separate master bedroom and a pullout sofa, as well as an extra bedroom in two-bedrooms suites. The largest, deluxe suites have 1,700 square feet of living area, and can house up to eight people and one toddler. The kitchen area in the studio apartments is small but serviceable, with a refrigerator under the counter and a granite counter for cooking. Full suites have larger kitchens with full-size refrigerators. All have balconies and views of the ocean.

The rooms are done in an elegant modern style, with a beachy color palette of beige and white accented with deeper colors, including gold and scarlet. Finishes are luxurious and couches and beds are ultra-comfy with satin sitting pillows and Frette linens. All rooms at the Reef also include flat-screens with DVD players. The bathrooms are particularly grand, with twin marble vanities, tub, and shower and chi chi Red Flower bath products; depending on the size of the suite, apartments include one or two extra bathrooms for extra privacy. Even the smallest apartments also feature private balconies overlooking the ocean or pool area. In terms of price, they are significantly less than the similar rooms at The Cove, but higher than anything in the towers, starting at $505 a night.

Rooms come in Terrace View, Harbour View and Ocean View for studios and one-bedroom suites. Suites range from 974 to 1,718 square feet, with one-bedroom suites able to accommodate four people plus a child under 4, and two-bedroom suites can fit eight people and a child under 4. Two- and three-bedroom penthouses, ranging between 2,471 and 3,102 square feet, can accommodate six or 10, respectively, plus one child, and offer full kitchens, dining areas, living room with sleeper sofas, in-room washer and dryer, private bedrooms with king and queen beds, and four balconies.

Read individual reviews of the Atlantis complex of hotels:
Beach Tower
Coral Towers
The Cove
Harborside Resort
Royal Towers


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