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MAY 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A Y 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 64 An amazingly short flight from Miami, or most anywhere that offers direct flights, and you're in the Bahamas. It's one of the most northern island chains in the Caribbean Seas, just east of the Florida Keys. The grand impressions start from arrival. From the point of stepping off of the plane in Nassau, I felt the Bahamian spirit that's found throughout the islands. Matching the friendly smiles, the Lynden Pindling International Air- port has modern design and artwork. Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is a short, scenic and peaceful drive from the airport. As you drive over the bridge onto Paradise Island, awe sets in as you start to see what resembles ancient ruins rising up from the ocean ahead. The most engaging and as- tounding resort I have ever seen, the grand ar- chitecture was unlike anything that I have seen before. Massive pyramid and temple-like struc- tures, constructed of faded aged sepia pink- toned stones surrounded by massive palm trees. The grand size of the resort was over- whelming, encompassing over 140 acres of pure escape. But attendees won't feel small here as nu- merous smiling faces welcome you and orient you with the property and its various sections. My room was at The Cove and as you can imagine, it had a stunning ocean view and ele- gant tropical décor. But, with a twist, the room layout was unusual. The bed directly faced the balcony and the unobstructed view, allowing you to ascend from sleep to experience the marvelous sunrise over the water. What a way to start the day. Limitless Activities For All Ages And there's never a dull moment at Atlantis. With an abundant amount of activities for all ages, from a night club for teens and 'underwa- ter' video arcade to a 21-and-over casino—the largest in the Caribbean. There's barely enough time in a week to experience all the resort has to offer, yet you find you have more energy here and a second wind when the sun sets as the nightlife at Atlantis delivers just as much unabashed joy as the day activities. Along with the beach, a variety of elaborate pools and a water park adorn the property, in- cluding the famous "Leap of Faith" slide. This 60-foot, almost-vertical drop from the top of the iconic Mayan Temple propels riders through a clear tunnel submerged in a shark- filled lagoon. It's insanely cool. My favorite experience, however, is the dol- phin and sea lion shows and up-close experi- ences at Dolphin Cay. Here, attendees can snorkel the ruins, pet the stingrays, swim with the dolphins and much more. It's the largest marine habitat and dolphin rehabilitation facil- ity in the Caribbean. When it comes to food, Atlantis has anything that attendees' hearts could desire from fine dining celebrity chef restaurants like Nobu and Mesa Grill to quick-and-easy favorites like Starbucks and Quiznos. The atmosphere and cuisine varied, while the impeccable guest service remained constant at every location. With the variety of cuisine, price-point and at- mosphere, there was never a desire to leave the resort for a meal. ■ Feel The Bahamian Spirit & Do It All At Atlantis Site Visit by Ashleigh Osborne C A R I B B E A N Meeting Options Are Endless At Atlantis A Place Where Meetings Come Alive From conference centers and ballrooms to executive boardrooms and elaborate out- door spaces, Atlantis can accommodate any size group effectively, efficiently and impres- sively. The world-class Conference Center features the 50,000-square-foot Imperial Ballroom, 40,000 square feet of pre-function space, multiple break-out rooms and a large staging area and a banquet kitchen. Multiple options for meeting rooms are also offered within the Beach Tower and the Cove Atlantis. And the indoor space merely scratches the surface of possibilities. Offer- ing a total of over 300,000 square feet of outdoor event space, 21 distinctive function spaces highlight the waterscapes, marine habitats and beaches. ■ One of the most memorable experiences of my life was the opportu- nity to interact with the dolphins and sea lions at Atlantis and its marine-life rehab center. Bahamas *49-76 CS May 2014_Layout 1 4/29/14 1:32 PM Page 64

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