Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas is an integrated casino resort that was founded by Solomon (Sol) Kerzner. It is currently a member of the Autograph Collection; a group of luxury hotels under Marriott International.
Rising From the Ashes
The vibrant Atlantis Resort that we know today was not always so grand; at least not when Sol Kerzner bought it from Merv Griffin in 1994. Back then it was known as Resorts International and was struggling to stay afloat.
Everything was about to change for the resort and the small island on which it sits. This is because Kerzner is a man who goes all out on his projects. He had already created the iconic Sun City in South Africa so by all means he was going to create something magical on Paradise Island.
Work on Atlantis began in 1994 and it took four years for the architectural masterpiece to come to life at a cost of approximately $800 million. As it opened its doors, the resort boasted of an 11 million gallons aquarium that kept more than 50,000 aquatic creatures alive. It also featured the Royal Towers which had 1,200 rooms and hosted Atlantis Casino.
The arrival of Atlantis breathed new life into Paradise and the Bahamas as a whole. Suddenly tourists began to return to the islands and the economy began to thrive. Furthermore, the massive construction work that was done on the hotel created employment for locals.
Gaming at its Best
From the start Atlantis Casino was more than just a casino, it was also an art gallery in its own right and contained exquisite pieces of artwork that were valued at millions of dollars. As far as gaming goes the casino offers most of the usual table games including Let It Ride, Baccarat and Ultimate Texas Hold “Em.
At the slots, you can expect to find more than 750 slot machines loaded with a myriad of games and willing to accept anything from 1¢ to $100. Besides these, the Atlantis Race & Sports Book has everything you need to win alongside your teams. It is equipped with extra-large screens and more than enough betting stations for you to comfortably place your bets.
On top of that, the Atlantis Casino allows you to play in a more relaxed environment at their Cain at The Cove and Sea Glass facilities which have an outdoor theme.
Simply Getting Better
Anyone who saw Resorts International transform into Atlantis would be forgiven for assuming that Kerzner would be satisfied with his creation as it was in the 90’s; it was after all quite stunning. But true to his flamboyant nature, in 2007 Kerzner began to expand his resort.
This time the additions would cost more than $1 billion but the results were worth it. The resort introduced The Cove Atlantis to its portfolio and with that added an extra 600 rooms its already existing ones. What’s more, the dolphins were also welcomed to the resort and they found a new home at The Reef Atlantis.