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Nassau in the Bahamas is often seen in television ads for the large resort Atlantis at Paradise Island. While on a recent trip to Nassau, we visited Atlantis for dinner and found it to be a destination that would appeal to all ages. It contains a large casino, lots of kid-oriented activities and many shops and restaurants.
We walked along the dock on our way to one of the restaurants and were awed by the amazing yachts that were moored there. These were in the category of huge-and-expensive, with people seen dining on their decks, served by staff. I think we were probably as impressed by the extravagance of these yachts as we were by the elegance of the resort itself.
The restaurant we chose was Carmine’s, with Italian family-style cuisine and excellent service. Five of us ordered salad and three entrees and declared all of it delicious. The Caesar salad and the Carmine’s salad were both well-prepared and more than met everyone’s expectations. A 30-ounce Porterhouse steak was cooked to perfection, as was the spaghetti with meatballs (best meatballs ever) and the ravioli. The portions were huge, and we left with enough food for another meal or two. Reservations are a must at Carmine’s, as they probably are at most of the restaurants at Atlantis.
Another large resort is currently being built at Cable Beach in Nassau. Baha Mar is billed as “The New Riviera” and is a $3.5 billion resort containing a casino, an 18-hole, par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, four hotels (including Rosewood and Grand Hyatt) and private residences. It looks like it will be a destination itself, with beautiful Caribbean blue waters spanning the distance between its beach area and private island.
On another day we spent time at the Sandals Royal Bahamian resort. This is an adults-only resort, and a day pass gives access to the pools, beach, restaurants and a private island for the day. This is an older place and is hopefully being updated soon. It was a very pleasant spot for enjoying the sun at the pools and beach, and the day pass included food, drinks and service.
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