At first sight the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort appears overwhelming, presenting an apparently endless maze of hotels, pools, aquariums and waterslides, all encircling the soaring pink Royal Towers structure, which forms the centre of the resort. The easiest way to get your bearings is to view it as a connected line of six hotels, starting in the north with the Beach Tower and the Coral Tower, then the iconic Royal Towers joined by a bridge. Next is the marina with its Harborside Village, and finally the two newest hotels, the Cove and the Reef. At its core is the recreation of the legendary submerged city of Atlantis, converted into a gigantic aquarium full of giant fish — this is really the visual focus of the resort, with little of the actual ocean to be seen.
The majority of the accommodation is in the fabulous Royal Towers, with its Great Hall, built as a rotunda and displaying eight giant murals telling the legend of Atlantis, and with original sculptures on every landing. Apart from the ultra-extravagant Bridge Suites, the rooms in the east and west towers are larger and more expensive than those in the Coral and Beach Hotels, and offer several different sizes of suites. The Cove, designed to appeal to a more sophisticated clientèle, contains some very luxurious and stylish accommodation, while the Reef and the Harborside consist mainly of timeshare accommodation. The resort provides more than 20 eating establishments, which can be used by guests at any of the hotels – the best for families is the buffet-style Marketplace in the Royal Towers, but there are several gourmet restaurants as well.