Atlantis Audio Slideshow

Karrie Jacobs dives into the Bahamas' most famous mega-resort

Karrie Jacobs dives into the Bahamas' most famous mega-resort

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[BLANK_AUDIO] My name is Carrie Jacobs and I'm a contributing editor at Travel and Leisure, and I recently went to a place, a resort, called Atlantis, which is on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. And it's a very, very large resort, I mean it's 2,900 rooms and it's a Big piece of property, and it's on probably one of the nicer beaches you could imagine. I'm one of those people, when I go to the Caribbean, what I want really is to get in the water immediately. I wanna go to the beach, you know? I'm like, I don't know, a little kid in that way. But what I came to understand after a while, was that even though there's a very nice beach, the focus of the resort is this, I don't know, I guess you'd call it artificial nature that is in, Probably one of the most splendid natural settings imaginable, but the entire place is a reinvention of nature. There are man made rivers, not 1 but 2. Lots of man made beaches and aquariums. And a lot of people who visit Atlantis just spend a lot of time just kind of staring at this artificial ocean. And the concept of course is that this is the lost city of Atlantis come back. But the reason I was there was to see a new part of Atlantis call Aquaventure. And this is the 63-acre spread with a lot of new water slides. Now I went down the two wimpier slides. There's a slide called, I think, the Surge, maybe it's the Plunge, and it's just so steep you get to This precipice, and you look down, and I'm really not very good at high dive moments. I realized I didn't mind so much going downhill fast in an inner tube. That I could deal with. But you go inside these completely enclosed tubes, And all of a sudden, you're inside this totally dark place spinning around, but you can't really steer an inner tube. I think if you were nine years old and your sense of mortality had not been very well developed, I think it would be a really perfect experience, but I just think too much. I spent a lot of time walking around Atlantis a little bit lost. So, I found a lot of stuff along the way, and at one point, I saw a sign for something called the predator tunnel, and I thought, well, I have to go check that out. And it turned out to be this Acrylic tunnel that was underneath a lagoon stocked with really big sharks. And maybe Barracudas and really awesome. Awesome is a word that people said at Atlanta. I've never been in a place where people said awesome more often. But really it was awe inspiring to stand in this acrylic tube and look up at the bellies of sharks as they swum overhead. So that was one of those experiences you can have in artificial nature that is a little harder to come by in real nature. [BLANK_AUDIO]
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