Prevue recently sat down with Steve Silverman, SVP sales, Atlantis Paradise Island, to learn what’s new for groups at the popular Caribbean resort.
What renovations are in the pipeline at Atlantis for 2023?
In 2023, Atlantis Paradise Island will unveil the top-to-bottom renovation of The Royal – the East Tower is complete, and the West Tower is on track to be done by spring. The Atlantis Casino will also unveil a brand-new aesthetic, including two redone bars and lounges – Bar Sol will take over Dragons, and Moon Bar will feature a new food menu with dishes from its neighboring restaurants, Nobu and Olives by Todd English.
Additionally, the resort’s food and beverage offerings are expanding significantly, with the opening of Paranza by Chef Michael White at The Cove in early 2023 and Shake Shack debuting later in the year. Between now and the end of 2022, we’ll also see the re-opening of Café Martinique, helmed by Chef Adrian Delcourt, the opening of a new casual fresh and healthy eatery, Frezca at The Cove pool, Bahamian cuisine restaurant Bimini Road, and espresso and cocktail bar The Dilly Club in Marina Village.
Are companies able to do dine-arounds among the Michelin-starred chef restaurants, and how has that worked?
Yes, Atlantis’ food and beverage team is incredibly nimble and eager to create customized itineraries, including for groups who wish to experience our top-tier culinary offerings. These itineraries allow visitors to ‘dine around’ and enjoy Michelin-starred chefs’ specialties from Nobu, Fish and the soon-to-open Paranza. Alternatively, the “Taste of Atlantis” menu is customizable and allows planners to curate menus with various dishes from our restaurants served in our event spaces.
What are some of the most popular teambuilding activities for groups, and are you adding any new ones?
One of our newest additions is the Marine Life Camping Adventure, an incredibly unique experience conducive to corporate retreats and groups looking to reconnect after a few years of being unable to meet. This is an extraordinary overnight immersion where participants will experience our sea life and marine habitats through exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of Dolphin Cay, a twilight snorkel in The Dig aquarium and a stop at the Fish hospital to meet endangered sea turtles.
The group will sleep in climate-controlled canvas beachside tents along the shores of Dolphin Cay, outfitted with cushioned cots with comfortable bedding and complete with a mini fridge & wi-fi. Separate from the marine life itinerary, groups can also enjoy movies and games on the lawn or a beach campfire with s’mores, and in the morning, wake up to the dolphins playing in the lagoons at sunrise. Every camping experience supports the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, which creates and promotes solutions for marine and sea life conservation.
There are also opportunities to meet baby sea turtles and be part of seasonal releases of our more physically developed turtles – participants will travel by motorboat to nearby Rose Island with its vast sea turtle population. Once there, they will name their turtle and return the animal to its natural habitat. Watching the turtles swim naturally toward their new home is beautiful.
Each Atlantis marine activity, including the turtle release, snorkeling and visits to Dolphin Cay, the resort’s advanced marine education center, benefits the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation (ABPF). Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, the resort’s nonprofit 501©3 organization, is dedicated to saving sea species and their extraordinary habitats throughout The Bahamas and surrounding Caribbean seas.