Friday, May 25, 2007

Bahamas Recap

MENTAL STATUS: "Alert." I had so much rest on vacation that since I've come home, I've been going to bed late and waking up early--and feeling refreshed!

Boy, I wish I was back in the Bahamas! Oh well. All good things must come to an end. I promised pictures and trip info today and now I'm delivering.

I think I mentioned before that I HATE flying. Not only do I hate flying, but I really hate flying when the pilot announces that 1) the PLANE IS TOO HEAVY and 2) WE NEED TO BURN OFF SOME OF OUR FUEL.

Too much information! I did not need to know those things. First off, a plane is already too heavy. Second, what if they burned off too much fuel and we didn't have enough to get our destination? Huh? Huh? What about that Mr. Smarty Pilot Man?

I can't wait until we can actually do that Star Trek materialization thing from one place to another some day. That will be so sweet. But until then, we have to put up with travel in heavy, cramped whale-like trash cans that have no business being 30,000 feet up in the air.

But I digress...

Anyhew, weather was great when we got there and all week, actually. It did rain a few times but only at night (when we were sleeping) and the day we left (woo-hoo!).

We stayed at the Atlantis, which is my favorite all-time all-inclusive resort.

Here's some pics I took. (Keep in mind this is the third time I've be at Atlantis, so I didn't take THAT many)

Atlantis is comprised of four hotel towers (beach, coral, royal and now the cove), but no matter where you stay, you can use any pool, lagoon, or beach. This is the Royal tower. That little bridge in the center is a suite. It's $25,000 a night with a minimum stay of 4 nights. That's where we stayed. (Kidding)

Atlantis boasts one of the largest aquariums surrounding the hotels and pools. This stingray was SO huge, its wingspan was larger than the spread of my arms. He was beautiful.

This is a new addition to Atlantis, since we've been there. It's the Baths Pool. Large columns with hieroglyphs and rock work structure are around this pool that nearly contains 750,000 gallons of water. My daughter FINALLY learned to doggie-paddle here without any floaty/life vest and was able to swim from the tall rock formation all the way to the other one on the right all by herself!

At Seagrapes, one of the restaurants there, they had Circus Dinner night. My daughter is under his legs.

I took this picture walking back to our hotel from the baths pool. The casino is in the center and our hotel (the coral tower) is on the left. Man-made lagoons are in the center. Some of it you can swim in and some of it is part of the aquarium.

Another new addition to Atlantis: The Power Tower. It features 4 water slides and "The Current" (a mile-long river expedition with 4 foot waves that pushes tub riders thru cool rapids/tunnels/tidal waves/tropical landscapes) surrounds it. Fun!

A picture of the grounds from the beach area, looking out.

The marina. Those are harbor front condos, surrounded by yachts.

My hubby going down one of the many cool slides.

One day we went to one of the scheduled feeding times. This stingray went right up to him like a dog begging for food.

My daughter and I in the underground "Dig". It's a maze of archaeological ruins and excavations with most of the aquarium running through it.

Well, I think that's it. Whew! We didn't have time to visit the Dolphin Clay (dolphin interaction where you can swim with and feed dolphins). The food is fabulous, too. I could do a whole post on that, I think.
But I won't. Don't worry.
Have a great weekend!


lainey bancroft said...

Great pics!

Thanks for the virtual vacation. =)

Cynthia Brayden-Thomas said...

No wonder you wish you were still there. I wish I was there, too. Even in the past.

Ah well. A girl can dream. AND look at your pics. :)

Thanks for the treat!

Debora Dennis-Mills said...

Great pics - makes me want to go on vacation! waaaa... Cute shots of your little cutie and you too. Welcome back to reality.

Bahama Belle said...

Loved checking out your pictures - looks like you can't go wrong with a vacation in the Bahamas! Welcome back - and best of luck with all your future adventures.

Annalee Blysse said...

Boy does this ever look like a nice time!