The Cove aims for luxury at Atlantis. Does it hit the mark?
By Isoul Harris
Upon arrival at Atlantis, a longtime favorite destination in Nassau, I immediately look up and notice the red clay-colored Royal Towers, which have now become the global symbol for the brand (which also has a property in Dubai). Since its inception, Atlantis has become a legendary vacation spot synonymous with over-the-top family fare such as themed water activities (Aquaventure, Snorkel The Ruins), and a plethora of other activities to keep every member of the clan tasked for days. However, for travelers also looking for high-level restaurants and accommodations, Atlantis—consisting mostly of value to moderately ranged rooms and villas—did not offer a pure luxury option in its towers.
With well-heeled couples and affluent singles in mind, the property opened The Cove, a decidedly more upscale and aspirational experience. The sleek, open-air lobby, with a view leading to the promise of an ocean paradise, is the first indication of its elevation. Each of the four room options are suites: ranging from the top-floor positioned Azure Suites (with gorgeous views of Atlantis and Paradise Island) and the expanded living room areas of the Sapphire Suites to the heightened comfort of the two top-floor Presidential Suites and the single-story enclaves of the Penthouse Suites. The culinary options are definitely aimed for the sophisticated foodie versus the food court connoisseur. 77 West offers an inviting menu that includes Caribbean-tinged, American favorites, including a deliciously well-grilled mahi-mahi for the health-conscious and a filet mignon sure to satisfy the carnivore. Also, the world-famous Nobu awaits just off the casino floor. But, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese gourmet fare is no gamble: it’s a surefire win for any night on property. And as a guest at The Cove, you are entitled to amenities such as exclusive access to the grown-folks only The Cain at The Cove. Two full bars, 25 private cabanas (available by reservation at extra charge) and a live DJ delivering hip-hop, reggae, EDM and pop hits basically insures that The Cain reigns as party central at Atlantis. A day party beats a water park any day, right?