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Atlantis Resort to Become a Marriott Autograph Hotel

by on July 9, 2014 · 21 comments

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The Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is set to join Marriott’s Autograph Collection in fall 2014. To expand their reach into the luxury/high-end marketplace, the Autograph Collection was launched by Marriott in 2010. Today it includes 60 unique properties around the world, including the Algonquin and Carlton hotels in New York City and Blue Moon and Turnberry Isle Resort in Miami. These hotels are often individually owned and operated while leveraging Marriott’s extensive website, booking engine, brand and loyalty program.
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The addition of Atlantis is significant because you’ll be able to earn and redeem Marriott points for stays at the mega resort, which is a big plus for anyone with Marriott and Ritz-Carlton points or Chase Ultimate Rewards (for Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold and Ink Plus cardholders) that transfer to Marriott and Ritz-Carlton at 1:1 ratio.

They’ve yet to announce the hotel’s category and I doubt there will be one redemption level for the various towers since it’s really a collection of different resorts all on one compound with a total of 3,400 rooms. My guess is the lower end Beach Tower will be a level 6 property (30,000 points a night), mid-range towers Coral and Harbourside category 7 (35,000 points a night) and luxury towers Royal and The Cove category 8 (40,000 points a night).

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I’ve never been to Atlantis, but I’ve heard good things from friends and family members who liked the numerous activities available all in one monster location, ranging from a giant casino to 11 pools and a water park. The Cove offers an adults only environment and pool, so there seems to be something for everyone. Personally, I’m not a fan of mega resorts, but that’s probably because I don’t have a pack of children to keep occupied on my trips.

From many East coast destinations, it’s a short hop to Nassau in the Bahamas and airline ticket prices can be reasonable–especially in the off season, which adds value to this island getaway.

Have you stayed at Atlantis before? Would the ability to earn or redeem Marriott points increase the likelihood of your return?

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  • chris

    YES! I stayed there last May and had a great stay. There is so much to do we barely left the resort for the 6 nights we were there. We basically played in the pools, lazy river and waterslides from 9am to 6pm everyday and then enjoyed a nice dinner and drinks in the evening. I’m excited to stay there again and this only intices me to come back sooner.

  • JL100

    This is my favorite resort – very excited I can now use points!

  • Rhonda

    We have been considering Atlantis but staying at the adjoining Comfort Inn next door which is much cheaper and still includes all access passes to Atlantis. Now that we could use our Marriott status and points along with CSP UR points we will most definitely reconsider staying at the Atlantis resort itself. We have really enjoyed the Marriott resorts we have stayed at and have been wanting to go back to the Bahamas so this Atlantis change is a huge deal for us :)

  • Cate

    The Harborside Resort at Atlantis is part of the Starwood Vacation Network. Will SVN being losing this property from its roster, or will some sort of shared Starwood/Marriott thing be happening?

  • Geoff

    At the risk of jumping the gun, might Avios(via US or AA) be used to get to the Bahamas? Most flights in and out are usually very expensive. If so, is Nassau the best bet?

  • Marriott Premiere owner

    I have stayed within the resort and found it OK for a couple without kids. I had not thought it a likely place to return (been there, done that), but the possibility of using points and going with a group is now a distinct possibility.

  • Marnie

    I’ll be at Baha Mar – very disappointed in Atlantis.

  • jimmy

    Atlantis is a very unique resort (2 thru 4 star properties all sharing the same water park like amenities) The Cove is a our favorite (no kids)…The main pools need a refurb hopefully marriott will see this is done before going online..

  • michelle

    Southwest flies to Nassau now!

  • Andrew

    Stay may be free on points but the food is very expensive. I wonder what they will do for elites.

  • Curiousone

    I never had much interest in Atlantis, until now, when I can use my Marriot points to pay for a stay. It looks like SWA should be adding flights to Nassau later this years, so I can also fly for free. I am thinking a trip in 2016.

  • Texas281

    I like going to the atlantis – direct flights from houston. But i ONLY like staying at the COVE – they have an adults only pool which is a lot of fun. I wonder if the COVE will be on Marriott points?

  • TheInternationalLine

    The adjacent Comfort Suites includes full water park access and already accepts points (25k Choice Privileges points per night). It’s a fantastic redemption even if you don’t stay overnight due to the high cost of day passes to Atlantis and the fact that their reward redemptions include up to four adults per room. Also, Amtrak transfers 1:3 to Choice Privileges (after meeting minimum spend or having elite status), making a free night in a suite and access to Atlantis less than 10,000 Amtrak points for up to four people.

  • Sean Hall

    Really, I didn’t know you could do that. I have wanted to go to Atlantis but balked at the prices of the rooms.

  • JeffreyDBailey

    Personally, I’m not a fan of mega resorts, but that’s probably because I don’t have a pack of children to keep occupied on my trips. http://ur1.ca/hpuv6

  • http://www.comediandan.com/ Dan Nainan

    The Atlantis in the Bahamas is amazing. The Atlantis in Dubai is incredible!

  • Katrina

    you can actually even get a room for a day at the comfort inn and get two passes included- at least, last time we went, that’s how it was. about 70% of the cost of overnight- not a steal of a deal, but if you’re there for the day from a cruise, it’s perfect.

  • Mike Kaye

    We stay at the Harborside resort- which are apartments next door to Atlantis and still give you full access to the resort. As technically not part of the hotel, marriott won’t extend there– but I think its much better to have a kitchen and a bedroom separate from the kids– than getting points. Oh ya- and it’s way cheaper!
    They sell them as timeshares, but they are also available for rent. There’s a site called something like Atlantis Family fun that rents them out for you.

  • Margo

    I hope Beach Tower doesn’t become a level 6; it is pretty basic. I prefer a Courtyard Marriott over the Beach Tower any day. The harbourside condos at Atlantis — short shuttle or bus ride away — are the way to go. I thought I would hate the place — as you believe you would — and only went for my kids’ sake. But, I have to begrudgingly admit I really liked the place, especially the snorkeling experience with sharks and sting rays in the lagoon that rings the main tower.

  • Kent C

    I’ve looked into Baha Mar. Pools look basic, don’t see slides, lazy rivers, etc. Main touted feature will be a casino + hotel complex. Adult oriented. Not comparable to Atlantis which is mainly a family draw. BM is supposed to open Dec 2014, but Hyatt recently announced no reservations accepted until after Feb 2015. This project has been ongoing since 2011.

  • Kent C

    SW from Orlando only and not direct either. Best deal is with Avios, fly from Miami to Nassau using AA, only 9,000 miles RT. Bargain.

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