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The Atlantis Paradise Island is a resort and waterpark located on Paradise Island, the Bahamas. Officially opened in 1998, the resort was created by South African hotel magnate Sol Kerzner and Kerzner International Limited. Paradise Island first opened its Coral and Beach Towers as the Trump Plaza, then changed its name to Atlantis when the Royal Towers were built. The Coral and Beach Towers were later refurbished to match the theme of the Royal Towers. On 28 March 2007 a 600-suite luxury hotel named The Cove Atlantis opened on Paradise Island. Another tower, the 497-room Reef Atlantis, opened 19 December 2007. Atlantis was heavily impacted by the crisis in the United States in 2008 and had to lay off 800 employees to face decline in occupancy rates.
Accommodations at the resort include:
The Current is a mile long, 3-million-US-gallon (11,000 m3) water ride complete with waves and artificial tidal surges. It also has fake steam and rapids at certain points throughout the ride
At the Royal Towers is the Mayan Temple entertainment attraction consisting of 4 major slides: Leap of Faith, where you do a steep drop down before entering a tunnel through a shark tank at lightning speed, then exiting at the bottom into a shallow pool, the Challenger Slides, where you and another person may race each other to the bottom to see who is the fastest, the Serpent Slide, and the Jungle Slide.
The Dig is a series of aquariums located beneath the lobby of the Royal Towers and is the world's largest open air marine habitat. Hundreds of different aquatic species can be spotted in the Dig's various tanks such as angelfish, sharks, manta rays (one of which is larger than ten feet), and various types of jellyfish. The goal of The Dig is to provide guests with a taste of life in the legendary destroyed city of Atlantis. If one observes the bottom of the floors in the different aquariums, wreckage and debris scattered about represent the "Lost City of Atlantis."
The resort features a marina designed to dock large yachts. The eastern side of the marina features the Marina Village, which is a small shopping center reminiscent of market-style tourist centers, such as the Faneuil Hall in Boston or Downtown Disney at the American Disney parks. The center features numerous restaurants and stores, such as Johnny Rockets, Carmines and Starbucks. The Harborside Resort at Atlantis is located on the south side of the marina.
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