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The Royal Towers at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island has 1201 rooms (or “1200 plus one” as a local told me). The “plus one” is the Bridge Suite that connects the two tower blocks which was made famous in the 2004 movie ‘After the Sunset’ starring Pierce Brosnan. The resort has also been featured in several other movies including the James Bond movie, ‘Casino Royale’, in 2006.

According to Forbes magazine, the 5,000 sq ft Bridge Suite is one of the two most expensive hotel suites in the world at US$25,000 a night (the other is at The Palms in Las Vegas). And Wikipedia tells us that it has a minimum stay requirement of four nights, but even with that hefty price tag, it has a waiting list of five years. Wikipedia also states that guests that have stayed there include Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Michael Jackson – in case that sort of thing impresses you.

This was taken from the opposite side of the resort to my previous post. This side (the beach side) is not supposed to be accessible to anyone except hotel guests and visitors who have day-pass wrist bands on them (I don’t know how much they cost – I didn’t ask, as I managed to sneak past the security guys when they weren’t looking). This was taken between showers – hence the ‘wet look’.

The rocks in the foreground are all artificial – as is everything else on this island, except the trees and shrubs (the shrubs are that Disneyland variety that have pop music blaring from beneath their branches).

The one positive comment that I would make about the Atlantis resort is that it does have a very good aquarium and what you see in this picture are some of the outdoor marine habitat pools (they are full of sharks and stingrays, so not recommended for swimming).

I’ve posted an alternative view here which shows one of the lakes created for boating and swimming. That composition conveys more of the resort’s ‘Las Vegas-by-the-sea’ feel as it shows more of the tower blocks, but the light in that one was very dull, so that’s why I didn’t use it as the main post.

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1231 W: 108 N: 2568] (7797)
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