We are thoroughly enjoying our time at Atlantis and I highly recommend it. It is a beautiful property with great amenities.
I should add some caveats to my food price comment. They have to import everything, so even food at the grocery store is more expensive than at home, which is the baseline. Also, things are just opening up here so some of the cheaper places are not yet open or have very limited menus…
Second, there is a 12% VAT and a 15% gratuity added to every bill. So there is is bit of a psychological sticker shock when you order a $15 burger and it comes in at $19 at a counter service location… (The gratuity doesn’t fully cover the wait staff so at Table Service you should tip more).
But several days in I have also had a big “aha”. The Atlantis has 4 main places to stay: the Royal which is the big iconic main tower (I am equating these rooms to a Disney moderate/delux) The Cove which is the very high end tower (deluxe plus) the Reef which is a timeshare with studios and suites with kitchenettes and it shares amenities with the Cove (Disney DVC) and the Coral the lowest cost tower (value/moderate). Well I just discovered prices vary by where you are in the resort. So food at a pool bar at the Reef (where I am staying) is more expensive than food at a pool bar near the Coral, a 10 min walk away. It’s like you can choose to have breakfast at the equivalent of the 4 Seasons or walk 10 minutes and have breakfast at the equivalent of the Coranado.
I highly recommend the Reef and we have cooked many meals in our room. Now I know to walk for cheaper food, and found the QS locations at the Marina for some cheaper dinners.