By Bernie on 11 Aug 2012
Photo Credit: Atlantis Paradise Island
My family (wife, two sons, two daughters-in-law, three grandchildren) are in the Bahamas for the next two weeks. We are staying in a timeshare villa suite (sleeps 9 with kitchen and kitchenette, 2 washers, 2 dryers, 2 balconies, 4 TVs) at Harborside Resort in Atlantis on Paradise Island.
The photo above is of the Royal Towers across from us. Here is what Wikipedia says about them:
The Royal Towers contain the "Bridge Suite", ranked in 2003 by Forbes as the most expensive hotel room in the world. With the recent hotels built over the last couple of years, Atlantis is included in one of the most expensive hotels in the world; The Bridge Suite, billed at US $25,000 per night, is listed at number 10 on the World's 15 most expensive hotel suites complied by CNN Go in 2012.
In contrast, if one doesn't have a timeshare, our rooms at Harborside go for approximately $25,000 a fortnight. As I noted in my article The View from the 11th Floor of Bay lake Tower, a timeshare can be a great money saver if you vacation every year for more than a few days at a time and there are more than two or three of you traveling.
Here is the view from our main terrace:
- Left: The Reef, the newest building at Atlantis, consists of condominium hotel residences;
- Middle: The Cove Atlantis. The Cove has two pools nearby, one for Cove and Reef guests only, and a pool exclusively for adult Cove guests;
- Right: The Royal Towers.
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