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Aerial view of Atlantis Paradise Island, off the coast of Nassau, The Bahamas. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)

Atlantis Paradise Island readies for July 7 reopening

Aerial view of Atlantis Paradise Island, off the coast of Nassau, The Bahamas. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)

World-renown Atlantis Paradise Island recently announced that it is preparing to again welcome guests to its properties beginning July 7, as part of The Bahamas’ phased reopening.

On the date of its reopening, Atlantis will welcome guests to its Royal and Harborside Resort. Then, just one week later, on July 14, the oceanside hotel and tourist attraction will open The Cove to other guests.

Waterfront condos which form part of Atlantis’ The Royal and Harborside Resort on Paradise Island in Nassau, The Bahamas. (Photo: 7th Heaven Properties)

Atlantis will also open most of its amenities to guests, including the Atlantis Casino, 20 indoor and outdoor dining outlets, beaches, pools, fitness centre, spa, among other offerings. The resort will also make available to guests group and meeting opportunities such as weddings and events.

“We’re thrilled to welcome guests and team members back to Atlantis,” Audrey Oswell, president and managing director, Atlantis Paradise Island, stated.

Creating healthy spaces

She explained that as part of its preparations, Atlantis has prioritised the “health, safety and well-being of our guests, team members, and local community”.

“We have reimagined every aspect of the Atlantis experience to ensure the highest levels of disease prevention, protection, and response,”

— Theodore Turnquest, medical director, Atlantis Paradise Island

To this end, the resort recently partnered with Cleveland Clinic, consulting with medical expert, to develop comprehensive internal and external health and safety guidelines based on hospitality cleanliness standards.

While noting his satisfaction working with Atlantis, Dr James Merlino, chief clinical transformation officer — Cleveland Clinic, said, “As the world reopens for travel, guests and staff must be confident in their safety. Cleveland Clinic has spent months understanding and containing COVID-19. We are applying our knowledge and innovative approaches to the resort setting to help keep people healthy.” 

In addition, the resort also launched its Atlantis Clean & Safe Promise initiative, which Oswell described as “our commitment to working with health experts to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone who enters our doors”.

Audrey Oswell, president and managing director, Atlantis Paradise
(Photo: Calvin Ayre)

The initiative specifically entails enhanced cleaning practices, social interaction and workplace protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Among the protocols that Atlantis encourages its guests to observe are: precautions prior to arrival, express check-in, personal protective equipment, physical distancing, and personal hygiene. The resort has also created medical facilities to treat with COVID-19 symptoms should guests contract the virus.

“Over the past few months, we have enhanced our world-class health and safety protocols to reopen Atlantis safely,” Theodore Turnquest, medical director of Atlantis, pointed out further.

Atlantis Resort Paradise Island (Photo: Fine Art America)

“We have reimagined every aspect of the Atlantis experience to ensure the highest levels of disease prevention, protection, and response,” he continued.

From arrival to departure

According to Atlantis, the reopening of the resort will coincide with the fifth phase of The Bahamas’ de-escalation plan and the resumption of international commercial travel. Further, guidelines from the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Aviation indicate that travellers will have to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test upon arrival.

“Atlantis’ programme features several key components to ensure guests’ surroundings and environments are safe and healthy from arrival to departure,” the resort said.