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3/19/2015

Visiting the Bahamas: All Play & Some Work, + Some Atlantis Resort Travel Tips

Last week, the hubs and I darted off to Nassau for a few days for a little mini babymoon at the Atlantis Resort and because I had the fantastic opportunity of second shooting a destination wedding (A job that requires me to travel to a beach? Yes please. Sign me up every time!) with some fabulous photographer friends (love you Cass & Britta!). I didn’t get many personal photos (something I am totally kicking myself for now) because to be honest, we were pretty busy doing absolutely nothing ocean and poolside most of our time off, and the photos I took as a second shooter I’ll have to wait to share for a while (but – oh my gosh – I can’t wait – so much pretty), but I did manage to snap a few photos of the beach on a morning walk with the hubs….ya know, before we got back to our regularly scheduled doing nothing.

Atlantis Resort Nassau Bahamas / Destination Photography and Travel Tips © Rachael Osborn PhotographyAtlantis Resort Nassau Bahamas / Destination Photography and Travel Tips © Rachael Osborn PhotographyAtlantis Resort Nassau Bahamas / Destination Photography and Travel Tips © Rachael Osborn PhotographyWe actually stayed at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island because it (a) got great Trip Advisor reviews – and as frequent travelers, the hubs and I are total Trip Advisor junkies whenever we go anywhere. It has never failed me yet! and because (b) it was a great bargain. You get all the amenities of The Atlantis, but you also get free wifi (The Atlantis and pretty much every other resort will charge you an average of $20-25/day for what is, in my opinion, pretty crappy wifi). Granted, the Comfort Suites’ wifi was no Xfinity, but it worked consistently well on the hotel premisses for the most part and allowed us to check email (the hubs and I are both small business owners so this was essential), Facebook, Instagram (you know, the *other* essentials, haha) as well as communicate with our daughter and family back home (so important for parents on their first trip away from their kiddo!). Add in the bonus of a free breakfast (it was nothing fancy, but when all other options will cost you a premium – food at Atlantis is kinda crazy expensive) it sure didn’t hurt, and the hubs and I appreciated the always-available hot coffee and tea. Especially for a family on a budget, I would highly recommend it as an option!

 

Now, on to Atlantis – simply put: it’s freaking amazing. I will admit to being a five-year-old child at heart and loving pretty much everything your average elementary school child would adore (Disney movies? Check. Disney World? Umm, yes. I love that place. Magic. A pretty pink stucco resort with a million pools, water slides that go through shark tanks, and super cool aquariums everywhere, right on a gorgeous beach? Yep, sign me up! Also, I have wanted to go there ever since watching the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie “Holiday in the Sun” a million years ago, so…..yeah. If you’re even wondering if your kids would like this place? Yes. Yes they would. The hubs and I caught ourselves saying “Aria would love this…” like 4,768 million times every day (sorry to our travel buddies Cass & Trent – we are such lame-o parents, haha). We’re totally planning on bringing her (and her soon-to-be-born sis) back someday when she’s big enough to actually enjoy the slides and the rest of the resort…and when I am not 800 weeks pregnant and unable to enjoy any of the awesome slides myself (next time, y’all, next time).

 

Which, yes, I traveled 800 32 weeks pregnant. To second shoot a wedding. On my feet. For like a hundred hours (I am the hyperbole queen, y’all). Was that the best idea I ever had? Ummm….maybe, maybe not. But whatever. It was mostly fun. Why mostly? Well, Atlantis is massive, so you have to walk miles…yes, miles…to get from one place to the next, which is not always what you want to do in the third trimester unless you’re actually trying to evacuate the unborn and make your feet swell to four times their normal size, but meh. I was fine. Baby is fine. My calves got a darn good workout. The other mostly came into play when, on the second half of our trip, the power crashed out for an entire day (a little longer, actually, but they got some generators going eventually) while we were staying at the Hilton. I will be the first person to admit I am not a “roughing it” kinda girl – so, that totally sucked. Especially pregnant and climbing up flights of stairs in total darkness with luggage. Lame. But, again – all is well that ends well so really, I can’t complain. I was pretty darn blessed to be jet-setting it off to the Bahamas in the first place.

Atlantis Resort Nassau Bahamas / Destination Photography and Travel Tips © Rachael Osborn PhotographyAtlantis Resort Nassau Bahamas / Destination Photography and Travel Tips © Rachael Osborn PhotographyAtlantis Resort Nassau Bahamas / Destination Photography and Travel Tips © Rachael Osborn PhotographyAtlantis Resort Nassau Bahamas / Destination Photography and Travel Tips © Rachael Osborn PhotographyHave you taken a trip somewhere you absolutely loved recently? Bonus points from me if it’s family-friendly! I would love to hear about it.

 

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