Atlantis, Paradise Island is a unique vacation destination which celebrates the wonders of the sea and is inspired by the myth of the lost continent of Atlantis. The resort offers 2, 300 guest rooms, an entertainment center with the largest casino in the Caribbean, an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops and extensive meeting and convention facilities, including the largest ballroom in the Caribbean. It is famous for having one of the most expensive suites in the world, - The Bridge Suite. The suite (see the portion connecting the two towers? ) which costs about Rs.12.5 lakh/night ($25, 000) was designed by Italian designer Versace and has been a favourite for many celebrity visitors including Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Celine Dion and Bill Gates. It has been a filming location too for many movies including After the Sunset.
This magnificent crown jewel of Atlantis perches high on a bridge dramatically connecting the two buildings of the 1, 201-room Royal Towers. Offering panoramic views from its ceiling-to- floor windows of the Atlantic, nearby Nassau and the Marina at Atlantis, guests of the Bridge Suite look down on the entire resort complex.
Twelve-foot ceilings, hand-painted stenciling, profusion of gold gilt and glass and intricate architectural detail create an air of elegance and grandeur for this one-of-a-kind space: the Bridge Suite. The grand foyer features elaborate marble flooring, including Red Persian Travertine, Negro Marquina, White Bottocino and Amarrelo Negrais, an over-scaled entry console and gold edged mirror, plus a powder bath.
The 50 x 25 foot living room includes a baby grand piano, two entertainment centers, custom hand-tufted rugs, elegant drapery treatments and French doors leading onto a spacious terrace. A bar lounge, doubling as a gaming and entertainment center, is furnished with a marble inlaid chessboard and full-service custom-made bar. The dining room is highlighted by an iron and 22-karat gold chandelier, a custom-designed table for ten and gilt armchairs. The kitchen has its own entrance, for service accessibility.
The king bedroom of the Bridge Suite is an escape unto itself. Measuring 28'X17′, it includes a sitting area, his-and-hers baths and closets, a desk and activity table and entertainment armoire. A dramatic four-poster bed measures more than 10 feet in height and is decorated with voluptuous pillows, hand-painted linens and custom coverlet. In addition to walk-in dressing areas and a marble-floored lounge area, the bathrooms feature chaise lounge chairs, picture windows, marble showers and tubs, with dolphin bath fixtures, and ottomans. The men's bathroom has a large marble shower, marble vanity and a dramatic window. The women's bathroom includes an oversized marble tub, marble vanity and window.
Equally elegant, the queen bedroom is furnished with custom draperies and carpets, carved detailing, a custom armoire and graceful desk, a walk-in closet, vanity table and built-in storage areas. Throughout the ten-room Bridge Suite, dramatic colors of red, gold and black help create an altogether appropriate air of regal majesty. With its own butler service, an 800-square foot balcony and 2, 500-square foot entertainment center, it is not only the most exclusive of all the world's getaways, but the ideal venue for the most lavish of entertaining as well.
Here is a video that showcases some of the hotel's charms:
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