Dear Steemit Friends :
As you know, I've had the opportunity to stay at the Atlantis Resort in Bahamas for part of my travels in Bahamas. I've had the wonderful opportunity to explore things like The Marina Village - a small Bahamian settlement style shopping street home to some really delicious Bahamian style food at Bimini Road.
Of course, perhaps the highlight of the Atlantis resort, is their open air aquarium called The Dig which is home to some of the largest collection of exotic tropical fishes in the world as well as some of the best reconstructions of 'The Lost City of Atlantis'.
With the entire hotel designed in the theme of the legendary lost city, most of the interior design is made to match. Perhaps one of the most popular ornaments in the Atlantis hotel is the Big Chair which I believe is the chair for the Greek God of the sea, Poseidon. I of course had to take home a snap with me the chair too! Looks like it's big enough for someone 10ft tall!
Beside the Big Chair people often miss the large golden trophy statue, and if you look just above it, there is the Phoenix rising from the ashes. According to Greek Mythology, the Phoenix rises from the ashes of it's predecessor to be born again, living over a thousand years before falling and then rising again.
Seahorses form an intricate part of the architecture of the Atlantis hotel, and across it's main building you will see these ornaments used. Inside, I came across this statue of four golden seahorses with some pretty pointy horns and armour like scales. These I imagine are the war seahorses used to defend the underwater city.
Perhaps one of the most attractive aspects of Atlantis Hotel, is it's very large casino. Maybe you weren't aware that in China, Casino's are banned from operation. It's only allowed in places like Macau and that is why Macau is become like the Las Vegas of the east. For many people coming to the Bahamas, a trip to the casino is a must, even if they're not big gamblers!
I'm not the gambling type of person and usually come to casino's just to enjoy the atmosphere and watch other people gamble.
As you can see, it is a very luxurious and spacious casino with many different kinds of slot games, and table games.
Most of the people seemed to be more interested in playing the table games like roulette and blackjack.
Slot machines make up most of the games at the casino. I can't understand why people find them so fun. It must be all the pretty colours and flashing lights?
Within the casino there is also a night club which is open Thursday - Saturday.
For people who are keen on sports betting, Atlantis has a very large area dedicated to just this!
Seems like it was baseball betting day.
For me, this was probably the highlight of the Casino. These beautiful sculptures made from blown glass!
If you have a keen eye and good memory, you would have seen one example of these glass sculptures in my visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum
They are all made by the American glass sculptor called Dale Chihuly who specialises in blown glass sculptures.
This seems to be a glass sculpture of a planet and constellation of stars right above it. All around, are the 12 different star signs.
Right below this marvellous Glass planet, is a gift shop.
Do you know your own star sign?
Over at the other shop selling Cigars, we have the glass blown sculpture of the Sun. A very fiery red, even more formidable when the lights are turned on.
It's pretty amazing looking at all the little "Rays" coming out of it.
Finally, we have this gorgeous sculpture called "The Crystal Gate".
It looks like something from another world. Maybe a world made from ice crystals?
With the lights turned on, it emits such a brilliant glow of blue.
The Crystal Gate is one of the most photographed glass sculptures in Atlantis, not only because it's a stunning piece of work, but also because it's the only one that you can stand at ground level and get a full picture with it.
Like with most other large casinos, there's always bars and restaurants inside. I imagine they would want their customers to have no reason to leave!
The Moon Bar over looks the entire gambling floor.
At this time of day (day time) there's usually nobody drinking.
So, I have the entire bar, and apparently most of the gambling tables to myself! Hoorah!
This is OliVES, one of the restaurants inside the Casino. One of the saviours of night time snackers like myself as it is open until the early hours of the morning.
As you can see, it's not just me that gets hungry at night time.
Again, this restaurant has views of the gambling floor, so I will always catch the emotion of winners (or losers) as they happen.
It also has it's own well stocked bar. It seems every establishment here at the very least serves alcohol. Probably a good way of encouraging people to keep gambling and loosing all their money!
At this time of night, and inside the casino, I really wasn't expecting this to be worthy of a Miss. Delicious post. Still, the quality of food is pretty decent. People spending loads of money gambling and staying at the hotel expect at least some sort of standard when it comes to food, and I feel that Olives just about makes the cut.
First up, the Olives Caesar Salad. Large chunky lettuce, and a generous portion of cheese certainly helps make this quite a high caloric salad!
Chicken Tenders with fries. This was actually quite nice! I was surprised how delicate the chicken meat was. I guess that's why they call it chicken tender.
This little monster is the Olives Burger. On the menu, it says the burger has house ground chuck, crispy bacon, bibb lettuce, tomato, red onion, cheddar, bbq aioli and fries!
Seeing as it's late at night, I can forgive the 'fish and chips' and 'Burger and Fries' motive going on. After all, it's meant to be a night time snack, and not a full on dining experience.
I left Olives a very satisfied happy bunny. (Fatter one too)
Do check out my short video of the Casino for a better feel of the atmosphere!
Hope you enjoyed my tour of the Atlantis Casino and it's amenities!
I'm sure many of you are keen gamblers out there who might fancy a game of Poker, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat or Blackjack. Atlantis seems to have all of that covered and then some. Aside from Olives and the Moon bar, there's also another Japanese restaurant called 'Nobu' and a 'Dragon' bar and club. Plenty of night time activities to get up to!
As a non-gambler, I really appreciate the Dale Chihuly glass sculptures, as well as the bars and restaurants inside. The atmosphere was also really nice, every few minutes i'll hear a cheer from someone who just won, and always more grunts from the grumpy losers.
Remember folks, don't gamble what you can't afford to lose!
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