I have a Dark ’n’ Stormy in one hand, a forkful of freshly caught conch in the other, and am sitting on a wooden deck above a mostly empty white sand beach. I can almost forget that The Cove, the most luxurious and boutique-y of the brands within Paradise Island’s Atlantis, is right next door to the resort’s famed Mayan-inspired waterslides.
The Cove’s recent refresh is part of a larger push to connect the sprawling complex not only with local artists, designers, and chefs, but also with neighboring islands. Harbour Island’s superchic Sip Sip has taken over the waterfront dining, bringing along those lobster quesadillas, and textile designer and local resident Lulu de Kwiatkowski has made over the poolside and cabana decor with her bright botanical prints. Both overlook the carved wood sculptures by Nassau artist Antonius Roberts, which within the mix are more than just symbolic gestures of local pride. And while families who favor a more intimate setting can stay in the guest rooms at the property, public areas associated with The Cove (including the pool and Sip Sip) are for adults only.
Access to the rest of the complex offers even the most mega-resort-adverse the best of both worlds: That you can watch your kid swim with Hurricane Katrina–rescue dolphins one afternoon while The Cove arranges for a quick seaplane trip to neighboring Andros island for lunch at Kamalame Cay the next is a seeming disconnect that actually works.
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