Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation packed with waterslide fun, the newly renovated The Reef at Atlantis (the iconic Bahamas resort that presides over Paradise Island) has it all. Soak up the sun on one of the three white–sand beaches or grab a chair at one of the 11 pools – including The Cove, an adults–only pool. Book a table at Fish by José Andrés and do your part to save the ocean by ordering the fried lionfish, a delicious but invasive species that has been damaging coral reefs throughout the Caribbean.
Learn more about marine wildlife at Dolphin Cay, a 14–acre sanctuary complete with an animal rescue–rehabilitation hospital, originally opened to rescue dolphins and sea lions that were left stranded by Hurricane Katrina. For an off–resort water experience, ask the concierge to book a scuba diving excursion with Stuart Cove’s. The dive operator offers a selection of two–tank dive trips, from a shark–feeding experience to wreck dives amid the Bahamas’ colourful reefs.