August 15th, 2016 marks the official start for major renovations at the Coral Towers of Atlantis, Paradise Island. All guest rooms, corridors, lobby and the porte cochere, according to resort President & Managing Director Paul Burke, will be upgraded to better enhance the guest experience. Burke’s remarks came during a recent manager’s meeting.
“We’ll spend approximately $30M giving the Coral Towers a facelift,” said Burke, noting that, “all guest rooms in the Coral Towers will be upgraded.” He further noted that Coral Towers suites will be upgraded to include new bathrooms, furniture, fixtures, room amenities and finishes, while a new room category – 34 rooms in all – has also been added to the lot. Currently, the Coral Towers features standard guest rooms and several suite styles – Regal Suites, Presidential Suites, Governors Suites, Sun Suites and a Penthouse Suite. “We’ve created a “Deluxe” category which will not only include new bathrooms and furniture, but the fixtures and room amenities will be significantly higher in detail than those in the standard rooms,” said Burke, adding “All of the corridors will be upgraded to include a revamp of the flooring, lighting and artwork.”
Then there’s the lobby and lobby entrance. According to the Atlantis chief, “the lobby is going to be spectacular!” Using artist renderings of the proposed renovation work to enhance his presentation, Burke gave a bird’s eye view of the changes to come for the Coral Towers lobby and lobby entrance. “The Coral Towers Lobby will increase in size and include the major lobby bar. It will also feature some F&B outlets along where the existing front desk is right now. The new front desk will feature three different pods, bright colours and the design and décor will take advantage of the skylight above.
“The porte cochere at the lobby entrance and the existing landscaping will also be significantly upgraded along with the signage,” explained Burke.
He also advised those in attendance at the Friday, April 15th meeting to be on guard for further updates and meetings to discuss how team members will be impacted the renovation work and subsequent closures to come.
A schedule for the renovation works beginning August 15th has the 91 rooms of the Reef Wing along with the 320 rooms in the Ocean Tower closing at that time. The rooms in the Lagoon Tower, the Lobby and porte cochere at the lobby entrance, as well as the delivery yard will all close as of September 6th to allow for the start of work in those areas. A portion of the Reef Wing and Ocean Tower, along with a section of the Lobby will open for guests in the second to third week in December. The project is set to be complete by June 2017.