My family and I will be traveling to the Atlantis Bahamas this November for a rewards stay (I'm a Platinum Elite Rewards member). We are going to see the Kentucky vs. Arizona State basketball game being held at the Atlantis while there (and are getting ready to purchase tickets) and have booked our rooms in the Royal Towers.
If others have stayed on a rewards stay, what are the tips and tricks you learned along the way? I know we're not going to receive complimentary breakfast (I believe that's only offered in the Cove), but are there other benefits provided for Platinum members in Royal Towers? Experiences worth the cost that we shouldn't miss at the Atlantis? Did anyone use their round-trip airport shuttle service being offered for $33 per person?
We took a cab from the airport and it was $45 (no credit cards accepted FYI). There was NO free anything anywhere except a nice Burlap bag that said "The Cove" in our room. We ate breakfast at Starbucks most mornings. We really enjoyed swimming with the Sea Lions - and you can pay $17 for someone else to come back and watch (and they can take photos so you don't have to pay $80 for 4 photos). There's an adult only pool called Cain which is very nice.
Life jackets for kids/adults are free - inner tubes also free but hard to come by - people keep them even when not using because hard to find!