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Atlantis, Paradise Island, Sun International's first resort for American market to open Dec. 22.

PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 29, 1994-- This winter The Bahamas will be forever changed when Atlantis, Paradise Island opens on Dec. 22.

Representing one of the most ambitious and most expensive resort development projects ever attempted in The Bahamas, the $250 million resort and casino is owned and operated by Sun International, one of the largest hotel and gaming companies in the world.

``Atlantis, Paradise Island will be a resort like no other in the world,'' said Sol Kerzner, Sun International's founder and chairman. ``Instead of producing a fantasy filled with mechanical and artificial creations, we are bringing the world's most fascinating and exciting natural environment -- the ocean, and all its variety and beauty -- to life right here at Atlantis.

``At what other resort can vacationers walk through a lagoon filled with giant sharks, sun bathe on one of the world's most beautiful beaches or swim in several swimming pools, meander through underground grottos to watch hundreds of living tropical fish of all sizes and shapes, even help protect and release endangered sea turtles?

``Plus, Atlantis guests have all the more traditional activities, amenities and pleasures, including a dazzling choice of restaurants, all the watersports, fishing, golf, tennis and one of the most exciting casinos in The Bahamas,'' Kerzner added.

In addition to 1,150 guest rooms and suites, 12 dining venues, a championship golf course, 30,000 square-foot casino, a cabaret theatre, conference center and shopping mall, Atlantis, Sun International's first venture in the U.S. marketplace, will have a living, 3.2 million-gallon saltwater habitat -- the world's largest outdoor, open-water aquarium -- with six exhibit lagoons and more than 100 species of tropical sealife, including sharks and rays.

And that is just a part of a 14-acre Waterscape that features five swimming pools, cascading waterfalls, water slides, an Adventure Water Walk, and an Atlantis River Ride the length of more than four football fields. There is even an underwater clear pedestrian tube for up close and personal views of sharks and a 100-foot suspension bridge over the Predator Lagoon. Atlantis even has its own fish curator and aquarium staff.

Guests at Atlantis are accommodated in a variety of rooms and suites with views of the ocean, lagoons or gardens and all reflecting the resort's colorful, playful wonders of the sea theme. The restaurants range from casual to casually elegant, offering everything from informal pool-or-ocean-side snacks to zesty Bahamian-Chinese dishes to the most sophisticated of Continental and American cuisines.

The Atlantis Waterscape may be the resort's most stunningly original feature but is by no means the only activity. The Atlantis Casino offers more than 800 state-of-the-art, custom-designed slot machines as well as full range of table games. Gaming lessons are provided free of charge to resort guests.

Entertainment includes Le Cabaret Theatre, with its Las Vegas-style revue, The Joker's Wild Comedy Club featuring local and international comedians, and The Sports Bar, where live and taped sports action is non-stop.

In addition to watersports such as snorkeling and diving (SCUBA lessons are available on-site), there is unparalleled deepsea fishing, golf at the nearby Paradise Island Golf Club and tennis at the Paradise Island Tennis Club (both facilities owned and operated by Sun International).

Atlantis, Paradise Island also promises to be an incomparable family vacation destination. In addition to the delights of the exhibit lagoons, the Waterscape includes a $2 million children's swimming pool and other unique recreational features. The custom-designed Atlantis River Ride carries children of all ages by means of a gentle current on a meandering ride through the resort, the length of more than four football fields.

Little ones will also enjoy a novel Adventure Water Walk, featuring three shallow pools connected by water walkways where computer-controlled geysers, fountains and other surprises erupt from all directions spontaneously, keeping everyone amused and fascinated. One pool is beneath a waterfall, another has playful mushroom fountains. Camp Atlantis provides supervised children's activities on a daily basis, including in the evening (during holidays and peak season).

Atlantis is one of three Sun International resorts on Paradise Island. Also opening (or re-opening) in December is the legendary Ocean Club, after a $7.5 million renovation and restoration. Originally built by Huntington Hartford, heir to the A&P fortune, Ocean Club will be returned to its position as one of the most luxurious intimate hotels in the world.

The ``new'' 71-room (including four suites and five two-bedroom villas) Ocean Club will feature 21st century amenities -- including the latest in telecommunications systems, air-conditioning, private whirlpools, safety and security features -- plus all the charm of a by-gone more elegant era.

Ocean Club's famous Versailles gardens, with their statues of such luminaries as Napoleon's Josephine, FDR, David Livingstone, the Faust legend and Cecil Rhodes, and the 14th century French cloister, purchased from William Randolph Hearst, have been carefully maintained.

Rates for Atlantis, Paradise Island's opening (Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, 1995) range from $170 to $325 per room/per night, double occupancy. 1995 prices range from $105 to $325 per room/per night double occupancy depending on accommodations and season. There are also special air-inclusive packages and meal plans available. Rates at Ocean Club range from $200 to $975 per room/per night, double occupancy depending on accommodations and season.

With 33 resorts and 21 casino locations in southern Africa, Europe and the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and The Comores, Sun International is one of the world's largest resort and gaming companies. Until now it has been perhaps best known in the United States for the dazzling Sun City resort in South Africa, with its magnificent resort within a resort, The Lost City at Sun City.

Sun City has played host to the world's super-stars in entertainment, including Frank Sinatra and Liza Minelli, as well as to the Miss World Pageant and several world-class sporting events such as the internationally viewed Million Dollar Golf Challenge. The Lost City, opened in 1992, has already earned a global reputation for its magnificent African fantasy theme, its luxury, and its unique facilities, including the world's most advanced water park, complete with a surf pool with eight-foot waves.

For further information and reservations at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Ocean Club, and Paradise Paradise, contact a travel agent or Sun International, 12501 NE 9th Ave., North Miami, FL 33161; telephone 800/321-3000, or 809/363-3000.

CONTACT: O'Connell & Goldberg Inc., Hollywood, Fla.
 Claudia Vinueza/Jim O'Connell, 305/964-9098
 or
 Sun International, Paradise Island
 Melanie Millin-Moore, 809/363-3000
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