KNOXVILLE -- Travel packages allowing Tennessee basketball fans to join the Volunteers in the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament during Thanksgiving weekend 2013 are now available. The event takes place at Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. The Vols play three games at the tournament Nov. 28-30.
Tennessee – projected by many college basketball experts to be a preseason top-25 team – will be joined in the eight-team field by Iowa, Kansas, Southern California, UTEP, Villanova, Wake Forest and Xavier.
The Battle 4 Atlantis tournament bracket is expected to be released in early August.
Fans are encouraged to visit http://bit.ly/VolsAtlantisTravel for Tennessee-specific travel packages. For information on Atlantis Resort, visit www.Atlantis.com
Atlantis offers a resort experience in mythical proportions amidst the largest marine habitat in the world. Guests can explore the ruins of Atlantis in The Dig, challenge the Mayan Temple and Aquaventure’s water slides, enjoy 11 swimming areas, interact with live dolphins at Dolphin Cay and discover endless action in the Atlantis Casino.
Resort facilities include a state-of-the-art kids club, Atlantis Kids Adventures (AKA), a 30,000-square-foot flagship Mandara Spa, a sports center, a state-of-the-art rock climbing facility, a world-class marina, haute couture shopping, and more than 20 restaurants, bars and lounges.
The Cove Atlantis is the 600-suite resort within the world of Atlantis, featuring oversized rooms with a step-down living space, spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects Jeffrey Beers and David Rockwell, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill – the first outside the United States, unprecedented services and amenities, including a private, adult-only pool and beach club, Cain at The Cove, featuring lavish cabanas, outdoor gaming, and breathtaking views of the ocean at every turn.
The property’s newest tower, The Reef Atlantis, is the 497-key tower offering guests home-like accommodations and amenities – with the beach as a backyard – while instigating conservation and protection of the world’s oceans. The Reef, a contemporary-styled resort, is situated on Paradise Beach, creating water views from all rooms, which are complete with private balconies overlooking the ocean and white sands.
All custom-designed accommodations feature a kitchen or kitchen area with an energy-saving dishwasher, living area with sofa bed and are fully-stocked with linens and tableware – a perfect choice for families looking for a beachside experience within Atlantis, with all the amenities of a home. All one-bedroom suites feature an en-suite energy efficient washer and dryer and the resort provides complimentary laundry facilities for all studio accommodations.
OTHER RESORT HIGHLIGHTS
Dolphin Cay is the 14-acre dolphin interaction and education center, which was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants. Atlantis guests have the opportunity to meet and interact with one of the world’s most charismatic animals in an unparalleled encounter that is enriching for both the guests and the dolphin.
The water features at Atlantis offer endless fun for guests of all ages. The 141-acre waterscape Aquaventure includes eleven total swimming areas, including free-form and zero-entry pools; children’s pools; the 120-foot tall iconic Power Tower, which offers a choice of four adrenaline-inducing water slides; The Current, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids; snorkeling in the seven-acre protected Paradise Lagoon; and several water sports.
Atlantis also offers Blue Adventures, which include a shark walk, and SCUBA and snorkel excursions. Additionally, Atlantis is situated on miles of beautiful white sandy beaches.
Atlantis Casino is the largest in the Caribbean. Overlooking the azure waters of the lagoon and the ocean beyond, the casino offers a variety of gaming, from baccarat and craps to black jack, Caribbean stud poker and roulette.
With more than 20 restaurants and lounges, Atlantis offers a variety of dining and entertainment experiences, from poolside casual to upscale elegance. Diners can enjoy a traditional Italian meal, continental fare, deli favorites, Chinese dishes, international marketplace buffets, exotic cuisine with Asian influence, the freshest seafood and delectable desserts.
The flagship Mandara Spa at Atlantis is ready to pamper and relax with a full line of treatments, including aromatherapy, massage, facials, seaweed wraps, ionithermie and more. The Spa also features a fitness center and a full-service beauty salon, where guests can indulge in a manicure complete with ATLANTIS PEARL polish, one of Essie’s signature sheer colors, inspired by the resort.
The Crystal Court Shops at Atlantis bring haute couture shopping to the duty-free Bahamas, featuring Versace, Cartier, Lalique, Gucci and Façonnable. Shopping is available throughout the resort in boutiques offering Atlantis souvenirs, jewelry, perfume, clothing, and more.
The finest facility in the Caribbean, The Marina at Atlantis is the ultimate destination for the world’s finest vessels. Offering world-class service and amenities, The Marina features 63 slips accommodating vessels from 40 to 220 feet, and has unrestricted access from Nassau Harbour. Marina guests have full privileges and access to all of Atlantis.
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