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Basketball is Better in The Bahamas: Battle 4 Atlantis is Back!

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This Thanksgiving, try celebrating in a brand-new way. Trade turkey and football for conch and basketball! Join us in The Bahamas for the eighth annual Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, where eight of the country’s top collegiate basketball teams will go head-to-head at Atlantis, Paradise Island on November 21-23.

Considered one of collegiate basketball’s most challenging preseason tournaments, Battle 4 Atlantis offers an exciting preview of the upcoming basketball season and is a fantastic opportunity to check out some of the sport’s rising stars in one of the most stunning destinations in the world. This year, schools participating in Battle 4 Atlantis include Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia, Butler, Dayton, Stanford, Oklahoma, and Middle Tennessee State.

2018 Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament Bracket

With quick nonstop flights from many major US airports, it’s easy for basketball fans to zip to The Bahamas for Battle 4 Atlantis—but since you’re here, why not add a couple of extra days to your trip and make it a long weekend? And with so much to see and do at Atlantis, Paradise Island, it makes a fantastic group getaway even if you don’t know a touchdown from a slam-dunk. Here are some suggestions for making the most of your Battle 4 Atlantis experience.

Before the Games

Battle 4 Atlantis games start around noon each day, so there’s still plenty of time to enjoy Nassau Paradise Island in the morning! If you’re staying at Atlantis, grab a quick breakfast at Plato’s or enjoy a leisurely morning meal at Olives, then start your day with a stroll on the beach or a dip in one of the 11 refreshingly unique pools at Aquaventure. For a totally unique way to spend the morning, check out one of the brand new experiences at Dolphin Cay, like Rise and Shine where you get to see how dolphins greet the day, or a session of paddle board yoga at Sunrise Fitness where you get to tone and stretch as dolphins swim beneath your feet!

After the Games

There’s plenty to do after the courtside action wraps up. Try your luck at Atlantis Casino! With 85 table games, more than 700 slot machines, a Race and Sports Book, and a huge range of gaming experiences available 24 hours a day, the Casino is the place to be after dark at Atlantis. Make a night of it at Dragons Ultra Lounge, a high-energy club just steps from the casino floor, or head to decadent Aura Nightclub—with two bars, two VIP sections, and some of the best DJs in the world spinning beats until sunrise, it’s the perfect place to dance the night away!

If you prefer a more low-key way to unwind after a day courtside, head to Sea Glass Lounge, where the menu is packed with delicious appetizers and refreshing cocktails. Chat about your Battle 4 Atlantis bracket picks at Moon Bar, a sleek, elegant lounge with a mellow atmosphere and extensive drink list. 

Saturday and Sunday

There’s more than enough to keep you busy long after the Battle 4 Atlantis title has been claimed! After the high-energy tournament, you’ll probably be in need of some R&R. Indulge in a restorative massage at Mandara Spa, where massage therapies combine Eastern and Western methods. For an extra-soothing experience, choose the Alfresco Massage option on the beach, where you can listen to the ocean waves as you feel your stresses melt away.

Before you head home, spend some time strolling through Marina Village. With more than 20 designer and retail shops as well as a great selection of restaurants and cafés, it’s the perfect place to choose a souvenir, a gift, or something special for yourself. Check out the glamorous yachts docked in the marina. On select evenings, you can even take in the exciting sights and sounds of a Junkanoo parade through Marina Village – be sure to ask at the resort’s front desk so you don’t miss this unique celebration!

Check out our super fall travel deals and discover why basketball is better in The Bahamas! See you on the court!

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