by Matt Alderton | July 08, 2014
The Bahamas' Atlantis, Paradise Island has joined its Autograph Collection of independent hotels, Marriott International announced last week.

An iconic Caribbean resort, Atlantis, Paradise Island is Marriott's first property in The Bahamas. It has 3,400 guest rooms; 40 restaurants, bars and lounges; a 141-acre "waterscape" comprised of lagoons and pools; a water park; a casino; and over 300,000 square feet of meeting space -- all of which will make it the largest resort in Marriott's Autograph portfolio.

"Having Atlantis, Paradise Island join our Autograph Collection is a milestone achievement for the brand and the company," Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson said in a statement. "We are excited to ... put the full power of Marriott behind one of the world's most spectacular and popular resorts, while adding to our global resort portfolio in a key destination where we know our guests want to travel."

According to Marriott, Autograph Collection hotels are "thoughtfully chosen" for their "quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer ... a range of unique and unexpected experiences." Currently, there are more than 60 independent hotels and resorts in the collection.

"This agreement to partner with the Autograph Collection could arguably be the single most significant tourism stimulus for The Bahamas in this decade," said George Markantonis, president and managing director of Brookfield Hospitality, which owns Atlantis, Paradise Island. "This strategic and beneficial partnership will help grow visitation of Marriott International loyalists to the country and open a broader channel for guests to visit Atlantis from around the world."