“The Shadow War” spy thriller scene unfolds in the $25,000/night Bridge Suite at the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas
In The Shadow War spy thriller, CIA spymaster Corey Pearson and Ana, one of his operatives, track a man to the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas. They trail him to his accommodations- the Atlantis Bridge Suite, at a cost of $25,000 per night! It has the distinction of being the most expensive hotel suite in the world. Since their target has a so-so job back in the U.S., where he earns a middle-class income, they grew even more suspicious of him.
The Atlantis Bridge Suite has 10 rooms that include a 50 x 25 ft living room, complete with grand piano, two entertainment centers and an 800 square foot balcony; a dining room with a 22-karat gold chandelier and custom-designed 10-seater table; and a kitchen with its own private entrance. Corey lock-picked the door and planted a bug in the gold chandelier when the target was touring the Atlantis grounds.
The Bridge Suite, located in the Royal Tower, is also known as the Michael Jackson suite as he often stayed in the 5,000 square-foot luxury room. The Royal is the main building of Atlantis. It’s among the iconic towers, and the penthouse suite connects them.
While Corey Pearson was bugging the target’s suite, Ana tailed him while he toured the Atlantis grounds. Even if you are not staying at the Atlantis, you can purchase a “Day Pass” and experience it’s treasures. Ana kept an eye on the target as he visited Dolphin Cay, an incredible waterpark, the marine habitat, and the beaches. She watched him from afar through binoculars as he made friends with the dolphins at Dolphin Cay. He got up close and personal with the beautiful Atlantis Bottlenose Dolphins.
Dolphin Cay is a story of dolphin survival. After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and devastated the Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, Mississippi, sixteen dolphins were left stranded. They were rescued, nursed back to health, and given a new home when Dolphin Cay was built at Atlantis. If you visit Atlantis, please stop in at Dolphin Cay and give it your support; every visit helps maintain the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, which creates solutions to marine conservation challenges from coral reef degradation to marine species in decline.
Ana followed the target into the Atlantis Aquarium, which encompasses 14 lagoons filled with eight million gallons of ocean water and over 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species. She had no difficulty blending in with the tourists mingling in the glass tunnels, with the marine creatures gliding around them.
After a while, the target dropped his exploring and started back toward the Bridge Suite. Ana alerted Corey, who quickly vacated the place after planting another bug inside the frame of a Charles Cham oil painting worth over $15,000.
So, who owns the Bridge Suite at Atlantis? A South-African entrepreneur named Sol Kerzner invested $450 million to create the 600-acre resort on beautiful Paradise Island, Bahamas. Smacking of sumptuous, over-the-top hedonism, the Bridge Suite is the jewel on the top of Kerzner’s crown.
The suite occupies a span between the resort’s two main buildings in the 23-story Royal Towers, thus its name. Very suspicious that a middle-class man with a ho-hum job could stay at a place that was occupied by the likes of Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Celine Dion, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, and Donald Trump.
Corey Pearson and his CIA operative Ana also knew that a few unscrupulous Saudi sheiks and one corrupt, high-rolling businessman stay in the Bridge Suite while trying their luck at the Atlantis Resort’s casino, the largest one in the Caribbean. They want to find out if there is any link between them and this unassuming target.
Lastly, here’s a video tour of the Atlantis Royal Bridge Suite. Enjoy, and speak softly. Remember, CIA spymaster Corey Pearson has the place bugged!
Robert Morton is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and enjoys writing about the U.S. Intelligence Community in his Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster series. Read his newest spy thriller The Shadow War, episode by episode, as he writes it in the new Kindle Vella program.