Royal Caribbean International has announced that it’s moving ahead with the development of its first Royal Beach Club after receiving approval from the government of the Bahamas.
The 17-acre destination will be located on the western end of Paradise Island in Nassau. It will combine the island’s beaches with Royal Caribbean’s signature experiences to create what the line calls “the ultimate beach day.”
The new project will feature a public-private partnership in which Bahamians can own up to 49 percent equity in the beach club. Local businesses and entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to manage the majority of the experience. The venture will generate hundreds of jobs across its construction and long-term operation.
“The Bahamas has been a phenomenal partner since the very start, when they became our first port of call more than 50 years ago,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “As we continue to bring millions of visitors to experience attractions throughout Nassau each year, The Royal Beach Club at Paradise Island is the next bold adventure in Royal Caribbean’s commitment to both increasing tourism in The Bahamas and delivering memorable vacations to our guests.”
Visitors to The Royal Beach Club at Paradise Island will be welcomed by local architecture, along with private cabanas, pools, white sand beaches, local Bahamian fare, island-style barbecues, live music, and local artisans.
The beach club will be made up of 13 acres of land owned by Royal Caribbean and four acres of Crown Land. The Crown Land will be contributed as equity in the new venture to ensure a share of the profits return to the government and the people in a first-of-its-kind agreement in the Bahamas. This, in addition to a new tourism levy, will go into reinvesting in the local community.
The Royal Beach Club at Paradise Island is scheduled to open in 2025. More details will be revealed in the coming months.