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Ticket to paradise? All the latest details on Royal Caribbean’s brand-new private beach club

Royal Caribbean has announced the construction of a new private beach club exclusively for cruise guests on ‘Paradise Island’, The Bahamas. 

Words by Finn Thompson

A year-round tropical climate, palm-fringed beaches, and crystal-clear waters  is it any wonder that The Bahamas is home to aptly-named ‘Paradise Island’?   

Well, if it’s possible, Paradise Island is about to become a whole lot more blissful with the arrival of a brand-new beach club. An epic ceremony marked the beginning of the club’s construction this week, as Royal Caribbean revealed the first concept in its new ‘Royal Beach Club Collection’. 

Exclusive to Royal Caribbean cruise guests and just a stone’s throw from the capital, Nassau, ‘Royal Beach Club Paradise Island’ will cover 17 acres and be home to three swimming pools, swim-up cabana bars, live entertainment plus an array of dining options. 

While exact dates have not yet been confirmed, the club is set to open some time during 2025. Here’s what to expect…

What will Royal Beach Club Paradise Island be like?

Royal Beach Club Paradise Island will offer Bahamian culture, food and experiences at its core all surrounded by picture-perfect scenery. Crafted by local Bahamian architects and designers, the beach club’s style will be authentic to the destination, built from natural materials and decorated in vibrant colours. 

Warm, turquoise waters invite lazy afternoons paddling, cocktail in hand, before kicking back on The Bahamas’ world-famous white sand beaches. For those with a more competitive spirit, the host of beach sports and activities on offer should get the blood pumping. 

Daily beach barbecues are sure to offer a memorable opportunity to taste freshly-caught seafood among other zesty Bahamian flavors, while live performances from local musicians will complete the dreamy beach atmosphere. If a spot of retail therapy is in order, local artisans will be in situ selling traditional hand-crafted goods. 

Once complete, the Royal Beach Club will be able to host approximately 2,000 guests.


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When will Royal Beach Club Paradise Island be ready?

Royal Caribbean has not yet confirmed a date for the beach club’s opening, however, they have released that it is due to be before the end of 2025. 

Vacationers can access the island by a short ferry ride from Nassau Cruise Port, before returning via historic downtown Nassau and passing through the city’s famed straw market.


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How is Royal Caribbean supporting The Bahamas?

Through a unique public-private partnership, Bahamians will own up to 49 percent equity in the development, ensuring the country’s economy and tourism sector is greatly benefitted. 

Royal Caribbean has been offering experiences in The Bahamas as one of its primary destinations since the cruise line launched more than 50 years ago. Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean’s CEO said: “The beauty and charm of the island are why we chose to debut the Royal Beach Club Collection in Nassau, and with the collaboration and support of local entrepreneurs and the wider community, we know that what we create will far exceed everything we imagined.”

The involvement of the local community has generated hundreds of jobs, not only for the short term but in the long term too. Philip Davis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas also commented: ‘Signing today’s agreement, we add another world-class experience to our tourism offerings…and take a bold step toward greater Bahamian empowerment in the tourism industry.” 

Construction plans also ensure the restoration of native habitats is a key priority, helping to protect native wildlife during the build and far beyond.


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Published 04.30.24