The 17-acre destination experience will offer private cabanas and pools, local architecture, Bahamian fare, island-style barbecues, live music and local artisans.
Royal Caribbean said the project is crafted in close collaboration with the Bahamian government and is a public-private partnership enabling Bahamians to own up to 49% equity in the beach club. Local businesses and entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to manage the vast majority of the experience. The new venture is expected to 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. He noted the line carries millions of visitors to Nassau each year.
The Royal Beach Club at Paradise Island will comprise 13 acres of land owned by the cruise line and 4 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 goverment and the people in what Royal Caribbean called 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 collaboration between the government, the community and Royal Caribbean will continue as the development moves through the stages of planning and completion.
More details about the Beach Club will be revealed in the coming months.