In spring 2019, Royal Caribbean International revealed Perfect Day at CocoCay, the cruise line’s completely revamped private island some 180 miles east of Miami. “CocoCay has elevated the private island experience to appeal to every age and interest – all in a safe environment for kids,” Virtuoso advisor Amy Kilbreath says.

On the resort-like island, attractions range from fast (try the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak waterslide) to slow (float in crystal-clear water or doze on white-sand beaches). For travelers leaning toward the latter or looking for beachside comforts, the forthcoming Coco Beach Club will offer lazy-day indulgences such as butler-serviced cabanas, waterfront Mediterranean dining, spa services, and a 2,600-square-foot infinity pool. “I highly suggest a day pass to the beach club,” says Kilbreath. “It’s an entire day of specialty dining and amazing tropical ocean views best enjoyed from the infinity pool – a treat tucked away from the hustle of the rest of the island.” The club will open January 31, 2020 (but cabana reservations are available now).

Here, three reasons to book this VIP experience on your next Royal Caribbean cruise.

  1. It’s the perfect party venue.

What does the quintessential beach cabana look like? It’s thatch-roofed, comes with a hammock and minibar, and cabana “concierges” on hand to take the next drink order. At the Coco Beach Club, go traditional with a sand-in-your-toes Beach Cabana facing the ocean, or opt for a bit more privacy at a Floating Cabana, complete with slides for plunging straight into the sea. Renting either version grants complimentary club access for up to eight guests, so they’re great options for large groups.

  1. Fresh seafood is always on the menu.

For shade and a snack, the Mediterranean-style Coco Beach Club restaurant offers the island’s most elevated dishes, included in the price of club admission. There’s lobster, red snapper, and steak on the menu, plus a buffet of salads and starters. Morning pastries and afternoon snacks are swapped out throughout the day.

The open-air restaurant includes views of a swimming pool and the nearby ocean.
  1. The whole family is invited.

The entire Coco Beach Club is open to guests of all ages (kids under 3 years old are free). And if restless travelers find the infinity-pool deck a little too chill, a tram runs every 15 minutes to five stops on the island. Adrenaline-seekers can get their fix on seven multi-story waterslides or 1,600-foot zip line – and then return to the club for a much-deserved nap.

To visit the new Coco Beach Club, consider Royal Caribbean voyages starting February 2020. Some cruises, such as the 5,400-passenger Harmony of the Seas’ eight-day February 23 sailing round-trip from Port Canaveral, feature shore excursions in Sint-Maarten and San Juan followed by a full-day port stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Shorter options, such as the 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas’ five-day April 6 round-trip sailing from Miami, kick off at CocoCay, visit Nassau, then return two days later for a second go.


This article is sponsored by Royal Caribbean International. All renderings courtesy of Royal Caribbean International. 


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