The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) along with the assistance of the Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda, have signed an agreement for RCI’s first Royal Beach Club on the island.
The agreement marks the start of the planning and development for the Royal Beach Club scheduled to break ground later this year.
According to a release by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), the resort will be exclusive for guests of Royal Caribbean. The Royal Beach Club at Antigua will sit along more than a half-mile of pristine beachfront and combine the island’s striking beaches with the cruise line’s signature service and amenities.
The release boasts that, “the ultimate beach club experience will offer guests exceptional views from private cabanas and a stunning pool with a swim-up bar, complemented by locally inspired experiences. Featuring regional fare, island-style BBQs, live music, along with thrills such as jet skis, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and a family splash pad, the beach club will make for an unforgettable day at the beach.”
“The Royal Beach Club will deliver a memorable beach day to our guests,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
“Together with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, we will bring to life an experience that will bring more visitors to these idyllic islands and create significant economic benefits and opportunities. In addition, we are looking at ways for the local community to also enjoy the beach club on days our ships are in other destinations,” he added.
The cruise line has also committed to bringing Symphony of the Seas to the island nation with a call on November 3, 2020. Docking at the island capital of St. John’s, guests on board Symphony will have the opportunity “to experience the rich culture and heritage of the island, delectable delicacies and some of the world’s best beaches”.
Tourism Minister, Charles Fernandez, said: “The government of Antigua and Barbuda is truly grateful and appreciative that Royal Caribbean’s first Royal Beach Club will be in Antigua, which confirms confidence in our twin island state. We are also excited to share our beautiful island with guests sailing aboard Royal Caribbean ships when they begin calling to the island later this year.”
What is happening to the government of Antigua and Barbuda. Do we not have enough hotels on this small Island? Does the government remember its native people at all? With all these hotels occupying our beach fronts, gated communitis ( whites only) and Chinese government being handed the best crown lands.I wonder what will become of us. I cry for my Country (LITTLE ANTIGUA 108 sq miles)
There goes the neighborhood
Where is this beach anyone?
Please let me know what our Gov is up to before I assume they selling us out to the highest bidder. I pray they didn’t sell my Home with intentions to ship us off to Barbuda or some other place. I really don’t know. I rather endure my hardship in life and till the soil rather than sell out my Birth Home!! We have 365 Beaches, it’s like we gone have 365 hotels!! Well, Tourism is our main industry so maybe they have a plan. Lets see……
The time has come for Government, when ever it negotiates such deals, to ensure a 49% stake for local interest. In future, such projects of this scale must be owned by public companies quoting its shares on the Eastern Caribbean Stock Exchange. Government can buy our 49% upfront and sell it to local interest on the stock exchange, as well as limiting which persons will qualify to buy shares.
We want to share in the wealth of our country, and also have an opportunity to ourselves enjoy enjoy all of the amenities and pleasantries we offer to our visitors. This is not a joke. Gone are the days when our people will be satisfied with working an 8.00 am to 4.00 pm day job, over a full life-span, going from from home to work – work to home – going to sleep.
We want to become the movers and shakers of the economy of our country, and sit on an elected Board of Directors, together with our foreign investor business partners. In future, we demand to be involved at all levels of our country’s development, and hold a 49% stake in every significant venture.