Adding to their portfolio of private islands, Royal Caribbean has announced their third private retreat continuing their ‘Perfect Day’ trend. The two current islands are operating off the north coast of Haiti (Labadee) and in the Berry Islands of the Bahamas (Coco Cay), both becoming instant successes.
The new island, dubbed ‘Perfect Day at Lelepa’ will operate in the southern hemisphere. Being the first of its kind, Royal Caribbean hopes to bring a brand new experience to the Oceania and Asian market.
Even though we are two years away, here is some information about the history and inclusions on the soon-to-be-created paradise.
Lelepa Island is 400 acres in size and is one of several small isles surrounding the larger island of Efate in Vanuatu. It’s made up of beautiful beaches opening out into the crystal clear waters and a centrepiece in the form of Mount Tifit, which stands at 202m above sea level. With a small population of only 500 people, there are two main towns; the largest being Natapao, situated on the south side and home to 350 locals. The other town, Lelo, takes refuge on the northern end and both villages have access to a school, kindergarten and two churches.
The island’s main historical attraction dates back almost 3,000 years. Feles Cave has brought history-buffs to the islands since the 19th century and gained notoriety from its distinct markings that are jotted along almost every wall. With some images overlapping, the hard-to-see red markings are believed to be the oldest.
Royal Caribbean has already announced that the island will not be like their others and will instead be the first carbon-neutral private island ever. Promising to keep the island’s ecosystem at the forefront of their plans, they hope to encompass the rich culture, diverse wildlife and longstanding history within their ‘Perfect Day at Lelepa’. Included in these changes is limited overnight accommodation that would match that of a suite-class experience.
Incorporating the locals is also a large part of Royal Caribbean’s plan, keeping the traditions of the island and learning more about the native language that is spoken by only 400 people. Paddle boarding, snorkelling and scuba diving are all available activities on the island and are perfect for seeing the island’s best bits.
Now with three private islands dotted around the world, it is only a matter of time before Royal Caribbean further expands its empire and reports have already been made about two more islands surfacing in the next five years. These are reported to be in China and another in the Caribbean, offering even more chances to have the ‘perfect day’.
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