An Adults-Only Beach Is Coming to Royal Caribbean’s Private Island

Hideaway Beach will open in January 2024.

Courtesy of Royal Caribbean
Courtesy of Royal Caribbean
Courtesy of Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean customers who have been long asking for an adults-only beach on CocoCay-and in 2024, they will finally be getting one. Royal Caribbean announced on Thursday that the cruise line’s private island, CocoCay, will soon have a section exclusively for adult visitors. Hideaway Beach will have a private beach, pools, new food and beverage spots, cabanas, and live music.

“Hideaway Beach is a completely new vibe and experience that vacationers are looking for on Perfect Day at CocoCay. Everything from its hidden-like location to the exclusive beach and pools to the private cabanas is designed for adults who want a day just for them,” said Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean’s president and CEO.

The Hideaway Beach will be on the northwest beach on CocoCay, and will only be accessible to passengers aged 18 and older. The acre-long stretch of beach will have two pools, 13 waterslides, 20 cabanas, and seven open-air bars and restaurants. A live DJ will be performing by Hideaway Pool, which will be heated and have an infinity edge. There will be 10 private cabanas at the Hideaway, plus another 10 at The Hideout, an area with a plunge pool, cabana attendant service, and in-water loungers.

The new beach will be open to the customers in January 2024, coinciding with the debut of the highly anticipated Icon of the Seas cruise ship. You can make reservations for the island now at

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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