Dreamy Bahamas private island prepares to open up to Brits for first time

Brits can soon experience the Bahamas' glorious sunshine, white sand beaches and crystalline blue waters in a whole new way, as a private island prepares to open to visitors.

Owned by cruise line MSC Cruises, the Ocean Cay Marine Reserve has undergone a huge transformation to become a holiday hotspot.

Now the island is preparing to welcome visitors for the first time as part of the new venture, which is due to open in November.

Of course, it's as luxurious as you'd expect.

For a start, MSC has revealed that the island will boast a seriously lush spa where you can indulge with a plethora of treatments, beach yoga sessions and fitness classes.

Then there are the picture-perfect white sand beaches, activities programmes for both parents and children, has well as heaps of dining options from an ice cream parlour to a laidback beach bar.

Basically, sounds like bliss.

However if you want to visit, you won't be able to simply book a package holiday there.

Instead the island will only be accessible to guests onboard one of the MSC Cruises with Ocean Cay as a port of call. The good news is that bookings have already opened on the MSC Cruises website .

Looking for deals? Mirror Cruise can be a good source for packages with extras such as free handpicked hotel stays and upgrades to premium drinks packages.

If you do visit the island, there will also be plenty of opportunities to explore the natural surroundings and learn about conservation efforts.

In fact, the reserve has an ecological focus, predominantly the restoration of coral reefs.

There will be a series of programmes for guests interested in learning all about the work being done in the area.

Because of the eco-friendly nature of the reserve there won't be motorised sports, but there will be plenty of other ways to explore the waters such as paddle boarding and kayaking.

(Oh and of course there are plenty of snorkeling excursions too, complete with a stop at a private beach!).

Currently the island is located within protected waters spanning 64 square miles, but MSC says it has plans to further extend this.

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