Late last year, Corona announced its intention to open a branded private island off the coast of Colombia in a bid to underline its eco-tourism credentials.
Now, the island is finally open, and Corona has revealed a glimpse of what it's like in the video here. It shows a handful of visitors doing yoga, canoeing, dining in a rustic structure with local birds hopping about—and drinking Corona, naturally. The first visitors were winners of local marketing promotions, but next summer, the general public will be able to take vacations there.
Corona worked with several local partners on the island's creation. International architectural and design firm, James & Mau, in partnership with local Colombian architect Jairo Márquez, were behind its design. Chilean-born Chef Christopher Carpentier, who was featured as a judge on MasterChef Colombia conceived the food, while Paulina Vega, former Miss Universe, who was born on the Colombian coast, curated the leisure programs. These include guided yoga and meditation, kayaking and volleyball, nighttime stargazing, personal hot tubs and educational workshops.
The company also announced that Corona Island has achieved Oceanic Global’s three-star plastic-free Blue Seal for eliminating single-use plastic and adopting sustainable operating best practices at scale. Other notable sustainable elements on the island include solar panels over on-site housing powering up to 70% of the island’s energy needs; bungalows constructed from locally sourced wood; water refill stations in place of disposable bottles; locally sourced ingredients for menu items; desserts made from leftover food scraps; refillable shower amenities; separation of recycling and composting; and an herb garden on the island used for guest meals.
From next summer, the island will be open to residents of several countries (not including the U.S.): Canada, South Africa, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic. Prices and packages have yet to be revealed but those who want to go can register their interest here. The island takes up to 20 people at one time.