SAN FRANCISCO (August 20, 2019) – Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced today it will open a stunning boutique resort on Roatán Island’s exquisite West Bay Beach in early 2021. The new Kimpton resort in Roatán, Honduras will mark the third resort for the boutique hotel company in the Caribbean, joining the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman, which opened in November 2016, and the Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort in Grenada, which plans to open in late 2020.
Owned and developed by Vista Capital, the new Kimpton Roatán will be a complete reimagining of the existing Grand Roatán Resort and mark the first internationally branded hospitality offering on the island. With established Caribbean architects Lane Pettigrew Associates at the helm, the new Kimpton will expand the footprint of the property to a total of 126 guest rooms inclusive of 43 one- and two-bedroom suites and one Presidential suite. Guests of the resort will enjoy amenities such as a rooftop sky bar with a glass-fronted pool, expansive outdoor pool, chef-driven restaurant, lounge and beach bars, fitness center, luxurious spa, water sports facilities and nearly 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meetings and events space.
“We continue to prioritize our expansion in the Caribbean market and see Roatán as a tremendous opportunity to deliver a unique experience to our Kimpton loyalists and IHG Rewards Club members,” said Mike DeFrino, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ CEO. “It is no small feat to be the first boutique hospitality brand in this beautiful destination. We are excited to be partnering with Vista Capital, who are equally committed to honoring the local heritage and culture in a sustaining, eco-conscious way.”
The largest of Honduras’s Caribbean Bay Islands, Roatán sits atop the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world, making its turquoise waters a sought-after destination by snorkel and scuba diving enthusiasts and adventure tourists alike. While perhaps a lesser known destination, Roatán has a rich history tracing back to its indigenous Paya peoples and is regarded as the gateway to Central America. Nestled on the pristine white sands of West Bay Beach, the Kimpton Roatán aims to celebrate the island’s diversity and local culture in its thoughtful artwork, incorporating Paya artifacts loaned from the national museum into its destination spa, and its carefully designed sustainability-driving infrastructure, boasting solar technologies, on-site water desalination and eco-friendly touches throughout.
“We’ve long felt the island of Roatán to be one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean,” explained David Dachner, President of Vista Capital. “We were so inspired and impassioned by the local culture here that we wanted to partner with a top operator to bring our vision to life, opening the doors of Roatán to the world. We are so thrilled to have Kimpton join us in this history-making moment, and know that our new resort will soon become a well-known paradise.”
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ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up-and-coming markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Caribbean and Greater China. Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered, so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal.
Kimpton’s employees, empowered to provide heartfelt service and experiences, have built a highly regarded workplace culture that appears consistently on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. As a result, Kimpton has been awarded, “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains” by J.D. Power three times.
In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.
ABOUT VISTA CAPITAL, S. A.
Vista Capital, S.A. is a U S owned Honduran Corporation founded in 2014 for the sole purpose of hotel development in West Bay on the island of Roatan. The founders of Vista Capital, David and Brenda Dachner, recognized the wonderful potential for upscale tourism on this beautiful, peaceful rainforest island. They also appreciated that the local population was so friendly and welcoming. The fact that, due to Roatán’s interesting history, islanders are generally bilingual in Spanish and English was a further bonus. David and Brenda realized that developing an upscale hotel could provide sustainable employment opportunities for local people and would represent a major long term benefit for Roatán’s economy.
Foundational to Vista Capital is its long dedication of collaboration on a variety of projects with the U.S. non-profit, the Abundant Life Foundation “ALF,” based in Austin, Texas. The founders of Vista Capital, David and Brenda, are also the founders of ALF and have been working exclusively in the Honduras Bay Islands in the areas of education, conservation and community development for the last 13 years. It is the founders’ vision to provide opportunities which help the islands progress with a sustainable and eco-friendly development model for the benefit of the whole population. For more information, visit www.abundantlifefoundation.org.
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