Kimpton adds Roatan to Caribbean properties

This artist's rendition shows the Kimpton Roatan, expected to open in early 2021.

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants announced Tuesday that it is expanding its Caribbean presence by adding a boutique resort on Roatan Island in Honduras.

The project, due to open in early 2021, is the third hotel for Kimpton in the region. The first, Cayman’s Seafire Resort on Seven Mile Beach, opened in 2016. A second property is due to open in Grenada at the end of next year.

The Kimpton Roatan will be owned and operated by Vista Capital, an Austin, Texas-based firm owned by David Dachner. Dachner has been involved in businesses in Roatan since 2006 when he founded the Abundant Life Foundation, a non-profit organisation that provides scholarships, educational support and ecological programmes, according to its website. He is the president of the Grand Roatan Caribbean Resort and of the Amarado Oil Co. in Austin.

The new Kimpton hotel will be an expansion of the Grand Roatan Caribbean Resort, and will feature 126 guest rooms, including 43 one- and two-bedroom suites and one presidential suite.

Caribbean architects Lane Pettigrew Associates will oversee the remodelling and expansion of the existing property.

Amenities will include a rooftop sky bar with a glass-fronted pool, a large outdoor pool, a restaurant, lounge and beach bars, fitness centre, spa, water sports facilities and nearly 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and events space, according to a press release issued by Kimpton.

Plans also call for the resort to promote the island’s diversity and local culture in the artwork displayed in the hotel, incorporating Paya artefacts borrowed from the national museum into its destination spa. It will also have sustainability features such as solar power, on-site water desalination and other eco-friendly touches, the company stated.

In a news release, Dachner said, “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.”