Friday, 31 March 2023 17:35

Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa appoints leadership team head of Summer 2023 opening

Written by Evelyn Alas

Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the appointment of its leadership team, welcoming Carlos Lopez as General Manager and Stephanie Tablada as Director of Sales and Marketing. Located on the picturesque West Bay Beach of Roatán Island, the new Kimpton resort is set to open its doors Summer 2023, becoming the third Caribbean resort for the boutique hotel brand.

“I am thrilled to begin my new role as general manager of Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa” said Carlos Lopez. “Being able to represent Roatan’s newest luxury hotel is an honor, and I can’t wait to hit the ground running with fresh and innovative ideas, inviting our guests to make the most of their visit to the island”.

Bringing more than 17 years of hospitality expertise, Carlos Lopez is brilliantly skilled and eager to take on his position as General Manager at Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa. Originally from El Salvador, Lopez’s career began in 2006 at InterContinental San Salvador, where he held the positions of Front Office Manager and Sales & Marketing Manager.

In 2012, he was awarded IHG’s “Best of the Best Intercontinental Brand Front Office Manager of the Year” in Latin America.

Lopez continued his leadership journey in El Salvador by becoming General Manager of two Choice Hotels International properties in 2014 – Comfort Inn Real San Miguel and Comfort Inn Real La Unión Hotel – where he led the teams at both hotels in exceeding revenue, quality assurance, and operational goals. In 2015, Lopez stepped into the role of General Manager at Grand Roatan Caribbean Resort in Roatán, Honduras, where his family of four currently resides. As General Manager of Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa, Lopez will lead the resort’s opening strategy, oversee the guest services and internal operations teams and implement a robust social responsibility program supporting local Roatán communities.

A Miami native, Stephanie Tablada’s journey in hospitality sales first began in 2006 at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. Since then her career has skyrocketed, from International Sales Manager at Mondrian South Beach Miami to Associate Director of Sales at Royal Palm South Beach Miami. Most recently, Tablada held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel in South Beach, Miami, where for six years she led the sales and marketing teams in executing an award-winning holistic marketing campaign, large-scale meetings and events and pivotal public relations and social media efforts. 

Tablada continues her successful hospitality career with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in her new role as Director of Sales and Marketing for Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa, where she will oversee the resort’s group and leisure sales, strategic partnerships, public relations and social media campaigns, and overarching marketing strategy.

Upon its opening in the Summer of 2023, Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa will become Roatán’s first international branded hospitality offering. Owned and developed by Vista Capital, the new resort will completely reimagine the previous Grand Roatán Caribbean Resort, to now offer 119 luxury guest rooms and suites, four dining and beverage outlets, destination worthy spa retreat, and nearly 6,000 square feet of meeting and events spaces. Ideally situated on Roatán’s West Bay Beach with premiere access to the dropoff point of The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa will provide an island retreat like no other, offering a luxury guest experience full of indulgence, relaxation, and exciting adventure.

The property aims to demonstrate its profound respect for its local communities and the surrounding environment by celebrating the craftsmanship of local artisans and incorporating sustainably-driven infrastructure into the resort’s overall design.


San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury and lifestyle portfolio, 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. For more information visit


Translated by: A.M