ROATÁN, HONDURAS – Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa announced yesterday the appointment of its leadership team, welcoming Carlos Lopez as General Manager and Stephanie Tablada as Director of Sales and Marketing. Located on the 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 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, Lopez is 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, Tablada’s journey in hospitality sales first began in 2006 at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. Since then her career has taken her to many roles, 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.