Kimpton is adding to its roster of Caribbean gems in Grand Cayman and Grenada — complete with sparkling turquoise waters and rainbow-colored corals — a resort on an island off the coast of Honduras: Welcome to Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort.
Roatán is the largest of the Bay Islands and known as “The Gateway to Central America.” Home to the world’s second-largest great barrier reef — not to mention an array of activities on land — we couldn’t be more excited to welcome guests to our new slice of paradise.
An Eco-Friendly Approach
Roatán is known for diversity both in its waters and on its shores. The rich heritage of the indigenous islanders known as Paya — descendants of Africans and European pirates — are honored with local artwork and artifacts incorporated throughout the resort.
We’re also committed to sustainable infrastructure including solar technology, on-site water desalination, and eco-friendly touches throughout the 119 guest rooms and suites, 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meetings and events space, restaurants, and oceanfront beach bars. Did we mention the expansive pool, fully-equipped fitness center, and luxurious spa?
There’s so much to love on property — and even more around the island.
A Roundup of Roatán
The Central American country of Honduras borders the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Located 40 miles off the coast, situated between Utila and Guanaja, Roatán — pronounced (roh-ah-TAHN) — is the largest of the three islands that make up the Bay Islands.
The official language of the island is Spanish, but Caribbean English is the most widely spoken and USD are an accepted form of currency. The weather is pretty perfect with a year-round average temperature of 80°F, making it an ideal place for all the ocean and land activities it has to offer.
Here are a few of our favorite island activities:
- Bask in the white sand of West Bay Beach, one of the Caribbean’s most stunning beaches — and the location for the Grand Roatán.
- Pack your best reef-safe sunscreen to snorkel or dive amongst the fish and corals of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
- Explore the island’s two main shipwrecks, the El Aguila and the Odyssey, with any one of the island’s accredited diving companies.
- Enjoy sweeping views of the island and a thrilling trip through the jungle via zipline at Pirates of the Caribbean Canopy Tour.
- Snorkel or swim out to iSoar in Halfmoon Bay and hop aboard a retrofitted sailboat with dive platforms and rope swings to jump from.
- Book a Mangrove Tunnel Tour to learn about this unique ecosystem and the surprising ways it handles the effects of climate change.
- Pay a visit to Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum to explore 160 eco-friendly acres of tropical fruits and hiking trails solo or with a guide.
- Strap on your helmet and climb into your dune buggy for an exhilarating drive through the lush interior of the island to the pristine beaches. Be sure to wear a bathing suit and clothes you don’t mind getting muddy.
No matter what adventure you choose, remember to bring plenty of water!
How will you explore the island? If you can pull yourself away from the Grand Roatán, that is.
Where to stay: Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort