Sir Royston O. Hopkin
Sir Royston O. Hopkin KCMG, respected Caribbean hotelier and owner and chairman of the award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada, has an extensive and distinguished tourism industry career spanning more than 52 years of contributions to Grenada and the entire Caribbean region.
Hopkin began his tourism career when he joined the family business at the Ross Point Inn in 1965. He was the youngest person ever appointed to the Grenada Tourist Board where he served for 18 consecutive years and periodically thereafter. Sir Royston has earned numerous prestigious awards including the recent Six Star Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award and the stunning 30th Anniversary Crystal Award celebrating Spice Island Beach Resort’s 30 Years of Excellence under the stewardship of Sir Royston, both from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, in addition to Lifetime Achievement awards from CTO and CHTA.
Sir Royston’s ultimate honor came in 2004 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon him the Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) for Sir Royston’s contributions to Grenada and Caribbean tourism.
Sir Royston’s commitment to providing the highest level of attentive, yet unobtrusive, service has made Spice Island Beach Resort the jewel it is today. Now 30 years and multiple renovations later, Spice Island Beach Resort has received the coveted AAA Five Diamond rating, only granted to seven other resorts in the Caribbean and 120 hotels worldwide.
Hopkin has given much of his time to philanthropy and regional advocacy, having served as the Chairman of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST). He is also is the Honorary Director of CHTA, the Grenada Tourism Hotel & Tourism Association and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Queen Elizabeth Home for Children.
Sir Royston is married to Lady Hopkin, and has three children – Ryan, Nerissa, and Janelle – who all work at the resort to ensure the Hopkin brand of hospitality continues.