After maintaining a rating of a four-diamond hotel for over 15 years, the Spice Island Beach Resort has finally received the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award.
This award has only been granted to six other hotels in the Caribbean and 118 hotels worldwide.
This latest award comes on the heels of Sir Royston being honoured in April by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences with a Six Star Diamond Lifetime Achievement award.
Nearly 28,000 hotels are reviewed by AAA inspectors who use published guidelines to evaluate and rate properties for the AAA Five Diamond Award and only 0.4 percent make the AAA Five Diamond List.
Having worked for years to achieve this distinguished award and Sir Royston being the only black hotelier to obtain such an award, the management and staff of the resort got into celebratory mode.
The ceremony was held at the hotel in the presence of Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Deputy Managing Director at the Resort, Janelle Hopkin who is the daughter of Sir Royston, noted that her father’s dedication to the success of his hotel is what landed the resort the prestigious award.
“Every great team needs a leader and ….you have lead us straight to this moment right here. With your dedication, your hard work… congratulations to you. Your very humble, loving and rather dynamic personality is the reason why everyone in this room walk into the doors with smiles on their faces….”, she told the gathering while heaping praise on her father.
“…He is a stickler for standards and procedures…and it goes back to his relentless love and passion for giving service and excellent service, not only to the guests but to the employees…we are very proud of you,” she said.
Parliamentary Representative for the South St George constituency, Alexandra Otway-Noel told those assembled on the hotel plant that she is not surprised by the achievement.
“You have done an outstanding job, there is no competition and that’s how this hotel can present itself. You have done a tremendous job, you have broken the barriers, you have raised the standards and you have made everyone else realise that a solid team and a good vision and good work ethic can achieve great things,” the fame government minister told Sir Royston.
The island’s premier hotelier who is Chairman and Managing Director of Spice Island Beach Resort attributed his success in the tourism sector to his mother and father who had operated a guesthouse at Belmont in St George’s.
Like on many previous occasions, Sir Royston said he is not a product of a college or university but rather “I am a product of Ottley and Glynis Hopkin”.
“My mother was the innovator of Caribbean cuisine. She laboured in the kitchen night and day to establish a standard of cuisine. My father was up there as the one who would warm the guests, make sure everything was immaculate and they have built a little business from 4 rooms to 12 rooms. They had tremendous repeat guests coming in there and they have built a tremendous reputation.
“…This is where I got it…I want to pay great respect and honour to Ottley and Glynis Hopkin, where I feel very strongly that their legacy is continuing.
Spice is known to be the most awarded local hotel on the island from reputable international hotel organisations.