Sir Royston Hopkin, owner and chairman of the luxury Spice
Island Beach Resort in Grenada, has died following complications from heart
surgery. He was 75.
An icon in the Caribbean tourism and hospitality industry
and the only Caribbean hotelier ever knighted by the Queen of England, Hopkin
had a career that spanned more than 55 years.
He was the recipient of many awards, including Lifetime Achievement
awards from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean
Tourism Organization, CHTA Hotelier of the Year, and the 2019 Caribbean Hotel & Resort
Hopkin had served as president of the Grenada Hotel and
Tourism Association and was a past president of the CHTA. He had worked as a
volunteer on CHTA’s board of directors and, along with CTO officials, helped
hoteliers and destinations develop their individual products.
He is survived by his wife Betty, four children, four
grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and the entire family of Spice Island
Services are planned for March 5 in Grenada.