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Spice Island Beach Resort receives esteemed Six Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences for 4th year

May 16, 2017

NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2017) - Grenada's premier all-inclusive luxury resort, Spice Island Beach Resort (, has been bestowed the coveted Six Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) for the fourth consecutive year. Janelle Hopkin, the resort's Deputy Managing Director, accepted the prestigious award at a gala event held at the Hunt & Fish Club in New York City on Friday night, May 12, 2017.

(l-r) Lady Hopkin; Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, Chairman and Managing Director of Spice Island Beach Resort; Joseph Cinque, CEO of AAHS; Janelle Hopkin, Deputy Managing Director; and Nerissa Hopkin, Director & Deputy General Manager

"We are honored to receive an award that rings excellence, especially as we celebrate 30 years under the stewardship of my father, Sir Royston," said Janelle Hopkin. "My family and I come from a generation of hoteliers - it is in our blood - and if you come to the resort, you will feel like a member of the family," added Hopkin.

The award was presented by Joseph Cinque, CEO of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, at a gathering of travel industry dignitaries and major television news celebrities including Rita Cosby of CBS television's Inside Edition, Bill Fischer, CEO of Fischer Travel and travel agent of the stars.  

In presenting the award to the Hopkin family, the Academy also honored Sir Royston Hopkin with a stunning 30th Anniversary Crystal Award, celebrating 30 Years of Excellence. The award read, "Congratulations Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, Lady Betty Hopkin and the Hopkin family, on 30 years of success for this family owned and operated luxury boutique beachfront resort."

   (l-r) Joseph Cinque; Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG; and Kateryna Szewczyk, International Trustee for AAHS


"This is not just my award, it belongs to my family and employees because without them, there would not be a Spice Island Beach Resort," said a humbled Sir Royston. "I am extremely proud to have been chosen four years ago as a Six Star Diamond hotel and every year I compete with myself, striving to exceed guests' expectations. These awards reinforce who we are and where we are going," added Sir Royston.

In addition, the Academy recognized the resort's commitment to operating at the world's highest environmental standards by presenting Sir Royston Hopkin with the Six Star Diamond Green Award. This accolade speaks to Spice Island Beach Resort's long-lasting Green Globe Certification and dedication to the sustainability of Grenada and the entire Caribbean region.

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences is an establishment specializing in the reviewing of hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, automobiles, products, restaurants and chefs, and is most notably known for its International Star Diamond Award. The award is the most prestigious honor of true excellence in hospitality, gastronomy, attitude, quality, cleanliness and above all service.

AAHS receives a large number of possible recipients for the award from respectable sources around the world. The selection is then refined by the Board of Trustees and the final evaluation is a visit by an anonymous inspector to review the destination and its services.

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Spice Island Beach Resort

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa's Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver's beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children's activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

An all-inclusive vacation at Spice Island Beach Resort features gourmet dining (daily breakfast, lunch and dinner) including premium cocktails and house wines; afternoon tea; oceanfront swimming pool and non-motorized watersports; island tours, scuba diving and sailing charters; access to the resort's state-of-the-art fitness center; tennis, cycling and golf (greens fees at the nine-hole Grenada Golf Club included); full-day children's activities program (ages 3-12); high speed Wi-Fi; and room service (delivery fee applies).

Spice Island Beach Resort is a proud recipient of the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Six Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and has been ranked the #1 property in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor according to traveler reviews. The resort has been recognized as one of the "Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean" in a 2016 U.S. News & World Report and received Virgin Holidays' Gold Award as the #1 property in its exclusive worldwide Platinum Collection for 10 consecutive years from 2006-2015.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a proud member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection, recipient of the 2016 Condé Nast Johansens "Best for Service" award and the first resort in Grenada to be featured in the exclusive Virtuoso network's Hotels & Resorts Program.

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