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Friday, February 15, 2013

New luxury Hotel & Villa opening on the Island Roatan

The Lancaster Group, Inc., a leading North American Hotel Management Company,  is delighted to announce the soft opening on the 1st March 2013 of its newest venture, Las Verandas Hotel and Villas  – the first luxury resort, spa, private villa complex and golf community on the lush, tropical Caribbean island of Roatán, the largest of Honduras’ Bay of Islands.

Located on Roatán, 35 miles off the coast of Honduras, Las Verandas Hotel and Villas, will initially encompass an expansive lobby, Palapa Bar & Restaurant, two infinity edge pools, 1,000 feet of private beach and six villas providing 12 large bedroom accommodations with stunning views of the Caribbean. Roatán’s first championship golf course, The Black Pearl, an 18-hole, 7,200-yard course, designed by legendary father-son duo Pete and Perry Dye, will sit adjacent to the Hotel. In July, five more villas and 36 rooms & suites will open along with a new restaurant and bar. Ultimately, Las Verandas Hotel and Villas will offer guests 60 luxury rooms and suites, 32 free-standing villas and a 6,000 square foot destination spa.

The development is a joint venture between Pan Caribbean Capital Partners I Ltd., a privately held Houston based investment partnership and Destination Resorts, Ltd. headed by J. William Sharman, Jr.  Sharman, an original founder of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is also Chairman & CEO of The Lancaster Group Inc, who have specialized in developing, repositioning and managing small luxury hotels and resorts (typically 20 to 175 rooms) for more than 25 years.

“Even by Caribbean standards, Roatán is a cut above,” says J. William Sharman, Jr. “As a lush island with white sand beaches, serene turquoise waters and balmy weather, Roatán brings new meaning to the term tropical paradise. We are excited to open the first premier, luxury resort, spa and private villa complex in Roatán to cater to discerning travellers exploring the attractions of the island.”
“With its range of accommodation, spa, golf course and water and adventure activities, Las Verandas will ‘wow’ visitors with a sophisticated, yet relaxing environment. Whether its honeymooners, families, couples or groups of friends, they will all be well catered for”, continues Sharman.

Las Verandas Hotel & Villas will bask in the natural beauty of Roatán, surrounded by rainforest-covered hills, white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, and glowing sunsets. The resort rests on the North Shore with the Mesoamerican Reef just beyond, creating a playground where guests can enjoy diving, snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing. Or, they can simply relax on the beach or around one of the infinity edge pools overlooking the reef. Visitors may even spot whale sharks and sperm whales near Utila, a neighbouring island.

The resort is located just fifteen minutes from Roatán International Airport (RTB). Scheduled flights from the UK depart daily via US hubs of Houston, Miami, and Atlanta, with a 2 hour onward connection direct to Roatán. Alternatively Air Italy offers a Sunday weekly direct charter flight from Milan to Roatán. Flights via Madrid are also available into San Salvador, El Salvador and onward to San Pedro Sula in Honduras. Roatán is serviced by daily and regular domestic flights from the Honduras mainland airports of San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba and the capital, Tegucigalpa.