Austin | Dallas | Houston
HTX Texas Traveler
Omni Hotel Barton Creek
Escape

The Texas Caribbean: Sleek new island hideaway is full of Houston connections — and NASA architect power

Enlarge
Slideshow
Las Verandas in Roatan, beach
The half-moon private beach leading to clear Caribbean waters is one of the top selling points of Las Verandas. Photo by © Al Arqueta
Las Verandas in Roatan, palapa
Local bamboo was used in design of the palapa overlooking the beach. Photo by © Al Arqueta
News, Shelby, Las Verandas event, Gui Trotti, Bill Sharman, February 2014
Las Verandas architect Gui Trotti, left, and Bill Sharman. Photo by Chris Brown
Las Verandas in Roatan, villa living room
High ceilings and architectural detailing highlight the living room in this suite. Photo by © Al Arqueta
News, Shelby, Las Verandas event, Jacob Sudhoff, February 2014
Jacob Sudhoff of Sudhoff Properties, which is handling Las Verandas sales. Photo by Chris Brown
Las Verandas in Roatan, villa living room
The living room in a Las Verandas villa features a vaulted ceiling with native bamboo.  Photo by © Al Arqueta
Las Verandas in Roatan, bedroom
There is nothing like a view of the ocean from the bedroom. Photo by © Al Arqueta
Las Verandas in Roatan, beach
Las Verandas in Roatan, palapa
News, Shelby, Las Verandas event, Gui Trotti, Bill Sharman, February 2014
Las Verandas in Roatan, villa living room
News, Shelby, Las Verandas event, Jacob Sudhoff, February 2014
Las Verandas in Roatan, villa living room
Las Verandas in Roatan, bedroom

The tony gathering in the private room at Americas River Oaks was all ears as architect Gui Trotti, a former University of Houston architecture professor, made his presentation on Las Verandas Hotel & Villas, a new resort on the tiny island of Roatán, off the Caribbean coast of Honduras.

Temptations to hop the next plane to Honduras ran high as slides of a white sandy beach, azure waters and palm trees blowing in a warm breeze beckoned on this particularly cold night. The spectacular Caribbean design and furnishings pictured were enough to convince anyone with beach fever to sign up. With non-stop flights between Houston and Honduras, flying time is less than three hours.

 Trotti's early career in Houston included working with NASA on lunar bases, Mars vehicles and the Space Station. 

Through his architecture firm based in Cambridge, Mass., Trotti designed the luxury project that stretches across 400 acres and includes an 18-hole golf course. Trotti and Bill Sharman, chairman and CEO of the Houston-based Lancaster Group, headed up the gathering aimed at encouraging investment in one of the private villas and/or reservations in one of Las Verandas' hotel rooms. The project is being developed by Houston-based Pan Caribbean Capital Partners. 

Sale of the two- and three-bedroom villas is being handled by Sudhoff Properties and Jacob Sudhoff was among the small group that was wined and dined in style.

Trotti's early career in Houston included working with NASA on lunar bases, Mars vehicles and the Space Station. He designed the Challenger Learning Center for the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He later spent two years traveling the world on a sailboat, studying various regions and environments. The wisdom gained from that experience, he told the gathering, was instrumental in his design of Las Verandas.

Newsletters for exploring your city

Daily Digest

Houston news, views + events

The Dining Report

News you can eat

Insider Offers

Curated experiences at exclusive prices

Promo Alerts

Special offers + exclusive deals

We will not share or sell your email address