Ronan Hannan, Colin Hannan, Jonathan Blitz

Belize Success Story

Opening Ka’ana Resort in 2007, Ronan and Colin created Belize’s first inland luxury resorts, pushing experiential travel to new levels. Combining exceptional customer service with bespoke experiences and high-design villas, Ka’ana has become an award-winning resort, setting a new bar in Belizean hospitality. The team has developed an extraordinary operations arm under Jonathan Blitz, who was Aman Resorts’ youngest ever General Manager, spending 10 years with the company. His experience in remote areas of India, Bhutan, the Maldives and beyond brings an incredible depth of hospitality expertise to Itz’ana.

Fernando Paiz

Regional Experience, Business Strength

Growing up in Guatemala, Fernando spent summers kayaking through the remote cayes of the Belize Reef. As an adult, he combines his explorer spirit and intense interest in Maya history with his business endeavors. His experience and strength have catalysed both Ka’ana and Itz’ana and he is the steady hand that guides the developments. He has carved his reputation over decades of business success, creating a legacy that spans the entire Central American region across multiples industries.

Roberto de Oliveira Castro

Architect

Roberto is the founder of de Oliveira Castro Architects in Boston and Guatemala and prior was the founding principal at over,under. Roberto is a registered architect in Switzerland and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His current work includes leading the design of a mix-use medical complex in Guatemala City, private residences in Boston and Guatemala, and a luxury resort in Belize. He is also a co-designer of the award-winning Museo Maya de América in collaboration with Harry Gugger Studio. His past work includes directing the design of a series of hotels in Central America, houses in Guatemala and Egypt, and three urban-scale projects in Abu Dhabi.

Samuel Amoia

Interior Designer

Samuel Amoia’s passion for interior design originated with his extensive international travel, which has allowed him to see and experience first-hand some of world’s most prestigious living environments. Amoia has worked for industry leaders such as Ian Schrager and Hotels AB (Andre Balazs). Most recently, Amoia worked closely with interior designer Stephen Sills, hailed as one of the most influential forces in the field today.

Jenan & Bryant McClain

Keen Initiatives, Sales & Marketing

Time, Place, and the Art of Listening. Keen’s unique success in Caribbean Resort Sales and Marketing is based on their design of high-value propositions for buyers in quickly emerging destinations that are destined for stardom. They’ve cultivated invaluable experience under the guidance of resort icons in St. Lucia, Anguilla (Viceroy Hotel Group), and Jamaica (Goldeneye Resort). Their networks of valued professionals help refine their ear for the region’s next top resort.