You’ve Got a Friend in Alera
In Honduran slang, Alera means “best friend,” or someone who’s always up for an adventure. We take that spirit of easy camaraderie and translate it into a restaurant where you feel comfortable any time of day, whether indulging in the breakfast buffet, toasting with local beers at the bar, or sitting down to a dinner of seafood pasta on the patio. One meal, and you’ll be ready to be BFFs.
With more than 13 years of culinary experience in the hospitality industry, Israel Navarro joins Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa as Executive Chef. Navarro’s extensive leadership expertise spans hospitality brands including Grand Velas Los Cabos, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, where he mastered the management of multiple kitchen operations and the implementation of new menu concepts. As Executive Chef of Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa, Navarro leads the menu design and execution of the resort’s four dining outlets and catering operations, in addition to overseeing the overall management of the resort’s culinary teams.
SARAH JOHNSON HARMACEK
An industry veteran with more than 15 years’ experience, Sarah Johnson Harmacek is the beverage director at Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa. As a certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, she works to elevate wine service and increase the awareness of wine culture on the island, furthering its position as a premier Caribbean destination for unique beverage and dining experiences. Harmacek pairs her global expertise with the rich abundance of traditional Honduran flavors to curate the resort’s beverage programming for each restaurant and bar concept. She also oversees a beverage-training program for ongoing staff education and works to build local and regional beverage partnerships. Prior to joining the team, she directed the beverage program at Kimpton Hotel Born in Denver, leading the program to national acclaim.
Director of Food & Beverage
An accomplished food and beverage leader with more than 20 years of extensive international food and beverage experience, Mauro Pellegrino is the food & beverage director at Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa. He has a background at renowned hospitality brands including Four Seasons, The Westin, and JW Marriott. At Kimpton Grand Roatán, Pellegrino led the resort’s restaurant and bar opening strategy and continues to oversee the overall management, planning and execution of all food and beverage operations.