From lavish spreads to well-edited gourmet menus, these 14 places focus squarely on the first meal of the day.
Breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day. But while its pragmatic benefits aren’t lost on most, what of its more indulgent possibilities? Thankfully, the best hotels in the world guarantee morning spreads that are meant to impress as much as sustain. And since guests will likely partake of an in-house breakfast more consistently than any other meal, it is the perfect opportunity for a property to exhibit its culinary skills.
Take the breakfast service at Laledan Restaurant at the Çiragan Palace in Istanbul: The iconic hotel on the European banks of the Bosphorus leaves nothing to chance with a buffet offering more than 250 items that span the globe. Or there’s the brand new Kensington Street Social at Sydney’s Old Clare Hotel, which brings the booze to breakfast with creative cocktails like the Fruit Looped Cereal Killer, an eye-opener of vodka, “Fruit Loop milk,” apricot, and Aperol, served in a milk carton.
There are those that pamper not with size but with convenience, like at Ponta dos Ganchos in Santa Catarina, Brazil, where private beaches and a slow pace reign and breakfast is served all day. And some places call on a star chef, like at The Surrey in New York, which serves a menu conceived by Daniel Boulud that includes brioche French toast elevated with orange butter and passion-fruit syrup. If that doesn’t wake you up, nothing will.