Best part of vacation? Sleeping in. But at these hotels, you might want to reconsider: These breakfasts are known to be the main attractions. In fact, these hotel restaurants boast prized dishes guests wait in line for — you may even need reservations (for hotel breakfast, people!). Should we set your wake-up call?
1. Coconut French Toast at Peter Island Resort, British Virgin Islands
French toast with a tropical twist! (Photo: Peter Island Resort & Spa/Facebook)
Miss Jean Kelly, maitre de of Tradewinds restaurant at Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands, has been perfecting her coconut French toast for so long — almost 40 years! — that it’s become somewhat of a legend on the islands. In fact, sailors, skippers, and captains are known to pop over mornings just to get their fill. The coconut French toast is made with coconut milk and cream, toasted to a crisp, and garnished with strawberries. You’ll want it again for lunch and dinner.
2. Breakfast buffet at The Mulia Resort & Villas, Bali, IndonesiaI
The fantastic spread at Soleil’s Sunday brunch at Mulia. (Photo: The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, Bali/Facebook)
Hotels in Southeast Asia are known for their delicious breakfast buffets that offer multiple amazing stations (e.g., waffle stations, egg stations, exotic fruit stations, etc.). But The Mulia Resort in Bali not only offers various stations, it boasts cuisines from nine regions. Each food station is fronted by a local chef presenting food from his or her respective area and specialty (Chinese, Thai, Indian, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Western, seafood, and BBQ) so guests can experience traditional breakfasts from various Asian culinary worlds. The gourmet breakfast offerings are superb, as close as you can get to breakfast fine-dining, and best of all, its all included in your room rate.
3. Grab-N-Go at Miami Edition, Miami, Fla.
Jean-Georges’ Market at the Miami Edition. (Photo: Edition Hotels)
When was the last time you ordered grab-n-go prepared by a world-renowned, iconic chef? Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees the food and beverage at the swanky Miami Edition hotel, including the fast-casual counter service at the front of the hotel. Here, both hotel guests and outside visitors alike can stop by for delicious items like fresh pastries and breakfast sandwiches ($7-$19) though we recommend grabbing a stool at the counter to indulge in buttermilk pancakes or the organic egg sandwich with smoked ham that’s incredibly juicy, basil, flavorful red serrano peppers, and rich gruyere cheese. Not only is it great for hangovers (it is Miami), it’s good for you!
4. Pierre Herme Croissants at Ritz Carlton Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
What better way to start your day than noshing a delicious croissant on the terrace? (Photo: TripAdvisor)
Famed French patissier Pierre Herme is a pastry master, and his baked goods (from pastries to macaroons) are the morning buzz in town at his Haute Patisserie in Paris. Luckily, guests at Ritz Carlton Kyoto can get their hands on his artistic treats at the swank breakfast buffet (or at the onsite Pierre Herme Paris boutique). The pastries are perfectly crisp on the outside, buttery, flavorful, and truly indulgent. Not to mix metaphors, they’re the caviar of croissants!
5. In-room dining at Inn of Five Graces, Santa Fe, N.M.
Because what could be better than breakfast in bed? (Photo: The Inn of The Five Graces/Facebook)
This intimate Relais & Chateaux property in Santa Fe is all about luxury, and it starts at the beginning of the day with the gourmet, New Mexican breakfast. Chef Rosa has been working on these original recipes like blue corn pinon pancakes and huevos estila rosa for eight years, which makes the breakfast dishes feel extra special and homemade (unlike other hotels where chefs come and go). Even the salsas and the famed, flavorful and gluten-free red chile sauce are made from scratch every morning, using herbs straight from the property’s on-site garden. Included in the rate of the hotel, you can order any dish (or all dishes if you desire), and you can have it in the gorgeous courtyard or delivered to your room at no charge.
6. Manhattan’s most happening hotel breakfast scene at The Benjamin, New York, N.Y.
You had us at “pork belly benedict.” (Photo: The National)
You may know Geoffrey Zakarian from Iron Chef America or Chopped but this celebrity chef gets major props for dishing out an excellent breakfast menu at The Benjamin in N.Y.C. In fact, it’s one of very few midtown hotels where reservations are recommended for breakfast, thanks to the action-packed scene. The floor buzzes to life first thing in the morning with a mix of professionals and tourists. Start the day off on the right foot with standout favorites like Croque Madame (bistro ham, gruyere, truffled mornay, sunny egg) and Pork Belly Benedict (poached egg, bernaise, pickled fresno pepper).
7. Huevos a la cubana at Ritz Carlton Reserve, Dorado Beach, Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
Breakfast at Mi Casa offers an array of traditional Spanish dishes with a unique spin. (Photo: Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve/Facebook)
When famed chef Jose Andres is fronting the kitchen at a hotel restaurant, you best get your butt there. The ex-El Buli chef (El Buli was voted best restaurant in the world until it closed a few years back) is known for his whimsical, innovative, and truly unforgettable creations. At Ritz Carlton Reserve, Dorado Beach, guests can actually get a personal perspective on his culinary genius with huevas a la cubana (two fried eggs with sautéed rice, oven-baked bacon, caramelized banana, and fresh tomato sauce), which is his mom’s original recipe. Another great highlight? Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach is one of few hotel restaurants in the Caribbean that serves iberico jamon (a delicious cured ham) delivered straight from Spain…and perfect for breakfast snacking.
8. Sunday brunch at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Calif.
Brunch at the Four Seasons features a bevy of options including fabulous waffles. (Photo: Four Seasons)
Another hotel restaurant that requires reservations (and with good reason) is Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The infamous Sunday brunch ($75 per person) is nothing short of spectacular. When you’re not people watching the wild mix of hotel guests, Beverly Hills Housewives, and A-list celebrities, you’re making a beeline to several serving stations scattered throughout three rooms, which include incredibly unique options like a doughnut-making machine, a D.I.Y. Bloody Mary station, a quesadilla station where cooks make the fresh tortillas right before your eyes, and even a pastry station with a chocolate fountain and lavish cupcakes. Much credit goes to executive chef Cyrille Panniere, who developed the “field to fork” concept in London.
9. Home-cooked realness at Washington School House, Park City, Utah
Pancakes better than your grandma’s (sorry, Grams!) (Photo: Washington School House)
This intimate boutique hotel in a former 1889 school house stands out among the larger resorts in Park City. In fact, guests don’t feel like they’re in a hotel at all, which may explain why breakfast here feels so special. In the living room (adorned with a large antler chandelier and 10-foot-tall antique mirror from an opera house in the south of France), guests dine on homemade, organic, and gourmet breakfast dishes that rotate every day. Items like gluten-free berry waffles and Eggs Florentine Benedict are better than grandma’s, made to order, and included in the room rate. Because only breakfast is served here (no lunch or dinner), it has a B&B feel but with high-end notes.
10. The Bruffin at Conrad New York, New York, N.Y.
The only place to get the Bruffin Benedict is at the Conrad. (Photo: Conrad New York/Facebook)
Remember the cronut? Sure you do. The next big food hybrid is the “Bruffin” (brioche-dough muffin with cheese and bacon) and everyone’s raging over the Bruffin Eggs Benedict, exclusively at Conrad New York. In fact, executive chef Antonio Cardoso collaborated with Bruffin creators Michael Bagley and Medy Youcef to conceptualize The French Bruffin (lardons, gruyere, and brie), with two soft-boiled eggs, homemade chive Hollandaise sauce, and roasted tomatoes.
11. Breakfast Beef Pho on the Aqua Mekong Cruise Ship, Vietnam and Cambodia
Ok, it’s not a traditional hotel — but it is a floating hotel, and it is a great breakfast. Cruises in general never really get a reputation for their culinary offerings, but the beef pho aboard the new Aqua Mekong is changing the game. The executive chef on this river cruise — which traverses the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia — is David Thompson, the star chef from Bangkok’s much lauded Nahm restaurant (named one of the world’s 50 best restaurants this year by S. Pellegrino). Beef pho isn’t unusual for breakfast in Southeast Asia, and fresh ingredients used to create the dish (Asian basil, star anise, spring onions) aren’t the easiest to get aboard a ship, so the pho is only available upon request. Still, word is out, and it’s the most popular dish thanks to perfectly textured rice noodles, sumptuous broth, and thinly sliced, seasoned beef.