Some breakfasts will make you want to jump out of bed in the morning, but these room service spreads will keep you right where you woke up. Perhaps the guiltiest hotel pleasure of all is ordering breakfast directly to your bed, so you can tuck into a sky-high stack of pancakes while staying under the sheets. And the breakfast in bed dress code? A fluffy white hotel dressing gown, of course. Here are ten of the top hotel breakfasts which are not only delicious but are also a feast for the eyes.
In the Alps, breakfast is a generous affair to fuel skiers before they hit the slopes. Pastries and homemade breads, eggs in every way, fresh fruit and vegetable juices of all colours, pastries, charcuterie, local cheeses, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. An Acai bowl or a mountain-style blueberry tart, there is something to satisfy every taste at Le Coucou, a stylish ski-in ski-out lodge on Méribel’s mountainside. And if you can bear to take a few steps from your Pierre Yovanovitch designed bed, breakfast can also be enjoyed on your private terrace overlooking the Belvédère piste, chocolat chaud or champagne in hand.
Wake to the sounds of the rainforest at Hotel Three Sixty, a cluster of light and airy luxury villas set high above the misty canopy with mesmerising views. Throw open your floor-to-ceiling terrace doors to let the natural light and wildlife calls in, before enjoying some homemade yoghurt with fresh fruits and seasonal jam from the comfort of your king-size bed. For a more traditional taste of Costa Rica, order the gallo pinto (rice and beans) which comes with freshly prepared tortilla, eggs as you like, Turrialba cheese, pico de gallo, and fried sweet plantain.
Bedrooms at The Dunstane Houses are spread across Dunstane House and Hampton House, two meticulously restored Victorian townhouses standing as the gateway to Old Town Edinburgh. The vibe here is lived-in luxury, with a real home-from-home feel thanks to an eclectic combination of warm tweeds, rich velvets and printed wallpapers. For a warming start to a winter’s day in the Scottish capital, request the Scot’s porridge with local Heather Hills honey and fresh berries, or for a lighter bite, the Orkney smoked salmon and free-range scrambled eggs from Lintz Hall Farm is as refreshing as it is filling – all without leaving your Vispring bed.
There’s more than a hint of Victorian whimsy about The Ampersand Hotel – filled with vintage curiosities and oozing contemporary elegance, it takes its design cues from London’s most famous museums. Rooms are intimate and stylish, while the upper floor suites have intricate interiors inspired by geometry and ‘Mary Poppins’ views of the city skyline from the large windows. Brimming with botanical references, the centrepiece of the Deluxe Studios is the enormous royal blue velvet headboard, backed by floral wallpaper which sets the perfect scene for breakfast in bed – whether you opt for a Full English or American pancakes with honeycomb and bananas.
Set on a rocky cliff with Caribbean Sea-facing cabanas, breakfast at Mi Amor is served to the sound of crashing waves – proving that it is possible to eat alfresco and have breakfast in bed at the same time. Relax on your pastel pink day bed as thick cut French toast or chilaquiles are delivered to your sunny spot of choice, washed down with a ‘Tropical Sunrise’ or ‘Jungle Fever’ smoothie – or get into the Tulum rhythm with a breakfast cocktail. You’ll feel like you’re a 1950s film star on set in the glamorous golden age Mexican cinema.
Set on a sandy white beach facing the crystal clear Andaman Sea, ‘outside living-in’ is the concept at Aleenta Resort & Spa Phuket. Suites have retractable glass walls, lofts benefit from stunning sea views and villas provide outdoor living areas, and most accommodation has its own private pool – which you can see from your bed as you enjoy Thai classics like Kao Tom and noodle soup for breakfast, or riceberry congee made with soft tofu, ginger, coriander, scallions, crispy garlic, Himalayan salt, and chia seeds.
An elegant Côte d’Azur retreat, Althoff Villa Belrose is circled by pine trees and landscaped gardens, with the beautiful bay of Saint-Tropez just below. Bedrooms are decorated in calming tones of white, peach, taupe and grey, with an over-sized king bed wrapped in crisp white linens to sink into after a day spent by the pool or at one of the famous beaches just five minutes away. Breakfast is overseen by Chef Pietro Volontè, with a choice of eight freshly squeezed juices, freshly baked pastries and sweet crêpes among other Mediterranean inspired dishes.
Experience authentic Irish hospitality at its finest at unbeatably central Brooks Hotel, a stylish retreat in Dublin’s buzzing creative quarter. There’s a vibrant mix of rooms and suites, each with its own individual personality and quirky touches. Start your day feasting on homemade Irish brown bread, porridge finished with a touch of local Teeling whisky, and fresh coffee, before exploring the city – with many of the capital’s must-see sights on your doorstep.
With just a nine naturally styled rooms tucked away beside a peaceful stretch of Tulum’s sugar-white beach, Mezzanine is a small and perfectly formed retreat just steps away from the crystal clear Caribbean waters. Wake up in the morning to a fresh ocean breeze and fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping on the shore. Each day starts with hot tea or coffee waiting outside your room, and if you’re prepared to stretch your legs to the casual beach are just below the hotel, you can enjoy breakfast on a double day bed with your toes in the sand – the likes of tropical hot cakes served with papaya preserve, mango purée and coconut sauce, and traditional Thai breakfast specialities are on the menu.
A quirky village-style collection of houses, huts and hideaways scattered across the 400-acre Farncombe Estate, The Fish Hotel is made for laid-back luxury breaks. The in-room breakfast hamper filled with avocado and bacon or smoked salmon and egg mayonnaise buns, Greek yoghurt, granola, fruit salad, berry compote, croissants, local cheese, cold meats, freshly baked sourdough bread and just-squeezed orange juice is available between 7am-10am every morning – simply place your order with the team by 10pm the night before and choose your preferred breakfast time for a scrumptious start to your day in the Cotswolds.