Grab your golf pencil and scorecard for your Bloody Mary and Mimosa count. Research the best local taps at your go-to gastropubs. Rally up the troops. You know the drill. Brunch, meet your match. Get ready for the most beautiful and decadent hotel breakfast venues in the world. These lavish and luxurious breakfast and brunch options are so out-of-this-world, they might just knock you out of your afternoon pub crawl runnings and into nap land.
1. The Ivy Hotel (Baltimore, Maryland)
Opened in June 2015 as the premiere luxury hotel in Baltimore’s historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood, it’s hard to resist being lured in by this seasonal breakfast menu, rounded out with an amuse bouche and a basket of freshly baked pastries to start. Be weary of Piggy Big Eyes Syndrome, fellas.
Next at The Ivy Hotel, make your taste buds dance with seasonal hits like lemon soufflé pancakes with blueberry compote, local eggs served with housemade sausage, eggs Benedict with country ham and truffle, or brioche french toast with vanilla honey and caramelized apples. This inclusive hotel offers its nightly room rate including not just the room, but also breakfast, Wi-Fi, cocktails/wine, afternoon tea, and car service.
2. Twin Farms (Barnard, Vermont)
Sprawled out on 300 acres of lush meadowlands in Robert Frost-level majestic beauty, Twin Farms, a Relais & Chateaux property, spotlights a matchless culinary experience where guests aren’t provided with menus (Yes, you read that right). Guests start the day by indulging in the myriad of possibilities with freshly baked pastries with jam made from berries picked outside the Main House, seasonal fresh fruits, and fluffy, satisfying omelets. Another bite of deliciousness: All meals, wine pairings, and spirits are part of the all-inclusive rate at the five-star resort.
3. Washington School House (Park City, Utah)
The whizzes behind Washington School House‘s dazzling culinary team have crafted a menu featuring a modern and organic approach to classic American fare that will have you hopping out of bed each day (along with an incredible tea menu featuring blends from a local spot). Treat yourself to sweet and savory seasonal selections each morning. The chef creates two daily specials: one, a market scramble based on what’s freshest, such as a zucchini, squash, kale, and goat cheese, and a sweet-tooth option like caramel cranberry pancakes.
You might want to skip the champagne and instead sip on a French press of coffee or herbal tea to help adjust to the altitude side effects. In Washington School House’s unforgettable living room, there is a 10-foot tall antique mirror from an opera house in the south of France and a large antler chandelier, lacquered in sleek white and layered with crystals. Dinner proposal with rose petals strewn over the table? Pffft. With this kind of setting, you might just want to rethink your entire plan. Did we mention it’s included with your stay?
4. The Resort at Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)
“Pastry overload!” said nobody, ever. Indulge in a scrumptious breakfast feast at The Resort at Pedregal‘s Su Cocina. Set up like an authentic Mexican market, sink your chompers into hits like handmade tamales, breakfast pastries, and granola. Try the Mexican glass jars bursting with freshly squeezed juices. Or, if you’re feeling healthy, jumpstart your day with green juice and berries. After all, you’ve got a whole lot of beaching to endure later or perhaps even a tequila tasting or wine class on deck.
5. Madinat Jumeirah (Dubai)
When it comes to mealtime labels, brunch might as well be synonymous with fun. And it’s OK with that reputation. Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai, will re-launch its two popular Friday brunches that will have your tongue sop up all sorts of deliciousness. Marking the return of Dubai’s outdoor brunch season, Executive Chef Dirk Haltenhof and his team at Jumeirah Al Qsar and Jumeirah Mina A’Salam will have you brunching like a global jetsetter. At Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, expect a hands-on invitation to explore cuisine from the homeland of each international chef prepared fresh at interactive cooking stations.
A liquid nitrogen station featuring ultra-chilled surprises? Check. A “Do Nut Judge” station with sweet and savory donuts? Absolutely. “The Global Grill” cooking up meats from the world’s top food destinations? Giddy up. A “Mad Scientist”cocktail station? Don’t you know it.
Meanwhile, at Jumeirah Al Qsar, enjoy an extensive beverage station, live music, themed molecular cuisine (think of it as the unbelievable modern art of the culinary world), live cooking stations, Arabic-inspired dessert stations, and an indulgent Valrhona Chocolate Station. Overindulge your senses at Madinat Jumeirah with Friday brunch available at both locations from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with prices starting at $143 USD per adult. Just don’t forget, the gym called (but you can send her to voicemail for the day).
6. The Mulia & Mulia Villas (Bali, Indonesia)
Guests staying at The Mulia & Mulia Villas receive complimentary breakfast each morning (and pace yourself for the afternoon tea with cocktails and canapés and exclusive access to poolside cabanas that’s to come). With a wide range of American and authentic Indonesian breakfast specialties, The Mulia & Mulia Villas will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what’s next using only the finest authentic regional and locally-sourced ingredients.
Popular Indonesian specialty breakfast options could have you diving into a helping of Babi Guling, a traditional Balinese pig roast served with lawar (a local mixture of vegetables, coconut and minced meat) and steamed rice, or Sate Lilit, a classic Balinese ceremonial dish — this seafood sate features skewers of minced chicken with freshly grated coconut and aromatic Balinese spices. Not so adventurous? You could just, you know, have some fresh fruit and take in the stunning views.
7. The Palms Turks and Caicos (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos)
Say hello to The Palms Turks and Caicos, a 72-suite oceanfront resort (you had us at “oceanfront”) just a stone’s throw away from the famed Grace Bay Beach. The resort entices you with another reason to leave the elegant comfort of your room — your morning meal. New to the hotel this year is The Garden, an al fresco dining area opened solely for breakfast. Nestled in a beautiful garden filled with flowers native to the area, bask in the sun while enjoying a full selection of breakfast items from pastries to omelets. One more reason to love it: It comes with the room rate.
8. Grand Hotel Tremezzo (Tremezzina, Italy)
This is the breakfast edible fantasies are made out of. Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a five-star Art Noveau palace in the heart of Lake Como, is surely one of the most breathtaking nooks in the world to get your day started. You’re going to want to push back your lunch reservations.
This breakfast haven of gastronomic delight includes local products and fresh lakeside ingredients, where you can satiate just about any kind of craving with hits from sweet Italian crepes and waffles to homemade marinated salmon and cold Italian cuts. You’ll dine on La Terrazza’s terrace, while feasting your eyes on the blue of the third-largest lake in Italy and an exclusive view of the Grigna peaks. Seasonally updated, Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s breakfast buffet comes with your room.
9. Marquis Los Cabos (Los Cabos, Mexico)
And you thought lobster eggs Benedict was exotic? As a signature touch, each guestroom is given the “Marquis Wake Up” at Marquis Los Cabos where sweet rolls and coffee are delivered through a special alcove early each morning — at the ready to be devoured whenever you wake up. Guests of the all-inclusive oceanfront resort can then slink on down to enjoy a full breakfast buffet at Vista Ballenas with international specialties, fresh pastries, fruit, and more. Don’t feel like moving? Enjoy in-room service from a menu of traditional breakfast offerings — french toast, yogurt and granola, made-to-order omelets — basically everything you’ll have a tough time turning down.