Check out the Best Hotel Breakfast
Continental breakfast, in the English-speaking world, is just a fancy way of saying “we couldn’t be bothered to cook you breakfast.
Fortunately there’s a higher grade of hoteliers out there who know how to start the day off right.
These places serve the sorts of breakfasts that will have you rolling in bed with your stomach growling, waiting for that first whiff of bacon or fresh-baked bread.
In short, here are nine hotels with top-flight breakfasts.
Best Hotel Breakfasts Around
1. Tenuta Cammarana
Ragusa, Sicily — Caviar, smoked salmon and fresh pastries baked by your host Silvia — that’s how you start the day at this five-room farmhouse in southern Sicily. Naturally, there’s a decided emphasis on local ingredients, including olive oil that’s pressed on site and cheese made with milk from those Modica cows you see grazing in the pasture.
2. Huka Lodge
Taupo, New Zealand — Located on the Waikato River, Huka Lodge has long been a favorite of fly-fishing enthusiasts. For early rising anglers, the chef will prepare guests’ own freshly caught trout with eggs and toasted sourdough. No luck on the river? Try the corn fritters with bacon, sweet-tomato-chili jam, crème fraîche and Waikato River cress.
3. Azalea Inn and Gardens
Savannah, Georgia — You can hardly throw a biscuit without hitting a b&b in Savannah, so it takes a lot to be the hotel of choice for Georgia-bound comfort-food aficionados. Using ingredients from their own garden, owners Teresa and Michael Jacobson make locally inflected dishes like shrimp and grits, buttermilk pancakes, and ricotta quiches with berries and stewed plums.
4. Ceylon Tea Trails
Hatton, Sri Lanka — Two words: “bed tea.” At Ceylon Tea Trails, you won’t even have to leave your room to get your morning cup. Once roused, it’s time for coconut flatbread, rice pudding with chili sambal, dal and potato curry. Afterward, you can work off the calories by hiking the spectacular trails that wend through the terraced tea plantations, then go another round at lunchtime.
5. Herdade da Matinha Country House & Restaurant
Alentejo, Portugal — Food is the main attraction at this little family-run guest house in the rolling hills of Alentejo. Before a day of wine tasting and riding horses in the pastoral Portuguese countryside, head to the kitchen for a glass of fresh-squeezed orange or tangerine juice, homemade cakes and jams, some excellent local cheeses and a spread of cured meats.
6. Ochiairiou Murakami
Izu City, Japan — The twelve-course kaiseki dinner isn’t the only star at this classic ryokan. Seasonal breakfasts are full of local specialties, like kamaboko (fish cakes) accompanied with wasabi pickles, nimono (simmered meats & vegetables), himono (dried fish), and atsuyaki tamago (Japanese omelette). After filling your belly, be sure to relax in the spring-fed baths for the full ryokan experience.
7. Gregans Castle Hotel
Ballyvaughan, Ireland — Duck eggs from a nearby farm are just one of the many locally sourced products on the breakfast menu at Gregans Castle Hotel, a 250-year-old manor house set in the rocky landscape of the Burren overlooking Galway Bay; in fact duck eggs are just one of your choices for eggs. Hen eggs are the other, served in any style you like alongside sausages, bacon and fresh or smoked fish.
8. Fazenda Catuçaba
São Luiz do Paraitinga, Brazil — Life is sweet at Fazenda Catuçaba, so sweet that even breakfast comes with chocolate cake. Before you get to dessert, there’s also a cornucopia of fruit, farm-fresh eggs and of course the region’s famous coffee. Best of all is the pão de queijo, a traditional, oozily warm Brazilian cheese-bread that simply must not be missed.
9. Captain Fairfield
Kennebunkport, Maine — At this nine-room b&b they love to showcase one of Maine’s best local ingredients: blueberries. Whether you eat them in the scones with lemon icing, in pancakes with maple syrup, or simply by the handful, they’re delicious. Just be sure to save room for the watermelon salad, waffles with strawberry rhubarb compote, eggs sous vide and potato leek hash.