From white chocolate fountains to lobster Benedict, these luxury hotel buffets do breakfast better
For years, hotel breakfast buffets have earned a reputation for shriveled sausages, runny eggs, and toast you could break a tooth on. Sure, continental breakfasts worthy of a “Kitchen Nightmares” episode are still going strong, but many hotels take the most important meal of the day seriously.
Imagine the breakfast of your wildest dreams. Cracked crab legs, a tropical fruit station, stacked bacon and an entire room filled with freshly baked pastries and homemade ice cream. Well, these hotels have made it a reality. From a Las Vegas stalwart to a Maldivian castaway resort and everything in between, these luxury resorts are breakfast buffet champions.
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Long-tail boats cruising along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya pass the breakfast buffet at this 146-year-old institution. Every morning at 6:30 a.m., the Verandah Restaurant transforms into an assortment of breakfast delights, included for hotel guests.
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Start the day with a personalized Bloody Mary or Champagne cocktail with freshly squeezed juice. There’s a carving station with meat prepared in a green egg, noodle and stir-fried rice dishes, and an omelette station with everything you need for a good English breakfast.
The piece de resistance can be the white chocolate fountain to top waffles and pancakes or the endless make-your-own mango sticky rice.
The Tasman, Hobart, Australia
Inside a historic Hobart building is the new Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel. The buffet breakfast here, included for guests, is packed with hyper-local, seasonal, and organic Tasmanian fare.
The plethora of pastries and breads come from Hobart’s Pigeon Whole Bakers, who use organic butter to make their delicious carb-filled treats. Ziggy’s Smallgoods offers top-notch local charcuterie, bacon and sausages to accompany Westbae Pastoral Eggs, prepared just the way you like it.
Everything is artfully laid out, including the healthy yogurt station with yogurt from West Haven Dairy, providing the world’s first naturally made Omega3 yogurt. Top it with Tasmanian honey from Honey Frames and strawberries from Littlewood Berry Farm.
Related: A look at The Tasman, Marriott’s newest luxury hotel in Australia
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Bahamas
There are over 45 restaurants within walking distance of this luxury Bahamian hotel, but no breakfast buffet can compare to the Regatta. It’s offered daily from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for $36 for adults and $15 for children, but once you see what’s on offer, you’ll realize it’s worth it. . (But remember, if you have World of Hyatt Globalist status, breakfast is free.)
The tropical setting is perfect for the smoothie counter blending fresh local fruit and yogurt. There’s not one, but four custom-made omelette stations with all the fixings. For your daily dose of Omega3, try the salmon bar with different toppings.
The carving station offers an impressive variety, including prime rib, roast beef, Italian sausage and honey-baked ham. And when in the Bahamas, a section with local favorites like Johnny Cakes and all things conch is a must.
Wynn Las Vegas
What better way to prepare for a day of gambling than a breakfast buffet of Las Vegas proportions? During the first part of the week, breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday, brunch is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and although it costs $45.99 per person, it’s well worth indulging in. in.
It’s the buffet’s jackpot. To this Iconic location on the Strip, there are 16 food stations with more than 90 dishes ranging from fresh tuna poke and carne asada pizza to shrimp and grits. In addition, the chefs here prepare a variety of crepes and pancakes, lobster benedicts and pizzas for breakfast.
And in Las Vegas, whip up a classic surf and turf plate with shrimp cocktail, lobster and crab legs alongside freshly cut beef ribs, pork loin or barbecue brisket.
Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Soneva offers the buffet breakfast to end all buffets. At this barefoot luxury resort in the Maldives, there are separate rooms — yes, entire rooms — dedicated to different food groups.
The fruit and yogurt room offers all the tropical fruits you could want, as well as kombucha, muesli, yogurts, nuts and dried fruits made on the island. On the other side of the spectrum is the Chocolate Room filled with caramel truffles, chocolate milk, macaroons and more. Next door is the ice cream and pastry room. Here, you can choose from a selection of vegan ice creams and sorbets made on site with toppings galore. The meat and cheese room is a personal favorite, with dozens of different cheeses and charcuterie from around the world, including vegan options.
Apart from these rooms there is the main breakfast room where you can find bacon, sausages, Ayurvedic elixirs, pancakes and much more. Full yet? There’s another cold room here that stocks salads from the island’s gardens, as well as smoked salmon, sashimi, olives, pickles, dips and more.
Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Jimbaran is a sleepy beach town known for its seafood, luxury resorts, and beautiful white-sand beaches, one of which is home to The Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay.
The open-air restaurant Taman Wantilan offers ocean views and a breakfast buffet worthy of guests. This Asian resort offers a wide range of regional dishes like Hokkien and Udon noodles with your choice of fresh toppings. Be sure to hit the tandoori station with naan, dosa, and samosas.
There are also plenty of Western choices, from honey-glazed ham to baked beans and sausages. Fill your plate with an antipasti of Italian meats and a selection of cheeses, including brie and feta. And for those with a sweet tooth, an entire cold room is dedicated to pastries, homemade ice cream, tropical fruits, frozen yoghurts and à la carte crêpes, pancakes and waffles.
Park Hyatt Dubai
In In Dubai, everything is big and everything is international, including the breakfast buffets. At Brasserie du Park, they have French pastries alongside a savory antipasto table with Italian charcuterie and olives alongside eight types of Italian and French cheeses. There’s an Arabic corner with traditional dishes and an Indian station with a live dosa counter and curries.
The fresh fruit and juice area is filled with immunity boosters and detox blends. But customers love the juice cart wheeled around the restaurant, squeezing fresh fruit from mangoes to oranges in front of you. For children (and gourmet adults), the ice cream area offers six homemade flavors. (And if we say so, ice cream for breakfast is always a good idea.)
On Saturdays from October 15, the buffet brunch takes it up a notch here. From 1 to 4 p.m., patrons can feast on South American-style meats from the Asado Grill, brie from the cheese shop or crab from the seafood stations for $135 per person. It is normal for the dessert to be a cascading chocolate fountain.
Shaharut of the six senses
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Fresh, seasonal and organic products take pride of place in this Six Senses buffet. The salad bar is stocked with lettuce from the resort’s garden and the omelette station is stocked with organic eggs from local farmers. There is a lovely presentation of world-class cheeses alongside marinated fish and charcuterie.
This included breakfast buffet leans on the healthier side, with a wide variety of vegetable and fruit salads, hummus, and dips with bread made in the resort’s Arabian-style clay oven. Customers love the juice and smoothie station made with organic fruits, local ingredients like dates, Negev desert honey, and Neot Smadar goat yogurt.
There are also plenty of fresh made to order dishes. Enjoy oven-fresh Jerusalem bagels with smoked salmon and labneh, or eggs on focaccia with labneh and za’atar. Trust us; in Israel, labneh is a must. Don’t believe us? Check out our full Six Senses Shaharut review for proof.
If these buffets are not for you, you can also take a look at the hotel breakfasts that we wish we could eat with every meal.