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Relais & Châteaux: The Art of Breakfast Around the World

June 9, 2017 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Breakfast is the last thing guests experience before leaving our properties. It is a memorable experience, in which every breakfast bears the indelible mark of the land and loving hands that created it.

Enjoying a bowl of fresh fruit served on a sunny patio at an American ranch, savouring flaky pastries in the muted hall of a large Parisian hotel, sipping miso soup in a peaceful Japanese home, eating brunch from a basket brimming with gourmet food as kangaroos hop by in the Australian bush – these are just some of the moments that make vacations unforgettable.

Whether showcasing regional products, playing up local flavours or sharing a unique art of living, all of the following fifteen Relais & Châteaux properties have passed considerable muster to serve some of the world’s most sought-after breakfasts.

The Americas

Lake Placid Lodge, New York (United States)

Lake Placid Lodge may sit amid the legendary Adirondack Park mountains and century-old forests, but it also offers its share of surprises. The property is actually known for serving spectacular breakfasts. Highly acclaimed
Travel+Leisure Magazine ranked its delectable pancakes among the 10 best in the country.

Every day of the week, the hotel offers tailor-made brunches that satisfy any desire its guests may have. For the cherry on the cake, they can enjoy their breakfast on the patio while taking in the stunning views.

The Inn of the Five Graces (United States)

Ira and Sylvia Seret know how to entertain. These hosts own a building full of personality in Santa Fe’s historic district where they have taken to spoiling their guests.

To start the day off right, visitors can have breakfast served in the privacy of their suite, eat in the dining room complete with fireplace, or sit down in the shady flowered courtyard. The menu features scrumptious regional specialties made with red or green chili peppers, as well as homemade granola, fresh fruit, and an assortment of breads and local coffee that goes splendidly with any dish. When the weather is nice, the French doors of the dining room are left open so guests can listen to the bubbling fountain and chirping birds.

The Inn at Dos Brisas, Texas (United States)

There is so much about the Inn at Dos Brisas ranch for guests to love. Spanning over 120 hectares, it is the perfect destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Run by chef Jason Robinson, the property is the perfect location to grow the aromatic herbs, spices and vegetables he uses in his dishes. His amazing breakfast is delivered to the rooms and includes mini-croissants, raspberry muffins hot out of the oven and a delicious homemade granola served with freshly ground coffee. A moment to savor while watching the ranch horses and fields stretching to the horizon.


Le Chambard, Kaysersberg (France)

Chef and owner of Le Chambard Olivier Nasti runs the kitchen and loves featuring regional products. And he never misses an opportunity to introduce them to his guests. At breakfast time, they cannot wait to arrive at the buffet of assorted cheeses, Alsatian meats and homemade smoked salmon. To accompany these local specialties, visitors can choose from thin baguettes, pastries, some legendary kougelhopf or a fruit salad. A note to jam lovers: they also serve a dozen varieties of Maison Ferber jams. Take your pick from the selection in a rustic cupboard. Rhubarb, strawberry, raspberry, apple & quince, citrus & vanilla… Who said choosing was easy?

Castel Marie-Louise, La Baule (France)


Guests are in for some unforgettable moments at this Belle Epoque manor overlooking the ocean, with a breakfast that lives up to its name. Chef Eric Mignard has built relationships with local producers so he can exclusively serve products from the region.

His locally-sourced brunch is an ode to ocean delicacies arriving right from the nearby fish auction, sweet mini-pastries made by the pastry chef, and seasonal fruit juices and nectars along with fresh baguettes and country breads, an assortment of cereals and handmade jams. What more could you ask for? To savor them on the patio or overlooking the ocean, of course.

Saint James Paris (France)


The typically French breakfast at the Saint James has helped put it on the Paris map. Located in one of the most beautiful Parisian properties, the hotel lies amid a cloak of greenery that shields it from the bustling city. Guests staying in the stunning 19th-century building wake to an abundance of choice thanks to a large and remarkably copious buffet. There are pastries, cold meats, salmon, homemade pies and even an assortment of cheeses and dairy products, all served with fresh fruit juice or hot beverages. Extra special treats are the chef’s eggs Benedict, which regulars always order from the menu, and the honey made from the beehives in the garden.

Llangoed Hall, Brecon (United  Kingdom)

There is nothing like fresh eggs to start the day off right. A breakfast staple, they are rich in protein, amino acids and vitamin B. Converted from historic manor to stylish country home, Llangoed Hall mornings start with a tour of the propertys chicken, quail and duck coops to pick out fresh eggs to be eaten a few minutes later. They are then cooked to order while you wait. As you eat them in the restaurant dining room enjoying gorgeous views of the hotel’s gardens, you already know your stay at Llangoed Hall is going to be something special.

Ballyfin Demesne, Ballyfin (Ireland)


Ballyfin Castle doesn’t think offering guests breathtaking scenery is enough – it also serves an outstanding breakfast. The locally sourced Ballyfin Full Irish menu lives up to its name and features fresh eggs laid on site and honey produced by the property’s beehives. The à la carte menu offers fried eggs, bacon, blood sausage and button mushrooms served with a traditional Irish bread called Soda Farls. For light eaters, the property also has homemade organic granola, which is just scrumptious with some Ballyfin honey and berries from the garden.

Hotel Paradies, Ftan (Switzerland)


There is a reason Hotel Paradies was named by the news program 20 Minutes as a property serving the best breakfast in the world. The property perched at 1,650 m overlooking the Silvretta Alps serves an outstanding menu made from regional products and ingredients like homemade jams, mountain pasture cheese and traditional dried meat. It is a rite of passage to truly experience the region, becoming a day- long affair as – depending on the season and preferred activity – visitors can explore the area on bicycle or on skis.

Il Borro, San Giustino Valdarno (Italy)


Time seems to stand still at this 700-hectare Tuscan property. Il Borro is an ambassador of the art of Italian living and offers guests an unforgettable experience that starts in the kitchen at breakfast time. The chef personally prepares the meal and lays out a generous spread of local products at a “table d’hôtes.” It includes regional salami and cold meats, fine cheeses, jams and organic honey, yogurt and fresh breads. Fruits and vegetables grown on the premises are freshly juiced to make the feast a tad sweeter.


Kobe Kitano Hotel, Kobe (Japan)


In Kobe’s super-trendy Kitano district lies a spectacular red brick building renowned for serving the best

breakfast in world.” Chef Hiroshi Yamaguchi learned the ropes at Bernard Loiseau’s property and delights gourmet food lovers with equal doses of culinary innovation. When guests wake up at the Kobe Kitano Hotel, they can enjoy an energy-packed brunch of freshly squeezed fruit juice, dulce de leche, honey from Hyogo Prefecture and a large assortment of breads and poached eggs made to order. The perfect light meal for wandering through the streets of this wonderfully cosmopolitan city.

Gora Kadan, Hakone (Japan)

Located amid Nakone National Park’s volcanic springs, Gôra Kadan is a total immersion into Japanese culture. Upon arrival, guests slip into a traditional kimono that they wear for their entire stay. When they wake, a staff member prepares the room for breakfast while guests take a hot bath in an onsen. The menu features small portions of local fare served with a variety of teas. Some of the specialties in this typical brunch include steamed rice, miso soup, tofu of the day, traditional omelet and nori. This breakfast fit for an emperor would not be complete without some green tea.


The Louise, Barossa Valley (Australia)


Located in the Barossa wine valley amid shiraz vineyards, you can enjoy breakfast at The Louise in the presence of your private guest suite. The property’s chef uses only fresh local products at the peak of ripeness and creates an array of morning selections from simple fresh squeezed fruit juice, a bounty of house-baked bakery items, to a cast-iron pot of local free-range eggs and pork bursting with flavour. All available at the time of your choosing and delivered to your room, private courtyard or private vineyard view terrace to be savoured in your robe after an indulgent sleep-in.

During the months September – May, guests have the option to get up close with some of Australias most iconic flora and fauna with a sunrise gourmet picnic breakfast in the beautiful Australian bush.

Wander and wonder at the unique native plants, flowers and grasses, then sit down to a delicious breakfast accompanied by sparkling wine and a local ‘mob’ of kangaroos.

Wharekauhau Country Estate, Featherston (New Zealand)


Richard Rooney, General Manager of the Wharekauhau property, very proudly serves food made from local ingredients. Chef Marc Soper dreams up dishes based on products grown at neighboring farms or, better yet, in the property’s kitchen garden. For breakfast, guests are treated to homemade smoked salmon, fried potatoes grown in the garden and wild spinach served with eggs collected that morning. Add in some fruit juices, homemade bread and regional honey, and you have a virtual feast to enjoy outside overlooking a herd of 200 sheep grazing on the Wharekauhau grounds.

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, Patio-Taha’a (French Polynesia)

At this outstanding resort on the island paradise of La Taha’a, guests can stay in typical Polynesian-style dwellings, from suites built on stilts to seaside villas. Maître de Maison Laurent Campi says his property’s true island nature must come from respecting and

using the islands natural resources. This seal of quality shines through in the breakfast menu that exclusively offers fresh local products from fruit to fish. For anyone lucky enough to stay in one of the stilted huts, brunch can be delivered by dugout canoe. Yet another way to fully immerse yourself in the local culture.

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