The world’s most sought-after breakfasts

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Breakfast is the last thing guests experience before leaving Relais & Chateaux 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 holidays unforgettable.

Whether showcasing regional products, playing up local flavours or sharing a unique art of living, all of the following 15 Relais & Châteaux properties have passed considerable muster to serve some of the world’s most sought-after breakfasts.

Lake Placid Lodge, New York 

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. 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 at Dos Brisas, Texas 

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 savour while watching the ranch horses and fields stretching to the horizon.

The Louise, Barossa Valley 

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 Australia’s 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

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 neighbouring 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.

Kobe Kitano Hotel, Kobe 

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

Il Borro, San Giustino Valdarno 

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.

Le Chambard, Kaysersberg 

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?

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