What a difference a view makes first thing in the morning. At MANDARIN ORIENTAL LONDON HYDE PARK, above, you look straight out at Hyde Park while sampling the small-but-sensationally-super £45 buffet in the somewhat confusingly named Dinner restaurant. For even greater style, add King’s caviar on to your Bernardaud plate. Listen to soft music, and dream.
Half a kilometre away, at THE BERKELEY, a Maybourne hotel, you might be dreaming of last night. Breakfast is thrown in to the Foodie Adventure with Marcus Wareing package. It’s Laurent Perrier at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Marcus at The Berkeley for a seven-course tasting menu for two and a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen. The deal includes a signed copy of Marcus’ cookbook – and, naturally, a bed.
Half a world away in Mauritius, at LE MERIDIEN ILE MEURICE, choose a more-populus buffet or, for added serenity, Paparazzi, almost cantilevered out over the still blue ocean. Listening to the few waves crashing on this weekend morning is honestly sophorific, indicating some more sleep – and then a second breakfast? Yippee.