Breakfast in the Caribbean can be an unpredictable affair. Each island has its own traditions, recipes and produce—leading to morning meals as varied as Barbados’ English-influenced tea and biscuits to Jamaica’s strong coffee and sweet banana bread.
Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia
Tucked in a tropical paradise between two sandy beaches, this island resort of only 49 rooms—none of which have televisions or phones—is known for its great food, which can be served in an array of private waterfront and hillside locations. Try an organic breakfast at the Treehouse. The key pleasure? Many of the ingredients come from the hotel’s own Emerald Farm.
Soufriere, St. Lucia; ansechastanet.com
Cobblers Cove, Barbados
Located in the former weekend retreat of a sugar magnate, Cobblers Cove is an intimate oasis—only 40 suites—that feels more British club than hotel. Meals are served in the lovely Camelot Restaurant overlooking the water. This is an English manor, so expect first-rate tea with your breakfast. There is also local smoked fish, delights such as lump-crab eggs Benedict, and for those with a healthy appetite, a full English breakfast.
Speightstown, St. Peter, Barbados; cobblerscove.com
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, Anguilla
With 91 suites and seven villas, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa feels like a private club with lush grounds and dazzling sea views. On a nonarable island, the property boasts a hydroponic garden, allowing it to be one of the very few Caribbean resorts to truly offer farm-to-table dining. Enjoy the bounty at the fresh and wonderful outdoor breakfast.
Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla; cuisinartresort.com
There are few better ways to start your day than with the breakfast at Rockhouse’s namesake restaurant. Work up an appetite by making your way down to the ocean for a morning swim, then dive into a breakfast. Options range from the fresh and healthy (fruit and Jamaican-style porridge) to the decadent (the national dish of ackee and saltfish served with callaloo, fried dumpling, plantain and a slice of sweet banana bread).
West End Road, Negril, Jamaica; rockhouse.com
Seafire Resort + Spa, Grand Cayman
At Kimpton’s Seafire Resort, dining is integral to the experience, with three distinct eateries. The main restaurant is Ave, offering a blend of local and Mediterranean fare and known on the island for its Sunday brunch. Go healthy with fresh fruit or all-in with craft cocktails and decadent waffles with caramelized bananas.
60 Tangier Way, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman; seafireresortandspa.com
Montpelier Plantation & Beach, Nevis
Nestled in the foothills of Nevis Peak, the Relais & Chateaux-affiliated Montpelier is built around one of the island’s original 18th-century plantations. The classy hotel serves elevated cuisine at Restaurant 750, while a private tasting dinner can be enjoyed at Mill Privée, a 300-year-old sugar mill converted into a restaurant. At breakfast, choices range from beautiful pancakes with bacon to traditional island fare.
Pond Hill, St. Kitts and Nevis; montpeliernevis.com
The Palms, Turks and Caicos
With only 72 suites, this 12-acre resort on Grace Bay Beach offers fantastic service and privacy. Fine and informal dining options are available, with a complimentary breakfast in The Garden surrounded by tropical plants and offering hot and cold buffet options made with fresh ingredients. In the evening, make sure to try the local catch at Parallel23.
16 Princess Dr., Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; thepalmstc.com
The Buccaneer, St. Croix
The Buccaneer’s history goes back to 1653, when the property was built by a Knight of Malta. It had many succeeding iterations before becoming a family-friendly resort with a golf course, eight tennis courts and three beaches. This is an unpretentious place that doesn’t require formality. A fantastic complimentary breakfast buffet is served at The Terrace, overlooking the ocean.
5007 Estate Shoys, Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands; thebuccaneer.com