Imagine the indulgence of spending two or three leisurely hours over breakfast with uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean sea. The Hospes Maricel and Spa Hotel offers just that with their Best Breakfast in the World as voted by gastronomy critics at the second Madrid Fusion summit.
This stylish 5-star hotel which sits grandly on a cliff top position south west of Palma feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle, yet its only minutes away from the centre of the city.
Originally a gracious sea-side villa, the building was lovingly restored in majestic mid -18th century neo-classical style with noble columns and stone arcades carefully framing those amazing views of the sparkling Mediterranean sea.
The Best Breakfast in the World is a gastronomic tasting menu comprising several courses which is served either inside the restaurant with floor to ceiling windows or outside on the terrace, weather permitting.
The menu begins with a liquid trio including a detox smoothie (beet, carrot and orange juice), an antioxidant smoothie (apple, celery spinach and ginger), and a toning juice (mango, strawberry and yogurt) and so your breakfast journey begins.
There is no rush. The next courses of peach gazpacho, cheese and pumpkin pie, sardine slivers with roasted peppers and deconstructed Spanish omelette are served by the attentive and smiling staff, explaining each course in detail.
Foie-gras carpaccio is next on the menu accompanied with a passion fruit compote and sorrel ice-cream .
Heading to north of the island on your gastronomic journey, Sóller orange frappe with champagne chocolate sand and flowers is next. Then time for a breather.
The finale of the tenderest Iberian pork cheek served with aubergine and carrot and chocolate sweetner signals that sadly you are at to the end of your magnificent Best Breakfast in the World. Petit fours are also offered ( which you can take to go if you can’t mange them! ).
This wonderful breakfast is €49.00 per head.
Some might say it is an extravagance but I am sure we can all find an excuse for a special treat!