The summer issue features agents’ Point Yamu pointers after the ttgluxury Experience; hotel low-downs on Shanghai, Paris and Istanbul; the latest news from Mauritius; and the best family holidays to pitch for this year.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not in my life. It’s usually a cuppa and maybe some fruits and yoghurt if I’m feeling healthy. Nine times out of 10, I’m not, and it’s a croissant and a latte. Don’t judge me.
But then sometimes, a breakfast - or three in this case - comes along that stops me in my tracks to reassess the potential of this humble meal.
I was lucky enough recently to go to Mauritius and stay at Lux Belle Mare when one day, breakfast was presented to us beneath a specially-created gazebo on the beach. We had blinding-white sand for a floor, blue sky and sea for windows and free-flowing champagne.
Well, I innocently posted a picture of it on Facebook and I have never had such a response. Sharing is daring in my case, as I never know who’s going to bother to “like”, “comment” sarcastically or despise me. Pretty much everyone on there did one of the above!
Then there was a breakfast at the Aman Tokyo that was so perfectly presented in such delicate detail, that I barely wanted to break the serene precision of it. I posted that picture on Twitter; I find there’s slightly less envy there.
It just goes to show that you really can be delighting your guests or clients at any point in time during their travel experience - even breakfast can be elevated into something that has a chance to shine.
And then there was my third breakfast “wow” - this time at Point Yamu in Phuket, where Como Hotels & Resorts places a big focus on health, with its Shambhala menus. I had a wheatgrass shot every day and picked from an array of juices individually bottled and available in an array of irresistible colours. It was one of the many highlights of our ttgluxury Experience trip, one which lead one of the agents to comment, “Carlsberg don’t do fam trips, but if they did…”
It’s nice to know that even for this well-travelled crowd, there are still places, people - and breakfasts - that can really move us. Like!