What are floating breakfasts and why are they becoming so popular?

Floating breakfasts are the current rage in the social media world. Luxury resorts and travel and lifestyle influencers are all for floating breakfasts these days. Not just them, their audience seems to shower love on this idea too.

Floating breakfasts are a typical idea of an upscale hotel room service breakfast- fruits, toast, coffee, pancakes, waffles etc. – served in a pool or hot tub instead of in bed. The breakfast plates are placed on large platters or colourful baskets, that are meant to float on the water. The baskets are accessorized with bright tropical flowers to make them look even more Instagram worthy.

These breakfasts are very popular in Asia and the Pacific, specially at warm-weather private villa resorts in places like Thailand, Fiji and the Maldives.

Almost everyone is aware that this trend started in Bali and then caught on to the rest of the world, although no specific resort seems to get the credit for coming up with the idea first.

While the trend of these breakfasts started five years ago, they have gained massive popularity and become more common on resort menus during the coronavirus pandemic. The reason behind this is the reluctance to engage in buffet or communal dining room experiences in the wake of the pandemic.

“Across the course of the past year, in-suite dining has become extremely popular, especially for those seeking solace in the safety and comfort of their suite,” Jann Hess, general manager at Amanjiwo in Bali, tells CNN Travel. “The floating breakfast is a popular choice.”

After all, for a floating breakfast to be able to float, it needs a pool, and a private pool is a much better choice than a shared pool to enjoy the experience in solace amongst family and friends.

Although the pretty colours and fancy plating of floating breakfasts make for a perfect breath-taking Instagram shot, asking people to stand in the pool before they have fully woken up or had caffeine, it can also be the recipe for a perfect disaster.

So are these breakfasts just made to be shared online and discarded, or do people genuinely enjoy eating them is a question. James Booth, a Sydney-based reporter admits to wondering the same thing before trying one at an upscale resort in Bali in 2019.

He recently reported that for him, the lush meal worked better in concept than in execution. Though Booth had pre-scheduled a specific time for the breakfast to arrive, he ended up oversleeping about 20 minutes, meaning he’d missed the optimal window for consuming it.

He also said that the environment being humid, leaving one’s breakfast out would not be an ideal decision. Although the food was already getting cold, he was determined to get an Instagram shot of the fancy setup before chowing down. The hotel’s staff had wisely placed the trays in a separate section of the pool, but he moved them into the larger area in order to stage the scene.

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