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1 Al Fayrooz Lounge
Did you know it was Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford who first indulged in afternoon tea? It was the early 1800s in England and she found herself hungry between the two main meals of the day, breakfast and dinner. So she scheduled afternoon tea and snacks, her posh friends joined her and word of the new trend soon spread! We reckon she’d approve of scoffing scones while overlooking the winding waterways and gardens of Al Qasr.
INFO: Dhs150, Dhs220 (with a glass of bubbly), 3pm to 6pm, daily, 04 366 6730, www.jumeirah.com.
Forget a chocolate fountain, Plato at Atlantis, The Palm has a honey fountain! And not only that, there are ten different flavours of the sweet delight to try, including lavender, chestnut, orange blossom, rosemary and thyme. There are also all the old favourites like scones and sandwiches too, as well as Arabian coffee. Sweet!
INFO: Dhs135, Dhs200 (with a glass of bubbly) Fridays 2pm to 5.30pm. 04 426 2626, www.atlantisthepalm.com.
There are two themes to choose from at this chic afternoon tea. The Classic includes madeleine cakes, cream cakes and scones, or The Arabic, which comes with traditional Middle Eastern sweets, date scones and quiche. Can we have both, please?
INFO: Dhs135, 3pm to 6pm daily, The Address Downtown Dubai, 04 888 3444, www.theaddress.com.
4 Burj Al Arab
One of the most renowned places in the world to dine on crustless sandwiches and scones with Devonshire cream and homemade jam, this decadent, seven-course afternoon tea is held in the SkyView Bar, which is suspended 200 metres above the sea. Book ahead.
INFO: Dhs450, daily except Friday, sittings at 1pm or 4pm, 04 301 7600, www.jumeirah.com.
5 Le Café
Tuck into a taste of France with the new afternoon tea offerings at Le Café, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. We reccommend the Chilled High Tea for two, a refreshing twist on the traditional afternoon tea, with homemade iced tea and coffee. Or opt for the Classic which includes sandwiches, quiche Lorraine with scones, French cannelés and tea cakes.
INFO: Dhs120 (Chilled High Tea), Dhs140 (Classic Afternoon Tea), 4pm to 6pm daily, 02 813 7777, www.sofitel.com
Mix the English tradition with an Asian twist by sampling the new Voi afternoon tea at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel on The Palm Jumeirah. From sesame brioche and house-cured duck to coconut sago and crushed raspberries, a unique combination of Oriental savouries and tropical sweet treats are served alongside exclusive tea infusions from Asia. Exotic! INFO: Dhs160, Dhs250 (including a glass of bubbly), 3pm to 6pm, Thursday to Saturday, 04 453 0444, www.jumeirah.com.
7 The Lobby Lounge
Sister hotel The Ritz in London is a top spot for afternoon tea, and Dubai’s Ritz-Carlton is equally luxe. Your silver stand will be groaning with sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, egg salad, cucumber and cream cheese, as well as mini cakes and pastries. Then there are the 22 types of tea! A harpist sets the mood.
INFO: Dhs235 (with sparkling cocktail), Dhs62 (with two scones and hot drinks), 2pm to 6pm, 04 318 6150, www.ritzcarlton.com.
Take tea by the tee at The Address Montgomerie Dubai. It has an outdoor terrace overlooking the golf course, and you can indulge in delicate finger sandwiches, pastries and sweet culinary delights. Plus it’s one of the best value teas in townINFO: Dhs60 (cream tea), Dhs99 (light tea), Dhs155 (full tea), Sunday to Thursday, 1pm to 5.30pm, 04 390 5600, www.theaddress.com.
Chocaholic? Us too. The chocolate afternoon tea at The Address, Dubai Marina is inspired by the stuff, with chocolate crunchy tart, Belgian chocolate marqoise, profiteroles au chocolaté, and cappuccino chocolaté mousse, as well as homemade chocolate spread on the menu. Heaven!
INFO: Dhs110, 3pm to 6pm, Friday and Saturday, 04 436 7777, www.theaddress.com.
The revamped Aspen café at Kempinski Mall of the Emirates is home to a new classic afternoon tea inspired by the hotel’s European heritage. There’s also classy entertainment courtesy of the resident harpist. Sample three ‘flights’ of bites on tiered platters. Plus, choose from 20 varieties of Tchaba tea served in Japanese china. Lush!
INFO: Dhs295 per couple, 3pm to 6pm, 04 409 5999, www.kempinski.com.