Elevate Your Tea Experience: 10 Upscale Hotels to Indulge

While the festive season may last only a few weeks, the tea experience extends throughout the entire winter. Across the globe, hotels are adhering to longstanding afternoon tea traditions, with some enhancing the experience through partnerships with luxury beauty brands, premium caviar suppliers, and renowned Champagne houses. Here are 10 hotels where the afternoon tea ritual is an occasion to dress up, step out into the chill, and be treated to warm (or spirited) beverages and delectable, refined bites.

1. The Langham, London

As the alleged birthplace of afternoon tea, this British institution, which opened in 1865, continues to draw tea enthusiasts to its legendary Palm Court tearoom. Under the guidance of Michelin-two-star chef Michel Roux Jr. and executive pastry chef Andrew Gravett, the spread features inspired treats like custard cream with a chocolate shell, chocolate fudge cake, and Madagascan vanilla cream. The presentation includes an extensive range of teas, organic sparkling tea, and local Gusbourne sparkling wine.

2. Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

In the glamorous Almada Negreiros lounge, recently partnered with the French beauty brand Guerlain, Executive Pastry Chef Diogo Lopes crafts sweets inspired by flowers, while Executive Chef Pascal Meynard provides savory treats. The goodie bag includes Orchidée Impériale product samples.

3. Raffles Singapore

Since 1887, Raffles has been one of Asia’s grandest hotels. The afternoon tea service, held in the Grand Lobby, offers finger sandwiches, house-made scones, cakes, and seasonal delicacies, all complemented by a curated collection of exquisite teas and Champagnes.

4. Sommerro, Oslo

This year-old hotel, a significant preservation project and Norway’s most ambitious hospitality endeavor, serves an elegant afternoon tea at To Søstre. British Executive Head Chef Jonathan Howell offers a traditional English high tea with a Sommerro twist, featuring a seasonal menu of finger sandwiches, scones, sweets, bubbles, and carefully selected teas.

5. The St. Regis Bermuda Resort

Known as the House of Astor, this resort in St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, continues the tradition of Mrs. Astor’s intimate tea parties. The tea service includes a variety of teas, finger sandwiches, scones, sweets, and tea-inspired cocktails.

6. Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka

Located in Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage highlands, Ceylon Tea Trails offers afternoon tea just meters away from the tea bushes. Along with Ceylon teas from Dilmah, guests enjoy savory bites and delicate cakes.

7. Cromlix, Scotland

Opened by tennis great Andy Murray, Cromlix serves about 1,000 afternoon teas per month, featuring a seasonal menu with ingredients from the hotel’s kitchen garden. The hotel also offers Tiger Tea Party afternoon teas for children in partnership with WWF.

8. Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

This classic hotel brings back its beloved afternoon tea at Bar Artefact, offering premium English teas, selections from local teahouse Camellia Sinensis, homemade hot cocoa, and tea-infused cocktails.

9. Mihir Garh, Jodhpur, India

At Mihir Garh, high tea on the sunset terrace offers breathtaking views of Rajasthan’s wilderness. The experience includes aromatic chai, local dishes, and a blend of traditional and contemporary flavors.

10. Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Executive Pastry Chef Damián Carini, named Gault & Millau’s Patissier of the Year for 2024, creates exquisite sweet confections for the resort’s legendary afternoon tea in the Lakeview Bar & Cigar Lounge.

Afternoon tea is more than just a delightful indulgence; it’s an immersive experience that transports you to a world of refined elegance and culinary artistry. Whether you’re seeking a traditional English high tea or a contemporary twist on the classic, these 10 upscale hotels offer an afternoon tea experience that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you feeling pampered and refreshed.

Embrace the art of afternoon tea and embark on a journey of culinary delights. Discover the perfect hotel to suit your preferences and indulge in a world of exquisite flavors, captivating ambiance, and unforgettable memories.

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