Christmas 2021: The best festive afternoon teas in the UAE

Celebrate the holiday season and spread festive cheer with sweet treats, savoury snacks and hot festive beverages with these Christmas themed afternoon teas.

Alba Terrace at The Abu Dhabi EDITION

Afternoons on the terrace will receive a sprinkling of festive flair this December. The Mediterranean tea concept includes golden peaked charcoal croissants and chocolate pecan choux, ready to be devoured over Avancha teas, free-flowing bubbles and Christmas catch-ups. Available daily from 1 to 31 December, 1pm to 5pm. AED 120 per person (including coffee, tea and soft beverages) and AED 188 per person (including two hours of bubbles).

GO: Call 02 208 0000 for reservations and more information.

Alba at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Take time out with your loved ones to experience a refined afternoon tea surrounded by festive aromas in lobby lounge, Alba. For an afternoon of elegance, enjoy a choice of savoury and sweet treats complemented by your preferred tea blends. Daily from 15 December to 6 January, from 2pm to 5pm. AED 160 per stand.

GO: Call 02 818 8888 for reservations and more information.

Al Meylas at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island

Sugar, spice, and everything nice are available on the festive afternoon tea menu at Al Meylas. Executive Chef Christian Buenrostro’s seasonal offering comes from a sweet and savoury selection of homemade treats. These include beetroot cured salmon with multigrain bread, wild truffle and mushroom tart, and a mini Yule log with yuzu and candied mango. Available daily from 8 to 31 December, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 250 net per couple.

GO: Call 02 333 2444 for reservations and more information.

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Bab Al Qasr Hotel and Residences

Expect Christmas delicacies, pies and pastries while enjoying the decadent surrounds of Morjana Lounge with its high ceilings and comfortable soft furnishings. Available from 16 to 26 December. AED 249 per couple. 

GO: Email restaurants@babalqasr.com or call 056 992 2078 for reservations and more information.

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Central Grounds at Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi

The afternoon tea at Central Grounds gets a festive overhaul with a delightful spread of stollen, mince pies, festive cookies, open sandwiches, gingerbread yule log, cinnamon scones and red current macaroons. Available daily from 1 to 30 December, from 1pm to 5pm. AED 120 for two adults.

GO: Visit www.marriottdowntownabudhabilife.com or call 02 304 7777 for reservations and more information.

Crystal Lounge at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Crystal Lounge is celebrating the festive season with a Nutcracker-themed afternoon tea. The lavish spread includes a selection of freshly baked plain and cranberry scones served with orange clotted cream and homemade plum jam, plus seasonal sandwiches filled with tempting fillings such as foie gras mousse brioche, apple chutney roasted turkey and cranberry sauce roasted butternut. The pastry chefs will also present Christmas sweet treats, including orange curd meringue tartlet, strawberry fairy cakes and mince pies, accompanied by over 20 types of loose and herbal infusion teas from Tchaba Tea. Available daily until 30 December. AED 195 (tea and coffee) or AED 240 (with a glass of Champagne).

GO: Email restaurants.abudhabi@stregis.com or call 02 694 4553 for reservations and more information.

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl

The bells are jingling and the sound of festive cheer decks the halls in Pearl Lounge with the “Christmas Comes Early” High Tea. From gingerbread men ready to be soaked in pink chocolate fondue, a twist on the traditional chocolate log, to almond macaroons sporting reindeer antlers, the festive high tea seeks to bring joy with every detail of the decadent selection. Available daily, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 180 (high tea for one with hot beverages), AED 210 (high tea for one with a mocktail or glass of sparkling), AED 300 (high tea for two with hot beverages) and AED 360 (high tea for two with a mocktail or glass of sparkling).

GO: Call 02 510 1234 for reservations and more information.

Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Guests can indulge in a festive-themed afternoon tea, including a selection of premium seasonal tea, coffee and hot chocolate. The beverages will be paired with truffle bites, fresh pastries and classic scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Available daily until 31 December, from 2pm to 6pm. AED 250 per person.

GO: Email dineatosmo@hilton.com or call 02 208 6900 for reservations and more information.

Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi

The Lobby Lounge is the perfect setting to enjoy free-flowing tea and coffee, alongside delicate desserts and delectable pastries. Savour contemporary winter twists on traditional favourites whilst taking in the resort’s landscaped gardens and dancing water features. Daily, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. AED 99 per person (free-flowing tea and coffee) and AED 195 for two (free-flowing tea and coffee).

GO: Call 02 201 4131 for reservations and more information.

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Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island

Indulge in a very merry afternoon tea throughout this festive season at Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island’s Lobby Lounge with an enchanting selection of sweet and savoury delicacies. Available daily from 1 to 28 December, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 299 per person.

GO: Visit www.rixos.com for reservations and more information. 

Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Enjoy a winter-inspired afternoon tea with a unique drawer set full of festive favourites, including foie gras terrine, lobster avocado, mini bagel, honey glazed turkey panini, star delight, and Christmas macarons. Available 25 November 2021 to 15 January 2022. AED 210 (free-flow of tea and coffee) and AED 230 (free-flowing Bellini’s). 

GO: Call 02 813 5550 for reservations and more information.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Treat yourself to much-earned relaxation time with a festive-themed Afternoon Tea at the FACT award-winning Lobby Lounge. The assortment includes Lapland salmon eclair, blue brioche with foie gras snow, chocolate Christmas trees, and more!. Available daily from 3 December 2021 to 7 January 2022, from 2pm to 6 pm. AED110 per person or AED195, including a free flow of bubbly for two hours).

GO: Email restaurantreservations.slad@shangri-la.com or call 02 509 8555 for reservations and more information.

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

In honour of the St. Regis family’s treasured ritual, The Drawing Room presents a Festive Afternoon Tea experience in its welcoming lounge. The selection of savoury delights and traditional scones is accompanied by an indulgent selection of bespoke Christmas sweet treats. Expect traditional stollen bites, warm Christmas pudding, clementine pavlova and a range of quality loose leaf teas and smooth barista-style coffees. Available daily until Thursday 30 December, from 12pm to 6pm. 

GO: Email restaurant.saadiyat@stregis.com or call 02 498 8888 for reservations and more information.

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The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

Head to The Lounge at The Westin Abu Dhabi for a festive afternoon tea overlooking the fairways. Expect a selection of Santa’s favourite sweet and savoury delights that are both naughty and nice. Available daily, from 12pm to 5pm. AED 149 (soft beverages) and AED 299 (bubbly).

GO: Call 04 560 1700 for reservations and more information.

Address Beach Resort

Treat your tastebuds to The Lounge’s festive afternoon tea, featuring sweet and savoury bites, including seasonal pastries and live violinists to ensure a festive ambience. Available from 6 to 26 December, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 288 per person and AED 144 (children aged six to twelve years).

GO: Call 04 879 8866 for reservations and more information.

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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Share the joy of the season and enjoy a delightful festive-inspired afternoon tea experience at Ya Hala Lounge Bar. Expect a selection of sumptuous bites, both savoury and sweet and festive beverages. Available 1 to 24 December. AED 175 per person (soft beverages) and AED 225 (house beverages).

GO: Email restaurants@babalshams.com or call 04 809 6194 for reservations and more information.

Dukes The Palm, A Royal Hideaway Hotel

A seasonal mid-day indulgence is being offered at the Champagne and Tea Lounge at this Palm Jumeirah hotspot. The Christmas Afternoon Tea package is ideal for tea time with friends this festive season. Available daily from 3 to 24 December, from 1pm to 5pm. AED 160 per person or AED 299 for two persons.

GO: Email dukesthepalm.dining@royalhideaway.com or call 04 455 1101 for reservations and more information.  

Fairmont The Palm

The chic and atmospheric Mashrabiya Lounge invites guests to indulge in a festive-inspired afternoon tea this Christmas. Indulge in holiday-inspired sweet indulgences, savoury delights and a selection of loose-leaf teas and a delicious homemade hot chocolate. Available daily until Saturday 8 January 2022, from 12pm to 5pm. AED 185 per person.

GO: Email palm.dining@fairmont.com or call 04 457 3457 for reservations and more information.

Kempinski Hotel Mall Of The Emirates

Indulge in a winter wonderland inspired afternoon tea consisting of Christmas themed mini cakes and scones, seasonal teas such as winter spice, holiday berry and fresh peppermint cheer, and a gingerbread house activity at the decadent Aspen restaurant. Embrace the holiday season and cosy up with your loved ones while enjoying this elegant holiday tradition. Available daily until Sunday 26 December, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 175 per person and AED 295 per couple.

GO: Email dining.moe@kempinski.com or call 04 409 5111 for reservations and more information.

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Mosaico Lounge at Palazzo Versace Dubai

Residing in an opulent setting in the hotel’s heart, Mosaico is a personal reflection of Versace’s ornate compositions. The luxurious lobby lounge features floor-ceiling windows and elegant interiors, offering panoramic views of Dubai Creek and the main pool. The Festive Palazzo Versace High Tea is available daily from 10 December 2021 to 7 January 2022. From 10:30am to 7pm. AED 300 for two guests.

GO: Call 04 556 8850 for reservations and more information.

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Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Ignite holiday merriment with a selection of holiday-themed savoury and sweet treats served with the finest teas. Enjoy holiday favourites such as poached lobster blinis, gingerbread cheesecake, as well as mini-mince pies, apple cinnamon Chantilly tartlet and red Morello cherry Christmas ball. Available daily from 1 to 30 December, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 210 per person.

GO: Email dxbpd.restaurants@waldorfastoria.com or call 04 818 2222 for reservations and more information.

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Raffles Salon at Raffles Dubai

Raffles Salon’s Festive Afternoon Tea offers a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies, accompanied by live piano performances. In addition. a hand-painted wall-sized advent calendar will be counting down until Christmas, with fabulous presents revealed every day from behind the doors at 4pm. Available 1 December until 30 December, from 2pm to 7pm. AED 180 per person, including a glass of mulled grape. 

GO: Email dining.dubai@raffles.com or call 04 324 8888 for reservations and more information.

Swissôtel Al Ghurair

Celebrating the Season of gifting and treats, Swissotel Al Ghurair’s festive afternoon tea is a collaboration with LINDT, the renowned Swiss Chocolatier. The menu presents exquisite holiday treats of dark-chocolate crusted chicken terrine, steak au poivre skewers with balsamic and dark chocolate drizzles, white chocolate truffles, milk chocolate Swiss rolls, and dark chocolate and raspberry tarts, along with a selection of Hot Chocolates, luxury teas and coffees. Available daily from 28 November 2021 to 7 January 2022, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 135 for two adults and one child up to 12 years, and AED 39 for additional children.

GO: Email dining.alghurair@swissotel.com or call 04 293 3270 for reservations and more information.

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The Meydan Hotel

Spend a festive afternoon at Millennium Lounge as you partake in a traditional Afternoon Tea. Indulge and relax in the company of friends and family while enjoying delicate finger sandwiches, pastries, cakes and freshly-baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Available from 5 to 30 December, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 129 (soft beverages) and AED 189 (two hours of free-flowing house beverages).

GO: Email restaurant.reservationstmh@meydanhotels.com or call 04 381 3111 for reservations and more information.

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The Ritz Carlton Dubai, JBR

Relax in luxurious surroundings over a quintessential Afternoon Tea experience with a festive twist. Indulge in a selection of elegant sandwiches filled with truffled egg and asparagus, roast turkey and cranberry, to name a few. Cranberry scones accompanied by Devonshire clotted cream with strawberry jam and lemon curd are served alongside an assortment of festive sweets from gingerbread choux, blueberry and chestnut streusel, panettone, stollen and mince pies. Toast the celebrations with a two-hour sparkling beverage package for the perfect ending to an elegant affair while listening to the delicate sounds of live music. Available 6 December until 31 December, from 12:30pm to 5pm. AED 195 (tea infusions and coffee), AED 150 (two hours of free-flowing sparkling) and AED 95 (children from 6 to 11 years).

GO: Email festive.dubai@ritzcarlton.com or call 04 318 6150 for reservations and more information.

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The St. Regis Downtown, Dubai

Make this season jolly and bright with the time-honoured St. Regis Afternoon Tea. Served in the elegance of The Library, savour a selection of freshly baked scones, seasonal sandwiches and festive desserts, accompanied by an aromatic choice of loose and herbal tea. For the little ones, the sustainable Tiny Tea experience will be available with a festive twist, and children will be able to take home the holiday cheer with a gifted festive book. Available 1 to 31 December, from 2pm to 6pm. AED 250 per person, AED 300 per person with one glass of bubbly or AED 150 per child for the Tiny Tea experience.

GO: Visit stregisdowntowndubai.com for reservations and more information.

The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm

Indulge in figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer at Her by Caroline Astor, with a special afternoon tea with a magical festive twist. Available daily, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 200 or AED 290, including a glass of bubbles.

GO: Email sr.palm.fbres@stregis.com or call 04 218 000 for reservations and more information.

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