Spread festive cheer with sweet treats, savoury snacks and hot beverages with these festive afternoon teas.
Afternoon tea is a British tradition that dates back to the 1840s. It is a light meal typically served in the late afternoon on a tiered stand and includes a variety of savoury and sweet treats. Given a festive twist for the holiday season, afternoon tea is a popular way to socialise and catch up with your nearest and dearest. Read on for the best festive afternoon teas in Abu Dhabi
Address Dubai Marina
Indulge in an exquisite festive afternoon tea at Address Dubai Marina. So gather your friends and indulge in Kambaa’s festive fare, along with a selection of teas and coffees from around the globe. Available from 4 to 31 December, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 190 per afternoon tea stand.
Address Fountain Views
Experience the refreshing winter vibes of Dubai during this festive season while delighting in a range of meticulously brewed teas complemented by delectable bites and tempting desserts. The Tea Lounge at Address Fountain Views invites you to relish perfect afternoons with festive tunes and a cosy atmosphere. Available from 5 December to 5 January, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 195 per person.
Address Sky View
Elevate the joy of your seasonal celebrations with a festive afternoon tea at The Patisserie in Address Sky View. Immerse yourself in timeless elegance within this stunning venue, where the distinctive aromas of speciality teas and coffees transport you to a world of pure indulgence and sophistication. Accompanied by an abundance of tempting savoury and sweet bites, this experience sets the stage for a flavorful festive journey. Available from 7 December to 7 January, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 195 (soft beverages), AED 245 (unlimited soft sparkling) and AED 295 (unlimited sparkling grape).
Celebrate the magic of Té Del Pomeriggio delle Feste with a festive afternoon tea at the fashion-forward Armani/Caffè. Tuck into festive-themed treats such as a Christmas tree chocolate mousse, the Armani Caffè tiramisu mascarpone and espresso, and cheesecake with white chocolate. Guests can also savour Atlantic royal smoked salmon with lime dill crème fraîche, whole wheat tramezzini and salmon roe, or the delectable truffle egg sandwich on charcoal bread. Available from 5 December to 5 January, from 12pm to 6pm. AED 225 (inclusive of one coffee or tea).
Armani Hotel Dubai
At the heart of Armani Hotel Dubai lies the magnificent Armani/Lounge. Be captivated by the splendour of the Armani Christmas tree while immersing yourself in the holiday spirit with a signature afternoon tea. The lounge combines relaxed elegance with family-friendly dining, creating a Christmas wonderland filled with entertaining activities for kids. Available from 15 to 30 December, from 2pm to 6pm. AED 199 per person or AED 359 per couple.
Atlantis, The Palm
Embrace the festive spirit with a Christmas afternoon tea in the enchanting ambience of Plato’s at Atlantis, The Palm. Luxuriate in an opulent setting while savouring delectable sandwiches, fresh scones, and homemade desserts, perfectly complemented by an array of coffees and a diverse selection of Avantcha tea. Available daily from 7 December to 7 January, from 2pm to 5pm. AED 190 per person (including unlimited tea or coffee), AED 240 per person (including a signature cocktail), AED 355 per person (including bottomless Prosecco for 1.5 hours) and AED 590 per person (including bottomless Champagne for 1.5 hours)
GO: Visit www.atlantis.com for reservations and more information.
Immerse yourself in the festive spirit with a sky-high afternoon tea inside the Burj Khalifa. This culinary journey showcases the finest seasonal ingredients in delightful options such as Beef Wellington, Poached Salmon, and Turkey Roulade sandwiches. The indulgence continues with the Chef’s dessert selection — an enchanting assortment of pastries and confectionery that mirrors the creativity and skill of the pastry artisans. Available from 23 December, from 12:30pm to 5pm (2.5 hour package). AED 750 (soft beverages), AED 850 (house beverages) and AED 950 (Champagne).
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Bab Al Shams, A Rare Finds Desert Resort
Indulge in the holiday season with a Festive Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Lounge, where classic favourites intertwine with seasonal delights. Enjoy mince pies, gingerbread bites, and traditional scones with luscious clotted cream. To heighten the holiday cheer, guests can choose the carefully curated traditional tea menu or relish in signature non-alcoholic cocktails. Available from 12 to 23 December, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 195 per person.
GO: Visit www.babalshams.com for reservations and more information.
Fairmont The Palm
Nothing brings that special festive touch to the season like the Festive Afternoon Tea at Fairmont The Palm’s Mashrabiya Lounge. Indulge in sweet and savoury delights presented with a selection of tea from around the world, each drawing inspiration from the festive season. Available daily, from 12pm to 5pm. AED 225.
GO: Visit www.fairmont.com for reservations and more information.
Immerse yourself in the festive spirit with an afternoon tea in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa. Presented in a stunning red box, Fouquet’s Dubai’s afternoon tea features festive savoury delights, including a grilled turkey breast sandwich with walnut and cranberry chutney, as well as truffle brie and fig jam atop toasted sourdough. Available daily in December, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 390 for two people.
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Four Seasons DIFC
Immerse yourself in the festive ambience at Penrose Lounge inside Four Seasons DIFC and elevate your afternoon with a luxurious High Tea. As the talented cellist fills the air with enchanting melodies, relish a thoughtfully curated menu inspired by the festivities that embraces sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. Available from 7 December to 7 January, from 4pm to 7pm. AED 325 per couple (including tea and coffee) or AED 490 per couple (including two glasses of Champagne).
GO: Visit https://www.fourseasons.com for reservations and more information.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Step into a realm of timeless elegance with a Festive Afternoon Tea at Shai Salon. Delight in decadent sandwiches, scones, and exquisitely crafted pastries meticulously prepared by Senior Executive Head Chef Nicolas Lambert. Available daily from 5 December to 5 January, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 300 per person or AED 450 per person (including one glass of Champagne).
GO: Visit https://www.fourseasons.com for reservations and more information.
Embark on a unique journey of indulgence with Josette’s FACT award-winning sparkling afternoon tea this festive season. Explore delectable delights like Croque Josette, Cookie Praline pastries, and a tempting viennoiserie selection, including the irresistible Pain au Chocolat. Let your afternoons sparkle with exquisite flavours and the effervescent joy of Josette Champagne. Available Wednesday to Friday, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. AED 180 (soft beverages) and AED 250 (including one glass of Josette Champagne).
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Delight in a Christmas-themed three-tier high tea showcasing exquisitely adorned savoury and sweet treats at Aspen Café. Tuck into festive-themed mini cakes and scones, complemented by distinctive seasonal teas from the London Tea Exchange. Diners can also expect a special surprise from Hamleys toy store. Available 1 December to 8 January, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 190 per person or AED 350 per couple.
GO: Call 04 409 5004 for reservations and more information.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting winter atmosphere with a festive afternoon tea at Al Bayt, surrounded by the arabesque-style interiors of Palace Downtown. Indulge in a selection of aromatic teas and coffees paired with festive bites that will tantalise your taste buds. Available daily from 4 December to 4 January, from 2pm to 6pm. AED 190 (including soft beverages).
Palazzo Versace Dubai
Immerse yourself in the captivating ambience as you partake in Palazzo Versace Dubai’s festive high tea experience at Mosaico. Delight in a curated selection of artisanal tea, coffee, and a tempting array of holiday pastries and cakes, complemented by an assortment of homemade jams and sandwiches. Available 10 December to 7 January, from 10:30am to 7pm. AED 360 for two guests.
Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel
Experience the enchantment of the QE2’s festive afternoon tea at The Queens Grill and delight in a charming array of Christmas treats accompanied by a glass of mulled wine or mint hot chocolate. Opt for the Cunard afternoon tea, featuring delectable cold bites and pastries, or choose the Britannia afternoon tea, presenting an array of hot and cold canapés alongside pastries. Available on Fridays and Saturdays from 3pm to 6:30pm. AED 175 per person (Cunard Afternoon Tea) or AED 225 per person (Britannia Afternoon Tea)
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Experience festive flavours with the Christmas afternoon tea at Raffles Salon. Indulge in sweet and savoury delights, perfectly paired with a glass of bubbly, while being serenaded by the lively tunes of a live pianist. At 4pm each day, the anticipation heightens with the opening of the countdown to Christmas Day advent calendar. Available from 9 to 22 December, from 2pm to 7pm. AED 185 per person.
Raffles The Palm Dubai
Experience a Royal Festive Afternoon Tea at Blüthner Hall throughout the festive season. Indulge in an exquisite array of sweet and savoury treats while being serenaded by a live pianist. Select from various fragrant teas and fresh coffees, or elevate the experience with a glass of chilled Champagne for an extra touch of festive sparkle. Available from 5 December to 7 January, from 2pm to 8pm/ AED 220 per person or AED 425 per couple.
GO: Visit www.rafflesthepalmdubai.com for reservations and more information.
SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences
S Bar, situated on the 71st floor of SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences, will offer a festive afternoon tea in the clouds this December. Tailored to the holiday season, families and friends can relish sweet treats and beverages infused with festive flavours. Available from 9 to 29 December, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 195 per person.
GO: Visit slshotels.com for more information.
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
The chic Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai will host a Sparkling Afternoon Tea with a delightful holiday twist. Unwind in opulent surroundings, with the choice of an indoor setting beneath glittering chandeliers, or dine al fresco on the terrace with stunning views of the resort’s gardens. The festive afternoon tea features sandwiches, cranberry-infused scones with Devonshire clotted cream, and an assortment of sweets, including gingerbread choux and blueberry and chestnut streusel creations. Available daily from 6 to 31 December, from 12:30pm to 5pm. AED 225 per person.
GO: Visit www.ritzcarlton.com for reservations and more information.
Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre
Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre welcomes you to enjoy festive flavours with a Christmas Afternoon Tea that blends sweet and savoury inspirations. Commence your experience with a heartwarming welcome mocktail, followed by non-alcoholic eggnog and homemade hot chocolate. Every guest will also receive a complimentary Christmas gift. Available from 3 to 23 December, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 175 per person.
GO: Visit https://peacockalleydifc.com for reservations and more information.