*2021 Update : Please note that this afternoon tea has been discontinued. For afternoon tea at Al Bayt – please click here to check on website.
I wish they had more things like these all throughout winter.
Something different to the many outdoors food truck-ey / picnic-style events : something a little more chic – where you will make an effort to dress up, have a cup of tea, or maybe a gin & tonic, or go all the way to a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne. Put that together with a gold tier of scones, finger sandwiches and sweets, a harpist on the side, Burj Khalifa in front and if you choose the right timing, the fountains as well : you have yourself the Bvlgari Afternoon Tea at the Lakeside Garden in The Palace Downtown Dubai.
So mum and I and the little munchkin headed towards The Palace this afternoon as part of an invitation to review the newly launched afternoon tea, happening just this month in March. I had thought that it will be in Al Bayt itself (which we have been numerous times, one of our favourite afternoon tea spots) – and was surprised to be lead downstairs to the grass area next to the pools. A picturesque setting with white chairs and tables, fresh flowers on each, it felt like we were attending a cosy wedding gathering of sorts. So pretty – loved it.
Thoughts of the afternoon tea spread itself?
To be honest, we both weren’t blown away by the spread : nothing really stood out (sorry guys). It was not bad : the scones were moist, the sandwiches average, and I did like the strawberry tart. And you will be full, as you could ask for refills for anything on the tiers should you want more. What you’re paying for is more so for the entire experience itself : the setting, the view, the music, the fountains, the flowers on the table, drinking out of crystal glasses…….. the 101 photos that you will take. And for that I’ll say it’s worth going there for 😉
Put on your best afternoon tea dress, gather the girls (or your date) and make an entire afternoon out of it. Splurge a little if you wish and you could have free-flow Laurent-Perrier champagne for the afternoon, and there will be someone from Bvlgari showing you the different Bvlgari perfumes on display that afternoon.
So Dubai. Love it 🙂
PS : From what I understand, some of the food presented today did not match the menu itself : hopefully when you go they would have everything ready, and that it will be better than what we had today. Let me know!
- Bvlgari Afternoon Tea
- The Palace Downtown Dubai
- AED 200 per person inclusive of unlimited tea infusions and coffee;
- AED 300 per person inclusive of unlimited juniper beverages;
- AED 550 per person inclusive of unlimited premium bubbly.
- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in March 2017 only – 1-4pm
- Deal : Give me some time, I’ll find out if you can use the Entertainer for these. Watch this space!
Disclaimer : We were guests of The Palace Downtown Dubai to review the Bvlgari afternoon tea. Thoughts are our own, though it is entirely up to you to judge.