christmas

Oh, Christmas tea!

The festive season is all about catching up with friends and family — and what better way to do so than over a cuppa (with some naughty treats)?

M Sen | Special to GN Focus
00:01 December 10, 2017
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Raffles salon, Raffles Dubai

Served through December, this special edition of the hotel’s classic afternoon tea features an array of tasty festive sweet and savoury delicacies including clove-cured salmon timbale, mince pies, spiced orange chocolate mousse, and blackcurrant and cinnamon scones. 
Details From 2pm to 7pm, until December 31, from Dh249 per couple. Call 04 324 8888

La Farine, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai 

A classic bakery-bistro, La Farine is a special place come Christmas that beckons girlfriends, mums and sisters with its assortment of festive delights including sweet and savoury treats such as cumin cucumber sandwiches, turkey coronation brioches, pumpkin eclairs, Yule logs, Christmas cookies, plain scones, flavoured panettones and traditional stollen. Wash it all down with some luxury Tchaba tea.  
Details 3pm to 6pm, until December 26, Dh250 per couple. Call 04 414 0000 

The Lounge, Address Boulevard Dubai

Bring Christmas to tea time in the charming setting of The Lounge at one of Dubai’s newest hotels. At the Jingle Bell Afternoon Tea, there are festive sweets and canapés served in the signature white chest of drawers, accompanied by a seasonal brew of tea or coffee. 
Details 3pm to 6pm until December 26, Dh170 per head, call 04 888 3444 

Sidra Lounge, St Regis Dubai

Upscale your tea game at one of Dubai’s grandest hotels with delicate finger sandwiches, hand-crafted sweets and traditional favourites, all complemented by holiday beverages such as hot chocolate with marshmallows and cinnamon tea. 
Details 3pm to 6pm, from Dh225 per person. Call 04 435 5555

Al Samar Lounge, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam

Meet old friends for a new tradition at the Jumeirah Mina A’Salam. Its gathering point is ideal to try out a variety of nonalcoholic cocktails, traditional high teas and shisha if you so desire, all in one place — with enough opportunity to take some festive selfies against the Madinat Jumeirah’s  waterways and the Burj Al Arab. 
Details 2pm to 6pm, December 25 and 26, Dh195 per person, call 04 432 3232 

Alba, The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

Seated in the elegant lobby lounge of the Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal with its vaulted ceiling and semi-private dining areas, tuck into a selection of savoury and sweet treats inspired by the traditional flavours of Christmas. Pair everything  with a choice of tea or coffee blends. 
Details 2pm to 5pm until January 8, Dh125++ per stand, call 02 818 8282