1. Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London, UK
You’d struggle to better the traditional afternoon tea at this iconic British hotel. Among the delish treats are English scones with clotted cream and jam, and 18 outstanding teas for you to choose from. Enjoy them all in the sumptuous Palm Court (above), which boasts a resident harpist who will serenade you with tunes.
From £54 (US$67) per adult; £30 per child. Served daily at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. The Ritz, London, is at 150 Piccadilly, London.
2. Myanmar High Tea at The Strand, Yangon, Myanmar
For an unforgettable experience in Yangon, treat yourself to afternoon tea with a local twist at luxurious landmark hotel The Strand (above). Nibble on delicacies ranging from savoury shrimp wontons to ginger-infused chocolate bonbons.
US$18 per person. Served daily from 2.30pm to 5pm. The Strand is at 92 Strand Rd, Yangon.
3. Morning Tea at Belmont Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Ever wish you could have afternoon tea in the mornings? Well, you can now at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Its Morning Tea – the menu is decidedly lighter than that of its afternoon session – includes finger sandwiches and wickedly indulgent sweet treats (for mornings anyway) such as the classic South African dessert ‘melktert’, a milk tart. While you’re at it, top up a little extra (ZAR 95, or roughly US$7) for a glass of sparkling wine – you are on holiday, after all.
ZAR 255 per adult; ZAR 185 per child. Served daily from 9.30am to noon. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is at 76 Orange St, Cape Town.
4. W T Time, Drop the T² Afternoon Tea at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
Living up to the W reputation, the afternoon tea at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove’s Woobar is fun and flamboyant. Think a beautiful birdcage full of delectables (above), including tutti-frutti sandwiches, mango ‘sushi’, chorizo madeleine and lots more surprises.
S$65 (US$46) for two on weekdays; S$75 for two on weekends and public holidays. Served daily, from 3pm to 5pm. W Singapore – Sentosa Cove is at 21 Ocean Way.