As one arrives at The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, one cannot help but be enchanted by its opulent beauty. Soft golden tones, warm hospitality and that signature St. Regis scent greet every guest with charm and elegance.
Today we are visiting The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm to experience their new Afternoon Tea at the UAE’s first ladies-only afternoon tea lounge, Her by Caroline Astor. The St. Regis has a long-standing history with the tradition of Afternoon Tea. In the 19th century, Lady Caroline Astor, mother of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV would invite her friends for Afternoon Tea. Referred to as “The” Mrs. Astor, the undisputed Grande Dame, she ruled New York high society, and her Afternoon Tea was said to be extraordinary.
The Afternoon Tea ritual begins by selecting a fragrant loose tea from the Tchaba Tea range, displayed on a neatly presented tea trolly. I select The St. Regis Signature Mix Tea, it’s an authentic infusion, with a base of black and green tea, mixed with agave syrup and fresh crisp green apple, very light and refreshing.
The Afternoon Tea comes in two options, The Traditional Treat or The Royal Treat, both offer a selection of sweet and savoury delights and also provide plain and raisin scones, served with a selection of toppings. The Traditional Treat option is served alongside a range of freshly prepared juices, water, and a selection of delicate loose teas or a variety of aromatic coffee. For ladies indulging in The Royal Treat package, they get to enjoy all of this, in addition to a flute of French bubbles.
I opt for The Traditional Treat. Having finished my St. Regis Signature Mix Tea and in need of an afternoon caffeine fix, I opt for a coconut latte, which comes presented with The St. Regis brand as latte art, making it too tempting not to snap a picture for Instagram. Shortly after my Afternoon Tea is presented before me as a delicate three tier stand. The first tier features the savoury items. I begin with the Smoked Salmon with crème fraiche, topped with caviar, it’s a delectable start to my Afternoon Tea experience. Next, I enjoy the Egg Salad with chive and quail’s egg, Coronation Chicken with curry mayonnaise, and my favourite, the Pickled Cucumber, with cream cheese and black olive. Each of the savoury bites is perfectly portioned. Worth mentioning is that in The Traditional Treat Afternoon Tea there is a savoury item of a Roast Beef sandwich, which is presented in a cereal bun with cheese. However, as I do not eat beef, the team kindly swapped it for another of the Smoked Salmon. Do call in advance should you have any dietary requirements.
Moving onto the second tier, the sweets, and I have already spotted my favourite dessert, the light yet zesty, Lemon Meringue Tartlet, divine! Adding an element of local culture is the Date Pudding, perfectly moist, it offers a ‘yum’ with every bite. The Traditional English Fruit Cake, Seasonal Fruit Tartlet and Vanilla Macaron are also excellently put together, not too heavy, a light pastry, and without that over buttery aftertaste, credit to the pastry chef.
Finally moving onto the third tier (and the one I am most excited for) the scones. The scones come in two varieties plain and raisin. Feeling like I am reaching my capacity, I enjoy a small bite from the plain scones, the fresh cream and lavender jam are the perfect accompaniment.
Unique to the experience is the live station. With miniature desserts alternating daily, a spread of sweet treats is available for ladies to enjoy should they wish to stay a while longer after their Afternoon Tea experience has concluded.
When ladies walk into to Her by Caroline Astor they will be greeted with marble and gold accents throughout the venue, offset with splashes of pink. The intimate setting is the ideal venue for ladies wanting to spend an afternoon catching up over a delightful spread, an elegant baby shower or even a ladies’ book club meeting.
If you are looking for that additional bit of luxury, a 60-minute therapeutic Optimal Hydration Facial spa treatment and Afternoon Tea package is available for only AED 630.
The Royal Treat Afternoon Tea is priced at AED 305 and is served with water, juice and a choice of tea or coffee, plus a glass of bubbles. The Traditional Treat is priced at AED 215 and is served with water, juice and a choice of tea or coffee.
Her by Caroline Astor, The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, +971 4 218 0000