Best Christmas afternoon teas in Asia
Nothing beats a nice cup of tea at the end of a busy day, especially when you’ve been pounding the pavements Christmas gift shopping. We’ve rounded up the best seasonal afternoon teas across Hong Kong and Singapore. Pinkies out!
St Regis, Singapore
The luxe hotel will be embracing the Christmas spirit in the Lion City with a Festive Afternoon Tea Experience. The tea is inclusive of a glass of champagne or a cocktail and has been specially crafted by the St Regis pastry team. Enjoy a plethora of sweet and savoury teatime treats (including the delicious chestnut Mont Blanc pictured here), as well as yummy crepes and waffles made ‘a la minute’.
When: 3-5pm, Monday to Saturday; 4-6pm, Sunday; December 1-31.
Cost: S$49 per person, inclusive of a TWG cocktail, or $68 per person inclusive of a flute of champagne, Monday to Friday. $58 per person inclusive of a TWG cocktail, or $78 per person inclusive of a flute of champagne, Saturday and Sunday.
The Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong
The hotel’s Lobby Lounge is presenting a special Christmas tea with heaps of treats. The tea tray comes groaning with delicacies such as Boston lobster eclair, blackcurrant chestnut boule de noel, milk chocolate and apricot yule log, Winterberry dark chocolate and fresh, crumbly, homemade scones.
When: Monday to Friday, 2.30-5.30pm; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 2-6pm; December 16-23 and 26-30. 1.30-3.30pm and 4-6pm, December 24, 25 & 31.
Cost: HK$688 for two people.
Madame Fu, Hong Kong
The luxe contemporary Cantonese restaurant in Hong Kong’s fascinating Tai Kwun development is serving up a gorgeous afternoon tea crafted by head pastry chef, Taylor. The tea has been created in conjunction with the UK organic health and beauty brand, Neal’s Yard Remedies, and as such is a feast of healthy treats. The almond flour scones and sweet potato brownies contain natural sugars from honey, Agave syrup and Maple syrup. And each tea comes with a complimentary Neal’s Yard Remedies frankincense skincare trial pack.
When: 2.30-4.30pm, December 1-31.
Cost: HK$260 per person, $450 for two people.
Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore
Enjoy a leisurely festive afternoon tea buffet at Chihuly Lounge, complete with delicate pastries, finger sandwiches and Christmas desserts. And why not glitz things up with a flute of Champagne Barons de Rothschild Reserve Ritz Brut NV.
When: 2.30-5.30pm, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Cost: S$88 per adult including a flute of champagne, S$44 per child. Prepayment is required.
St Regis, Hong Kong
Head to The Drawing Room at St Regis Hong Kong and dive into a delightful festive tea, including two sweet and two savoury items. Afternoon tea at St Regis takes inspiration from traditional dim sum dining and is served by trolley. Along with the standard afternoon tea fare, guests can choose from specially created festive items. These include an avocado king crab ball, chicken ballotine with foie gras and black truffle, a chocolate chestnut yule log and mandarine candy cane religieuses. And the tea is rounded off with scones and jam.
When: 2.30-5.30pm, December 20 to January 5, 2020.
Cost: HK$388 per person and $688 for two.
W Hotel, Hong Kong
Woobar at the Tsim Sha Tsui-located hotel will be wowing guests with its Berry Merry Shiny Shimmery afternoon tea. The tea tray comes laden with berry-themed dainty delicacies such as foie gras with strawberry chutney, strawberry and basil salad, pulled turkey salad on French herb toast with cranberry jam and red currants and ham and fig rolls. Hard-to-resist sweets include raspberry mousse, vanilla and strawberry mille feuille, vanilla and raspberry panna cotta and silver macaroons.
When: 3-5.30pm Monday to Friday, until December 31.
Cost: HK$488 for two guests.
The hotel will be presenting a Christmas Couture Afternoon Tea at 1864.Treat yourself to a savoury selection and sweet treats, including yuletide bonbons, fig frangipane tarts, slices of strawberry honey cheesecake, macarons and homemade stollen.
When: 2-5pm, December 2-30.
Cost: S$98 for two people, including two glasses of mulled wine.
The Cakery, Hong Kong
The popular Hong Kong bakery is celebrating the festive season with a teddy bear-themed vegetarian afternoon tea. The feast includes an Impossible (meat-free) burger, teddy bear chiffon mini cakes and golden raisin scones. The tea is presented as an advent calendar and comes with sustainable gifts.
When: 2.30-6pm, Monday to Friday; 1.45-3pm and 4.30-4.45pm, Saturday & Sunday, until December 31.
Cost: HK$538 per person.
The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
The hotel has launched a Festive Afternoon Tea with Mini Buffet as well as a Festive Evening Tea. Afternoon delicacies include duck rillettes on saffron brioche, festive Christmas hazelnut choux puffs and gingerbread cinnamon creme brulee. As the sun dips over the horizon, enjoy truffle egg mayo in spinach bread, lobster in sesame basket with Avruga caviar and sweet cinnamon star cookies.
When: Festive Afternoon Tea with Mini Buffet runs 3-5.30pm, Monday to Friday and 12-2pm & 3-5pm, Saturday and Sunday.
Festive Evening Tea runs 6.30-10.30pm, Monday to Sunday.
Cost: Festive Afternoon Tea with Mini Buffet, S$55 per adult, $28 per child (six to 11 years), Monday to Friday; $60 per adult, $30 per child, Saturday and Sunday. Add $17 for free-flow soft drinks, $49 for free-flow red or white wine and beer, $78 for free-flow Veuve Cliquot champagne.
Festive Evening Tea, $55 per adult, $18 per child, add $18 for a cocktail of free-flow tea and coffee.
The Langham, Hong Kong
Palm Court is serving a Christmas In London Afternoon Tea, elegantly presented in a three-tier white leather box. Bite-sized Christmas sweet treats include a red Santa’s hat, golden reindeer and a snowman. There are also gingerbread macarons, slices of traditional Christmas cake and, of course, a savoury selection. Festive drinks include Grinch hot chocolate, gingerbread hot chocolate and Christmas tree cappuccino. Or upgrade and enjoy two-hours of free-flow Prosecco.
When: 3-5pm, December 1, 2019 to January 1, 2020.
Cost: HK$398 per person; two-hour free-flow prosecco or mulled wine is an additional HK$100 per person.
The Murray, Hong Kong
The Garden Lounge will be serving a Christmas Afternoon Tea including sweet and savoury bites and a dessert trolley filled with Christmas treats. Enjoy Hong Kong’s blue-sky weather at this time of year and take your tea on the hotel’s al fresco, pet-friendly terrace.
Paws For Tea will return on December 14 and 15, where guests and their pets can enjoy a festive-themed afternoon tea with doggy treats.
When: December 1, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Cost: HK$688 per person for the Christmas Afternoon Tea; HK$449 per person for Paws For Tea.
The Line will be offering a special three-tier high tea set for children. Littlies can tuck into tantalizing treats including polar bear brownies, snowy coconut tarts, Santa strawberries and Polar hotdog buns. The tea is inclusive of orange juice, apple juice or hot chocolate.
When: December 7-24.
Cost: S$29.50 per set, each set is designed for two children aged under 12 years to share.
The Peninsula, Hong Kong
The Salisbury Road hotel will again present Teas of Hope, its traditional charity tea. For each tea set sold, US$5 will be donated to local charities Make-A-Wish Hong Kong and Room to Read. Finger sandwiches, traditional scones and cups of tea will be complemented with seasonal treats. On December 11, Santa will be appearing in the Lobby Lounge, and from December 24-31, tea guests will be able to enjoy live big band performances from Rhythm & Harmony.
When: 2-5pm, December 1-20 and December 27-30.
Cost: HK$398 per person and includes a festive pin and charitable donation.
InterContinental, Hong Kong
The Lobby Lounge of the luxe, Salisbury Road hotel will be serving up a splendid Christmas tea in the festive lead-up. Feast your eyes on spectacular city views, enjoy live carol singing and tuck into a festive tea tray created by executive pastry chef, Christian Gonthier. Highlights include festive pistachio macarons decorated with snowflakes, white chocolate and Macadamia brownies dressed up as Christmas trees, poached lobster and star-shaped savoury sandwiches.
When: 2.30-6pm on weekdays, 1.30-6pm on weekends and public holidays, 1.30-4.30pm on December 24 and 31; December 1, 2019 to January 1, 2020.
Cost: HK$498 per person, or HK$698 for two on weekdays; $518 per person, or $719 for two on weekends and December 24-26, 31 and January 1.