Relish High Tea Around the World As the Ideal Complement to Discounted First Class Airfare
It’s always reassuring to look forward to a touch of tradition and warm comfort after a long first class flight abroad. Sipping afternoon tea and savoring palate-pleasing dishes a luxurious top-tier tea room is one of those prized treats that help ease a trip to a foreign land.
The Grand Empress, Victoria, Canada
The Grand Empress is imposing with its grand facade and its majestic locale facing the Inner Harbour and the regal British Columbia Parliament building. That grandeur continues to the Grand Empress’ interior and tea room, where luscious tapestries adorn the walls and tables are hand-carved. Tea has been served at the hotel since 1908, featuring the hotel’s signature scones, tasty sandwiches and a variety of pastries. The elegant, traditional high tea fare is served on William Edwards china and accompanied by soothing live piano music.
The Eastern & Oriental, Penang, Malaysia
One of the last things most modern travelers expect to find in the lush, tropical locale of Malaysia is a formal high tea service. At The E&O, though, afternoon tea is quintessentially British, hearkening back to the colonial era where Brits savored Malaysia’s benefits. Served in the luxury hotel’s restaurant 1885, the sweet menu of petit-fours and chocolate-dipped strawberries are complemented with savory sandwiches of salmon, roast beef, cucumber and other fillings. Tea is served on classic blue-and-white porcelain dishes, and the setting is soothing with candlelight, paneled walls and plush seating.
Peninsula Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Wherever you fly on your luxurious business class flights, a Peninsula Hotel is likely waiting with its world-renowned high tea. The hotel’s Tokyo property is one of the reasons for the company’s reputation for serving a blissful afternoon tea. Its authentically British service includes delicacies like chocolate and pistachio pound cake, fromage mousse and homemade scones, all served on graceful bone china. Offered in the chic, modern setting of The Lobby, the traditional tea is the perfect counterpoint to a bustling, contemporary hotel and city.
Erawan Tea Room, Bangkok, Thailand
Blending Thai and British tradition and cuisine, the Erawan’s tea service is flavorful, colorful and unique. Tea, of course, is the beverage of choice with a wide variety of herbal teas like Bael Fruit Tea. Savory dishes veer toward Thai classics like chicken-curry in pastry puffs, Mar Hor and the delicious lime, coconut, chili and ginger dish of Mieng Krathong Thong. For dessert, guests can expect Chocolate Pudding and other British treats. Tea is such a lovely experience at the Erawan that Lonely Planet named it one of the world’s best. The semi-casual atmosphere and relaxing ambiance are a welcome respite from the cacophony of busy Bangkok, and the price is a perfect complement to the deals you found on discounted first class tickets to Thailand.