High Tea Society – in Bali
Meet Bali’s prettiest venues for your next fashionable afternoon tea party, from a cliff top venue to a whimsical high tea that takes you down the scone-filled rabbit hole.
Orchid at RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA
Surrounded by the ethereal orchids and housed within a glasshouse, the high tea experience at Orchid is one that you should not miss. Available daily from 2pm to 5pm, the Traditional Afternoon Tea offers a contemporary take on Balinese sweets and Western classics. Gaze out at the lush paddyfields and take a bite of the fruit tartlet. Wash it down with a cup of smoky lapsang souchong tea, while enjoying the exquisite company of the orchids and warm natural light seeping through the glass wall. With this cliff-side resort a mere 20 minute drive from Bali’s airport, you have time to indulge in a little afternoon tea before you jetset elsewhere.
For Rp200,000++ per person, you are entitled to enjoy the delightful afternoon tea with the options of Orchid’s hot Dilmah Tea Selection, coffee, fresh pressed juices, or the aromatic ice teas, perfect for Bali’s humid weather.
Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran. Tel: +62 361 8468468
Renowned for its antique 150-year Javanese teak wooden house in which it resides, Biku is an all-in-one restaurant, tea lounge, homewares and book store. It has plenty of cosy nooks and crannies for a lovely, private afternoon tea with family and friends, either inside in the atmospheric wooden house or outside on its breezy terrace. Biku’s signature high tea comes in two options, the traditional (Rp125,000++ per person) with the classic finger sandwich, quiche and scones or the Asian inspired high tea (Rp250,000++ for two persons) made of spring rolls, samosa, and agar-agar for more exotic offerings. Both are served on the loveliest bone china collection.
Biku also boasts a wide collection comprising of 50 different varieties of teas from the world’s various tea-growing regions. Be it a Darjeeling from the foothills of Himalayas or the White Tea from Fujian, Biku is committed to serving only the best. High tea is served daily from 11am to 6pm.
Jl. Petitenget No.888, Seminyak. Tel: +62 851 0057 0888
Veranda Lounge and Bar at Grand Hyatt Bali
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of an intimate tête-à-tête on the veranda in one of Nusa Dua’s most elegant resorts. Designed in a contemporary Balinese style with cosy armchairs that makes leaving difficult, the lobby lounge offers a stunning view to the sparkling blue ocean. Treat yourself during the month of March with the Chocolate Afternoon Tea for Two, that will certainly delight any discerning chocolate fanatics. Picture a lavishly arranged panna cotta, macaroons, crème brûlée, tart, and brownie – all made of chocolates – Willy Wonka would have gone wild.
For those who prefer their nibbles savoury rather than sweet, an immaculate array of pastries, finger sandwiches and scones are also served alongside the sweet delights. Together with a selection of coffee, tea, and chocolate, the afternoon tea is available daily from 2pm to 5pm for the price of Rp300,000++ for two persons.
Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua BTDC, Nusa Dua. Tel: +62 361 771234
W Lounge at W Hotel Bali
The intriguingly named Mad T-Party is a quirky treat that will send you scurrying down the stylish rabbit hole into W Hotel Bali, located in the trendy district of Seminyak. Picture a three-tiered hanging cage consisting of either sweet treats or savoury delights for your next afternoon tea. Those with a sweet-tooth will love the lemon tart, caramel pistachio ice cream sandwich and the chocolate dipped pretzels, among their other tempting offerings. The savoury cage is made of green chili empanadas, foie gras & pineapple parfait, beef tartare crostini with truffled egg, and much more to please even the pickiest Mad Hatter.
Both are paired with bespoke cocktails for an edgy high tea. Think Earl Grey Mandarin Sour or Raspberry Sweet Ginger to accompany you as you people watch, for there is no better place to do it than at the hotel’s avant-garde lobby. Freshly brewed coffee and tea is also available for your trip into this sweet wonderland. Enjoy the Mad T- Party Selection for Rp165,000++ for one person or the Mad T-Party Sweet/Savoury Cage for Rp345,000++ for two persons.
Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak. Tel: +62 361 3000106
Sundara at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Decadently pairing the world’s best chocolate with 22 different condiments, the Valrhona Chocolate Fountain Afternoon Tea is a high tea like never before. It is served in the comfort of Sundara’s air-conditioned lounge bar and presented with flair on a tailor made round, tiered tray.
A creation of the executive pastry chef Yusuke Aoki who often works with Valrhona chocolate, the individual fountain will lure you to dip fresh strawberries, chocolate chip cookies or other condiments into the rich 55% dark chocolate. For those feeling a little more adventurous, you can even dip a cheese grissini or some crispy calamari into it. Bookings are required 24 hours in advance and the delightful chocolate experience is yours for Rp375,000++ per person with a maximum of six persons per fountain.
Jimbaran Bay, Kuta Selatan. Tel: +62 361 701010
The Bar at The Mulia Bali
Be it the Classic or the Indonesian High Tea, afternoon tea at The Bar in this iconic resort is an experience that won’t be easy to forget. Instead of rushing off to the beach or snapping Insta-worthy shots of their famous pool, the comfortable sofa and armchairs in the open-air lounge will invite you to linger and feel at home. Available daily from 3pm to 6pm, the Classic High Tea also offers a selection of warm scones and delicate sandwiches while the Indonesian High Tea is comprises of lapis legit, savoury chicken lemper and other popular snacks.
However, the best thing about this high tea is that it includes an unlimited access to The Café’s dessert room. The sweet wonderland is made of ice cream, cakes, choux pastries, chocolate fountains, dessert coupes, and even a crêperie station. Catching up with your nearest and dearest couldn’t get more fun. A free flow of coffee and tea is included in the Rp309,000++ per person.
Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua. Tel: +62 361 3017777
Angelita Tea Salon and Pâtisserie
This Parisian-themed blue and white patisserie is an old time favourite for its beautiful display of desserts and sumptuously designed and brightly lit venue. Born from the talented hands of pastry chef Angelita Wijaya and her passion of French pastry, Angelita’s weekend afternoon tea is a three-tiered treat. An array of freshly baked scones, lemon meringue tarts, chicken mushroom vol-au-vent, profiteroles, and many others are beautifully presented for the afternoon tea priced at Rp250,000++ for two persons. It is a gift that you should get for you and your special one this upcoming weekend (or any other weekend). The afternoon tea is available from 11am until they run out of quiche.
Jl. Raya Kerobokan No.10A, Kerobokan Kelod. Tel: +62 812 3897 4888
The St. Regis Bali Resort
Art and afternoon tea collide in “Arte-Noon Tea,” the first of of St. Regis Bali Resort’s themed afternoon teas in their The Quintissential Afternoon Tea Series, that will run throughout 2018. From 10 May to 30 June, Arte-Noon Tea features 10 exclusive illustrations by emerging Indonesian artist Ida Bagus Gede Wiraga, where guests are invited to colour in the intricate designs, soothing the mind as they enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea in the opulent King Cole Bar. Priced at Rp350,000 per person, nibbles include freshly baked scones, Balinese delicacies and a fine selection of tea.
Kawasan Pariwasata Nusa Dua, Lot S6. Tel: +62 361 8478 111