Afternoon teas date back to 1800’s England, when Anna, Duchess of Bedford requested a mid-afternoon platter of tea, scones and desserts. The trend quickly caught on among many of her friends and spread across the city, and well, the rest is history. Fast forward to today, modern afternoon teas take international ingredients and cooking techniques to present unique sets that take the classic to a whole new level.
Hong Kong is brimming with a mix of both traditional and contemporary tea sets, including the occasional collaboration with luxury brands to spice things up and bring an added perk—like a skincare and beauty present. Here are five seasonal beauty-inspired afternoon teas to try in Hong Kong.
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong with SHISEIDO
For the month of September, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is celebrating traditional Japanese tea ceremonies curated in partnership with luxury renowned beauty brand SHISEIDO at Clipper Lounge and Café Causette. Guests can order the SHISEIDO FUTURE SOLUTION LEGENDARY ENMEI Afternoon Tea to celebrate the launch of the Limited Edition Legendary Enmei Serum Set. The product is made with Enmei herb, a rare ingredient found in the sacred foothills of Mount Koya, and when combined with Green Treasured Silk, a restorative balm, the wonder herb does its magic to heal and revitalise the skin. Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Sapy incorporates the unique Japanese ingredient in the afternoon tea set, with additional highlights including the famous 1963 Mandarin Cheesecake; Black Sesame and Yuzu Tart; and moreish Matcha, Pistachio and Lime Madeleines. For tea? A mix of coffee and tea is formulated with the Green Tea Cappuccino.
Every guest who orders the SHISEIDO Future Solution Legendary Enmei Afternoon Tea will receive a Future Solution Ultimate Longevity Trial Kit valued at HKD 280, along with a complimentary voucher to a Future Solution Ultimate Longevity Skincare Set valued at HK$950, which can be redeemed at designated SHISEIDO shops, counters and the brand’s Beauty Zone.
Available until: 30 September 2021
For more information and reservations, please call +852 2825 4000 or email email@example.com
The Langham, Hong Kong with Salvatore Ferragamo
In Tsim Sha Tsui, The Langham, Hong Kong is known for its authentic British afternoon teas inspired by its London flagship, but the hotel is currently offering an exclusive alternative this season—a collaboration with Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo. The brand’s new fragrance collection launch ‘Storie di Seta’ or ‘Stories of Silk’ will debut with the afternoon tea set, available until the end of September. To celebrate the exquisite scents, the first 1,000 guests will receive a complimentary series of four 1.5ml fragrance miniature gift set with every set of Salvatore Ferragamo STORIE DI SETA Afternoon Tea for two.
Available until: 30 September 2021
Kowloon Shangri-La with Su:m37˚
At Kowloon Shangri-La’s lounge, guests can tuck into a special afternoon tea collaboration with Korean skincare brand su:m37˚. The ‘Golden Elegance’ Afternoon Tea runs through September and October, featuring delectable bites made with fermented ingredients to reflect the brand’s beauty ethos. Gourmands and beauty lovers unite at this elegant spot to enjoy the afternoon tea set which includes a complimentary su:m37˚ Losec Summa Elixir Deluxe Set, valued at HK$1,075.
Available until: 31 October 2021
Sheraton with Melvita
Indulge in your afternoon tea in the clouds at Sheraton’s Sky Lounge. The Champagne afternoon tea is working in collaboration with French beauty brand Melvita to gift diners with a complimentary Melvita care kit. Fulfil your sweet cravings with the lavender vanilla cream puff and raspberry rose mousse, while the foie gras crème brûlée will tickle the senses. Upgrade your set with a glass of bubbly to further uplift your experience.
Available until: 30 September 2021Book now
For more information and reservations, please call +852 2369 1111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
sift with 3ce
Want to enjoy your afternoon tea in the comfort of home? Cupcake specialist sift is offering an exclusive takeaway set with beauty brand 3CE that includes two Blue Water Lip Tints and a takeaway sift afternoon tea. Expect the best from its collection of mini cupakes, scones, pastries and macaroons.
Available until: 12 September 2021