There’s nothing we love more than a beautiful afternoon tea in decadent surroundings and we’ve found a new gem in the city. Al Meylas, the light, sophisticated lounge known as ‘the living room of Abu Dhabi’ has launched a choice of two Pampering Afternoon Tea’s available daily. Al Meylas, translated to ‘place of gathering’ pays homage to the capital’s Arabic culture with a warm welcome and generous hospitality, the perfect setting for exquisite afternoon tea whether traditional English or Middle Eastern inspired.

Blending urban chic and understated luxury, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi’s waterfront location is beautiful, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, lots of light, and open spaces showcasing over 2,000 pieces of culturally connected artwork from local and international artists, making it the perfect setting for an elegant afternoon tea. Al Meylas offers a variety of flavourful hand-selected teas, artful coffees and non-alcoholic cocktails accompanied by sweet and savoury delicacies. The English Pampering Afternoon Tea consists of contemporary classics including Scottish smoked salmon macaroons with American caviar and freshly baked warm traditional scones, as well as intricate highlights from the pastry kitchen such as apple pie éclair, Tiramisu chocolate lollipops and pistachio rolls with chamomile glaze.

Those looking for a taste of modern Arabic flavours can opt for the Middle Eastern Pampering Afternoon Tea with savoury delights from hummus, mutabal, tabbouleh, whole-wheat pitta and mini zaatar manakish. Followed by an array of sweet treats for dessert connoisseurs including kustawi date, almond brownies, muhallabia, rice pudding and saffron sago panna cotta.

As an authentic gesture of hospitality, guests gathering in Al Meylas are offered a scent from the lounges partner, Tola Perfumery, to enhance the afternoon tea dining experience. Tola showcases eight evocative fragrances to capture the hearts of aficionados looking for excellence, craftsmanship and genuineness. Each scent tells a story of its own. Inspired by Qahwah (Arabic Coffee) and Bakhoor (incense) which remains to be the symbol of Middle Eastern warm hospitality and rich tradition, the Tola smelling cups, found on each Al Meylas table, have been developed to combine and capture the Gulf-ingrained customs introducing them in a unique way.

Whether a relaxing catch up or celebration of a special occasion guests can enjoy the Pampering Afternoon Tea with comfortable sofas, Middle Eastern ambiance and Four Seasons’ signature service in a homely atmosphere, majlisstyle. The lounge also showcases a selection of homemade ice creams in uniquely authentic tastes such as camel milk, baklava, saffron and Arabic coffee and the best cronuts we’ve ever tasted.

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GO: Visit Al Meylas at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island. Call (0)2 333 2222 for more information, prior booking is recommended. Middle Eastern Pampering Afternoon Tea and English Pampering Afternoon Tea are available in Al Meylas daily,from 3pm until 6pm, priced at AED 120++.