I am always looking for something unique to do in South Florida….. so while I was minding my own business, I got an email from Travelzoo about a tea at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. Next thing I knew I was clicking and fantasizing about fascinator (hats), English tea, and driving to Miami Beach.
Before I plunge into my fantasy that turned into a reality, you probably wondering what is Travelzoo. While, Travelzoo, which is similar to Groupon, is a website where you can find great local entertainment and dining deals. For this occasion, the deal was Tea for Two for $69 which is normally $110. Normally, I don’t splurge like this but my romanticizing (about English tea and being at the St. Regis got the best of me. What is else is new? Lol!
Anywho, St. Regis is a 5-star hotel located in the north end of Miami Beach and directly across from the ultraluxe shops of Bal Harbour. When you first walk in, you are transported to pure elegance and luxury.
What is Afternoon Tea?
High Tea is a British tradition that began in the 1800s as a light afternoon meal usually served between 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. At that time, it was customary for people to only eat two meals a day: breakfast and dinner. Therefore, light and dainty bites, such as scones, thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches and desserts are served along with a variety of teas became a standard. And so it began at the St. Regis which delivers a perfect service in style at the La Gourmandise in Bal Harbour.
At the St. Regis Bal Harbour, tea is a set three-course affair between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm where reservations are required. Below are some photos of my afternoon time:
Scones with raspberry and cream marmalade
An assortment of sandwiches from cucumber to smoked salmon
An assortment of desserts from macaroni to raspberry tart
Yummy! The meal was light and tasty. So, come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things like travel.