Bangkok’s Best Hotel Teatimes

by Lori Blackburn

As the story goes, teatime began in 19th century England when trendsetter, Anna the Duchess of Bedford, invited her friends to a clandestine snack to quell their hunger before dinner. Since guilty pleasures are hard to resist, every society lady was soon hosting her own afternoon tea. 

This upper-class indulgence eventually became an everyday tradition which made its way from Britain to Bangkok, complete with pastry laden trays, fine teas, and savory delights galore. After all, teatime turns an ordinary afternoon into a celebration, so it’s easy to see why we love this indulgent affair. 

Since Bangkok offers a dizzying array of afternoon teas, choosing the perfect one can be tricky. Luckily, we’ve gathered Bangkok’s Best Hotel Teatimes to suit various occasions and moods. This popular British pastime has gotten a fresh spin thanks to Bangkok’s talented chefs and beautiful locations. Each tea service has its own unique vibe, so you’ll always enjoy a new experience. Pinkies ready? Discover where to sip in style. We are sharing tea services with the finest flavors, newest offerings, and most inspiring ambiance.

Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel – Three Teatimes in an Enchanted Garden

Where: Fancy an indoor picnic? Well, you are in for a treat! The Lobby Lounge evokes an airy urban greenhouse where decadent tea services make bustling Bangkok seem worlds away. Relax amongst cascading greenery and arched windows which bask you in oodles of natural light. Afterwards, walk off each delicious calorie strolling the gardens. 

Website: www.kempinski.com/en/bangkok/sindhorn-hotel/ 

What: Choose between three distinctive tea sets: Classic. Vegan. Thai. Each concept shares thoughtfully prepared bites such as an indulgent Caramel Praline & Chocolate Plaisir, vegan Grilled Asparagus & Chickpea on Beet Chips, or Thai Steamed Fish Dumplings. 

When: 2pm-5pm, daily. Friday-Sunday you can order the classic Chevaa Afternoon Tea presented in a handcrafted tree and served in two styles: The Indulgence (think innovative updates on European pastries) and the Guilt Free (vegan set) for all you plant-based foodies. The Thai Afternoon Tea is served all week with gourmet bites from Michelin-starred Saneh Jaan.  

Why: “Teatime in the Lobby Lounge is a wonderful place to connect socially or meet for a classy business meeting. It truly is a culinary journey. I loved escaping within the lush landscapes, chic décor, and architecture. It’s an oasis in the heart of busy Bangkok.” – Amy Patcharaporn Anantasuk, Real Estate 

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“What a breath of fresh air! We started with an eye-catching lemon sorbet. The bright flavors introduced this extraordinary experience. I would recommend it because of the beautiful setting, high standard of food, and value-for-money. You also can’t beat perfectly baked scones with cream and jam.” – Nicky Kim, Chef

How Much: 750++ Baht per person 

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel – Afternoon Delight: A Teatime & Spa Retreat

Where: The Anantara Siam invites you to pamper yourself with their Afternoon Delight package. In addition to a 90-minute massage at the world-class spa, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous Mariage Frères Afternoon Tea nestled within the Lobby’s plush couches, frescoed ceilings, and floral arrangements. Did we mention the live piano music? You might just float out. 

Website: https://www.anantara.com/en/siam-bangkok 

What: Pssst… this is an amazing deal! Choose to spa before or after your tea service. The self-care continues with a classic English spread featuring dainty finger foods and Mariage Frères tea with Thai-inspired blends made exclusively for the Anantara Siam. Sip an Eléphant Blanc black tea as you pluck blueberry crumble tarts and tuna ekura blinis from the tiered tray. Bliss!

When: Afternoon tea is served daily from 2pm-6pm. The Afternoon Delight promo continues through December 2020.

Why: “The Afternoon Delight is a relaxing, joyful retreat for both women and men. It’s worth noting that the spa uses Total Body Tonic massage oil known for its antibacterial qualities and a beautiful niche brand, Biologique Recherche, for facial services. I will definitely return.”  – Tina Derkse, International Makeup Artist www.savourbytina.com 

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“I loved the calm atmosphere as I entered past the lily ponds. The teatime was a fun mix of colorful flowers, attentive service, and elegant presentation of treats.” – Neeranuj Wongwasin, Jewelry Designer 

How Much:  Afternoon Delight Package is 1,800 Baht net per person (90-minute massage + Afternoon Tea Set) // Classic Afternoon Tea Set (Mon-Fri) is 850++ Baht per set for two people // 

Afternoon Tea Buffet (Sat – Sun) is 950++ Baht per person

Rosewood Bangkok – Teatime with a Fancy French Twist

Where: Bring your cravings for exceptional French pastries to the Afternoon Tea at Rosewood Bangkok. This “English affair with French flair” features a rotating selection of delectable creations from their award-winning Executive Pastry Chef, Florian Couteau who recently won Iron Chef Thailand. The Rosewood’s stylish serenity provides the perfect backdrop for standout bites that are both chic and scrumptious. 

Website: www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/bangkok 

What: Gather your besties for a degustation menu filled with goodies like Mandarin Sorbet with Candied Citrus and finger sandwiches stuffed with blue crab, preserved lemon, and smoked salt. If you’re still parched after the extravagant service, champagne is on offer. Oh, how civilized!

When: Wednesday – Sunday from 3pm-5:30pm. Nan Bei is the weekday venue. Lakorn European Brasserie is the weekend setting.  

Why:  “This was the perfect afternoon. I loved the exquisite sweet to savory options. Each confection introduced a new taste and texture. The melt-in-your-mouth Rum Baba cake with Chalong Bay Rum and fresh matcha and vanilla cream was unbelievable. The charming bottle of coconut syrup that accompanied my ginger tea was a simple, thoughtful addition. Details create memorable dining experiences.”-  Ellyn Louise Ahlemeyer, Author & Acupuncturist

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“This sophisticated, but relaxed teatime felt like being in a Parisian hotel with an Asian twist. The city views are impressive while the artwork from notable Thai artists was the perfect complement to the edible art that were served.” – Rachel Pickel, Lawyer

How Much: 950++ Baht per person 

Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit: History, Flavors, & Flowers Tea Service 

Where: You’ll have plenty to talk about as you explore Bangkok’s vibrant history at the Sukhumvit Gallery Afternoon Tea. The past meets the present through vintage photographs, modern art, and bold flavors. Wander the photography exhibit to learn about the fascinating history of Sukhumvit Road, the city’s most important thoroughfare. Tea is served amongst historic images. Compare the sights of old Sukhumvit Road with the new as you gaze through big windows at today’s cityscape overlooking the most modern thing Sukhumvit has to offer – the BTS skytrain. 

Website: www.hyatt.com/hyatt-regency-bangkok-sukhumvit/bkkhr 

What: Take a tasty peek into Bangkok’s history at this Thai-inspired teatime. It was designed by renowned floral artist, Sakul Inthakul, who cleverly infuses contemporary Thai art into the tea trays and flowers. Sample savory throwbacks to Thai childhood favorites including curry puffs as well as new takes on Thai tapas such as sa-koo-sai-moo. Save room for sweets like mango-based petit fours which are served with organic coffee or tea from farms in Chiangmai and Tak.  

When:  2pm-5pm, daily

Why: “This experience stands out for blending traditional Thai roots with modern influences. Teatime is served on a custom-made tray depicting a bridge along Sukhumvit Road, which you’ll see in the gallery’s photos. The traditional Thai “mali” flowers represent Sukhumvit’s bustling energy. Each detail shares Sukhumvit’s story. I want to bring my parents here. It’s also a great deal for the price.” – Swita Charanasomboon, Marketing Director APAC

How Much: 950++ Baht per set for two people

Banyan Tree Bangkok: An Oriental High Tea in the Sky  

Where: Make your way to the aptly named Vertigo Too on the 60th floor where an expansive skyline provides a dramatic backdrop to the Orient High Tea. Delightful delicacies riff on Chinese flavors. If possible, snag a window seat for a birds-eye view of Bangkok.  It gives a whole new meaning to the term “high tea.” Enjoy the groovy, live acoustic music.  You might just find yourself singing along. 

Website: www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/bangkok 

What: Teatime begins with bottles of tea leaves to awaken your senses. Simply smell and select your blend. Get ready for a light-hearted tea service with a sense-of-humor that extends throughout the East meets West theme. Numerous dishes arrive in a BIG dim sum basket that’s sure to put a smile on your face. The playful presentation continues with a menu tucked inside a lucky, red hong bao envelope. What fun! The distinctly Chinese nibbles include Pork Dumplings with Seared Foie Gras, Crispy Duck Salad Rolls with Beijing Sauce, and Red Bean Belgian Waffles with Chantilly Creme & Black Sesame Paste. 

When: Saturdays & Sundays from 1pm-4pm

Why: “Come for the peaceful surroundings, picturesque views, and exotic teatime. The presentation in  the massive dim sum steamer was a nice touch. It switched-up your average teatime to a creatively engaging meal. I especially enjoyed the egg tart which wasn’t too sweet and had a lovely pastry crust. The entire experience was fantastic.” – Amy Wondurack. Senior eCommerce Manager

How Much: 888++ Baht per set for two people.

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