Now, afternoon teas are a bit of a passion of mine. And thankfully, of my husbands ...who is so there for the cake and sweet things ( he's a massive sugar fan). So when he surprised me with afternoon tea at our hotel he knew he was hitting a home run.
I have had afternoon tea in some of the finest hotels in the world (I hope to fill my blog pages with the details) but the author's lounge is way up there in every way.
For it to be an exceptional afternoon tea to me, it has to achieve certain criteria.
The second criteria I like to find is service and execution . The staff at the authors lounge were so lovely , kind and just the right amount of attentive. And they really went the extra mile .
The little things make the difference here ... explaining the afternoon tea choices , keeping the tea flowing , and my favourite offering plate refills . The service should always be available... but never intrusive to the customer . Its a fine art and the difference between a good and average experience .
And the third criteria to be ( in my opinion ) an amazing afternoon tea is that the sandwiches , cakes etc should of course be Delicious , but also exciting , innovative and beautiful .
I want to be surprised and delighted when the sandwiches and cakes are served.
I want it to almost be too beautiful to eat ( this never really stops me ) . I want to feel excited to experience to the taste.
And wow , this afternoon tea really achieved it . My husband opted for the traditional tea set , whilst I tried the Oriental tea set . Both were so delicious , And served so beautifully .
I was particularly enamoured with the oriental tea set though so it was so unique and unlike anything id ever seen before .
And the actual tea is one of my favourite brands .. Mariage Frères Special Blends... The marco polo rouge is to die for
And finally, my last criteria for an exceptional afternoon tea is that it should be indicative to its locatio. It should feel like its location . it should be contextual. When you have tea at the authors lounge, you know you are somewhere exciting and exotic
As it happens , the authors lounge has history by the bucket load and it really tells its story ... see what I did ha ha
Many famous writers have stayed at the hotel over the last three centuries. The Heritage Authors, Noël Coward, James Michener, Somerset Maugham and Joseph Conrad are now immortalised in new private lounges, really giving the lounge something unique
To add, Somerset Maugham wrote one of my husband and I's favourite books and now movie, The painted veil.
I mean ... isn't this the cutest ?
My husband had told the staff that our afternoon was a surprise and that he wanted the tea to be special.So I was presented with a beautiful single rose at the end of our tea. It was so beautifully wrapped and finished with silk ribbon and such a lovely surprise...just the icing on top of a beautiful cake!
I honestly cant recommend the Authors lounge enough... I feel very passionately about what a beautiful and precious place this is ... if you in Bangkok , take a break from the hustle and bustle and treat yourself to a gorgeous experience
The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok had long been on my hotel bucket list... yes I have a hotel bucket list ( they are a bit of an obsession of mine ) So when my husband surprised me with a few nights here for the second part of our Bangkok trip I was delighted.
Being a flower enthusiast you can imagine my reaction once I realised this chandelier was made from actual flowers !
This is a hotel that really knows how to treat its guests . Absolutely everything was impeccable . The suite , the restaurants , the staff . We could not have felt more welcome or looked after.
Upon arrival I was presented with this beautiful flower hand bracelet made from Jasmin flower that smelled so Devine. The smell of Jasmin will now forever evoke memory's of such a beautiful trip
The hotel had prepared a table of delicious goodies for us ...and how cute are the chocolates in the love heart?
Once we were settled in refreshing drinks were brought to our room. Just what you need when you've been in the busy and bustling city. They really did think of everything.
Once we were setttled in, we decided to explore the hotel. Everywhere we looked there were beautiful flower arrangements.
I always think you can tell lots about a hotel based on its floral arrangements.
The hotel really felt like a sanctuary in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle that Bangkok brings
After a lovely afternoon enjoying our suite we stoped by the famous bamboo bar for pre dinner cocktails.
Newly renovated, but still managing to preserve its unique character and history (it first opened in 1953) I’d say the bamboo bar is a must for anyone visiting Bangkok.
It came as no suprise to learn that the cocktails were prepared by an award winning mixologist team.
We even bumped into our food hero here, Michele Roux senior. It literally made our evening!
After cocktails we had dinner at Le Normandie. It was truly lovely to experience such Seamless service and attention. We were genuinely bowled over by the exceptional experience in such a beautiful restaurant.
As it's situated in the hotel’s Garden Wing, you have the most breath-taking views over the Chao Phraya River through floor-to-ceiling windows whilst enjoying your dinner
The food was absolutely delicious. The chocolate soufflé was the icing on the cake
I think my favourite part of the dinner were the petit fours ...this presentation is just everything. And they tasted better than they looked
And just when we thought our day couldn't be anymore magical, we arrived back to our suite to more thoughtful surprises, The heart made from flowers was so beautiful.
The next morning ,feeling lazy after an evening of cocktails we ordered breakfast to our suite. The perfect start to the day...
We may have spent a few hours laying out in the glorious sun before another lovely suprise planned by my husband ... afternoon tea at the authors lounge. To hear more click here!
We were so sad to leave Bangkok and the mandarin oriental hotel. Bangkok is a vibrant, stylish city full of excitement and culture. And in contrast but perfect unity the mandarin orient really embodys all of the exoticism and style of Bangkok whilst being a truly luxurious oasis of calm right in the middle.
They don't call her the grand dame for nothing
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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