How I turned afternoon tea into an epic birthday celebration

How I turned afternoon tea into an epic birthday celebration

My 40th birthday was fast approaching and due to the pandemic, the epic celebration I had dreamed of taking place somewhere else in the world was doomed. Birthdays are special though and this was a big one so I adjusted to the idea of doing something smaller, socially distant and affordable right here in Abu Dhabi to mark the occasion. My plans needed be to be scaled down (drastically) but I didn’t want to compromise the splendor of it all so I booked two tables for Afternoon Tea at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa on the eve of my birthday. 

Tam at afternoon tea

The deal

With well-appointed interiors, an expansive lounge and stunning views of the Abu Dhabi Golf Course, The Westin was the perfect backdrop for my celebration. Add in the fact that it’s literally a 10-minute drive from my house and I’d say it was perfection. 

Afternoon Tea at The Westin runs from 2pm to 6pm daily and offers an assortment of savory and sweet treats with unlimited tea and coffee for just AED 99 for two. 

afternoon tea

We tucked into beautifully presented dishes including cucumber and cumin cream sandwiches (my favorite), smoked salmon on rye toast, truffle egg vol au vent, opera cake, lemon cremeux with pineapple caviar, matcha tea tartlet and baked scones with jam and clotted cream. 

The drinks came with just as much flair as the food. We enjoyed refreshing glasses of black currant iced tea, lattes, and a variety of hot teas brewed in personal kettles. Because I kept the number of attendees even, we each enjoyed the afternoon for AED 50 – a price that we all agree was a total bargain!

The set-up 

The Westin is implementing protocols to aide in social distancing so all visitors must wear masks around the property (masks can be removed when eating) and only four guests are allowed per table. I booked for a total of eight guests, which required reserving two tables. 

Things got off to a rocky start because the staff on hand couldn’t find my reservation. Thankfully, I arrived early and was able to share enough details about my booking process to salvage things. The staff was nice throughout the entire debacle and ultimately made space for us by combining two seating areas on the fly. 

We spent the afternoon lounging on plush purple couches flanked by beige armchairs and leather ottomans. The setup was comfortable, spacious and the perfect backdrop for photos. 

group of ladies at afternoon tea

The verdict

Afternoon Tea at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa was indeed a great way to spend my birthday. It hit all my marks. The rate was affordable and the environment was luxurious – everything that a 40th birthday celebration should be. The venue accommodated me with an extra table to place gift bags and signage. They were also welcoming of my gigantic number balloons and sent over a surprise birthday cake. Whether you’re looking for a casual place to meet up with the girls or an idyllic spot to host an event, I highly recommend Afternoon Tea at The Westin. 

cake at afternoon tea

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