Where: Nassau, Bahamas Style: 18th-century Georgian colonial Tea Selection: 8 loose leaf teas Teatimes: Daily, 12 to 3 Reservations: Reservations required Contact:Reserve here Cost: $75 Traditional Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tip: If you are driving yourself to this tea, you will find a small parking lot for visitors past the hotel entrance, on West Hill Street.
Destination Tea Notes: Have you ever taken tea in a pirate’s mansion before? We did — on our trip to Nassau in the Bahamas, visiting the Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant to experience afternoon tea in a place that’s lived many lives. Originally built in 1740 as the private home of Captain John Howard Graysmith (a famous pirate of the Caribbean), over the years Graycliff has been a Revolutionary War-time garrison for the American Navy, Nassau’s first inn (in 1844) and a Prohibition era gin joint owned by friends of Al Capone. In the 1940s, its new owners completely renovated the mansion as their private residence, adding the lush tropical gardens that today add a Caribbean ambiance to your teatime. We’re guessing that afternoon tea was first served here in the 1960s when British royals Lord and Lady Dudley purchased the property. In the 1970s, Graycliff was converted to a hotel and restaurant by Italian hoteliers and current owners Enrico and Anna Maria Garzaroli, which may explain the delicious Italian dessert we didn’t expect to find at this Bahamian afternoon tea.