Where: Nassau, Bahamas Style: Library lounge Tea Selection: 30+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Thursday–Saturday, or upon request, 12 to 5 Reservations: Reservations required Contact:Reserve here Cost: $70 Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tip: Valet parking is $20, or you have the option to park in the guest lot and walk over to the hotel, but this is a good 15-minute walk.
Destination Tea Notes: Afternoon tea at Rosewood Baha Mar impresses from start to finish. Executive Pastry Chef Chamila Prasad Munasinghe has crafted a superb three-course menu that incorporates island flavors, while The Library’s tea menu includes eight popular Bahamian herbal infusions. An upscale resort that showcases local culture is a rare find, especially meaningful right now as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas celebrates its 50th year of independence. The very day we visited Rosewood for afternoon tea, Bahamian women, resplendent in their afternoon tea fashions, were gathering at the hotel for The Golden Jubilee Tea Party. As high-end afternoon teas go, this one is well worth the money, and one we recommend you make sure is on your Nassau travel itinerary.
Each guest is served a 3-cup teapot, and we were happy with our selections: Black Coconut, Rose Boudoir (a black tea scented with vanilla, black currant and roses from Grasse, France), and rose-colored Pink Flamingo Green Tea with hibiscus blossoms.
Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets
Each guest receives their own tiered tray.
Scones are served in a long plate, while finger sandwiches and desserts come on the two-tiered tray.
We were very happy with the long finger sandwiches, all scrumptious: Smoked Salmon & Chive Cream Cheese on Whole Wheat, Cucumber, Egg Salad and Lobster & Avocado on Toasted Brioche (marvelous!).
Perfectly baked scones are served with marmelade, clotted cream and jam.
The dessert course, titled, “Sweet Temptations – National Symbols of the Bahamas,” includes creative presentation of not-too-sweet confections: Madeleines, Pineapple & Rum Bavarois in a Coconut-shaped Chocolate Shell, the (national bird of The Bahamas) Pink Flamingo Tart, Bahamian Flag Macaron with Pistachio Cream and Raspberries and Yellow Elder Vanilla Mousse with Elderflower Jelly.
Hanging in West Nassau lounge Bon Vivants (great tea and coffee bar, including tea cocktails), this 1973 advertisement congratulates The Bahamas on their independence. Below Angela enjoys Bon Vivants’ “High Tea” gin cocktail, served in a china teacup.