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Afternoon Tea at THE ST REGIS Bangkok

MBK, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Siam Square and The Grand Palace are some of the must-do things in Bangkok. Throngs of tourists flock to these popular places day after day, month after busy month. So what is one to do, when all this becomes just a tad repetitive? Why not change the pace and head for an afternoon tea at The St Regis Hotel & Residences, Bangkok.

Located along Rajadamri Road, one of the best addresses in Bangkok, The St Regis opened its famous doors recently to establish this city of life to more people. In a tourist hot spot such as Bangkok, dozens of famous hotels have opened their doors, but not many are in the same class as The St Regis.

So, on a partly cloudy Saturday afternoon, I made my way to The Drawing Room, located on the 12th floor of the hotel. The Drawing Room was impressively dramatic, with floor to ceiling windows (overlooking the picturesque Royal Bangkok Sports Club), black marble, cool grey walls and wooden floors. The seats were plush, and located not too close to each other. We were early, so we chose a lovely spot in the middle of the room. To the right, two young ladies were placing their order. To the left, a young Japanese couple with an oh-so-cute baby was already enjoying their afternoon bliss.

Dainty and cozy. Don't you want to kick up your feet and nibble on a scone right now?

After the customary greetings, we quietly placed our order: the St Regis Special. Before long, coffee and tea came in immaculate silver wear and bone china. A few minutes later, a three-tiered tower of sandwiches, scones, tarts and other delicacies arrived, complete with two types of jams and the elusive clotted cream. Pardon us, the next few minutes were meant for absolute indulgence. I wanted to take my time, to enjoy every single mouthful, but the food was so delicious, it was hard to resist eating them as fast as I could.

It has been a long time since I had an afternoon tea. So this experience was such a pleasure, a welcome break from my usual routine of a Bangkok trip. To be able to do it at The St Regis made it doubly special.

By the way, live piano music accompanied us throughout the afternoon, played by a blind piano player dressed immaculately in a black suit and a cool looking pair of shades. Sweet.

– Shahrom Rashid

An afternoon tea at The St Regis was enjoyed at:
The Drawing Room
St Regis Hotel and Residences
159 Rajadamri Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.
Tel: +66 2207 7777

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