Things that make me wish I were British…
Why oh why do I not have afternoon tea every day? It’s such a delightful experience.
Yesterday I attended my very first Waldorf Astoria Orlando Royal Tea.
I have a love affair with this resort property and often staycation here and at her attached sister property the Hilton Bonnet Creek.
Everything about the resort is opulent.
Royal Tea is served in the Peacock Alley Lounge just off the lobby.
You can see where the lounge gets its name. Peacock Alley is flanked on one wall with floor to ceiling windows looking out over the patio and pool area and a full service bar on the other. Seating is comprised of round high top tables as well as low couches and chairs. The color palette is sure to keep any Florida visitor cool on a hot Summer Day. Our party of four had made advanced reservations and we were directed to a table over near one of the grand windows.
The Waldorf’s Royal Tea has a set menu so when we were seated we were free to make conversation after we had selected our tea of choice, the attentive wait staff would do the rest…
Classic breakfast tea at its finest. Rich
and smooth with a full body and aroma.
An elegant classic with a contemporary
sparkle. A finely balanced cup, slightly
floral and deeply satisfying.
Decaf English Breakfast
From the island of Sri Lanka
you find this rich, elegant decaffeinated tea.
The enchanting scent of night blooming
jasmine is captured in this light and floral
Shades of citrus and vanilla add to the
relaxing qualities of this quieting blend.
White Ginger Pear
A quietly exotic and alluring blend of
white tea and Japanese pear, balanced
with a note of ginger.
The first course offered was a selection of tea sandwiches. There were four of us enjoying tea that day so we were presented with 20 perfectly portioned bites.
Shaved Cucumber and Pear, Dill Cream Cheese
Dried Cranberry Cream Cheese on Carrot Cake
Black Forest Ham
Whole Grain Mustard Cream Cheese,
Pequillo Peppers, Arugula
Classic Egg Salad
Herbed Mayonnaise, Watercress
Shallots, Crème Fraîche, Capers
Throughout our tea experience we were treated to the sounds of live piano music.
I especially enjoyed when the pianist coyly transitioned into the Harry Potter Theme Song.
After we had finished our tea sandwiches we were offered a second course of tea pastries with honey and Devonshire cream.
By far my favorite offering was the macaron. Again, each of us received one of each pastry to try. It was fun to swap between the four of us for the things that we enjoyed most.
After we had finished up our tea service we took a walk from the Waldorf, through the convention center and over into the Hilton. Our experience was wonderful. At no time did we ever feel rushed. We had more then one server waiting on us at all times. Always making sure that our individual tea pots were full and that the service was progressing at a nice leisurely pace, as a proper tea service should.
The Waldorf Astoria Orlando‘s Royal Tea is offered Sundays from 3-5PM. The resort is located inside the gates of Walt Disney World in the Bonnet Creek area adjacent to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Tea is a set menu and price of $30 for adults and $15 for children. Add a glass of Domaine Chandon Champagne for a “Grand” Royal Tea. The chefs can also accommodate you if you are gluten-free. Parking at the Waldorf is valet only. Be sure to have your server validate your valet ticket and get a discounted rate of $7. You also have the option of parking in the Hilton Bonnet Creek parking garage and walking over through the convention center space. Parking fees apply in the garage and you’ll miss out on the cold bottled water from the valet.
For reservations dial 407-597-5409. The Waldorf Astoria Orlando Resort is located at 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821.
Special Thanks to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando for hosting our Royal Tea experience. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.