Festive Afternoon Teas & Gingerbread House Workshops

As part of The Luxe Diary’s chic countdown to Christmas, we are delighted to bring you your list of gingerbread workshops and afternoon teas for the whole family to enjoy across Dubai and Abu Dhabi this festive season.

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Festive Afternoon Tea | Bulgari Hotel Dubai | 7 – 31 December 2017

Bulgari Festive Afternoon Tea listed in The Luxe Diary

Served daily from 15.00 to 18.00, Bulgari tea time at the newly opened Bulgari Hotel in Dubai will surprise you with a contemporary Italian twist and a selection of the finest sweets and salty delicacies. 

This delicious festive tea includes their signature scones (an assortment of plain and raisin scones with clotted cream, lemon curd and jam) and their range of savoury treats including tramezzinos with smoked wild salmon, focaccia and multi-seed bun with black Angus roast beef and finally desserts, their selection of Italian delicacies with classic Sicilian cannolo, Madeleine di Amarena, Chocolate Turrone and Sicilian Pistachio religieuse.

For more information and to book click here.

Gingerbread House-Making | 9 December | Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace Gingerbread Luxe Diary

On 9 December, book your children into the grandest gingerbread house-making party in town. The talented team of chefs at Emirates Palace will work individually with children to help them make and take home a gingerbread house so appealing that they may resist breaking it apart and eating it… at least for a little while. 

For more information on timing and to reserve call +971 (0) 2 690 7999 or email restaurants@emiratespalace.ae.

Gingerbread House Workshop | Raffles Dubai | 9, 12, 16, 19, 27 and 29 December

Raffles Dubai Gingerbread

Children can spend the afternoon at Raffles’ Gingerbread House Workshop under the supervision of Raffles chefs, little ones will learn how to assemble their own gingerbread house and adorn it with decorative piped icing and sweets.

AED 110 per child, including a cup of hot chocolate. For information and reservations please call +971 4 324 8888 or e-mail raffles.dubai@raffles.com.

Festive Afternoon Tea | The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort | The Drawing Room | 1 to  31 December 2017 | 14.00 – 18.00

St Regis Christmas Luxe Diary Saadiyat

Afternoon tea time at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is always a grand occasion to celebrate in a warm, festive atmosphere adorned with traditional décor. The decadent assortment of savories is a prelude to the magnificent pastries, including almond stollen, spiced gingerbread loaf, Yule log and more.

The Christmas Collection – Fashion Afternoon Tea | Raffles Dubai | 1 to 31 December 

Raffles Fashion Christmas Tea

Indulge in afternoon tea with a yuletide twist served in Raffles Salon throughout the month of December. The Christmas Collection – Fashion Afternoon Tea features an array of festive sweet and savoury delicacies including clove-cured salmon timbale, mince pies, spiced orange chocolate mousse, and blackcurrant and cinnamon scones. A hand-painted, wall-sized advent calendar will be counting down until Christmas, with fabulous presents revealed every day from behind the doors, to delight afternoon tea guests.

Served daily from 1st December to 31st from 2.00pm to 7.00pm. For information on pricing and reservations please call +971 4 324 8888 or e-mail raffles.dubai@raffles.com.

Gingerbread House Afternoon Tea | The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort | The Drawing Room | Every Saturday throughout December 2017 | 14.00 – 18.00

St Regis Christmas Luxe Diary Saadiyat

Treat your kids to an afternoon full of sweet delights and let their little hands learn how to make gingerbread houses. Each child will be provided a gingerbread house to decorate, while our in-house pastry chef provides tips and tricks over a fun teatime set-up.

Families can later indulge in some quality time with sweet and savoury nibbles, accompanied by our festive tea range on offer at The Drawing Room.

Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach | Exclusive Edition Giant Christmas Tree macarons

Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Luxe Diary festive

Available from 20th December to 6th January, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach has created and exclusive collection of giant, Christmas Tree shaped macarons, bringing a touch of sweetness to the celebrations with these handmade treats.

Thematically flavoured, there is a choice of five delectable options: ‘Warm and Cosy’ which features chestnut, dark chocolate and cranberry, ‘Berry Nutty Celebration’ made with pistachio, amarena cherries and chocolate, ‘Festive Rush’ which is made with pepper cake and cherry, ‘Rudolf’s Nose’ with sweet raspberry and Madagascan vanilla, and finally, ‘Season’s Golden Glow’ featuring orange, cinnamon and white chocolate.

These beautiful festive desserts can also be enjoyed at the Christmas Day Brunch. Orders have to be made at least 48 hours in advance, and collection is between 10.00am and 8.00pm on the pick-up day.

Available for sale at AED 65 for the 300g tree and AED 145 for the 1kg tree during a limited time only. For more information click here.

Life-size Gingerbread house and Festive Market | La Farine | JW Marriott | 4 – 26 December | 10.00 – 22.00 

La Farine JW Marriott Gingerbread Luxe Diary

Embrace all the wonder of this magical time of the year with a visit to our impressive life-size Gingerbread House outside the entrance of La Farine Café & Bakery. Take in the magnificent sweet and spicy aroma as you walk through this magical creation.

Browse the atmospheric Festive market, where guests can purchase festive hampers to take home or give away as gifts and sample seasonal cakes, hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and home-made waffles.


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