Pinkies Up! InterContinental's 5 Best Tea Experiences Around the World

Pinkies Up! InterContinental's 5 Best Tea Experiences Around the World
To celebrate this wonderful yet often overlooked luxury, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts uncovers the five best tea experiences from their Asia, Africa and Middle East properties.

With our hectic and occasionally overwhelming everyday lives, don't we all deserve to steal an hour – or three – and pamper ourselves with the pleasure found in a good cup of tea? From the shores of the Indian Ocean in Bali to sleek sophistication in Singapore, where you can enjoy a tea-infused bespoke cocktail like the ‘Bubbly Early Grey,' there's a world of relaxation and luxury awaiting guests at the following properties.

SINGAPORE: For a touch of splendor, spend a leisurely afternoon enjoying a selection of quality teas or tea-infused bespoke cocktails, such as the ‘Bubbly Early Grey' – sparkling wine infused with house-made Earl Grey tea syrup at the Lobby Lounge at InterContinental Singapore. Indulge in reinvented English classics that are sure to satisfy those with a discerning palate, such as delectable lemon raisin scones served with coffee mascarpone clotted cream and house-made wild strawberry jam.

BALI: With cerulean views of the Indian Ocean as far as the eye can see, calm your mind and satisfy your palate with afternoon tea at the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill at InterContinental Bali Resort. Choose from traditional savory dishes such as watercress sandwiches and classics like mini eclairs, choux pastries or mille feuille, matched with some of the world's finest leaves from TWG Teas.

SAIGON: Recapturing the romance of a bygone era, The Library at InterContinental Asiana Saigon is a welcoming spot for a pot of English Breakfast tea. A peaceful oasis in the heart of bustling Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the lounge offers a calm atmosphere, dapper furnishing and personalized service. Guests can pair their tea with exquisite delicacies from the all-day snack menu, or partake in an evening wind-down over cocktails.

CAIRO: A masterpiece of modern luxury on the banks of the River Nile, the Tea Garden at InterContinental Cairo Semiramis offers a subtle juxtaposition to the Egyptian Museum and bazaars of old Cairo nearby, with its contemporary settings and stylish vibes. Set against a pleasing backdrop of live music, soak in the relaxing ambience while taking in the late afternoon views of the glistening Nile.

CHENGDU: Paying homage to the origins of tea, experience the ancient art of tea-drinking in the serene Cha Lounge at InterContinental Century City Chengdu. Rejuvenate the senses with an elaborate menu of over 100 specialty teas from China and the rest of the world. As a true embodiment of authentic Sichuan hospitality, an in-house tea doctor is available for consultation, to ensure the most enriching tea time experience.

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