Dubai's burgeoning dining scene makes the most of the emirate's constant buzz with lively venues and a vibrant ambience that nods to the city that never slows down. But when you're looking to escape the bustle, Dubai also offers a few hidden gems, not too far from the heart of the city. And one of our favourites is the serene estate of Melia Desert Palm Dubai. A 15-minute drive from the Downtown district, this beautiful nature retreat boasts an intimate ambience that instantly transports you to the English countryside. The property offers an array of leisure and dining experiences for guests looking to soak up the peaceful vibe. For those looking to spend a relaxing afternoon at the resort, we'd recommend the Jewel Afternoon Tea, available to myconcierge members for a special price.
Served at Epicure, Melia Desert Palm Dubai's signature all-day dining restaurant, the experience sees you tucking into an authentic English afternoon tea experience. The venue overlooks the property's lush polo fields, and during the winter months, you can also enjoy watching polo matches while sipping on some of the finest tea blends. And while the ambience alone is sure to make your afternoon, it's the beautifully handcrafted sweet and savoury treats, served on a customary three-tiered stand, which steal the show.
The menu features assorted finger sandwiches with delightful fillings including smoked salmon, sundried tomato with artichoke, coronation chicken, grilled vegetables and turkey ham. To satiate those with a sweet tooth, the selection also comprises fruit mousse cones, macaroons, mini doughnuts, strawberry cheesecake, mini fruit tarts, chocolate muffins as well as warm scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Enjoy all of this and more with a selection of freshly brewed teas and a half bottle of crisp Prosecco.
After this enchanting afternoon, take in the stunning surrounds with a walk around the property or feel free to request a tour of the horse stables to learn more about the resort's equestrian connection.