One of my latest high tea escapades was at the lavish Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga Durban. Did you know that this hotel, which opened in 1964 was South Africa’s first new resort hotel to be awarded five stars and has retained its status for over 50 years? So I had to see this remarkable hotel, designed by renowned Sol Kerzner that set the benchmark for the hospitality industry in the country.
There is a relaxed and care-free vibe to this classic hotel and once I entered, I was drawn to the modernity, its majestic ocean and light house views and the black and white photo theme throughout. The service is true five star quality and everyone we interacted with had a smile.
The Beverly’s high tea is offered daily and offers four sweet and four savoury options. Initially, I was a tad disappointed that there was no variety compared to The Oyster Box. However, when we received our three tier stand, I was impressed with the delicacies. Sometimes less is more – each little masterpiece was perfection.
On offer was a pecan nut and coffee cake, chocolate cake, peanut butter cake and a red velvet cup cake. For savoury, we had a cucumber finger sandwich, pepper and brie cheese finger sandwich, salmon blinis and a mushroom focaccia. Of course, it wouldn’t be a high tea without a scone with clotted cream, jam and cheese. Ronnefeldt tea is the preferred choice at the Beverly, which is provided with brewing time.
To finish off the outing, is a calming stroll on the beach and the peer after all the treats from the high tea. The cost for the high tea is R185 p/p and includes tea and coffee. Bookings can be made on 031 561 2211 and pre-payment is essential.