High tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Durban

If you mention the words ‘fancy hotel’ and ‘Umhlanga’ in the same breath, most people will think you’re talking about the Oyster Box, a very swanky hotel on the beautiful coast of KwaZulu-Natal. But right next door to said Oyster Box is an even lovelier treat, the classic Beverly Hills Hotel.

Right on the shore of the Indian Ocean and with stunning panoramic views from every room (every room has an ocean view!) the Beverly Hills was South Africa’s first five star hotel, and feels every bit as luxurious as that sounds. It has a colonial edge to the decor, and a very Durban feel pervades the hotel (a plus, in my books, as too often luxury hotels feel as if they could be anywhere in the world). But what impressed me most was the high tea.

Oh how I love high tea.

A choice of four sweet or four savoury delicacies accompany the beautifully creamy coffee plungers and large pots of perfectly brewed tea (which are served, as a matter of course, with a silver platter of shortbread. Yum). The choices are varied, but all superb. We decided on a sundried tomato scone, a mushroom terrine, a steak pie and a butternut and feta tartlet (all miniature and so much more terribly sophisticated than they sound!) For the sweet half of our high tea, we chose a superb mini strawberry cheesecake, a zingy orange and chocolate tart (my personal favourite), a chocolate éclair and a simply scrumptious lemon phyllo pastry parcel.

The service is as close to perfect as you’re likely to find – sophisticated and discreet, available when you want it and unobtrusive when you don’t. My favourite moment of the day was when the waiters politely interrupted us to point out a school of frolicking dolphins just in front of us. Great stuff.

Of course, the location helps a lot. The views are something special, but being able to walk along the Umhlanga promenade after a decadent high tea is really the perfect end to a delightful morning (or afternoon). The new pier, in the shape of whalebones or elephant tusks (depending who you’re asking) is a wonder in itself, with finely worked mosaics decorating the pathway to the ocean, and picture perfect photo opportunities at every turn. Keep walking along the promenade, and you’ll understand why people who love Durban love Umhlanga so much. It’s the coastal vegetation, it’s the bright blue sea, it’s the wide beaches and the comfortable promenade. And, of course, it’s the simply scrumptious high tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Take someone you love for a treat. It’s one of those experiences that will stay with you long after the day itself has passed.

Our Readers Comments

  1. Hi hw do I make a booking for high tea for mothers day? Its for 3 ppl

  2. I would like to book for 8 people for high tea on 26th October 2014. Can you let me know if the date is available. I would also want to know the price as well.

  3. Hi, please let me know the prices for your high tea and which dates and days are available.About 15 people.

  4. Would like to enquire if you can host a high tea for us for a 40th Wedding Anniversary on 23 December – 10 adults ( 6 kids – but they can order something small from the ala carte, so don’t include them in the quote for the high tea)

    Please quote and send me a menu.

    thanks C

  5. hi plse can u email me the cost pp and do u hav bookings for women’s day

  6. Hi, can you please send me the menu for your High tea and full details like the rates and the number of ppl you can accomodate?

  7. Hi, Please can you email me the menu and cost for the high tea.
    Thank You

  8. Hi, Please can you email me the menu and cost for the high tea.
    Thank You

  9. Hi
    Please can you email the high tea menu and the restaurant menu as well as the cost.

    Thank you

  10. Please can you email me a menu as well as the cost per person. Thanks x

  11. How do I make a booking… what is the cost pp and what time is the high tea?

  12. Hi how do I go about making å reservation for å high tea; wat is the cost per person.

  13. please can you email me a menu for your high tea , as well as the cost per person.

    • Dear Taryn,
      I would like to do something special for my mother in law and High Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel seems like an excellent idea. Please could you email me the price per person as well as the cost.

      Thank you

  14. Good Morning

    I would like to book for 7 ladies if possible for
    High Tea on Sunday the 14th of July 2013.

    Please could you email me all the details and the availability.

    Kind regards

  15. I will like to know if you having books opened on mothers day for high tea? Also whats the price?

    • Hi. Please send me the menus available for a high tea for about 40 people and the price list.

    • Hi Shanaaz,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you would need to contact them direct. They would be able to assist with pricing and any other information you require from them.

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