Katherine Eva is a Freelance Writer on the look-out for top adventure spots.
Published January 14th 2015
What is a great gift for the girl who has everything?
Head to the Sheraton on the Park for a glamorous afternoon experience
Mothers' Day, Valentine's Day, birthdays… in fact any day is a good time to experience a high tea at the Sheraton on the Park. On this occasion, I've decided to enjoy the experience with two good friends, to savour the festive city atmosphere in the week leading up to Christmas.
As we enter the lobby area we already feel the jolly spirit, with twinkling Christmas lights all around The hotel has a New York vibe at this time of year, with huge Christmas trees greeting you as you enter the foyer and garlands adorned with Christmas lights leading up the stairs.
Soon we are seated in roomy armchairs in the ground floor Gallery Tea Lounge where we order the Sparking High Tea ($109 for two). This includes plenty of savoury snacks, little cakes and delicacies, tea or coffee, as well as two glasses of domain chandon brut. On the menu I also spot the weekend Afternoon High Tea Buffet option ($49 per person) where you can eat as much as you like (ahhh trouble!). If you're not fussed about champagne, there is also the Fashion High Tea Stand option which includes tea and coffee (but no champas) for $89 for two.
When our three-tiered tray arrives, it doesn't disappoint. The problem is; where to start? We decide to be logical and enjoy the savoury snacks first, like ham sandwiches and tiny quiches before working our way up to the top tier. Indeed the "top shelf" is adorned with marzipan covered slippers, leopard print marzipan handbags, and what appears to be marzipan coloured hats for the races. You could make an outfit out of these treats and I start daydreaming about stylish ensembles. Of course our glasses of Chandon go down way too soon and soon it's time to savour a strong flat white Vittoria coffee to complement the sweets.
Gazing around at the festive setting, I'm glad I've invited one of my best friends, Amber, and her charming auntie, Leila, a vibrant and successful lady of Sydney. We wanted to treat Leila to the high tea as a pre-Christmas gift. The room is quiet enough to have a good catch up chat and the armchairs are comfy enough to make you want to linger over your coffee. This gets me thinking: a high tea experience at the Sheraton on the Park is an ideal gift for someone who has everything, and especially for more mature people who often don't want material gifts and would rather have a quality experience with loved ones. Indeed I think it did tick the boxes for Leila as she sent me a beautiful hand written card afterwards thanking me for such wonderful experience.