Upbeat jazz tunes hum in the elegant Drawing Room of The St. Regis Langkawi, elevating our spirits at once. There’s nothing quite like appropriately timed and amplified music to set the mood, and these swinging tunes match the setting in vibrancy and sophistication.
The art deco theme flourishes under high ceilings, with bold geometrics, splashes of colour and subtle metallics framing the space. Low lounges and coffee tables are given warmth with table side lamps, but it’s hard to keep the eyes inside when magical views of the Andaman Sea and hilly jungle outcrops are the backdrop.
We’re here for afternoon tea. Perfectly timed to escape the mid afternoon heat or tropical thunderstorms, The Drawing Room furnishes a bright cheery space from which to appreciate the scenery, safely sheltered in air-conditioned comfort.
A good dozen TWG Teas and espresso-based coffees pair with the afternoon tea set. Artisanal iced teas (think tropical syrups and fruits added to fine tea) and smoothies furnish more options for those looking for something on the sweeter side. In a hopeful effort to counter balance the indulgences of this sitting I opt for a green tea, which is sweet and delicate, with a medium length finish.
A three-tiered tray arrives first holding, savouries, sweets and scones. Attempting a sensible start, the sandwiches are the first to receive our attention: smoked salmon crepes rolled with dill cream cheese; herb spread and cucumber Carpaccio on brioche; and a mini brioche burger with roast beef, assuage initial hunger pangs.
There are more than enough sweets to suggest keeping the diabetic association’s number on hand. I wish I had a chance to try the signature lemon tart, but hubby has gobbled both before I even have an opportunity to scold him in time to salvage a toothful. He reports, “good stuff.” Homemade chocolate eclairs, English fruitcake, yoghurt cherry cake and macarons complete the selection. Our pick of them all is the velvety and airy yoghurt cherry cake – daintily poised atop a biscuit base, light mousse centres the middle and tangy jelly coats the half sphere.
Scones, okay but far from the best I’ve eaten, are welcomingly served warm. Artisanal jams and whipped cream accompany the cranberry and plain versions that are on today’s menu.
As we’re making our way through the final tier, hot local items are delivered. Grilled otak otak ikan wrapped in palm leaves is aerated and mild in flavour. A river lobster vol-au-vent accords a touch of ritz, and further tummy fillers are found in a selection of Malaysian satays (chicken, beef and lamb).
Afternoon Tea at The Drawing Room is served daily from 3 – 5pm. The set is sufficient for two people and is priced at RM135 per set. Add another RM60 to savour the set with a glass of Champagne.
Reasons to visit: the beautiful setting of The Drawing Room; lovely sea and island views.
The St. Regis Langkawi
Jalan Pantai Beringin
+6 04 960 6666