THIRSTY THURSDAY – Tea Time

More and more tea houses are popping up around the world so if you are meeting a colleague for coffee, why not make it tea for a change.

Here are some of the best tea houses in the world, which will be sure to impress for a business meeting.

Bangkok: The Author’s Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Singapore: Raffles Hotel, TWG Marina Bay Sands
Tokyo: The Peninsula Hotel
Paris: Maison des Trois Thés
Las Vegas: Petrossian Lounge at the Bellagio
Boston: The Bristol at the Four Seasons Hotel
New York: Astor Court at The St. Regis Hotel, Alice’s Tea Cup
London: Orangery at Kensington Palace, The Modern Pantry, The Connaught
Melbourne: Hopetoun Tea Rooms

The most hard to get to tea house in the world may be this one in Anhui Province, China, which is only accessible after rappelling up a mountain (photo in post)

And while you are drinking your tea, here are some talking points to impress your guest.
After water, tea is the most consumed drink in the world. While pure tea may have more caffeine than coffee, once water is added tea contains far less than a cup of coffee.
The UK consumes about 130,000 tonnes of tea a year of which at least 95% is in teabags
On a daily basis, about half of the American population drinks tea, and Americans drink 85 percent of their tea on ice.

TRAVEL TUESDAY – Hong Kong Hotel

Already a big fan of the Four Seasons properties, I was not disappointed with my stay in Hong Kong. Rarely do you find an exceptional business hotel, but this is one.

From the moment I got out of the taxi the staff were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble and although a city business hotel, they are extremely family-friendly too.

The rooms are big for HK and I would suggest paying extra for a harbour view. Pool is fabulous and the hotel is in such a good location with IFC adjoining for some sneaky shopping, and everything else is close by. The gym is fabulous and if you have time after a busy day of meetings, I recommend making a visit to the spa.