Cafe Elan High Tea & Day Spa
Cafe Elan High Tea & Day Spa

Cafe Elan High Tea & Day Spa

Chateau Elan is my idea of the perfect romantic getaway. The 5 star luxury property is located in the Hunter Valley and surrounded by established vineyards.

Rather than wine tasting, I have organised a day of pampering for hubby and myself.

Tea Tree Day Spa - Chateau Elan

Day Spa – Chateau Elan

Our day started at 8.30am in The Day Spa on the grounds of Chateau Elan. We had organised a couples massage for 9.00am. The therapist advised us to arrive a little earlier so we could take advantage of winding down in the Reflection Lounge prior to our treatment.

Tea Tree Day Spa Locker Room & Bathroom

Day Spa Locker Room & Bathroom

We were firstly guided to the bathrooms to change into a robe and then onto the Reflection lounge. The Reflection lounge was so serene. There were large comfortable lounges which faced out into the garden, guest could just stare out at the beautiful landscape.

Tea Tree Day Spa Reflection Lounge

Day Spa Reflection Lounge

We were invited to make a herbal tea or help ourselves to a treat while we completed our pre consultation questionnaire.  I had a glass of fruit infused iced water instead which was so refreshing.

There is something about slipping on a white Day Spa robe and slippers that turns my body to jelly and my mind to mush. I would have been happy to sit and stare out the window for hours.

Tea Tree Outdoor Spa

Outdoor Spa

In a short moment we were being shown the Hydro Lounge on the way to the treatment room.  Our therapist reminded us that we were welcome to stay and enjoy the Infra Red Detox Box or the spas after our massage.

In the treatment room there were two massage tables and a spa just the right size for a couple. After a few questions it was established that hubby only wanted a soft massage whilst I was happy for a firmer style. We were given a moment to chose a table and the therapists returned.

Mr GG & Me ready for our Massage

Mr GG & Me ready for our Massage

The massage that ensued was the most glorious experience.  I don’t think I have met a massage I haven’t LOVED, but enjoying a massage with hubby is something I have never experienced before.

The Day Spa has been designed as a multi-sensory experience, geared for total relaxation. You become totally immersed in the tranquility and the experience.

When the treatment was complete we were so relaxed we struggled to speak.

Appelles Range

Appelles Range

Hubby and I retreated to our separate bathrooms for a shower. Each shower contained the Appelle shampoo, conditioner and body gel.  I decided I was in no hurry to end the experience and took my time washing and conditioning my hair. When I emerge from the bathroom I felt fresh and completely rejuvenated. I had packed my make up bag so I came out of the bathroom looking like a new woman, ready for our High Tea booking.

Cafe Elan High Tea Fruit Water

Cafe Elan High Tea Fruit Water

Cafe Elan is no more than ten metres from The Spa, so our High Tea, and more pampering was close at hand.

Noritake Teapot

Noritake Teapot

The first thing I noticed about the Cafe Elan High Tea was the amazing attention to detail. Napkins were held in silver embossed napkin holders. The linen was heavy, crisp, white linen.

Cafe Elan Sugar Service with decorative spoon

Cafe Elan Sugar Service with decorative spoon

On the table fine china was from the Noritake range, and the delicate morsels were displayed on crystal serving platters with sprigs of Lavender from the garden. This decorative spoon was so beautiful I had to photograph it in the sugar bowl.

Cafe Elan High Tea

Cafe Elan High Tea

When we were seated the signature chilled water infused with seasonal fruits was poured and we were asked to select a tea each from the menu. I chose the Vienna Cinnamon while Mr GG selected the Belgian Mint herbal tea.  It was also explained that we had some upgrade options available.

High Tea Range

High Tea Range

We could choose a number of drink upgrades.  The first was a choice of imported French Lemonades, the second a sparking wine from Bimbadgen and the third imported French Champagne. The day was all about decadence and pampering so I chose to upgrade to the local sparkling Semillion from Bimbadgen, whilst Brett chose to try the imported soft drink.

High Tea Drink Options

High Tea Drink Options

The Bimbadgen Sparkling Semillon has been one of my favourite little tipples whilst we have been staying in the Hunter Valley so I was very pleased to see it on the High Tea menu.

High Tea Cafe Elan

High Tea Cafe Elan

With the important decisions made it was time to enjoy our High Tea. Mr GG and I were both really impressed by the beautifully presented fruit platter.  It was explained to us that the fruit is nice to have between the savoury and sweet dishes.

Fruit Platter

Fruit Platter

I like to start with the hot items first so the obvious starter was the mini quiche.  It was a broccoli with feta quiche, which was light and deliciously cheesy.

Mini Brocoli & Feta Quiche

Mini Brocoli & Feta Quiche

Would I seem boring if I say the sandwiches are one of my favourite things about High Tea?  I need to justify this remark.  I find that so much effort is put into the High Tea sandwich that they are a flavour explosion in comparison to regular sandwiches.

High Tea Sandwiches

High Tea Sandwiches

The sandwiches above are a rare roast sandwich beef with a mustard pickles. Then a chicken breast sandwich with Brie and a sweet caramelised onion jam!  Yes that was my faourite! Next was the egg, dill, aioli and rocket which was almost as good as the previous sandwich. The filling was so creamy and garlicky.  The final sandwich was the all important smoked salmon with cream cheese, simply lush! All were served on fresh, soft white bread.

Cafe Elan Serving Tray

Cafe Elan Serving Tray

Sandwiches can sometimes be the least loved items on the High Tea platter but these little triangles held great flavour combinations and used a selection of condiments to lift them to another level.

Cafe Elan Scones

Cafe Elan Scones

These dainty little scones were the next item to pique my attention. They were just bite sized which is nice for a High Tea Platter. Inside the scones had the most perfect texture and flavour! So light and buttery. They were served with  strawberry jam and a lovely chantilly cream. When I tried the cream I wondered if I would ever go back to scones with regular boring cream.

Cafe Elan Honey

Cafe Elan Honey

I am absolutely in love with cheesecake. It has to be my favourite type of dessert so I was pleased to see this Rocky Road Cheesecake.

Rocky Road Cheesecake

Rocky Road Cheesecake

It was a taste revelation! Buttery biscuit base, with the lightest whipped cheesecake filling in the middle. The topping was a rich dark chocolate ganache dotted with the traditional rocky road inclusions such as mini marshmallows, macadamia nuts, glacé cherry and a dusting of peanuts.

Oh I had a taste for dessert now!

Next I tried the cup which held a layered parfait of custard with a fresh fruit raspberry jelly piped pistachio and marzipan and a sprinkling of pistachio. To finish a gilded chocolate triangle made a delicious scoop for the dessert.

Pannacotta Dessert

Pannacotta Dessert

Then there was also this lovely light pannacotta with jellied fruit compote layer and crunchy biscuity crumb.

Macaron

Macaron

Perched on top of the tiered platter was the piece de resistance! Macarons and hand rolled chocolate truffles. Like the scones I love the size of the macarons. The were so petite and pretty, taking pride of place with the truffles.

The truffles were so soft and delicate, they literally melted in my mouth. So rich, and dark chocolate flavoured, just exquisite.

Pink macarons are a must have at a High Tea and these were just lovely with a fruity raspberry jelly in the middle and a crisp macaron outer shell.  The yellow macaron was a sweet lemon flavour and had a nutty centre. Both were delicious of course.

The high tea was the perfect size for two people, albeit quite generous. Mr GG and I thoroughly enjoyed a lazy two hours chatting, sipping on sparkling wine, drinking tea and sampling all the delicious treats. High Tea reservations should be booked 48 hours in advance and the cafe can cater for Gluten Free and other dietry restrictions with notice.

Anais Pink French Lemonade

Anais Pink French Lemonade

I loved the idea of the imported pink lemonade served in the champagne glasses so much I knew I would have to bring my daughter to Chateau Elan for a High Tea experience. It was less than a month after my initial High Tea that I had another reservation for a girls only High tea.  Anais loves anything girly or French, and there is nothing more girly and French than High Tea with Pink French Lemonade.

Oh and if your wondering what pink lemonade taste like? It’s still lemon flavoured, but not as syrupy as our lemonade. Anais was thrilled.

Cafe Elan & Day Spa

Chateau Elan – Vintage Estate
Vintage Drive, Rothbury NSW 2320
Website
Phone: 02 4998 2500
 
Gourmet Getaways would like to thank Chateau Elan Hunter Valley for their generosity in hosting this stay. As always the opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with my disclosure policy.

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Comments

  1. What a lovely day of relaxation for you both. I have tried to get the Boy to go to a Day spa with me – he did it once and vowed never again! Just not his thing…guess Ill have to have all the pampering instead!

  2. It looks very luxurious and I love the look of the pink lemonade and the outdoor spa. What a fabulous experience xx

  3. Wow, Julie, now that’s what I call High Tea! Delicious and decadent.

  4. What a lovely getaway! Relax at a day spa and then feast on beautiful little cakes, sandwiches and scones… that would be an ideal weekend for my wife and I 🙂

  5. What can I say, what a lovely afternoon tea! I also observe sandwiches are the most underrated in buffets and high tea setups maybe because people all go to the more colourful food items. You’re a “revealer” of great food :). Rocky road cheesecake?!!! Would love that! Hi Anais 🙂

  6. How lovely! I love scones with clotted cream…and I LOVE your daughters name!!

  7. I want to be you!!! What fun!

  8. Honestly, does a day get more perfect than this? Just wonderful Julie, so jelly!

  9. You surely know how to pamper yourself :-))

  10. What a blissful day! And yes I agree, massages are great but they’re even better with your other half closeby! 🙂

  11. Wowzers! What a wonderful day. I love high tea and I too am a sucker for the sandwiches. They allways look so dainty and the flavour combos are such a treat for the tastebuds. As if the sandwiches weren’t enough, you had me at the Rocky Road Cheesecake, and the pink lemonade. Glorious! It’s definitely something to consider next time I’m in the Hunter! So tell me, are you still floating on air after your massage?!

  12. Lovely post Julie, and thanks for sharing the high tea experience! 🙂 Looks like so much joy and fun. Everything about the tea ceremony looks perfect! That Noritake teapot looks beautiful and so does the fruit platter, oh, and the sandwiches too. I want to drag my partner to Chateau Elan asap! Best wishes!! 😀

  13. What a heavenly experience! I would love to share something like this with my hubby.
    Have a wonderful day Julie.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  14. Wish I have time for that…looks so relaxing and amazing!!! I am totally jealous!!

  15. I’m agree with Liz !! Julie is not only your idea of the perfect romantic getaway, is my idea as well!! I think is perfect for a couple to spent some days there, is like paradise! Love the spoons, the scones, the massage, the high tea fruit water and I would like to taste the Rocky road cheesecake 😉 I’m agree with Anais, everything in France is chic 🙂

  16. Sounds like a great place! Great review, really fun pictures. Thanks.

  17. Oh My 🙂 I imagine heaven to look a bit like this and they serve Pink Lemonade. As a kid I loved the stuff (although I doubt it was more than raspberry syrup in lemonade), but it was my drink when the folks went out for dinner…… so it’d be fun to check into this little piece of paradise & order up on the pink lemonade.

  18. A high tea AND a spa day? What a perfect way to enjoy your day 🙂
    Nothing beats relaxation, nothing at all!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  19. AW MAN ! I could REALLY use a spa day, ASAP! And I really need to look into Tea Forte! MMMMMMM!!! I am envious!!!!

  20. A day of pampering sounds absolutely exquisite. 🙂 I’ve been dreaming about such things and hope to spoil my hubs and I with something similar once my book is done and dusted. 🙂

  21. What an amazing place. It sounds like an extremely relaxing spot to visit! The food looks great too.

  22. I could spend the entire day here… or at least few hours of relaxation would be so nice! Looks like you tow had a wonderful massage and relaxing time!

  23. sounds like such a relaxing getaway – love the look of those little sweet treats along the way 😉

  24. What a positively fabulous day!! My husband laughed when I suggested high tea on our last cruise (Seabourn Quest), but since that first time he’s asked to go again. And again!! I’ve been far too long without a massage, now I’m just wishing I lived a little bit closer.

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