Positioned at the back of Fairmont The Palm’s lobby, Mashrabiya Lounge, with its wide, soft armchairs and a spacious outdoor terrace overlooking the hotel’s beautiful gardens and beach, seems the perfect location for a relaxed afternoon nibble. The variety of tea is extensive, and when the drinks and tiers of treats arrive, you can expect to feast your eyes on a whole range of delicately-assembled, beautifully-flavoured pastries, cakes and cookies. Each of the sandwiches are fresh and clearly prepared to order; you’ll find yourself wishing for more. Sadly, the selection here is not bottomless. Nevertheless, the scones are a crumbly, buttery triumph, and the cream is, in fact, clotted. Presentation here is faultless.