Spice of life

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MUM­BAI

There’s much more to In­dia’s fi­nan­cial cen­tre than busi­ness, Bol­ly­wood and cricket

eat Vi­neet Bha­tia, whose Lon­don and Geneva restau­rants have Miche­lin stars, moves far be­yond the Bri­tish In­dian take­away clas­sics with the lob­ster and duck on his menu at Ziya. The restau­rant’s splen­dor is truly mul­ti­sen­sory, with gold cut­lery, walls, fur­ni­ture… (don’t worry, it’s taste­ful.) oberoi­ho­tels.com/ho­tels-in-mum­bai

Stay The St Regis Mum­bai (pic­tured be­low) mixes the charms of New York’s gilded age with the fre­neti­cism of mod­ern In­dia. Be sure to sip a Mum­bai Mary—an ex­ot­i­cally spiced take on the clas­sic. streg­is­mum­bai.com

re­lax The Myrah spa is the per­fect respite from the city’s busy streets. Spoil your­self Ma­hara­jah­style with its sig­na­ture Royal Four Hands Mas­sage. Two masseuses are bet­ter than one, trust us. myrahspa.com

ex­plore Ma­ha­laxmi Race­course has been the place to go for a flut­ter since 1883 and if you’re in town on the first Sun­day of Fe­bru­ary, be sure to stop by for the an­nual In­dian Derby, which brings to­gether all of Mum­bai’s glit­terati. Across town, Co­laba pro­vides a taste of In­dia’s con­tem­po­rary art scene with a host of gal­leries around Arthur Bun­der Road. Look in at one-room gallery Chat­ter­jee & Lal, which has been cham­pi­oning emerg­ing artists for more than a decade. chat­ter­jee­and­lal.com

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