e Arabian Sea, humidity, shy smell and fast-paced crowds are what best describe the city that never sleeps. Glamour, cultural tolerance, and a neversay-die attitude are also part of what make Mumbai. You either fall in love with Mumbai or hate it — rarely would one have a neutral opinion of it.
For one, visitors would want to walk down Colaba, leading up to the Gateway of India for a ferry ride from where one can get a great view of e Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai e rst property of Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris, its distinctive red dome has been part of Mumbai’s skyline since 1903. Ever since, it has remained as an o cial triangulation point for ships of the Indian Navy to x their position in the harbour. e Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, is perhaps the only hotel in the world to have hosted such a large number of Maharajas, international dignitaries and a list of stars.
e property is by default a chapter in Mumbai’s story, which is why it welcomes people who wish to simply explore its corridors, whether you have a booking here or not. ere is also a hosted walk around the heritage property that is lled with facts and anecdotes tied to its many visitors and history. is is reserved for guests.
Mumbai is not an easy city to describe. It has Bollywood, street food, beaches, dabbawalas and the black-yellow taxis amongst its many other trademarks. Yet, it hasn’t stopped So tel Mumbai BKC from attempting to embrace the “local” spirit of Mumbai in tandem with the brand’s French origins. e property is
located in Mumbai’s upscale business district — Bandra Kurla Complex.
Jyran – Tandoor Dining & Lounge at So tel Mumbai BKC features stool seating. It symbolises the tea stall or “tapri” culture here where even the corporate executives
nd respite from a busy day. Tuskers, the vegetarian restaurant, is created keeping in mind the Marwari and Gujarati population in Mumbai; the dishes too are typical to
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai is the rst property of Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris
their regions. So tel's Le Bar Diamantaire – the Lobby Lounge pays homage to the country's largest diamond bourse, which is located in Mumbai. Its crystal-studded sofas depict diamond settings. is homage continues in the property’s Pondichéry Café where its pillars are shaped a er uncut diamonds, each di erent from the other.
Such disparity from humble to fancy are what make up Mumbai. It also forti es the fact that a city is built by its denizens. Keeping exactly this in mind, G.R. Iranna’s mural that hangs in e St. Regis Mumbai Bar encapsulates the spirit of Mumbai in one tight frame. At the centre is Dhirubhai Ambani, founder of one of India’s largest conglomerates headquartered in Mumbai. Street vendors, the city taxi and dabbawalas are painted beside him. Cricket is India’s second religion, and its God, Sachin Tendulkar, who was born in Mumbai, is shown raising his bat as he usually does on being victorious. Lata Mangeshkar, Bollywood’s eternal nightingale is shown next to him. e crowd in the painting is made up of Bollywood’s superstars in character.
Indeed, Mumbai is multi-faceted, just like any booming nancial capital. e only drawback of this is the resulting overcrowding. Space is a luxury in this city whose real estate is one of the most expensive in the world.
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar's lobby is lit with natural sunlight and has plenty of green spaces, which is hard to nd in the city. e property also o ers a sweeping view of the airport, a sight which can be experienced from a handful of spots in Mumbai.
CLOCKWISE FORM LEFT: The St. Regis Mumbai; Chambers Lawn, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai; and Sofitel Mumbai BKC
ABOVE: JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar; and the Bandra–Worli Sea Link