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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

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