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A sense of grandeur has been in­stilled in var­i­ous el­e­ments start­ing from the tex­ture with the use of colours and hues, and a lay­ered ap­proach with re­flec­tive sur­faces adding to the tac­tile and visual ap­peal of spa­ces to es­tab­lish the lux­u­ri­ous na­ture of the venue.

Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s (CSIA) Ter­mi­nal T2 re­cently opened its all new lux­ury lounge for its first/ business class trav­ellers. The ‘GVK Lounge’ was in­au­gu­rated by Dr. GVK Reddy, Founder, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, GVK. A first of its kind common lux­ury lounge in the coun­try, the GVK Lounge is un­like other global and In­dian air­ports, which usu­ally have dif­fer­ent first/ business class lounges for dif­fer­ent air­lines. Spread across an area of 30,000 sq. ft. in two lev­els, the GVK Lounge has a to­tal ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date 440 guests at any given point in time. It hosts some in­no­va­tive fa­cil­i­ties and lat­est tech­nolo­gies in the form of concierge ser­vices, smoking zone, F&B, bar, lux­ury spa, shower area, re­lax­ation area, li­brary and a business cen­tre, in keep­ing with MIAL’s ide­ol­ogy of en­cour­ag­ing prod­uct, ser­vice and de­sign in­no­va­tion to com­ple­ment the over­all am­bi­ence, de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture of the new ter­mi­nal T2. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Dr. GVK Reddy, Founder, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, GVK, said, "At GVK CSIA, it has been our con­tin­u­ous en­deav­our to en­hance trav­eller de­light, and the new GVK Lounge at T2 will suc­cess­fully take this ef­fort to new heights. The lounge re­flects a kalei­do­scopic vi­sion of the dreams of In­dia and the pulse of Mumbai, and is themed to give the trav­ellers a blend of world class lo­cal am­bi­ences at the air­port. We are con­fi­dent that the trav­ellers will rel­ish the ser­vice ex­pe­ri­ence of­fered in the GVK Lounge. Air­lines can now of­fer a unique and lux­u­ri­ous lounge ex­pe­ri­ence to their dis­cern­ing pas­sen­gers and the “pay per use” con­cept means no up­front in­vest­ments and lower op­er­at­ing costs for air­lines.” CSIA has awarded the lounge con­ces­sion to a part­ner­ship be­tween Travel Food Ser­vices (TFS), the lead­ing food and bev­er­age op­er­a­tor in the travel sec­tor, and Per­forma, a gate­group company and a world­wide leader in de­sign­ing, man­ag­ing and ser­vic­ing of air­port lounges. Com­ment­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Su­nil Ka­pur, Chair­man, TFS said, "We have worked closely with the team at GVK MIAL to em­body the vi­sion of the Air­port into our lounge ex­pe­ri­ence for trav­ellers, and are con­fi­dent our part­ner­ship with Per­forma will cre­ate a true bench­mark. Air­lines fly­ing from the Air­port will be able to of­fer their pre­mium pas­sen­gers an un­matched ex­pe­ri­ence that will pro­vide an in­es­timable value to their pa­trons. On en­ter­ing the lounge, pas­sen­gers will glimpse a com­bi­na­tion of de­sign that is of the high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dard but still epit­o­mises the spirit of Mumbai; ex­pe­ri­ence su­perla­tive ser­vice & care from our highly trained pro­fes­sion­als; a one of a kind gas­tro­nomic jour­ney; and a ba­sic phi­los­o­phy of mak­ing the lounge ex­pe­ri­ence a re­flec­tion of the authenticity, warmth and character of Mumbai.” Beat Eh­lers, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Per­forma (gate­group’s lounge ser­vice brand) said, “We are elated to be work­ing to­gether with our part­ners GVK and TFS for bring­ing to­gether the best of both worlds to cre­ate an un­ri­valled cus­tomer ser­vice ex­pe­ri­ence for pre­mium trav­ellers through unique ser­vice, culi­nary ex­cel­lence and an ex­cep­tional lounge con­cept based on per­sonal in­ter­ac­tion, warm and pro­fes­sional ser­vice and a solid un­der­stand­ing of the guest mind-set and prod­uct knowl­edge, de­liv­er­ing noth­ing but the best.”

Grand Dé­cor

De­signed by In­dia’s cel­e­brated fash­ion de­signer San­deep Khosla and Mumbai’s highly ac­claimed ar­chi­tect Al­faz Miller, ABM, based on a con­cept by Soft­room Ar­chi­tects, UK, the lounge sec­tion at Level 4 has a gold theme, while the sil­ver theme flows through Level 3. Both the lev­els have been aes­thet­i­cally de­signed with a range of vari­a­tions seen in ge­om­e­try, pat­tern and form. A sense of grandeur has been in­stilled in var­i­ous el­e­ments start­ing from the tex­ture with the use of colours and hues, and a lay­ered ap­proach with re­flec­tive sur­faces adding to the tac­tile and visual ap­peal of spa­ces to es­tab­lish the lux­u­ri­ous na­ture of the venue. The GVK Lounge also has strate­gic light­ing dis­play that draws in­spi­ra­tion from a rich pal­ette of In­dian light, fil­tered through the coun­try’s na­ture, ar­chi­tec­tural en­vi­ron­ments and cel­e­bra­tions. Se­lec­tive pal­ettes of am­ber, red and gold, dusk and wa­ter gar­den have been in­ter­wo­ven to of­fer top-notch world classes feel to the en­tire lounge space. The ex­quis­ite Jali screens, stylish fur­ni­ture, stun­ning, con­tem­po­rary chan­de­liers and the sig­na­ture glass pea­cock in­stal­la­tion are all skill­fully de­signed and beau­ti­fully hand crafted show­cas­ing the best of In­dia. The lounge is seg­re­gated in three dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories – First Class, Pre­mium Class and Business Class. On this oc­ca­sion, G V San­jay Reddy, MD of MIAL said, “The GVK Lounge is another ef­fort by GVK to set new global bench­marks in the air­port business. The con­cept of the common lux­ury lounge and the de­sign and aes­thet­ics sets new stan­dards in air­port lounges in the world. We hope the pre­mium pas­sen­gers will en­joy this ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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