Re­nais­sance Mumbai


Upscale Living Magazine - - Contents - | By Jy­oti Balani

If one is look­ing for an oa­sis of luxury and na­ture for a peace­ful get­away in Mumbai, the Re­nais­sance Mumbai Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Ho­tel- a Mar­riott Luxury and Life­style ho­tel, set on the banks of the stun­ning Powai Lake with an ob­structed view of the Mumbai Sky­line is the best op­tion as I dis­cov­ered dur­ing my re­cent stay in this ex­pan­sive ho­tel. As I en­tered the re­gal lobby filled with indige­nous ar­ti­facts and mu­ral walls rep­re­sent­ing an­cient In­dian epics of Ra­mayana and The Ganesh Pu­ran, I was im­pressed by the spa­cious­ness of the ho­tel in a city where space is a luxury. The newly ren­o­vated Re­nais­sance houses 600 rooms in­clud­ing suites de­signed with con­tem­po­rary el­e­ments to pro­vide a sleek look along with state of the art fa­cil­i­ties. Sit­u­ated amongst lush green­ery with a pic­turesque view, the Re­nais­sance Mumbai Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Ho­tel pro­vides a home away from home with­out com­pro­mis­ing on the lux­u­ries of a ho­tel.

Speak­ing about the ho­tel, Ni­cholas Dum­bell, Gen­eral Man­ager- Re­nais­sance Mumbai Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Ho­tel stated “Sit­u­ated on the banks of the Powai Lake, the Re­nais­sance is a vi­sion of luxury and com­fort carved into a state of the art ho­tel and con­ven­tion cen­tre. The ho­tel com­bines in­ter­na­tional stan­dards of ser­vice and in­fra­struc­ture along with lo­cal cul­tural el­e­ments of the vi­brant city- Mumbai. This sprawl­ing prop­erty is a home away from home for many of our guests who ei­ther have beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries at­tached to the ho­tel or are busy cre­at­ing new mem­o­ries at the pic­turesque prop­erty. Re­nais­sance Mumbai Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Ho­tel is a visual de­light cou­pled with de­lec­ta­ble food and ev­ery­thing else that makes a home.”

Re­nais­sance Mumbai Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Ho­tel boasts of sev­eral fab­u­lous food and bev­er­age out­lets man­aged by an ef­fi­cient culi­nary team led by Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Sahil Arora. Culi­nary ex­perts at Fratelli Fresh-the ho­tel’s Ital­ian spe­cial­ity restau­rant choose from the fresh­est va­ri­ety of veg­eta­bles and meat which adds to the fla­vors. Fratelli Fresh is known for its im­mensely pop­u­lar Sun­day brunches as I was to dis­cover dur­ing my stay. A con­tem­po­rary chic dé­cor, an open and in­ter­ac­tive kitchen, a beau­ti­ful view of the Mumbai Sky­line and the Powai Lake cre­ates the per­fect am­bi­ence for a holis­tic din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence here. Sig­na­ture dishes such as Fratelli Fresh Cas­soul­let and “3” mush­room risotto are great op­tions to try from while at Fratelli Fresh. While at break­fast, I was fas­ci­nated when served a lo­cal ver­sion of Eggs Bene­dict, a pop­u­lar break­fast prepa­ra­tion. Re­nais­sance Mumbai Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Ho­tel places an em­pha­sis on ev­ery­thing indige­nous in­clud­ing the cui­sine which leads to in­ter­est­ing in­no­va­tions. Those who pre­fer Asian cui­sine can go for an au­then­tic Pan Asian Meal at the Em­per­ors Court – the ho­tel’s ori­en­tal spe­cialty restau­rant. An exquisitely crafted menu with dishes like crab meat sweet corn soup, Pek­ing duck and dim sums pre­pared by Chef de Cui­sine- Cham Hun Chakhap makes for a fab­u­lous meal while at this restau­rant. Nawab Sa­heb, the In­dian spe­cialty restau­rant at the ho­tel of­fers an ar­ray of In­dian food cooked in Mugh­lai style in a royal am­bi­ence which also of­fers live mu­sic. Chef De Cui­sine- Yunus Khan and his team en­sure that ev­ery guest feels like roy­alty while din­ing in this restau­rant and on week­ends there is live en­ter­tain­ment in the form of ghazal singers. Dum Nalli Gosht and Potli Ni­hari are sig­na­ture dishes of­fered by the Chef in Nawab Sa­heb. An all day deli-the Mumbai Ex­press serves quick bites such as pas­tries, bagels, sand­wiches, muffins, puffs, etc to those who are look­ing for a quick snack or food on the go.

It is a good idea to spend some time at the ho­tel’s beau­ti­ful swimming pool. I spent a con­sid­er­able amount of time at the Quan Spa man­aged by Vi­naya Jad­hav while at Re­nais­sance Mumbai Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Ho­tel and came away feel­ing re­laxed and re­ju­ve­nated. Adopt­ing its name from the Man­darin lan­guage, the word ‘Quan’ trans­lates into a source of pure wa­ter. Keep­ing in tune with the name, the spa bor­rows from the nat­u­ral elixir of life- ‘wa­ter’ to pro­vide heal­ing ther­a­pies and treat­ments which are pure, nat­u­ral and help to re­store the nat­u­ral bal­ance of the body. The in­te­ri­ors of the Quan Spa have been heav­ily in­spired from the aqua theme and hence the dé­cor of the spa en­trance, the treat­ment rooms and the suite are also in sync with this calm and tran­quil theme. The spe­cially de­signed spa menu con­sists of treat­ments and ther­a­pies that use the most nat­u­ral and calm­ing in­gre­di­ents such as Ma­rine

Al­gae, Jo­joba beads, Shea but­ter, Dead Sea mud, Apri­cot ex­tract and San­dal­wood. Var­i­ous ther­a­pies of­fered at the spa in­clude the sig­na­ture Quan ther­apy, Al­gae Body Wrap, Deep Tis­sue Mas­sage, Aro­mather­apy hot stone mas­sage, foot re­flex­ol­ogy. Quan Spa also uses the best qual­ity aroma oils and essences for all their ther­a­pies. The USP of this spa is

‘Quan Sig­na­ture Mas­sage’ dur­ing which the heal­ing pow­ers of pure es­sen­tial oils and their prop­er­ties have an in­vig­o­rat­ing and sooth­ing ef­fect on the mind. Us­ing classical tech­niques light pres­sure is ap­plied to im­prove the cir­cu­la­tion and ease mus­cle aches for com­plete re­lax­ation. One can choose from an ar­ray of es­sen­tial oil blends to ex­pe­ri­ence this sig­na­ture treat­ment. Be­ing lo­cated in Mumbai, the spa has also adapted to the vi­brancy and evolv­ing cul­ture of this beau­ti­ful city. As the ho­tel is in close prox­im­ity to both the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional air­ports, it houses a lot of guests who travel fre­quently. Keep­ing this in mind, the spa has also in­cluded a unique ‘Jet Lag Body Mas­sage’, which is a com­plete body mas­sage to calm one’s frayed nerves from long dis­tance travel. Dur­ing this mas­sage, the ther­a­pists fo­cus on re­liev­ing the nerves and in­creas­ing blood cir­cu­la­tion re­duced due to travel with spe­cial at­ten­tion to the legs. Quan Spa is also an ideal lo­ca­tion to host in­ti­mate events like soirees, bach­e­lorette par­ties and other types of ‘Spar­ties’.

The ex­ec­u­tive Lounge lo­cated on the 36th floor at the Re­nais­sance Mumbai Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Ho­tel along with pro­vid­ing an­other in­ter­est­ing op­tion for break­fast, even­ing meals and snacks also boasts of at­trac­tive views of the Powai Lake. The friendly and ef­fi­cient staff gave me a set of binoc­u­lars us­ing which I could spot a cou­ple of croc­o­diles that are part of the Powai Lake. The stylish lounge is aes­thet­i­cally di­vided into dif­fer­ent zones cater­ing to dif­fer­ent moods and in­cludes board­rooms, a cen­tral bar, a li­brary, an en­ter­tain­ment zone, a sun­deck area and a mas­sage room mak­ing it ideal for both busi­ness and plea­sure.

The Mar­riott Ex­ec­u­tive Apart­ments has 173 Rooms in all and is a pet friendly ho­tel. With a Well equipped kitchen, a re­frig­er­a­tor, an oven, a mi­crowave, a dish­washer, in­duc­tion plates, cut­lery et, it is nestled in 15 Acres of lush green­ery over­look­ing the Powai Lake with Com­pli­men­tary Laun­dro­mats on each floor, Ac­cess to the ten-

nis court, jog­ging track and the swimming pool ex­clu­sively for the apart­ment guests, Chil­dren’s play area, In-room de­liv­ery of gro­ceries, Ac­cess to all the din­ing op­tions of Re­nais­sance Mumbai, it is per­fect for guest who are look­ing for long stays in Mumbai. Mar­riott Ex­ec­u­tive Apart­ments has in­tro­duced a Pet Café at MEA Lawns op­er­a­tional on week­ends (Satur­day and Sun­day) in be­tween 11 am to 7 pm. While Mumbai has a few pop­u­lar pet cafes, but pets on leash are al­lowed. At MEA they are leash-free and they have the free­dom to run around in a fenced gar­den. This café is open for res­i­dence and non-res­i­dence guests.

Re­nais­sance Mumbai Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Ho­tel is a des­ti­na­tion in it­self what with its var­i­ous din­ing op­tions, op­u­lent dé­cor and spa­cious­ness, the re­lax­ing Quan spa where one can spend an en­tire day just re­ju­ve­nat­ing, a lux­u­ri­ously ex­pan­sive Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge along with their newly ren­o­vated well-ap­pointed rooms and suites which make for a com­fort­able and en­ter­tain­ing stay. All in all def­i­nitely worth sev­eral vis­its while in Mumbai!

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