Mumbai, the capital of the Indian State of Maharashtra, which is just a short flight away from Dubai, is not only a business or commercial hub, but as well a great holiday destination for travelers on leisure and adventure holidays.
The drive from the airport will take visitors over the Sea Link, a cable-stayed bridge that links Bandra in the western suburbs with Worli in South Mumbai. The route goes through Malabar Hill, the extremely upmarket residential area, along the four-kilometer boulevard called Marine Drive, which is also known as Queen’s Necklace because if viewed at night from an elevated point, the street lights resemble a string of pearls, forming a necklace. After around an hour by car, tourists will reach the busy area of Colaba, the most southern point of Mumbai.
There, situated on the water’s edge, one can find a cultural heritage: the Taj Mahal Palace, one of the best hotels in the world.
This flagship of Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It provides a stay to remember, especially if accommodation is booked in the opulent Palace wing. The Taj Mahal Palace, being more a legend than a hotel, is a property which should be visited at least once in a lifetime for really memorable adventure holidays.
The property, indeed lined among best hotels in the world, not only impresses with polished service beyond expectations, but as well provides easy access to major tourist sites and entertainment areas for fun activities. The hotel is in proximity to historic buildings fabulous for sightseeing, and a few steps away from Leopold Café , the famous restaurant mentioned in Gregory David Roberts’ all-time bestselling novel, Shantaram.
Although South Mumbai’s Colaba area is safe and a mere walking distance from different restaurants, one can enjoy days without going out of the hotel which, by itself, is a gem.
With numerous exquisite outlets serving cuisines from around the globe, the hotel is one of Mumbai’s top dining destinations. Lots of locals come to celebrate and dine at the Taj Mahal Palace. The hotel is open to public and welcomes all visitors to experience the “Grand Dame of Hospitality.”
Breakfast can be enjoyed either at Shamiana, the all-day dining buffet restaurant with its beautiful outside area or at Sea Lounge, where a table near the window or on the terrace is recommended. It offers great views overlooking the majestic Gateway of India, one of Mumbai’s major tourist attractions.
For art and culture lovers, The Taj Mahal Palace impresses with its art collection which includes pieces on display in the public areas and guest corridors.
The most beautiful spot within the hotel is the outdoor lounge in the lush gardens overlooking the pool. Embedded in well maintained grounds in this colonial spot, guests can unwind and indulge themselves in fun activities while sipping on a delicious cocktail. It’s divine.
During daytime, relax on the sun loungers at the pool or read interesting literature while enjoying the swimming pool’s warm water—it’s an oasis just off the busy streets around the hotel. Or head to Jiva, the award-winning, completely Indian and all-natural spa where old Indian healing, wellness and beauty secrets awaken you from within.
Don’t miss the daily tour around the property which is only available for in-house guests. You will get to know the hotel’s history and some great stories about this iconic hotel.
The Taj Mahal Palace has become a classic since it opened its doors more than 100 years ago. Old-world elegance meets modern facilities. Within antique furniture and myriad architectural style, including oriental engravings on Gothic window frames topped by a Florentine dome, high speed wireless internet connection is available everywhere, however unfortunately charged.
Covered with fine traditions and residential elegance The Taj Mahal Palace goes into the category: “A Class of Its Own.”