Rising up from the coastal suburb of Bandra – a buzzing part of Mumbai that’s home to many Bollywood stars – the Taj Lands End overlooks the warm waters of the Arabian Sea. Within walking distance of a host of bars, restaurants and nightspots, this is a great hotel to use as a launchpad to seeing all that the capital of Maharashtra has to offer. There’s easy access to the Bandra-Kurla, Andheri and Worli business districts too, as well as the international airport.
Tapping into the wisdom of ayurvedic healers, the Jiva Spa is all you’ll need to revitalise your senses. An all-natural spa, Jiva uses handmade, exclusively designed products in its treatments and signature journeys. Relax with exfoliating and nourishing scrubs and wraps, treat yourself to a massage using oils blended from kewda, frankincense and brahmi, or ask the skilled therapists about the range of yoga, bathing and body rituals you can experience.
Among those to have ‘signed the guestbook’ at this VIP address are British royals, cabinet ministers and rock royalty from Bryan Adams to Roger Waters. Its chic suites are some of the largest in the city, while its nearly 500 rooms are spacious, contemporary and well-appointed. Marble bathrooms, richly hued purple fabrics and stunning views of the blue sea all make for an enchanting stay. Guests of the suites not only get bags more room but also extras such as a 24-hour butler service and access to The Club Lounge.
Being in a bustling city like Mumbai has its perks, but a stay here has some too. Take time out around the beautifully presented swimming pool, flanked by lilting palm trees and sunloungers; burn off the calories in the gym or on the outdoor jogging track; or shop in the Louis Vuitton store or Taj Khazana boutique, selling saris, jewellery and art pieces. A 24-hour front desk means someone always on hand to provide tips and advice for seeing the local area and the rest of the Mumbai metropolis.
Pass the afternoon with fine estate teas and coffees in the Atrium Lounge, or enjoy the sweeping ocean views and island kitchen at Vista, serving Western, Oriental and Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Masala Bay brings new wave Indian cooking to your table, with the freshest seafood and modern flavours, with wines to match. At Ming Yang, tuck into your favourite Chinese dishes from Szechwan, while savouring the views of the Portuguese Fort and sea.
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