Friday, April 29, 2016

Staying local - a long weekend at the Taj Palace


We had a long weekend and nothing planned.  It was Jenni's last long weekend before she departs Mumbai to South Africa, and something we had both wanted to do was to do a staycation at the Taj Palace in downtown Mumbai.  She booked it, and I went along.

 

From the start we were lucky as we got upgraded from the Tower Wing (the modern bit) into the Palace Wing (the heritage bit).  As well as that we got the upgraded service which included butler service, food and drinks throughout the day including high tea, cocktails, cognac and chocolates.  The palace has the feel of a colonial building, but in fact it was built by Indians for Indians (because the British refused to let them use their hotels).  It contains many different styles of architecture and it really is a beautiful building.


The Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, and now overlooks the Gateway of India (though of course that wasn't built until later). This hotel has been visited by dignitaries from across the globe, including most recently Wills and Kate.
  


We spent the first day checking out the amenities of the hotel, including tapas in the evening on the top floor of the Tower Wing, overlooking the harbour.  We went on the Heritage Tour around the palace as well.  On the Sunday I spent a lot of the day by the pool.  We checked out very late, and then went for afternoon tea and cocktails in the Sea Lounge where we watched the sunset reflected on the Gateway of India.  It was a really great couple of days - well worth the money as it was a once in a lifetime experience.


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