A sense of deja vu enveloped us as we entered the lobby of Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport, for we were reminded of our stay at Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport. This time, we were not in the city of Mughals but in the city of Ganpati visarjan, vada pav and Bandra bandstand, which also happened to be our hometown. Ankita was a little tired from her trip to Dwarka, Gujarat (tales to come very soon) and a sweet staycation at a plush hotel with a relaxing spa treatment, rooftop pool and all-day dining was just what the travel doctor ordered.
The vast lobby was very tastefully done, with walls plastered with botanical art, high chandeliers and the warm-toned lighting that adds an extra touch of luxury. We were given a room on the seventh floor, not with great views because this was an airport hotel after all, but with a comfy bed, soft carpeting, TV, writing desk and tea/coffee maker – all in an earthy colour scheme. Our bathroom was not too bad either. The only thing missing was a balcony. After a refreshing cup of coffee, we set about exploring the hotel.
Tattva spa was on the very same floor, while the fitness centre and swimming pool were on the top floor, along with a beautiful rooftop garden. The best part about the fitness centre was the view of Mumbai city with the mountains beyond. Of course, the array of fitness equipment was also impressive. In the evening, we enjoyed treatments at Tattva spa (shirodhara for Ankita and potli massage for Mohit) and you can read all about it here. After our treatment, we made it to the rooftop right in time for sunset.
We really like the space-saving concept of wall gardens, which has become popular in hotels worldwide. We wandered around admiring the flowers and views in the soothing saffron warmth of the descending sun. Late evening was the best time to take a dip in the glorious infinity pool with sweeping views of the city and mountains and miniature palms on either side.
The pool seemed to be extremely popular with the hotel’s guests – we went there many times during our stay and not once did we find it absolutely empty. The pigeons of the area had made it their favoured haunt as well, and many kept us company from the ledges as we floated on the deep blue water. Lying down on the lounge chair after a good swim and a glass of cool water (or something headier if you prefer that) made us feel like all was right with the world.
We enjoyed a scrumptious dinner and breakfast at Saptami, the all-day dining restaurant at the lobby but more about that in our next post. 72, the bar adjacent to the restaurant seemed to have many exciting offers as well. Here’s some information to help you enjoy a staycation at Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport like we did: