In general, “Renaissance” may resonate with the revival of 14th-century European culture and style, however, in Mumbai, this word echoes with the Marriott Hotel which sits as the crown jewel in the posh location of Powai. A property where hospitality isn’t just a word, instead it’s an ideology, a way of doing steady business. Even though Renaissance Mumbai has been curating luxurious experiences with arresting designs and finishes for over a decade, I recently had the chance to experience it up and close during my weekend-stay in one of the Powai Lake Suites. If I were, to sum up, this property in one sentence, I’d say, “Renaissance Mumbai is life and beauty put together, for you to look and feel it with child-like simplicity.”
Whether it be, the distant view of crocodiles sunbathing in the lake or the intricate recipes that drive the culinary heritage of the hotel. Each element is bound to fill you with excitement, never felt before!
For me, the positive energy propped up the moment I checked in. The reception staff greeted me warmly with minimal formalities, promptly handing over the digital room key card. Additionally, what truly exhilarated me was the fact that they asked me about my travel and food journey as a blogger. The excitement rubbed off immediately and so the conversation pursued all along the splendid passageway. The hotel staff was too kind to escort me until the grand elevator which then carried me to the thirty-fourth floor.
Then came the moment of a renaissance! The “Duplex Suite” on the 34th-floor pulls out all the ‘swanky’ stops. It spans two plush rooms topped by high ceilings, full-length windows, a formal dining area with a contemporary chandelier and hospitality to cater to your every whim. Moreover, the lower-floor flaunts ample seating that can accommodate 5-6 guests and should work great for a family of four. Note that this floor has a separate washroom.
The master bedroom, on the upper floor, is yet another stunning design with an open bath concept. Not only, does it let you enjoy the ravishing lake views from every corner, but also, offers a partial glimpse of the outdoor pool. Merely watching people take a summer dip enticed me to get down to the ground floor and spend some time by the outdoor poolside.
All in all, the Duplex suite is a soulful surprise enveloped, in plush furnishings and polished amenities. Besides, for the relaxing atmosphere it offers, I think it’s a bargain for the price of $300 per night. While you stay here, use the “motorised curtain glider” to restrict the intensity of sunshine in the day while letting it safeguard your privacy in the night. Other amenities include a work desk, HDTV, safe, minibar, walk-in closet, coffee/tea making facility.
When I stepped outside my suite, a whole new world of leisure activities was awaiting my presence. For instance, dining at both the Emperor’s Court, the Oriental speciality restaurant, as well as, Nawab Saheb, the Indian speciality restaurant was a unique experience. That along with, poolside exploration paired with hazelnut cappuccino and vibrant macaroons at Mumbai Express, the deli. The Quan spa is the show stopper though, highly recommended. I signed up for a 60-minute aromatherapy session which was combined with the ‘hot stone massage’ upon request.
I have to say, by the end of the massage, my tense muscles were so relaxed that I could barely feel my body. The therapist applied the right pressure to the damaged soft tissues and in between, massaged my back with hot stones before leaving them there for a while. The hands-on techniques turned out to be the ultimate stress buster, something I would certainly return to, on my next trip.
Check out the waning moon I captured from my Master Bedroom in the night before a perfect night’s sleep. The mornings are a delight in the beauty! Not only does it draw in the clear sightings of the lake but also, includes a lavish and complimentary buffet breakfast at the Executive lounge on the thirty-sixth floor. They say this is the largest Executive-Lounge in India and oh boy, it is massive! The first day, I ate my breakfast here, while the second day I ordered-in. As a solo traveller, I think I have got very comfortable with the whole idea of eating alone.
So, when my in-room ‘American Breakfast’ arrived with add-on Nutella pancakes and Dutch cream waffles, I felt as pampered as a child. Interestingly, the pastry chefs left sweet morning messages on the plate with the chocolate sauce. That topped with a double shot of espresso and a glass of orange juice! Couldn’t get better than this.
On the whole, my stay in this stylish, spacious and very private retreat with views of the lake was quite a coddle. It’s perfect for solo travellers, families, and couples seeking a tranquil abode, whether short or long term. In short, Renaissance Mumbai is where you can expect nothing less than impeccable hospitality and perfect service! Besides, this tranquil retreat is your best bet to escape the chaotic life in Mumbai, while you are still close to the city. Big thanks to Renaissance for hosting me so wonderfully and for making this a perfect weekend staycation.