Taj Hotels is a chain of luxury hotels incorporated-by Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata Group. In 1903, Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, launched the first Taj hotel, Taj Mahal Palace, overlooking the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. Some say Tata initiated Taj Hotels after encountering racial discrimination at Watson Mumbai, where he was denied admission as the hotel only allowed Europeans. A common practice across British India then! Post-independence in 1973, Taj Tower was added, instinctively establishing a niche into the Mumbai cityscapes with its jagged diadem, Tanjore pillars and 14th-century arched balconies. In 2002 Taj Hotels took over the Regent Hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea and transformed it into Taj Lands End in the centre of the throbbing life of Bandra. And the newest addition to this list of luxuriant abodes was launched in 2016 that goes by the name, Taj Santacruz, huddled in the centre of the city, extending spectacular runway views from the city’s largest rooms.
Back in 1903, Jamsetji Tata travelled to Berlin, London, Paris and Düsseldorf to put in order, pieces of art and furniture, to have the best interior decor material for his hotel. The legacy still prevails after 113 years as Taj Santacruz embraces Palatial and Art Deco designs, neither overstated nor underplayed. Just a plain amalgamation of traditions that unites vintage with modernism. Close to the airport and sitting over 1.75 acres, Taj Santacruz, not only, offers exceptional runway landscapes but also, delectable cuisines and handcrafted beverages. Here’s an account of my stay at the property.
The exteriors of Taj Santacruz are draped in Renaissance-inspired creams and neutrals and laced with elaborate wall designs. This setting gradually unfolds into Jeffrey Wilkes’ and Hafeez Contractor’ original interior designing paired with the ‘Galaxy of the Stars’ lighting concept. The unfettered aesthetics create an extravagant spectrum with its centrepiece chandelier, Lira, starring 3500 hand-blown glass rods.
Lira has been designed, by the Italian architect Dino Antonello wherein, the Chandelier next to the reception, is the piece of work by Roberto Cavalli. The chandeliers inside the private dining room, business centre and the banquet area are all made in Italian Iris Crystal. The ‘Tree of Life,’ in Tiqri restaurant is designed, by Lasvit and Spectrum.