Remember when we told you about how we plan our travels around every holiday and long weekend? Well there are times when we don’t want to rush long weekends. We crave the luxury of being able to slow down, kick back and relax. Staying in some of the nicest hotels in the world means little if you don’t get the time to truly enjoy them. Imagine our delight on discovering that the Hyatt Regency Mumbai, a luxurious business hotel during the week, offers some excellent R & R for couples seeking a bit of leisure over the weekend.
Getting to the Hyatt Regency Mumbai:
The Hyatt Regency sits just under the airport road (the one that leads to Mumbai’s international airport) so it wasn’t far from home at all. We kind of liked the fact that it was so close to the airport, because it gave us that feeling of going away on holiday without having to waste half a day doing so!
A staycation is the best time to go for the nicest rooms in the hotel (because you’ll actually be getting the time to enjoy them to the fullest). So the Regency Suite it was. The Hyatt Regency definitely has rooms larger than the average room size in Mumbai. This one bedroom suite featured a guest toilet at the foyer, a dining area (with a table for four and a mini bar) a living area and workspace with two sofas, coffee table and desk) and then came the bedroom, with two little lounge areas of its own. The master bath was definitely the piece de resistance with its Jacuzzi tub. Oh and did I mention all the sinks here are essentially glass-top, which just seem to go concave where the bowl should be. So cool! A small walk in wardrobe cum dressing room sat at the far end just outside the bathroom. There was a fair bit of interesting art in the room (as well as around the hotel). As I walked around the room, taking in all the little details, smelling a faint hint of (what was it) Jasmine, I knew we were definitely going to like it here!
The Bakery and Glasshouse
First on the agenda was lunch. At the all day restaurant the Glasshouse, there was a lovely open feeling to being adjacent to the lobby, glass on all sides and a super high ceiling. Spoiler alert: The menus across restaurants at the Hyatt Regency Mumbai is definitely among the most unique menus I’ve seen in Mumbai with a a varied selection of dishes that aren’t too common in the city. The Scottish Salmon, served with delicate spears of asparagus and mash completely lived up to the glowing recommendations!
At tea time, the Bakery was certainly the place to be. If you know how much we enjoy our coffee, saying that Macchiato at the Bakery was pretty good means a fair bit! Being Easter weekend, it was also fun to see all the Easter eggs on display at their patisserie counter. Some really beautiful pieces there!
I’m quite a fish in the water. Once I get in, it’s really tough to pull me out. Charles has learnt to swim only recently, so he’s always ready to put in a bit of practice with his newly acquired skills. So it was great that the beautiful free-form pool wasn’t crowded at all. Sunset was the perfect time to take a long leisurely dip, attempting to work up an appetite for dinner. The water was still warm, but the sun wasn’t scorching overhead. Lying by the poolside, sipping on a fresh lime soda, time really did seem suspended and we found ourselves slipping into the slow, languid pace of a staycation.
The Regency Club Lounge
Access to the Regency Club Lounge certainly has its benefits. And those come in the form of cocktail hour! Caprioskas and Mojitos at tables overlooking the pool, cheese platters and baked goodies to snack on before dinner, the Regency Club Lounge was certainly the place to be on a weekend evening at the Hyatt Regency Mumbai.
Breakfast was here too. With not too many people around, getting individual attention as the staffed fussed over you was a perfect way to start the day. I loved their croissants and other freshly baked breads as well as lovely sandwiches too. Of course, a spa appointment was next, so we needed to keep it light, which was a bit tough with the array set out on the buffet.
When the point of a weekend staycation is to relax and destress, some pampering at the spa is just the perfect thing! The Club Prana Spa at the Hyatt Regency Mumbai is one of the nicest spa facilities I’ve seen. With 5 treatment rooms including a couples room and an ayurveda room, a sauna, a steam, jacuzzi and chill pool, the entire place makes for a lovely half day of indulgence. The Spa manager had a long consultation with me, finally zeroing in on a hot stone therapy since I’d never tried one before. I spent some time relaxing in the steam room before taking a cold shower and I was all set for 90 minutes of pleasure. My therapist was intuitive, which I feel is the one most important quality for therapists to have. I look pretty strong, so most therapists tend to go to town with the amount of pressure they apply, but Germina knew just how much was right for me. Kneading out the knots in my back, first with her hands and then with the hot stones, letting them sit for a while on my skin. Charles had a Swedish massage and was quite happy that the problem areas on his back seemed to be relieved.
What’s a staycation if you don’t take advantage of the suite, bathrobes and room service! With two TVs, comfy sofas, and a bottle of wine, ordering in was definitely on the cards. A Parma Ham and Aragula Pizza with a beautifully thin crust, a mouth watering Lamb Rigatoni, followed by my favourite – Panna Cotta and Raspberry Cheesecake. Decadence, thank you!
If the Lamb Rigatoni we ordered in the previous night was anything to go by, we still had no idea what dinner at the Italian restaurant at Hyatt Regency Mumbai was going to do to us. It began with a Puff Pastry Tomato Relish and Pea Puree Amuse Bouche and a full bodied, fruity wine from Sardinia called Argiolas Is Solinas. Followed by a personal favourite, parma ham and melon salad. For mains, we tried two of the signature hand made pastas- the Truffle Tagliatelle and Pumpkin Ravioli. If I could only have one more meal on earth, I’d want it to be the Truffle Tagliatelle. The Pumpkin Ravioli came a close second for me, but was Charles’ favourite. Dessert was like an ending on the perfect high. Loved how the Tiramisu was served out of a large bowl, just the way nonnas in Italy do it. And the taste and texture? Heavenly. You really need to go experience it for yourselves. We did return the next morning for Easter Brunch, but you’ll have to read all about it in our next post.
So there you have it, our decadent, indulgent, relaxed staycation at the Hyatt Regency Mumbai. Planning a trip to Mumbai? Check out our Mumbai Guide. Have you ever taken a staycation? What did you do?
The Hyatt Regency Mumbai has some excellent weekend stay packages and offers for couples and families. Check them out here. This post was made possibly by the Hyatt Regency Mumbai, all opinions as always are our own.