Our Grand Staycation At Grand Hyatt Mumbai | MF Staycation
The allure of unseen destinations and postcard-induced fantasies is something that often urges us to feed our wander-lusting soul. However, given the sparse time and sky-rocketing expenses it incurs, we cannot always work that out. That’s when the staycation comes into the picture. And who wouldn’t want to escape the monotony of the mundane and beat the weekend blues like a boss? I couldn’t agree more as I recently checked into the Grand Hyatt Mumbai and began a grand staycation I can’t stop dreaming about.
Checking in luxury
I had a swift check-in at the gorgeous property which houses 547 rooms, suites & 110 service apartments. Punctuated with friendly smiles and welcome treats like bhakarwadi, kalakand and banana chips, I couldn’t have asked for a more pampered welcome. The preening didn’t end there as I was shown to the Grand Suite, my sanctuary for the weekend. With a fluffy king bed, 550-1800 square feet of space, floor to ceiling windows and access to the Grand Club that offered complimentary hors d’oeuvres and all-day refreshments, I was already enjoying being in Mumbai more than I ever had!
The food factor
The food here has to be a high-point of my staycation. My lunch at China House comprised a dim sum platter that boasted fresh, delicately prepared dim sum that I cannot recommend enough. I also tried the Bento Box which includes a choice of appetizer, main course, soup and fresh fruits (at INR 1149 and INR 1299 for a vegetarian and non-vegetarian box respectively). The clay pot chicken with smoked bamboo shoot in chilli sauce, twice cooked crispy noodles with seasonal vegetable sauce and China House seafood fried rice with their nuanced flavours were culinary mastery served on a platter.
For dinner, I feasted over ravishing kebabs, prawns and more at Soma, the Indian specialty restaurant. The soft and melting raan-e-sikandari has to be my meal’s crowning glory. The meat was so tender and succulent that it literally melted off the bone. The pillowy soft ras malai and the cooling paan ice-cream were indulgent and refreshing in the right measure as I ended the meal on a sweet and satisfied note.
For a scrumptious Italian treat, Itotally recommend Chef Alessandro Persico’s Pranzo Veloce at Celini which allows you to create your own lunch combinationof an appetizer, main course and dessert by picking from the chef’s signature recipes.I also had a chance to experience the grand Sunday brunch which had me spoilt for choice. Given the quality of every ingredient here where freshness takes centre stage and the craftsmanship in its construction, indulging at the Sunday brunch is always worth it.
After cooling off in the pool, I had an exotic spa session at the Club Oasis Salon And Spa which offers a full range of treatments in the sumptuously-designed space. To beat the heat, I decided to scrub away my stresses with a cooling cucumber and mint scrub followed by an invigorating hour-long massage where my muscles were kneaded into mush by my nimble-fingered therapist. A green tea facial followed by a luxe make-over at the plush Christiaan Georgio Salon made me feel like I was ready to take on the world.
With delightful gastronomic experiences, a spa-radise session which can even fix the most shattered soul (two-hour long), waking up to my bed dressed up with fragrant rose petals while I was served an indulgent breakfast in bed, a hot soak complete with bubbles, candles with a nice drink and a great time lounging by the huge pool, my staycation at Grand Hyatt Mumbai is what dreams are made of.
Weekend staycation deal for a steal: Guests can avail exclusive benefits like complementary WiFi and buffet breakfast along with a meal credit of INR 3,000 that can be redeemed for food and beverage offerings at the property’s restaurants.