A glimpse into JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu | MF Staycation
Situated just off Juhu Beach, one of Mumbai’s most popular tourist attractions, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu is a five-star hotel that plays host to the business traveller and holidaymaker alike. A popular favourite amongst the city’s influential elite, the hotel is frequented by Bollywood icons, politicians and celebrities.
A perfect place to relax and unwind without having to leave the city, the hotel boasts multiple on-site dining options, a world-class spa and an outdoor pool overlooking the Arabian Sea. For a staycation, it has everything I need.
Royal Lotus Suite
While what room you decide to stay in depends mainly on how much you want to spend on your staycation, JW Marriott Juhu has got you covered for a range of pricing options. For my stay, I decided to go with the Royal Lotus Suite which just falls short of the Presidential Suite and is perfect if you want to spend big and give yourself a real treat.
Located on a private access floor, this 764 sqft suite is divided into two sections, a living room or seating area and a bedroom. The seating area is perfect for lounging or quick meetings and also has a desk in case you want to get some work done solo. The bedroom is separated from the seating area via a privacy wall and comes with soundproof windows to ensure nothing disturbs your downtime.
The suite also gives you access to the Executive Lounge, where you can choose to work or even just read a book while availing complimentary food and drink along with five-star service. That being said, you can also get complimentary cocktails, tea and coffee delivered to your room if you do not feel like venturing out.
Lunch at Lotus Cafe
Lotus Cafe is known for its impressive lunch and dinner buffets. With constant changes to the menu to always keep things fresh, it is an excellent choice when looking for a wide variety of food with consistent quality. Their spread is extensive, spanning favourites from Indian, Italian, Lebanese, North American and Asian cuisine.
For my meal here, I began with some Indian savoury snacks, Pani Puri and Sev Puri as an hors-d’oeuvre to my meal. After which I visited the live stations and treated myself to some Indian meats, Lebanese Shawarmas, Italian pizzas and North American pork ribs.
Aromatherapy at Quan Spa
For me, a significant component of any good staycation is rejuvenating oneself at the spa. Quan Spa is formally recognised as one of the best hotel spa’s in the continent since its induction into the Hall of Fame at the Asia Spa awards in 2010. For my spa, I was in the mood for a relaxing spa treatment as opposed to a deep cleanse; I decided to ask Gunjan Chawla, Director of Spa at the hotel for a recommendation.
Gunjan advised me to go for an Aromatherapy Massage.
“It is a calming experience that combines both de-stressing and relaxing techniques that stimulate blood circulation and release joint stiffness. If you’re feeling stressed, sore or overtired but you’re not quite in the mood for a strenuous muscle-kneading session, an aromatherapy massage could be the right option for you. The purpose of an aromatherapy massage is not so much to physically work out all the kinks and sore spots in your body, but to use the restorative properties of essential oils to relax and heal your body and mind.” she said.
“Essential oils are 100 percent natural, highly concentrated plant essences. We use Jasmine, Vetiver and Wild Orange essential oils for our relaxing aromatherapy massage” she added. Gunjan also recommended I use the steam and sauna after my treatment to further relax my body.
For my spa, I decided to go with an hour-long Aromatherapy Massage, which is devoid of a head and face massage. You can ask your attendant to include them within the timeframe, but then you will be taking away attention from the rest of your body. If you have the time, I suggest taking the treatment for an hour and a half.
Dinner at Dashanzi
Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after the spa treatment, I decided to visit Dashanzi for some cocktails and dinner. It quickly became apparent why Dashanzi is well known for cocktails. Their tea infused drinks are light and have subtle flavours that pair well with Asian cuisine. The Monk of the East, however, warrants special mention. This unique mixture of rum, sugar syrup, lime juice and ginger ale combined with their unique presentation makes this one a must try.
While Dashanzi has good all-around Asian food, my meal here is mostly dominated by Japanese cuisine. The selection of seafood and vegetarian options for Sashimi, Nigiri and Maki Rolls is one of the largest you will find anywhere in the city.
This time around, I also decided to try some of the chef’s recommendations. The Chilean Sea Bass in Black Bean Sauce, Four Style Vegetables in Schezuan Sauce and “Hakka Style” Wok Tossed Vegetable Noodles were all great additions to my list of recurring orders.
Breakfast at Bombay Baking Company
If you’re anything like me and you like your coffee customised to your taste buds, you will be happy to know that you don’t have to venture outside the hotel to get your morning fill. After a swim in the hotel’s outdoor pool and taking in some stunning views of the beach, breakfast at Bombay Baking Company felt like the perfect end to my staycation.
To start my day, in addition to some great coffee, I had a Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, a Cream Cheese Bagel and a Chilli Cheese Toast. While sipping on my Hazelnut Latte, I caught myself thinking about when I could be back for my next staycation.