Accommodation/ Lodging Entertainment India Diaries
If you’re going to a place like Mumbai, you’re an adventurer. You want to check out the main tourist attractions in the city, but you also want to have a more unique experience as well. And that’s great! But planning an adventurous trip can be daunting. So to make it easier for you, we put together a list of some of the best options for your perfect Mumbai getaway. Hopefully one (or more) of them will strike your fancy.
Picture Credits: Urbanpod Hotel
When you’re on vacation, you worry about where you’re going to sleep. But rarely do we think about the experience we get where we’re staying. Urbanpod Hotel provides you with a comfortable night’s sleep AND an experience to boot. When you stay at this hotel, you sleep in a pod. Like the sci-fi movies. The Pods come with lighting, wifi, USB charging ports, and an incredibly comfy bed. There are sleek lounges here to mingle with your fellow Pod-mates. And the location is super convenient for those who have early flights since the metro for the airport is nearby. Honestly, words can’t properly describe this experience. You’ll just have to see for yourself!
Picture Credits: Ginger Hotel
If you’re not into sleeping in a pod, no worries. GINGER HOTELS is looking to make your stay in Mumbai that much better by taking care of all your accommodation needs. This hotel is honestly amazing for a variety of reasons. The rooms are comfortable and allow you to just plop down after a long day of sightseeing. Additionally, the common spaces include an all-day cafe and local music. The staff is so outgoing and friendly, too! They are willing to help with any unexpected problem you might have, which is honestly great for your peace-of-mind if you’re not savvy with the local language. They also offer great recommendations for things to do as well.
Picture Credits: Ab Celestial
If you’re looking for a meal to remember, make a reservation at AB Celestial. AB Celestial is Mumbai’s first floating restaurant. They feature Asian-style cuisine and are vegetarian friendly! While yes, the food is delicious, you’ll really want to come here for the ambiance and the amazing views. The outdoor seating will be the perfect backdrop for a romantic date at sunset. And if you make your way to the SKY bar, you can snap some amazing pics of the city skyline and seashore while enjoying a wonderful cocktail with friends. Be sure to come here for an absolutely unforgettable night.
Picture Credits: Masque
Dive into the spirit of Indian cuisine at Masque. This award-winning restaurant is one of the first of its kind in the whole country to offer a 10-course chef’s tasting menu. It will surely take your tastebuds on a flavorful Indian journey. The tasting menu comes in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, so you can enjoy the experience no matter your diet. The restaurant is sustainable and all of the ingredients are locally sourced, which honestly makes a difference in the food. Additionally, ambiance is perfect, classy, and just overall elegant. It’s a quality spot for a special occasion.
If you’re looking for a tour of the Dharavi slums in Mumbai that actually contributes to the community you’re exploring, Reality Tours & Travel is one of the best. Not only do they hope to provide authentic local experience to their tour groups, but it is their mission to aid in the local community. They actually raise funds for community projects. Their founding story is honestly inspiring, and one of the co-founders actually talked on the TEDx stage about their work. When you tour with this organization, you know your guide will be knowledgeable, passionate, and respectful. And if you’re not interested in exploring the slums, they offer plenty of other tours like street food tours, a temple and market tour, and a midnight bike tour.
Picture Credits: Clue Hunt
Clue Hunt is a fun place to go with a group of friends or your family. Additionally, it is a pretty unique spot considering they offer 13 different rooms to choose from. The way it works is you pick a room and have 60 minutes to work out all the clues and puzzles in order to escape. And they allow a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 8, to solve their challenges. You’ll really get to know a person when you work with them to solve clues and other obstacles. And that means it’s a wonderful bonding experience. Plus, since it’s only 60 minutes long, it’s the perfect way to kill some time if you’re waiting for another tour or a dinner reservation.