Travel Anecdotes – Sea Lounge, Taj Palace Hotel

Taj Palace Hotel’s Sea Lounge is famous for its afternoon tea delights and a memorable view of the Gateway of India perched upon the Arabian Sea. The Taj Palace Hotel itself is an Indian institution – a Tata creation, the haunt of dignitaries, celebrities and royalty, and a tourist must-see or dine. It is more than a century old, steeped in the history of colonial and post-colonial India. The 2008 terror attacks by the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba, who apparently emerged from the Arabian Sea, entered the hotel and began shooting randomly, continue to haunt Mumbaikers including friends and my husband’s relatives who all had their own story to share regarding their experience and proximity to this event. Owing to this event, the hotel is now zealously guarded.

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Sea facing entrance
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Designer shops
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Corridor
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Centrepiece
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Stairs to the Sea Lounge
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View of roof dome from the bottom of the stairs

 

Before dinner, we took a stroll around the hotel lobby which was all decked out for Christmas.

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No reservation is required for dinner but do make a booking for afternoon tea, which tends to get super busy. We got a seat by the window with a lovely view and were immediately impressed by the art deco and aesthetic sophistication of our surroundings.

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Vintage Doors and Furnishings
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Inside the Sea Lounge

The dinner menu was perfect for us at the time, mainly Western options and plenty of light salads and soups to make up for a super heavy Gujju thali lunch.

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Salmon and quinoa
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Asparagus dish

As we dined, the view outside was the very definition of South Mumbai.

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Gateway of India

I really recommend dinner here if you are looking for a light meal in a peaceful and regal environment with a view. There are multiple dining options in the Taj Palace hotel which are mainly on the Ground floor, with Indian (Masala Kraft) and Japanese (Wasabi) options on offer. These are heavier dining options so better choices if that’s what you are looking for. However, even if all you are looking for is to have a cup of coffee and cake, then make your way to this national heritage as one of your must-see’s in Bombay. All Taj hotels in India are one-of-a-kinds in their own way and I would say Mumbai’s Taj is the top of that list.

8 thoughts on “Travel Anecdotes – Sea Lounge, Taj Palace Hotel

  1. Wow. Regal, indeed. Here in France, they’d call a hotel like that a “palace”. Having never been to India, it’s fun to travel vicariously through your photos and experiences. As for the food: salmon, asparagus and quinoa. You’ve just given me an idea for a dinner I’m preparing Friday night for a few friends!

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    1. Haha I hope you had a great dinner! Indeed, I am unlikely to visit India so much if not for my husband’s connection and am so glad I do – Mumbai alone is a dazzling place with beautiful historical properties but up in Rajasthan are where the majestic palaces are! If you ever come to India, make a beeline for Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur.. unmissable..

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  2. Taj is a renowned Hotel chain in India. In Taj Mumbai, you could have tried the Indian themed restaurant called “Shamiana”.
    Staying in the Taj in Mumbai and enjoying it is an experience to have. But stepping out of Taj is never recommended, simply because of the insurmountable crowds and a dead public transport system of Mumbai, coupled with traffic jams.
    India has many more places to explore, study and relax. Mumbai is definitely not one of them.
    Liked your blog.. πŸ™‚ Hope to read more of your travel stories.. πŸ™‚

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      1. You are most welcome Madam.. πŸ™‚ Glad you are thinking of exploring India. Keep Mumbai out of your itinerary for a pleasant exploration experience.. πŸ™‚
        Have written about a few sites in India in my blog which may interest you.. πŸ™‚

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