Hello Bombay Forum
Thanks to Kingfisher having reduced their domestic flight schedule, my BA flight (and their domestic flight contractor's airline partners, if I am to believe the guff they are are spouting) now arrives just as the only KF flight to GOI departs. Short of changing my outbound flight from LHR to a daytime BA flight (I can't do this as I'll be at work that day) or booking my own connecting flight separately, it looks like a day in Bombay until the next KF flight. I am going to see if they will let me have 2 days in Bombay as, despite many visits to South Goa, Kerala, and 'up notrth', I have only ever set foot in the airport at Bombay previously. Sooooo, it may be time to party (well, the middle aged female equivalent which will involve shopping, good restaurants, and nice pool sunbathing, a bit of gentle sightseeing but not at the expense of spending hours in a traffic jam).
Suggestions please, if you can assist for well located hotel with a really sunny pool (no shade or I turn into a monster, remember I live in North Europe and it will be cold dark winter there in December so I need full sunshine!!). Hotel to be easy reach of airport so I do not have to sit in traffic jams there and back. I need to go to Anokhi, HiDesign, possibly FabIndia so would like to be within easy distance of them (and similar type shops - I need to feed my HiDesign addiction and their shop in Panjim is quite small, also almost 2 hours drive from Patnem where I stay in Goa. The wonderful Anokhi has not reached sleepy Goa - they are also good at posting the bedlinens back to the UK too so no need for me to schlep anything). Any committed shoppers out there who love good textiles too, please give me any recommendations for similar type shops and I will love you forever!
I like a nice bar too and good restaurants; not in the slightest bit shy about going anywhere on my own, so any really smart hotel bars with sweeping ocean views and die for views will be appreciated. Or indeed any good ocean view restaurants or bars where I can soak up some of Bombay's highlife?
Come on Sandy S, Gatheringnomoss, Deepa and the rest of your Bombay cohorts. Bring on those recommendations. A hotel that doesn't bust the budget would be helpful, but the sunny pool with a sundeck is a non-negotiable.
Greetings from a showery cool, supposedly summer, morning in London, from my bijou corner of the city, overlooking the Olympic Stadium.