AT Home with Lorraine Kelly - June 2011 - (Page 244)

| CITY BREAK| WHERE TO GO Juhu & Santa Cruz Eleven miles from the business districts of Nariman Point and Colaba Causeway, shopping and star-spotting in upscale Juhu is best on foot or by rickshaw. And with Denise Richards, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Emma Bunton having all made cameos in Bolly flicks, signing up for a class with acting coach Barry John (www.barryjohnactingstudio.com) might be your own ticket to stardom. He did recently train Freida Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire fame, after all. On Sundays, join the masses on Juhu Beach who’ll be tucking into fresh coconuts, hot roasted peanuts wrapped in newspaper and spicy snacks such as pav bhaji (hot, buttery vegetables spread on grilled white baps) or vada pav (potato pakoras stuffed into toasted finger rolls). The street carnival buzz is only enhanced by a plethora of fortune tellers, head masseurs and families. palace with pagodas and chandeliers, and all suites come with televisions, crisp bed linen and a DVD library. Kick back and recoup on a sun lounger by the Egyptian-themed pool with a watermelon juice, lamb biryani or nachos. If silk shopping really has you beat, book in for a Thalogmince body wrap at the top-of-the-range Quan Spa. Lorraine says... ’Mumbai was buzzing and I loved it. There was much to see and do, and it was so good to see my brother Graham, who works there. He took us to some terri c restaurants and the sightseeing was brilliant.’ (www.sunnsandhotel.com) A four-star with genuine charm. Rooms are spacious, many with views over Juhu Beach, and the mixed indo-western breakfasts are combos of sausages and masala dosas (rice pancakes stuffed with Bombay potatoes, tamarind and dhal). Double rooms from £120. Sun-n-Sand Hotel, 39, Juhu Beach, Mumbai Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai (www.tajhotels.com) Marine Drive and Chowpatty Panoramic sunset views are the big draw along the promenade of Marine Drive – popularly known as The Queen’s Necklace because of the twinkling night lights set against the curved shoreline. The Victorian buildings in the Fort area – including the Victoria Terminus: India’s replica of St Pancras Station – are a giveaway of Mumbai’s history as a great port city in the 19th century under the British Raj. The best photo opportunity is the nearby stone archway known as The Gateway of India – the city’s most famous landmark. It was built to commemorate a visit to India by King George V and Queen Mary in 1911 and it was finished in 1924. On Mahatma Gandhi Road, you’ll find the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum (www. themuseummumbai.com). The building houses more than 30,000 Indian statues, paintings and artifacts, including portraits of Mughal emperors. Nearby, you can follow in President Obama’s footsteps by visiting Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya (www.gandhi-manibhavan.org) – a small, residence-turned-museum Gandhi once lived in, housing rare photos and letters the national hero wrote. Make your way up the legendary sweeping staircase and book into a heritage suite overlooking the Bay and Gateway of India, where you can briefly live out any maharaja /maharani fantasies with marble floors and opulent Italian furnishings. The mix of styles, colonialist with contemporary, makes for a peaceful retreat. Food highlights include atta chicken and langarwali dhal. Double rooms from £160. WHERE TO EAT & DRINK Dhaba huts, most high streets, Mumbai For authentic, lip-smacking Mumbai street food, snack at the food stalls (dhaba-wallahs) and fill up on bhel puri (puffed rice, onion, chillies, coriander, potatoes and tamarind chutney served on puri (deep-fried flat bread)) washed down with hot, milky cardamom chai. Olive Bar and Kitchen, 14 Union Park Khar, Mumbai (www.olivebarandkitchen.com) Shopping Ah, the beautiful people. Sit here in a candle-lit courtyard and watch supermodels fawn over each other, while you take it all in over a chilled glass of Chardonnay or Kingfisher beer, before dining on mezze platters, pizzas and grilled chicken. WORDS: WERSHA BHARADWA | PHOTOGRAPHS: GETTY IMAGES Nowhere does ‘hot shopping destination’ quite like Mumbai. There are luxury Indian designers such as Tarun Tahiliani and Varun Bahl commanding more than £4k for bridal dresses in delicate silks and crystal embellishment at boutique Ensemble, plus western boutiques (Louis Vuitton and Dior at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, and Gucci at Nariman Point). InOrbit is a sprawling mall in the Malad district, featuring interiors store Fabindia, which stocks traditional hand-block printed cotton bedspreads. Mumbai’s markets are unmissable; navigate bazaars selling vegetables, spices, trinkets and carpets at Crawford Market and clothes and bangles at the flea markets of Santa Cruz and Linking Road. Fifty Five East, Grand Hyatt, Mumbai (www.mumbai.grand.hyatt.com) This casual open-view kitchen serves outstanding sushi as well as braised duck noodle soup, Thai and Indian curries. Aurus, Ground Floor, Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai Food is served inside or on the waterfront and DJs play lounge music most nights. The mojitos are yum, too. ✱ GETTING THERE WHERE TO STAY The most A-lister-friendly five-star in Juhu (it’s the city’s equivalent to Beverly Hills’ Chateau Marmont), anyone who’s anyone makes a pit stop or hosts a wedding reception here. Hotel interiors are designed in the style of a Rajasthani JW Marriott Mumbai, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai (www.jwmarriotthotelmumbai.com) Flights to Mumbai with Virgin Atlantic (0870 380 2007; www.virgin-atlantic.com) start from £391. Other airlines with direct routes from London Heathrow to Mumbai Chatrapathi Shivaji airport are British Airways (0870 850 9850; www.ba.com), Jet Airways (020-8970 1525; www.jetairways.com). WHEN TO GO: September-May. Monsoons sweep the city during the summer months. JUNE 2011 | 243 http://www.barryjohnactingstudio.com http://www.sunnsandhotel.com http://www.tajhotels.com http://www.themuseummumbai.com http://www.olivebarandkitchen.com http://www.gandhi-manibhavan.org http://www.mumbai.grand.hyatt.com http://www.virgin-atlantic.com http://www.ba.com http://www.jetairways.com http://www.jwmarriotthotelmumbai.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Lorraine Kelly - June 2011

Editor’s letter
Hello from Lorraine
Notebook news
Update your calendar
Mum’s the word
In the shade
Beach baggage
Pick a straw
Foot fever
Be bold
Beach chic
Vintage veterans
Celebrity style
Up close and personal
Steal Lorraine's style
Lorraine and friends
Happy hiker
Birth order
Going the distance
Intimacy in numbers
Tales of triumph
Breaking up
Splits in the spotlight
Skill savvy
Bucket list
Serious saving
Big days
Notorious nuptials
In the know
Treat your feet
Drink up
Time of the month
Conception made clear
Manage your menopause
The big C
Battling the blues
Skinny stars
Health hotlist
The new atkins
Sumptuous Summer
Stop fussing
Gym bunny
Hot to trot
Crystal clear
Stop the clock
Dimple doom
Forever young
Make-up made easy
Polish perfect
Luscious locks
Fix it
Dental dos
Banish that blemish
Shopping for baby
Size 20 at seven
Indian spice
Exotic Indonesia
Lone traveller
Offshore weddings
Summer makeover
Room revamp
Keep cosy
Feeling board?
Coming soon
Craft savvy
Guilty pleasure
Rock that frock
Book corner
Final countdown
TRAVEL SUPPLIMENT
TRAVEL - Celeb campers
TRAVEL - Camp it up
TRAVEL - We love it
TRAVEL - Little britain
TRAVEL - Holiday lodges
TRAVEL - Quirky places to stay
TRAVEL - Transport yourself
TRAVEL - Best days out
TRAVEL - A brit special
PETS SUPPLIMENT
PETS - Star pooches
PETS - Pet products
PETS - Make the right choice
PETS - Caring for your animal
PETS - Feeding time
PETS - When pets get poorly
PETS - time to shift some weight
PETS - Me and my beloved pet
PETS - Animal rescue
PETS - What a picture!
CAREERS SUPPLIMENT
CAREERS - Lorraine's career path
CAREERS - Beauty and brains
CAREERS - C'est chic
CAREERS - Girls at work
CAREERS - Just the job!
CAREERS - Go out and get it
CAREERS - Pick and choose

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