Mumbai vibrates with all the verve you’d expect from India’s biggest, wealthiest and most glamorous city (it’s the birthplace of Bollywood, after all). Grab a vada pav (a fried potato ball in a bun, the most popular street snack) and explore the colonial–era architecture. The coastal coordinates also mean there’s sand, surf and seaside sunset views, plus Elephanta Island’s forests and cave temples are but a ferry ride away.

Where to Stay

  • St. Regis Mumbai
    For the new luxury
  • The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
    For the historic splendour
  • Le Sutra
    For a more mellow location
  • Abode Bombay
    For a boutique space downtown
  • The Trident, Nariman Point
    For the seaside setting