I am happy to attend lesser restaurant reviews because it is the same kind of hish-hash food that everyone is doing on the block. One does it, the other replicates it. Sadly, that’s the alarmingly shallow story of creativity in this starry city. Happier to attend even lesser events unless they are really noteworthy. Moreover, I attend events only that add to me as a person and my profile as a professional. Simple. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Once in a while, does Mumbai throw in a surprise for you as this is possibly one city that can never take you by surprise. Everything here is like – ‘Ya so what ? I have seen this there ‘ kind of an expression!
Want to dine on the ocean or spend a lovely evening on the sea waters? Here is Mumbai’s first floating hotel – AB Celestial’ – in the backdrop of the iconic Bandra -Worli sea link where one can have a completely new experience. This new theme hotel is located at the Maharashtra Maritime Board’s jetty at Bandra under the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, which is 500 mts before you hit the toll plaza.
WB International Consultants, the founder of AB Celestial, in association of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and Maharashtra Maritime Board have opened this unique Luxury Floating Hotel today. Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra today inaugurated the hotel in the presence of Shri Jaykumar Rawal, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra and other dignitaries.
The AB Celestial is designed and the know-how has been imported from the USA. It is a state-of-the-art, three-tier luxury dining floatel with a sky deck, two galleys along with the capacity to accommodate a minimum of 660 guests across four tiers. AB Celestial exhibits facilities of international standards such as online booking and comfort system including snacks and dinner. The floatel also houses two multi-cuisine restaurants including a club lounge equipped with a 24-hour coffee shop.
Inaugurating AB Celestial, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra, said, “This floatel will offer a unique experience to visitors. The Government has been encouraging and supporting innovative concepts to bolster tourism potential of this city and the State. Different concepts like a floatel will definitely bring more tourists to the city and also offer distinct hospitality experience.”
Commenting on the occasion, Shri. Jaykumar Rawal, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra stated, “The Floatel concept was conceived and spearheaded by the State Tourism Department with numerous government bodies involved to make this a reality and jewel in the crown of Maharashtra. We wanted to launch more attractions in the state, and the launch of this floatel is the first step towards making Mumbai a destination for luxury travel. Maharashtra receives large number of foreign tourists in India besides many domestic affluent tourists. This Floatel will certainly become a huge attraction for the tourists.”
Mr Chetan Bhende, Managing Director and CEO, WB International Consultants, said, “We are happy to gift this novel concept to people of Mumbai. Now, they can have a different experience of dining and hoteling. The jetty was a perfect spot to open an attraction such as AB Celestial. It provides a very good view of the Mumbai coastline and of the sea link. This is going to be history in making and I hope that it is received well by everyone.”
Also, as an add on and possibly one event that would go down in history was the launch of Leena Prabhoo’s book – The Art Of Prajna. One sure pick from the shelves near you!