A Nostalgic Sunday at Radisson Blu Mumbai International Airport

What was initially planned to be a laid-back Sunday swiftly transformed into an entertaining one, all thanks to our wonderful visit to Radisson Blu Mumbai International Airport, says Pooja Amritkar.

Sunday fun at Radisson Blu Mumbai Airport

The dynamic and soft-spoken GM, Harkaran Singh, has made the Radisson Blu Mumbai International Airport more than just a place for Sunday brunch. It has become one of the most happening places in Mumbai, hosting numerous events such as artistic brunches, live stations, live music, kids activities, wine tasting, salsa evenings, vintage car shows, and beauty contests. According to the GM, the aim is to curate unique and immersive experiences for guests. And this Sunday was no different.

We arrived at the hotel with eager appetites, excited to try their Sunday brunch and become part of their ‘Brunch Club’—a delicious affair with a variety of tempting options ranging from Indian to Italian cuisine. It’s the best place to taste the finest culinary delights. I especially loved the wide range of delicious starters and the red sauce Penne Pasta. Along with live music, there was boutique, artisanal wine straight from the wine capital of India – Nashik. VinoDeBella, meaning ‘A Beautiful Wine’, invited hotel guests to try their finest collection of wines. The Syreeta-Shiraz is a single vineyard wine crafted exclusively with 100% handpicked Shiraz grapes, featuring hints of dark fruits and a glorious spice finish. The well-balanced rich dark red wine paired perfectly with my meal.

But no brunch experience is complete without indulging in mouthwatering desserts, and Radisson Blu undoubtedly offers options that will leave you craving more. The spread of desserts was so extensive that it had to be set up in the lobby. Feeling fruity? Try the Kiwi cake. Need a chocolate release? Try the chocolate pastries. The season of mango also called for some much-needed delicacies such as mango milkshakes and aamras, a refreshing treat on hot summer afternoons.

The Vintage & Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI) at Radisson Blu Mumbai Airport
Image: The Vintage & Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI) at Radisson Blu Mumbai Airport

Every weekend comes with a new theme. This brunch was the Vintage and Classic Cars Edition, presented by one of India’s oldest and foremost vintage & classic car clubs, The Vintage & Classic Car Club of India (VCCCI). It transformed everyone into an era of timeless elegance and unparalleled craftsmanship. Rows of vintage cars and motorcycles stood proudly, each telling its own story of adventures and glory days on the open road. We gushed over some classic cars like the Mercedes Benz W115 and Ford Model A, along with a collection of rebellious Harley Davidson bikes. I was struck by the passion and dedication of the collectors and enthusiasts who have cared so affectionately for these heritage cars and bikes for years.

Later that evening, we were thrilled to secure front-row seats and witness the grand finale of Miss & Mrs. Persona of India Season 2, founded and conceptualized by the esteemed Debashree Chakraborty and directed & choreographed by Mohit Kapoor. The national beauty pageant was hosted by the well-known international anchor and emcee, Simran Ahuja. It celebrated the resilience and power of women from diverse backgrounds, providing them with a remarkable platform to grace the runway and display their fashion and glamour prowess. Listening to the relatable stories and lives of the participating women simply proved – you don’t have to be a model to walk the ramp!

Persona of India, Beauty pageant at Radisson Blu Mumbai International Airport. Showing Bollywood stars and celebs - Sara Khan, Vishal Kotiyan, Perfect Magazine.
Image: Persona of India, Beauty pageant at Radisson Blu Mumbai International Airport.

The ten contestants, elegantly striding in stunning Indian lehengas and evening ball gowns, creations crafted by visionary designers, went through two evaluation rounds before the Chief Celebrity Guest, Sara Khan, crowned the beautiful and well-deserving winners. The 2024 edition represented a magnificent endeavor to combat and overcome cancer, intertwining a noble humanitarian mission with elegance and allure. It was a stage for women to not only showcase their talents but also to feel empowered – challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers. We felt delighted when the GM was called on the stage and the hotel was acknowledged as Mumbai’s best lifestyle wedding hotel.

As the curtain fell on the day, we retreated to our luxurious suite. From the exquisite brunch to the fascinating displays and the awe-inspiring fashion show, it was a Sunday to remember!

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