The iconic Taj Mahal Palace and Tower has reopened its doors after renovations following the 2008 terrorist attacks. The property has some of the best views of the Arabian Sea, 565 rooms, and 12 meeting spaces for up to 2,000 for a reception.
The World Trade Centre is Mumbai's most famous conference venue. Its two main spaces are Expo Centre with about 1,390m2 of space, and Centre Point, which is more of an intimate business centre, but has 11 rooms that can hold up to 300.
There are a few upmarket dining options. Among the most popular is India Jones, which runs the gamut of Asian classics from teppanyaki to curry. Trishna is an unassuming joint that draws the Bollywood crowd with its fresh seafood.
Strawberry Outbound is a local company specialising in team-building activities. The most original is Asia's only ice climbing wall, which simulates real mountaineering. It also runs retreat programmes, featuring meditation for a calmer experience.
The Leela Palace Kempinski is an impressive property. Nine acres of lush gardens surround the palatial buildings that offer 358 rooms and 14 meeting spaces for 1,100, while its spa offers indulgent Ayurvedic treatments.
The KTPO Trade Centre covers more than 50 acres with four modules of 5,000m2. A mezzanine floor opened recently, with a conference space for 200. The Woodrose Club, set in 6,131m2 of gardens, has a 100-capacity hall and a boardroom.
Olive Beach is a hotspot that attracts the movers and shakers. Owned by pop star Sagarika, the whitewashed venue has space for 100 to sample lobster risotto and seafood empanada. Blue Ginger, located in the Taj West End, specialises in South Asian classics.
Prayag Discovery Village is an outdoor training centre, with obstacle courses and scope for team building. More outgoing groups might like a Bollywood theme night at their hotel, with lessons in Indian dance, music and food.
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