18. The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, India
Experience true grandeur at The Taj Mahal Palace, the iconic sea-facing landmark in Colaba, South Mumbai. This flagship Taj hotel offers you splendid views of the Arabian Sea and Gateway of India, alongside refined century-old hospitality.
The original building is a seven-tiered wedding cake of Gothic, Greco-Roman, Islamic and Rajasthan architecture topped by a glittering Florentine dome. The extravagant interiors are adorned with Italian marble floors, Belgian chandeliers and 4,000 works of art, most of them antique.
The erstwhile horse and carriage entrance is a swimming pool shaded by mature palms. Palace rooms start at luxury grand, which are relatively small but supremely comfortable with Italian marble bathrooms and Rajput bay windows overlooking the sea, the pool or the city.