After AB Spiritual, Mumbai gets another beautiful floating restaurant, Ark Deck Bar, secured in the middle of the ocean offering a great view of the city skyline.
What Is It?
Welcome to a new concept of dining! Ark Deck Bar in Bandra has confidently anchored itself into the Arabian Ocean and will give you a wonderful experience of floating on the Mumbai waters while you enjoy wonderful food. With an amazing food and family room atmosphere, Ark Deck and bar pretentions of an atmosphere that is futuristic, energetic, exciting and inviting.
Mumbai-its, would you want to feast on the ocean with the iconic cable-stayed Bandra-Worli ocean link and Mumbai’s skyline in the backdrop, which I pledge you, looks no less than Manhattan. You should just close your eyes and walk towards AB Spiritual. But please open them before you board the ship lest you want to make a dip in the salty water.
AB Spiritual will officially be the first restaurant of Mumbai to remain open 24 x 7. She will always be increased at Mahim Bay and will never take to the oceans unless it starts to rain. During the monsoons, she will be taken to the dry port.
AB Spiritual supported by Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) and Maharashtra Tourism, is a three-storey luxury dining floatel (floating + hotel, duh!) with two galleys and a sky area to eat under the night sky. It’s heavenly aboard, been there done that. Well, it can accommodate a total of 600 guests across its all three floors
Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry already have their own floating hotels and globally cities like New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Saigon in Vietnam. But this is the first of its kind in Mumbai.
What’s In It?
Spread over three levels, and increased in the middle of the Arabian Ocean, the floating restaurant, includes an open air bar area, a sit-down restaurant, private consuming areas and three suites. The cosy blue and white interiors resonance both its Mediterranean vibe and its ocean-centric experience. One can expect up-to-date synthesis food with hints of European, Indian and modern Asian flavours as the gastronomically delights.
Good News, caffeine lovers, the ground floor is a 24-Coffee shop to satisfy your desire for coffee at any hour of the day or night. They would be serving fast food like pizzas, burgers and sandwiches.
The first floor is a beautiful dinner hall overlooking the ocean and will be a place for hosting small gatherings and private-parties.
The second floor is a high-end sitting room bar and then comes the oh-so-amazing viewing open balcony. It is nice and windy all the way through and you can feel the ocean entertain your skin right here. These two will be serving Modern European food.
Oh, did I mention that the second floor as wonderful bar options available. Must have, somewhere.
Curly Tales Review
We had the amazing opportunity to visit the Ark Deck Bar on the very first day of its launch. It is definitely a marvellous ship turned to a sea-restaurant which is increased in the middle of the ocean. You will have to a 12-minute speed boat (which might get slightly uncomfortable, so ladies, think twice before you step out in your short dresses and skirts!) before you step into the ship. Only 30 people are allowed on the ship at a time due to weight issues, so you will have to make reservations beforehand.
Expected to open by March 22, 2017 to public, this is an only reservation floatel. The intention is not to discourage public from coming in but because of the capacity of the container. AB Spiritual can only carry 550 passengers.
AB Spiritual has been named after ‘Aishwarya Bhende’. She is the daughter of Chetan & Manju Bhende of WB International Consultants.
WB International Consultants, the founder of AB Spiritual, in association of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and Maharashtra Maritime Board have opened this floating hotel.
It was inaugurated by CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the hotel in the presence of Maharashtra Tourism Minister Jay Kumar Rawal on 13th March 2017.
The floatel was launched in 2014 by then Tourism Minister Chhagan Bhujbal.
Dining at this floating restaurant would make for a perfect date night. Inspire of being a port city, Mumbai Kars have never had an opportunity to be so close to the waters. AB Spiritual overlooks Mumbai’s skyline which looks no different than Manhattan. Word of caution – it can be extremely hot & sticky in the day. But as the sun sets and the ship lights up, being here can be one of the best experiences this city has to offer. Oh, I personally love the sailing theme here. The ship has not started serving food yet so we couldn’t try anything. The focus, however, will be on Modern European cuisine.”
Guys and girls, you know where to head for your next date night. Make a reservation before you get there and let us know your experience.
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