Apparently, the rain had been non-stop for 36 hours by the time I arrived at the hotel. Understandable with this being monsoon season of course. However, the next morning the rain did stop briefly. As I looked outside the window, there was what I could only guess to be a hotel security or staff briefing.
The last time I was here was in November 2015, I don’t recall the progress of the construction opposite so I decided to add this for next time sake.
Before I head for check-out, I grab a quick bite for breakfast. Lovely selection of cereals and fruits on offer.
Congee cooking station…. better than many hotels I’ve stayed in around Asia.
Other offerings include local and western…
After breakfast it’s time to head off for my day of meetings before making my way back to the airport for a domestic flight to Goa.
Jet Airways shares a first and business class check in area with Emirates.
Everything related to check-in was efficient except the check-in girl printed off a priority sticker for my suitcase but forgot to include this with my suitcase. Unfortunately, this meant when I arrived in Goa, my suitcase inevitably was last rather than first!
As I didn’t have time to get lunch, I decide to head straight to the lounge after security. There is no separate section in security for business class passengers. Queuing is not an option for many as a large number of passengers decide to walk straight to the front of queues and push in, in front of other folks. No one seemed to care about this either (including employees). It’s not worth the hassle I’m sure so after a delayed 15 minutes I finally make my way to the lounge and grab a bite!
It is here that I discovered a love for Roti and Prata! The food wasn’t bad either.
With the rains lashing down, every couple of minutes or so I still see a plane landing.
Lounge overall wasn’t so busy…
I pop out for a walk after to see what the shopping is like at the airport. Goodbye lounge!!!
I take a glance at the screen and it’s suddenly changed from being on time to being delayed by 35 minutes.
The airport terminal has a nice ambience feel to it…
So with the delay, it’s back to the lounge I go.
Lounge is still nowhere near half capacity.
45 mins to departure and it’s time to head to the gate.
Another delay is announced so I do a bit more window rain staring.
Eventually it’s time to board and I make my way on to the 9W 737 aircraft to Goa.
There are 3 rows in business class each with a 2×2 layout. Total number of pax in business was 4.
Plenty of leg space, reminds me of premium economy on long haul flights on some carriers.
Even on this short 1-hour flight there are light refreshments served.
With a break in the rain, it’s time for take-off.
Quick bit of plane spotting..
And off we go.
Shots of Mumbai as we leave.
Light meal served not long after take-off.
After food the flight gets hit with quite a bit of turbulence so we all remain in our seats until the end of the flight. Upon landing it’s a quick exit with the exception of luggage. As mentioned earlier, my luggage wasn’t tagged priority and ended up being one of the last bags to come out.
30 minutes later, I arrive at Park Hyatt Goa. I head straight to my room with high expectations.
Nice hotel overall and will share the photos of the surroundings in my next update. However, I did expect the room to be better as I have had good Grand Hyatt experiences in Bangkok, KL and Regency HK.
To be continued….