Netflix India’s reality show Fabulous Lives of Bollywood is all the trending rage currently. The reason? This eight-episode mini series gives a glamorous, fun glimpse into the lavish lives of four socialite BFFs, Neelam Kothari, Maheep Kapoor, Seema Khan and Bhavna Panday from B-Town’s inner circle.
Their leisure playground(s) are some of the most exclusive addresses in their home-city Mumbai and swanky holiday spots in Doha. Let’s dive right in it…
Hamad International Airport
For an unwinding vacation (in Episodes 6 and 7), the ladies chose to jet off to the capital and the shining jewel of Qatar, Doha. They landed at the Hamad International airport, the only commercial runway in Doha, which was recently ranked one of the three best airports in the world by Skytrax World Airport Awards 2020.
Chauffeuring to Mondrian Doha
A chauffeur ride in Rolls-Royce shuttled the Bollywood wives to their holiday abode in the palatial Mondrian Doha, where Shah Rukh Khan and Jennifer Lopez too had lodged at. Three nights at its deluxe suite totals to a sweet 2 lakh approximately.
The interiors of the hotel have been done by the Dutch designer Marcel Wanders in a way that evokes the mood of living the Arabian Nights tale in a modern era. From dine and drink to fitness and spa and to spectacular ballroom and DJ booth, Mondrian packs all the high-end energy of Doha in it.
Shopping for diamonds and Dior at Galeries Lafayette
The French luxury department store Galeries Lafayette at the 21 High Street, Katara Cultural Village, Doha, is an iconic shopping paradise. This sprawling 150,000 sq ft. mall rises up to three floors and houses the biggest names in luxury fashion, art, jewellery, footwear. From Alexander McQueen to YSL, Chopard, Valentino, Bvlgari, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Saab, House of Garrard and Tiffany & Co, they are all here.
Lafayette Doha also has VIP La Suite’s for personalized shopping experiences.
Fine dining at B-lounge, Ritz Carlton Doha
A fine mix of gourmet food and impeccable music, B-lounge is one of the hottest entertainment venues in Doha. The restaurant is enlivened with breathtaking views of the Marina and the docked cruise ships. On the table inside, Asian fusion, international cuisine and cocktails are prepared by master chef Eko Zulfitar and mixologist Leo Salman.
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
Golden beach, sparkling ocean water, overwater villas and sunset makes for a perfect setting on the Banana Island. The resort is only accessible by a catamaran. The Bollywood wives Maheep, Seema, Bhavna and Neelam sit for a luncheon at Q Lounge and restaurant, a fancy spot, floating above the waters.
An indulgent world of its own, the resort dotted with an 800 m shoreline also hosts a surf pool, dive centre, VIP cinema, bowling alley and F1 simulator.
Fabulous Bollywood wives in India
The first few episodes are all about these stunning ladies bonding over lunch dates with each other.
Ministry of Crab
Opened in 2019, Ministry of Crab in Mumbai’s posh suburb Khar is a popular joint for seafood lovers, especially with its assortment of fresh Indian mud crabs.
First established in Sri Lanka by cricket legends Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa, this restaurant in Mumbai is a favourite of Karan Johar, Sidharth Malhotra, Vicky Kaushal, Janhvi Kapoor, Hardik Pandya and Soha Ali Khan.
Regal, contemporary and inviting, restaurant Arth in Bollywood’s starry hub Bandra is an apt venue for get togethers. The first restaurant design venture of Gauri Khan, Arth opened doors in 2017.
The Wine Rack
The Wine Rack opened in Lower Parel, Mumbai, in 2018 by co-founders Ashish Dev Kapur and Sarah Todd. It houses a curated wine shop within the restaurant and a delightful world-cuisine platter, coupled with its mellow, luxe lighting that enhances fine-dining experience.