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Traveller’s trinkets

Traveller’s trinkets
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First Published: Thu, Dec 01 2011. 01 15 AM IST

Photographs by Priyanka Parashar/Mint
Photographs by Priyanka Parashar/Mint
Updated: Thu, Dec 01 2011. 05 18 PM IST
Photographs by Priyanka Parashar/Mint
The duty-free retailing zone at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai is one of the largest and newest in the country, offering an extensive range of products across almost a dozen categories from around 100 world-class brands.
Spread across 2,200 sq. m, covering both the arrival and departure terminals, the premium retailing zone was established in 2008 and is operated by DFS India Pvt. Ltd.
It currently caters to around 30,000 passengers per day.
As footfalls increase and terminal development continues,
CSIA—one of the busiest airports in the Indian subcontinent and run by a 74:26 joint venture between a GVK Group-led consortium and the Airports Authority of India—has the potential to become as important a retail destination as duty-free zones go the world over.
So, if you are travelling on a Bahrain-bound Air India flight from Delhi, and have some time to spare before boarding, or are among those serious businessclass frequent fliers who seldom have the time to venture out into the city and visit malls, or even if you’re on the hunt for that perfect last-minute gift, chances are that the duty-free shopping zone at the CSIA will tempt you to indulge.
Mint Indulge presents a curated guide to some of the best products your globetrotting money can buy right here in Mumbai.
DFS has a vast range of brands on offer from the world’s best-known spirits, wines and champagne. From Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, to Johnnie Walker, Chivas and Ballantine. No matter what your poison is, you will not be disappointed.
Five of the top-selling brands:
Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch whisky: $59
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Blended Scotch whisky (12-year-old): $36
Chivas Regal Blended Scotch whisky (12-year-old): $35
Glenlivet Single Malt whisky (12 year old): $40
Glenmorangie Highland Single Malt Scotch whisky: $50
(Prices are for 70cl bottles)
Don’t just feel like a million dollars, but look like it, too. For both men and women, DFS offers a comprehensive range of balms creams, liniment and tinctures that are not only good for you, but are smartly priced to be a guilt-free impulse purchase. Five of the top-selling brands:
Lipstick, Dior: $30-36
Compact powder, Chanel: $54
Mascara, Lancome: $30
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion: $100
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair anti-ageing cream (eye and face combo): $147
Shiseido cleansing foam: $22
Shiseido shaving cream: $27
Clinique M Lotion (moisturiser): $38
Clinique Anti-Fatigue Cooling Eye Gel: $33
Clinique Maximum Hydrator: $48
Fragrances make for outstanding gifts, especially if you’ve been on the road for weeks and no longer seem to remember birthdays or anniversaries.
Otherwise, reward yourself for a successful business meeting with a small bottle of liquid luxury. Five of the top-selling brands from this section:
Chanel No. 5: $72 (50ml) Dior Jadore EDP: $126
Lancome Midnight Rose Tresor: $72
Davidof Cool Water: $60
Paco Rabanne Lady Million: $75 (80ml)
Bleu de Chanel: $89
Dior Homme Sport: $85
Paco Rabanne 1 million: $70
Davidof Champion: $65
Bulgari Man: $67
(Prices are for 100ml bottles)
Timepieces seem to have a particular affinity for airport retailing. CSIA features sporty TAG Heuer and Tissot, the more classic and colourful Frédérique Constant, and contemporary Rado watches in trademark ceramic finish. The collection spans styles and budgets.
Five of the top-selling brands:
Tag Heuer aquaracer (diamond dial and bezel 27mm): $4,080
Frédérique Constant Chocolate Double Heart Beat : $2,890
Rado Sintra Jubile: $3,565
Raymond Weil Shine: $3,287
Longines Primaluna: $2,468
Tag Heuer Carera calibre 16 day date automatic chronograph 43 mm: $3,830
Longines Master Collection Moonphase Automatic: $2,591
Raymond Weil Freelancer: $2,474
Frédérique Constant Caree Automatic Moonphase and Date: $2,431
Rado Sintra Automatic Jubilé: $2,391
For those of you who still smoke, there is a well-stocked tobacco section at the dutyfree shopping zone.
Five of the top-selling brands:
Marlboro Lights: $18
Benson and Hedges regular: $18
Marlboro regular: $18
Davidoff Classic: $19
Dunhill International: $20
(Prices are for packs of 200 cigarettes)
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First Published: Thu, Dec 01 2011. 01 15 AM IST