The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts expands its presence in South India with the signing of two properties

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Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts today announced the signing of a management agreement for two properties, The Leela Kovalam, a Raviz hotel and The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz hotel in Kerala, expanding its presence in southern India and strengthening the brand’s resort portfolio. The Leela Kovalam, a Raviz Hotel returns to The Leela’s portfolio after three years, while The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz Hotel will be a significant new addition to the brand’s portfolio to complete the much sought after and serenely beautiful Kerala itinerary.

Commenting on the ad, Mr. Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Operating Officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts noted,

“We are delighted to reintroduce the Leela brand to Kerala as we welcome the Leela Kovalam, a Raviz Hotel into our fold and introduce The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz Hotel, a hidden gem to our portfolio. The two resorts complement each other and define two very distinctive and unique experiences that showcase the best of Kerala. This expansion goes hand in hand with growing demand from discerning global leisure travelers to experience meaningful and transformative journeys that are an authentic expression of a region’s beauty, heritage, cuisine and culture.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ganesh Ravi Pillai, Vice President of the PR Group, said:

“I am delighted to partner with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts to reintroduce the Leela brand in its new avatar in Kerala. Major projects are rarely built in isolation; and larger ecosystems even more so. Bringing Raviz and Leela together will create a synergy that can propel the state to the center of the global tourism network. The partnership of the two great brands in the luxury travel and wellness sectors can be a force for good; not only for the state but for the entire southern region. Together, we can reinvent and transform the tourism sector in the region. »

The Leela Kovalam, a Raviz hotel — Photo by The Leela
The Leela Kovalam, a Raviz hotel — Photo by The Leela

The Leela Kovalam, a Raviz hotel

Spread over a 60-acre canvas of lush greenery, the Leela Kovalam, a Raviz Hotel is India’s only cliff-top resort offering glistening views of the Kovalam coastline and pristine beach. A 20-minute drive from Thiruvananthapuram Airport, half an hour from the train station and just a minute from its own Helipad hotel, the resort offers a private passage to the Arabian Sea allowing travelers to soak up the sun tropical and meet the deep azure. waters.

A seamless blend of modern technology and traditional grandeur, the soothing decor of each of the 184 rooms and suites whispers a warm aesthetic, with each room opening out to sweeping views of the sea or verdant gardens. The complex also houses 4 suites at Kovalam Palace, which was once the summer residence of the Travancore Royal Family.

The resort offers a multitude of dining experiences ranging from all-day dining to The terrace which serves Asian, European, Indian and authentic Kerala delicacies, for Coffee where you can relax in the greatest comfort, Tides which serves the best seafood in town sky baran outdoor tapas kitchen serving signature cocktails and The bar an ideal place to relax. It features a 7,000 square foot Grand Ballroom and expansive outdoor spaces in addition to a 16,000 square foot beach offering an exceptional venue for iconic celebrations, memorable weddings and bespoke events. Recreational facilities include a gymnasium, swimming pool and a spa that offers nurturing Ayurvedic treatments.

The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz hotel — Photo by The LeelaThe Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz hotel — Photo by The Leela
The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz hotel — Photo by The Leela

The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz hotel

An authentic beach resort, the Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz Hotel reflects the traditional architecture of Nālukettu, capturing a glimpse of Kerala’s heritage. With Trivandrum International Airport approximately 71 km away, the hotel is located in Thevally, 10 minutes from the historic town of Kollam and just 15 minutes from Kollam Beach.

With 93 rooms, the resort is home to a wealth of accommodations ranging from a heritage wing that offers a collection of rooms and suites with a contemporary feel, to two quaint villas that overlook the lake and are complemented by traditional village decor. and two cottages inspired by a 300 year old heritage structure called ‘Mana’ – a Brahmin house and a 200 year old style cottage transposed from Eerattupetta. the resort also offers houseboats, also known as Kettuvallams, which evoke the true heritage of local Kerala.

For a rich culinary getaway, there are four unique options – Keraleeyama multi-cuisine restaurant, Portico Cafeserve comfort food, Rantal, the floating restaurant, and Zirkon, the water-themed bar. From a majestic convention center to inspiring meeting rooms, the resort offers extensive choice and flexibility for bespoke events as well as signature celebrations. The hotel also features a world-class holistic spa, state-of-the-art gym and outdoor pool.

In 2021, The Leela opened 3 hotels, The Leela Palace Jaipur, The Leela Gandhinagar and The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru adding 799 keys. Venturing into southern waters, The Leela has embraced the Coastal State with authenticity to explore moments of tranquility and provide unforgettable experiences and stays for its guests to savor the true culture, art, wellness experiences -being and the flavors of Kerala. Promising unparalleled luxury, this expansion demonstrates the company’s strategy to expand into hub cities and major leisure and resort destinations across the country.

Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Based in Mumbai, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is owned by a private real estate fund sponsored by Brookfield Asset Management and operates eleven award-winning properties in major cities and leisure destinations across India. These include the flagship hotel in the capital New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Gurugram, East Delhi, Goa, Mumbai and Gandhinagar. The Leela celebrates each hotel through its unique location, art, culture and cuisine with thoughtful services, celebratory rituals and immersive experiences. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has been voted the World’s Best Hotel Brand twice in a row by Travel + Leisure, USA, World’s Best Awards Survey, 2020 and 2021. The brand is well positioned to embrace the next phase of its growth trajectory with upcoming projects which include leisure destinations like Kovalam and Ashtamudi in Kerala. The embodiment of true Indian luxury hospitality, The Leela is committed to providing guests with unforgettable stays in settings that capture the essence of India. The brand has a marketing alliance with US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance. For more information, visit www.theleela.com.

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