The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts expands footprint in South India
Welcomes India’s only clifftop beach resort, The Leela Kovalam, a Raviz Hotel back into the fold and introduces a magical backwater experience with The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz Hotel
The 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 footprint in South India and fortifying the brand’s resort portfolio. The Leela Kovalam, a Raviz Hotel returns to The Leela portfolio after three years while The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz Hotel will be a significant new addition to the brand portfolio to complete the much sought-after and serenely beautiful Kerala itinerary.
Commenting on the announcement, Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Operating Officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, said, “We are delighted to reintroduce The Leela brand into Kerala as we welcome The Leela Kovalam, a Raviz Hotel back into our fold and introduce The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz Hotel, a hidden gem into our portfolio. The two resorts complement each other and define two very distinctive and unique experiences that showcase the best of Kerala. This expansion is in lockstep with the growing demand from the discerning global leisure traveller to experience meaningful and transformative journeys that are an authentic expression of a region’s beauty, heritage, cuisine and culture.”
Speaking on the occasion, Ganesh Ravi Pillai, Vice Chairman, RP Group, said, “I am excited to partner with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts to reintroduce The Leela brand in its new avatar to Kerala. Great projects are rarely built in isolation; and great ecosystems more so. The coming together of Raviz and Leela will create a synergy that can propel the State to the centre stage 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 just for the State but for the entire southern region. Together, we can reimagine and transform the tourism sector in the region.
The Leela Kovalam
Spread across a 60-acre canvas of greenery, The Leela Kovalam, a Raviz Hotel is India’s only clifftop beach resort offering scintillating views of the Kovalam shoreline and a pristine beachfront. A 20 minute-drive from Thiruvananthapuram Airport, half an hour from the railway station and merely a minute away from its own hotel Helipad, the resort provides a private passage to the Arabian Sea allowing travellers to soak in the tropical sun and encounter the deep azure waters.
The Leela Ashtamudi
An authentic backwater resort, The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz Hotel reflects traditional Nālukettu architecture capturing glimpses of Kerala’s heritage. With Trivandrum International Airport about 71 kms away, the hotel is situated at Thevally, 10 minutes away from the historic Kollam town and just 15 minutes from the Kollam beach. With 93 rooms, the resort is home to a bevy of accommodation that ranges from a heritage wing that offers a collection of rooms and suites with a contemporary ambiance, to two quaint villas that overlook the lake and are complemented with traditional décor from the village and two cottages that were inspired from 300-year-old ancient heritage structure called ‘Mana’ – a home of Brahmins and a 200-year-old style cottage transposed from Eerattupetta. The resort also offers houseboats, also known as Kettuvallams that evoke the true heritage of local Kerala.
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