The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is owned and managed by Hotel Leelaventure Limited which was established in 1987 in Mumbai. The company is part of The Leela Group whose portfolio includes luxury hotel and resort properties, IT and business parks, as well as real estate development.
Spearheading the group is chairman, Captain C. P. Krishnan Nair, whose vision has been inspired by his strong belief in India’s ability to compete with the world’s premier travel destinations. Captain C. P. Krishnan Nair has led a fulfilling life of hard work and dedication. From starting the first Students’ Union while at school to joining the army during World War II and later taking the reins of his father-in-law’s handloom business - only to grow it into the country’s largest garment exporting house - Nair is a singular leader who has worked hard, relentlessly, towards a focused goal.
His many business trips to Europe and America exposed him to hotels with high service standards, inspiring him to enter the world of luxury hospitality. At the age of 65, he started to build The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts which today has evolved into one of the most celebrated indigenous hospitality groups in the luxury segment.
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts comprise a collection of luxury hotels and resorts in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Udaipur, Goa, Kovalam and Chennai with plans to develop hotels in Agra, Lake Ashtamudi (Kerala) and Jaipur. The group has marketing alliances with US-based Preferred Hotel & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Since its founding, The Leela has been at the forefront of bringing alive the drama and grandeur, one that goes far beyond the grand facades and theatrical interior design. The group is dedicated to extending warm, gracious, anticipatory service in settings that ideally capture the essence of India. The authentic Indian experience found across the hotels and resorts exemplifies the group’s underlying philosophy to delight and exceed guest expectations through gracious Indian hospitality, known in the ancient Indian scriptures as ‘Atithi Devo Bhava or ‘Guest is God.’