CHENNAI – 16 August 2012 – The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is slated to launch The Leela Palace Chennai, the region’s first sea-facing modern Palace hotel spanning six verdant acres with magnificent views of the Bay of Bengal. In close proximity to the capital’s business district, the 11-floor, 326-room property, seamlessly combines the architectural opulence of the Chettinad dynasty with the largest guest rooms in the city. State-of-the-art facilities, finest dining concepts and a dazzling collection of renowned contemporary art and artisan craft makes the hotel one of the most luxurious landmarks in South India.
Designed by the internationally acclaimed architects Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, Inc, USA, The Leela Palace Chennai is strategically located on the prime real estate site of the Adyar Seaface. The Palace offers lavishly appointed suites, exclusive services for corporate high-flyers, palatial spaces for meetings, conferences, and private celebrations, fine dining from around the globe, an award-wining spa, an ultra-modern fitness retreat and a spectacular 25-meter swimming pool.
Rajiv Kaul, president of The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts said, “The Leela Palace Chennai symbolizes the spirit of Chennai which has rapidly evolved into a global business and technology hub, while deeply rooted in traditional culture, music and heritage of South India. This Palace property will raise the bar of luxury hospitality in the region and provide a world-class destination for discerning travellers as well as city residents.”
Inspired by the grandeur of Chennai’s famous Chettinad Palace, the rich, historic design of the hotel adorned with art and artifacts created by some of the most renowned artists in India imbues it with a deep sense of place.
The highly stylised guest rooms are the largest in the city and each floor is intelligently designed to accommodate rapid advances in technology. Every room is equipped with the most advanced digital and technology services - 42-inch Sony LCD TVs, Bose sound systems, iPod docks and high speed Wi-Fi internet access.
Corporate high-flyers who opt for the exclusive Royal Club can enjoy highly-personalized business and leisure services including complimentary BMW limousine transfers, 24-hour butler service and five gourmet presentations daily at the stunning Royal Club Lounge.
The Palace will elevate fine dining to a new level with exciting venues and gourmet cuisines. The roof-top Italian restaurant will offer panoramic 180 degree views of the sea. The lobby-level Spectra, an all-day dining restaurant, will have five live kitchens serving cuisines from around the world. Jamavar, the group’s signature Indian restaurant will serve the finest from around the country. China Tang, designed by Studio Spin in Tokyo, will offer authentic Asian and traditional Chinese, both indoors and at an al fresco terrace. Additionally, The Cake Shop will offer a delicious assortment of freshly baked breads, croissants, muffins, Danish and macaroons from the continental bakery selection.
The property boasts of 36,000 square feet of multi-purpose meeting and conference space with floor-to-ceiling windows and the latest technologies. Two palatial ballrooms – 15,000 square feet Grand Ballroom and 9,120 square feet Royal Ballroom, two meeting rooms and seven boardrooms make for a world class setting for high level meetings, functions, private celebrations and exquisite venues for weddings and special events.
ESPA London, a market leader known for products developed only with the finest plant extracts and oils from around the world, presents the ultimate spa experience spread over 14,000 square feet. Guests can find balance and harmony in one of the twelve private treatment rooms, three with spectacular sea views, or continue their wellness journey with an expansive 2,500 square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness centre complete with the latest TechnoGym equipment and a 25-metre lap swimming pool provide, an ideal indoors or open-to-sky workout venue.
The Leela Chennai is the eighth hotel in the group’s award winning portfolio.
About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is owned and operated by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. headquartered in Mumbai. The luxury hotel group manages seven award-winning hotels in India which includes prime urban locations in Bangalore, Gurgaon, Mumbai, New Delhi and magical holiday escapes in Goa, Kovalam and Udaipur. Properties under development will open soon in Chennai followed by Agra, Jaipur and Ashtamudi, Kerala. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is dedicated to extending warm, gracious, anticipatory service in settings that ideally capture the essence of India. The group has marketing alliances with Germany-based Kempinski, US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of Global Hotel Alliance based in Switzerland. For further information, contact your travel counsellor or visit our website at www.theleela.com
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