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2022 Press Room

Mumbai, 29 September 2022

Mumbai, 29th September 2022: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts announced the appointment of Virender Razdan as The General Manger, The Leela Bhar…

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Mumbai, 27 September 2022

Mumbai 27th September, 2022: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts announced the appointment of Mr. Shanu Ammunni as Vice President – Information Tec…

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Mumbai, 23 May 2022

Mumbai, 23 May 2022: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts recently announced the launch of the Leela Leadership Development Programme (LLDP) with its first batch of 25 candidates at The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences. Built around a world class curriculum, in partnership with Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) in alliance with Les Roches, the class of 2023 will kickstart learning through blended modules that include boot camps, classroom training, online classes and on the job experience across Leela hotels. Mr. Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Operating Officer at The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said, “We are excited to welcome our first batch of Leela Leadership Development Programme, class of 2023 in partnership with Indian School of Hospitality in alliance with Les Roches. We are truly humbled by the overwhelming response for our inaugural batch and thrilled to see the passion for hospitality in these young minds. The Leela’s deep rooted Indian legacy and ethos of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ is…

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Mumbai, 16 May 2022

Built around the 2Rs of Wellbeing, Restore and Renew, the program focuses on healthy eating and mindfulness  Mumbai, 16 May 2022: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts today announced the launch of their signature wellness programme - Aujasya by The Leela aimed at redefining the road to holistic wellbeing. A unique blend inspired by traditional and modern practices, Aujasya by The Leela encompasses a collection of authentic experiences that build vivacity and promote the vigour of life, built around the 2Rs of Wellbeing – Restore (Food) and Renew (Mindfulness). Taking origin from the Sanskrit word, Aujasya - translated as beneficial to strengthening vitality or energy, this initiative will truly allow guests to embrace an enriching and healthy lifestyle.  The brand has launched the first pillar, Restore (Food), in collaboration with renowned nutritionist and food consultant, Dr. Ankita Jalori. The Leela has re-imagined culinary experiences across the country by improving the nutritional profile of …

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New Delhi, 12 April 2022

New Delhi, 12th April 2022 - The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is ecstatic to announce Megu, their authentic Japanese restaurant at The Leela Pal…

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Mumbai, 25 March 2022

Welcomes India’s only clifftop beach resort The Leela Kovalam, a Raviz Hotel back into the fold and expands to introduce a magical backwater experien…

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Mumbai, 23 March 2022

Mumbai, 23rd March 2022: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts today welcomed Miss World 2017 and actor - Manushi Chhillar to the  Icons of India by The Leela initiative. The Leela has been World’s Best Brand by Travel + Leisure USA 2021 for two years in a row in 2020 and 2021 and Icons of India by The Leela celebrates the essence of India and the richness within through partnerships with India’s finest who are the world’s best. Manushi Chhillar now joins Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and sarod virtuosos Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash as an Icon of India by The Leela.  Commenting on the association Anjali Mehra, Vice President Marketing, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, said, "We are delighted to be associated with Manushi Chhillar who has carved her own path of excellence at the world stage with her self-confidence, self-assurance and self-belief. Manushi’s commitment to social initiatives, and her contributions as a Miss World to further India’s position at a world stage make…

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India, 16 March 2022

Hosts the Writers’ Ball at The Leela Palace Jaipur   Jaipur, 16th March, 2022 - The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts partnered with the 15th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2022 for a noteworthy celebration of Indian heritage, art, culture, and tradition that both brands truly exemplify.  The Leela is the epitome of true Indian hospitality imbued with a distinct aesthetic that celebrates the essence of India and is rooted in its offering of India’s rich heritage to the world. The brand promises to delight each guest by curating authentic and desirable experiences. While JLF, year on year brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest minds from various fields and genres to express and engage in thoughtful conversations.  As a part of the brand association, The Leela Palace Jaipur extended its warm hospitality at the Author’s Lounge at the event. The showcase at JLF also included a curated session by The Leela with Ayaan Ali Bangash, Ambi Subramaniam and Shekhar Ravjiani, i…

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New Delhi, 14 March 2022

Partners with Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation to empower children   New Delhi, 14th March 2022: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts w…

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Mumbai, 17 February 2022

Mumbai, 17 February 2022: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts introduces Moments by The Leela E-Gift Card. Moments by The Leela is specially design…

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Mumbai, 10 February 2022

Mumbai, 10 February 2022: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts announces the launch of Leela Leadership Development Programme (LLDP), in response to a growing need for talent to support its expansion plans. This 15-month programme is designed to identify and groom the best talent in the industry and nurture luxury leaders of tomorrow giving them a platform to carry forward The Leela’s rich legacy while carving one of their own. Built around a world class curriculum, in partnership with Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) in alliance with Les Roches, an institute of higher education focused on reimagining hospitality education for today’s generation and tomorrow’s businesses. Leela Leadership Development Programme is a tailored Management Training programme that takes into account the necessary skills and competencies specifically nuanced to cater to the needs of the hospitality industry and the expectations of a luxury consumer today. It facilitates functional training including knowledge, skills and …

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2021 Press Room

Mumbai, 14 December 2021

Mumbai, 14 December 2021: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, has been voted the Best Hotel Group for the second consecutive year in India by Trav…

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Mumbai, 13 December 2021

Mumbai, 13 December 2021: The reimagination of Leela DISCOVERY, offered in partnership with Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) has been officially launched …

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Bengaluru, 25 October 2021

Bengaluru, 25 October 2021: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts today unveiled their latest initiative, Icons of India by The Leela, with a private concert by sarod virtuosos Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash at The Leela Palace Bengaluru. Voted the World’s Best Brand by Travel + Leisure USA for the second year in a row, the brand is collaborating with inspirational Indians who have been recognized globally for their exceptional work while emulating the essence of India.  The Leela is the epitome of true Indian hospitality imbued with a distinct aesthetic that celebrates the country’s traditions, art, cuisine, artisanal craft and culture and is rooted in its offering of India’s rich heritage to the world. Icons of India by The Leela celebrates this richness of India while curating meaningful experiences that enrich, engage and inspire guests. Speaking on the occasion, Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Operating Officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said, “Today’s luxury consumer is seeking authentic an…

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Bengaluru, 18 October 2021

Bengaluru, 18 October 2021 - The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of their second hotel in the Garden City, The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru. Nestled amidst the pristine environs of Bhartiya City, one of India’s largest integrated smart cities, spread across 125 acres, the hotel exudes modern luxury and sophistication. Strategically located on Thanisandra Road, just at a 30-minute drive from the International Airport, the hotel also provides easy access to the MG Road and Outer Ring Road connecting the IT corridors of Bengaluru and some of the city’s most iconic locations. A part of the immaculately designed Bhartiya City, a next gen tech park, home to leading global technology clients, theatre, entertainment, Bhartiya Mall of Bengaluru, Nikoo Homes as well as The Leela luxury private residences are only steps away from the hotel. With sprawling open spaces surrounding a Central Park, landscaped gardens, promenades and cycling paths, the city is a perfect getaway to live, work,…

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New Delhi, 14 September 2021

New Delhi, 13 September 2021 - The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts is thrilled to announce that Megu, at The Leela Palace New Delhi has been recogni…

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Mumbai, 13 September 2021

Mumbai, 13 September 2021 - The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, owned and managed by a Brookfield Asset Management-sponsored private real estate f…

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Mumbai, 1 September 2021

First of its kind, the hotel is built on the airspace of a conventional railway station, 22 meters above ground and is the tallest building and the largest hotel in the city. The hotel complements the country’s largest convention centre, Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre (MMCEC) Managed by The Leela, seamlessly blending state-of-the-art facilities with the graciousness of Indian hospitality to offer a complete convention solution. Mumbai, India, 1st September 2021 – The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts owned by Brookfield Asset Management-sponsored private real estate fund, announced the opening of The Leela Gandhinagar in Gujarat’s vibrant capital city. The hotel is built on the airspace of a conventional railway station, 22 meters above ground and is the tallest building and the largest hotel in the city. The Gandhinagar capital railway station has been redeveloped along with the 318 room 5-star hotel atop the tracks, the country's first such project, that was dedicated to the nati…

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Mumbai, 30 August 2021

Mumbai 30 August 2021 - The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts announced the appointment of Satish Kumar P. as General Manager for the luxury beach resort, The Leela Goa. Satish is an outstanding professional and brings with him over two decades of illustrious industry exposure in the hospitality segment across India, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Indonesia. A pre-opening specialist, he has successfully launched 8 luxury hotels within various geographies. In his new role, Satish will be responsible for achieving targets by developing and implementing strategic sales and marketing plans and initiatives in the hotel’s continuing effort to deliver outstanding guest service coupled with unparalleled luxury. Satish is passionate about building a culture that inspires out-of-the box thinking, innovation, creativity, and empowering teams to drive change and growth. He is a self-motivator with excellent problem solving and analytical skills. Having worked closely with brand teams, ownership, and asset management te…

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Bengaluru, 30 August 2021

Bengaluru 30 August 2021 – The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, announced the appointment of Madhav Sehgal as the General Manager of The Leela Pala…

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Mumbai, 27 August 2021

Mumbai 27 August 2021 - The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has announced the appointment of Megha Ajgaonkar as General Manager – Sales. In her rol…

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Mumbai, 24 June 2021

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts today announced the successful vaccination of all its eligible associates across the brand. The Leela had made a commitment to launch a vaccination drive that would cover its entire workforce and their families. While majority of the associates have been vaccinated with both doses, all those eligible have taken their first dose. To ensure the safety and well-being of the guests and themselves, our associates continue to follow all protocols under sUraksha by The Leela program. “In these unprecedented times, vaccination is the key element in combating the pandemic. Ensuring the vaccination of our associates has been a priority at The Leela. The safety and well-being of our guests and associates is of paramount importance to us and it is our commitment to make them feel safe in our care.” said Anuraag Bhatnagar Chief Operating Officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has undertaken various initiatives in support of its…

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2020 Press Room

Mumbai, 27 October 2020

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts appoints Nishant Agarwal as the General Manager of The Leela Palace Udaipur. In his new role, Nishant will mana…

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Mumbai, 20 October 2020

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts appoints Vikram Choubal as Senior Vice President, Design and Technical Services. Prior to joining The Leela, Vi…

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Mumbai, 28 September 2020

The Leela Palace Jaipur will bring The Leela Palace Programming and the Signature Palace Service to the Pink City. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, owned by a Brookfield Asset Management sponsored private real estate fund, today announced the signing of a management agreement with Tulsi Palace Resorts Group to expand its portfolio to Rajasthan’s capital city, Jaipur. Over the next few months, the existing hotel in Jaipur, will undergo enhancements both in the product as well as its service offerings and will be branded upon completion of the renovation by early 2021. A reflection of modern palatial grandeur, inspired by the Rajputana heritage, the property will introduce The Leela Palace Programming and signature Palace Service delivered with authenticity and the warmth and graciousness of Indian hospitality to the Pink City. Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Operating Officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said: “We are excited to introduce the famed Leela Palace experience as the epitome of …

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Mumbai, 21 September 2020

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts announces the appointment of Reuben Kataria as the General Manager of the upcoming The Leela Hotel and Residences Bhartiya City Bengaluru. Recognised for his astute business acumen in managing hotels, Reuben is a veteran in the hospitality fraternity. Known for his leadership qualities and a rich and varied experience, he brings valuable knowledge from his world-wide assignments with prestigious Indian and International Hotel chains.  His professional experience in working with leading global chains includes The Oberoi, Hyatt and Marriott International. With more than two decades of experience in  managing hotel operations  for  both Business Hotels  and Resorts  and with  extensive practical  knowledge of Food  & Beverage operations,  hotel development, product enhancement, up-gradation and concept development, he brings with him the ideal skillset required to help open, launch and position The Leela Hotel and Residences Bhartiya City Bengaluru in a highly compet…

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Mumbai, 16 September 2020

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts announces the appointment of Anupriya Ghosh as Senior Director Revenue Strategy. Anupriya brings with her ov…

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Mumbai, 27 August 2020

Guests to be ushered in uber luxury as a prelude to their royal stay. Reiterating its unwavering commitment to elevating the guest experience, The…

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Mumbai, 29 July 2020

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, announces the appointment of Sai Shankar as Vice President Procurement. Sai brings with him over two decades of extensive experience in Procurement, including tendering of new projects, bulk supply sourcing and strategizing for annual capital expenditure. His last assignment was with PVR limited – Gurgaon, where he was responsible for procurement of various verticals including manpower planning, housekeeping, security, engineering and sound & projection equipment for Cinemas pan India. Prior to this he has also worked with hospitality brands including Taj group of hotels and Claridges. In his new role, Sai will align the procurement team and set up procurement processes  and policies for The Leela brand. In addition, he will also lead the cost-savings initiatives and resource optimization for the brand that will help in improving profitability. “Sai joins The Leela family at a very crucial time as the brand is looking at expansion plans and we are delighted to we…

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Mumbai, 14 July 2020

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts announces the appointment of Amandeep Sarna as Vice President Information Technology.  Amandeep brings with him over two decades of extensive experience in Information Systems & Technology. His last assignment was with Kerzner International – Dubai, where he was leading the technology function in the capacity of Vice President – Global, Application Development. Prior to this he has worked with many international brands including Marriott International, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Interstate Hotels and Onyx Hospitality. “Amandeep is known to be a global, forward-looking Technology leader with focus on conceptualizing, developing, and implementing new and innovative technology solutions. With his hands-on experience of managing large-scale complex projects to ensure tangible business outcomes, we are confident that he will transform the technology landscape for The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts” said Anuraag Bhatnagar, COO, The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resor…

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Mumbai, 9 July 2020

In the same survey, The Leela Palace Udaipur gained top honours as the #1 Resort in India and The Leela Palace New Delhi has bagged #2 City Hotel in …

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Mumbai, 6 July 2020

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is further strengthening its leadership team with the appointment of Anjali Mehra as Vice President Marketing. …

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Mumbai, 2 July 2020

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts announces the appointment of Ravi Shankar as Senior Vice President Finance. In his new role, Ravi will oversee the finance operational strategies and drive finance operations and initiatives for the brand. In a career spanning over 20 years, he has added many feathers to his cap, the latest being his stint as Chief Financial Officer at MH Lifestyle Hotels LLC Dubai. A well-known hospitality professional and a financial wizard, Ravi comes with extensive experience both within India and internationally. His career includes several noteworthy assignments with top corporate houses and Hotels, such as RSM & Co., New Delhi (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), Le Meridien, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International.  Over the years he has developed financial strategies and provided strategic financial counsel to drive portfolio performance, growth, and organizational effectiveness. With a keen business acumen, he has been instrumental in aligning financial and bu…

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2019 Press Room

Mumbai, 23 October 2019

Hotel Leelaventure Limited has completed the transaction with BSREP III India Ballet Pte. Ltd. / its affiliates (“Brookfield”) for sale of the Company’s hotel undertakings in Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Udaipur. Hotel Leelaventure Limited (HLVL) has completed the transaction with BSREP III India Ballet Pte. Ltd. /  its affiliates (“Brookfield”) for sale of the Company’s (a) hotel undertakings in Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Udaipur (b) hotel operations business, and (c) 100% shareholding in Leela Palaces and Resorts Limited (its wholly-owned subsidiary) which owns property and holds licenses for the development of a hotel in Agra (collectively “Undertakings”). A few procedural formalities are pending and would be completed shortly. The total consideration of Rs. 3950 crores was received from Brookfield on 16th October 2019 and the entire consideration, net of transaction-related costs of Rs. 70 crores were used  to repay the banks and financial institutions who were lenders to the Company, in fu…

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Mumbai, 29 July 2019

The Hotel Wins Top Ranking from Discerning Travellers Worldwide Udaipur - July 11, 2019. The Leela Palace Udaipur, our majestic palace on the banks of Lake Pichola in Rajasthan, is voted as  World’s Best Hotel by Travel + Leisure USA, Readers Award Survey 2019. This accolade is received in recognition of its unique location, exquisite architecture and personalised experiences that connect guests with the rich cultural heritage/heart of the city. Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award Survey is a world-renowned mark of excellence for travel and hospitality companies globally. It honours the finest travel experiences in the world selected by Travel+ Leisure’s global readership of discerning travellers. Readers rate their experiences and evaluate hotels across the world on characteristics such as rooms, location, service, food and value. Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said: “We are thrilled to receive this pinnacle accolade from readers of Travel + Leisure, USA. It’s a ba…

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2018 Press Room

New Delhi, 29 November 2018

The awards are chosen through a readers’ voting process spanning two months, and they recognize the best in the travel industry across hotels, destin…

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Mumbai, 11 July 2018

Wins top rankings from discerning travellers worldwide three years in a row. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, a luxury portfolio  of nine aw…

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Mumbai, 28 May 2018

Lufthansa India this month unveiled a brand-new menu that has been curated in collaboration with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts and its Master Chef Vinod Saini. The new menu offers a selection of nutritious meal options, based on innovative recipes but still using traditional ingredients and bringing out authentic Indian flavours to spoil flyers while cruising at 36,000 feet. Starting immediately, passengers travelling on Lufthansa German Airlines to/from India are able to order from an array of delectable meal options offering a modern take on traditional Indian cuisine. Featuring exquisite dishes from across the country that have been created using freshest seasonal ingredients involving modern food techniques, the in-flight menu ensures that passengers have access to a healthier and exclusive dining experience.  Commenting on the launch of the new menu, Master Chef Vinod Saini, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said: “Exploring the world has led me to find my passion for being a chef…

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Mumbai, 10 April 2018

The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts, India’s premier luxury hotel brand, today announced it has won the competitive bid and management contract to operate India’s largest Convention and Exhibition Center – the 34-acre Mahatma Mandir- and launch Gujarat state capital’s largest hotel, the 300-room The Leela Gandhinagar, which is expected to open in January 2019. The agreements, effective April 1, 2018, are signed with Gandhinagar Railway and Urban Development Corporation (GARUD), a special purpose vehicle formed by the Government of Gujarat with the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd (IRSDC). Both the Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Center and The Leela Gandhinagar, will operate in a complementary yet distinctive manner, guided by The Leela’s brand promise of world-class operational excellence delivered with the warmth and grace unique to Indian hospitality. Commenting on the development, Vivek Nair, chairman and managing director, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said…

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2017 Press Room

Mumbai, 9 August 2017

Guests booking directly on www.theleela.com are guaranteed lowest online rates and entered in the #getMORE sweep. The Leela Palaces Hotels and Res…

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Mumbai, 27 July 2017

India’s Gem - The Leela Palace Udaipur - Voted one of the Best Hotels in the World; Ranked 7th Among Top 10 Best Resort Hotels in Asia. The Leela …

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DELHI, 4 July 2017

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts takes pride as it brings home top accolades for culinary excellence in the capital region at the second edition of EazyDiner Foodie Awards 2017. Held at The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences, the glittering award ceremony recognized and rewarded the best and the brightest for making outstanding contributions to the dining universe of the Delhi-NCR region. The Leela Palace New Delhi’s all day dining restaurant – The Qube - won the coveted Vir’s Critic’s Choice Awards for ‘Best Sunday Brunch’ and its famed French-Italian restaurant - Le Cirque won the People’s Choice Awards for ‘Best European Restaurant’; The Leela Ambience Gurugram’s Michel Koopman, was selected ‘General Manager of the Year’ in Vir’s Critic’s Choice Awards and the all day dining restaurant - Spectra –won the People’s Choice Awards for ‘Best Café.’ Commenting on the awards, Rajiv Kaul, president, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said: “We are delighted that The Leela properties in t…

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