MUMBAI, 16 July 2014 – The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts announced the appointment of Abhishek Sahai as General Manager of The Leela Palace Udaipur, a modern palace inspired by the magic and grandeur of Udaipur’s royal past. He brings with him over 14 years of experience in core hotel operations and has worked at senior positions at The Oberoi and The Leela. Prior to joining The Leela Palace Udaipur, Abhishek was Rooms Division Manager at The Leela Mumbai.
In his new role, Abhishek will manage the award-winning luxury hotel, which has been named one of the ‘World’s Top Resorts’ and ‘The Most Exclusive Retreat’ on Earth by Robb Report USA in 2012 and one of ‘World’s Best Hotels’ in Conde Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2012. Its ESPA spa, India’s only tented luxury spa by the lake, has also won top honours including ‘Best Luxury Spa’ at World Luxury Spa Awards in 2011 and 2013.
Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said, “We are delighted to have Abhishek lead the team at The Leela Palace Udaipur. His dynamism and leadership skills shall be a great asset as the hotel continues to evolve into one of the most desirable destinations of the country.”
Abhishek first joined The Leela family in 2010 as Executive Assistant to the President and Front Office Manager of The Leela Mumbai before progressing to Rooms Division Manager of The Leela Palace Chennai. In this capacity, he played a crucial role in finalizing the hotels’ positioning in Chennai along with setting up the Rooms Division of the property and hiring and training 250 team members. Prior to this stint, he led teams in various operational capacities at The Leela Mumbai, and The Oberoi, New Delhi, where he began his hospitality career.
Taking charge of the five star hotel in Udaipur, Abhishek said, “From its distinctive architecture to award-winning offerings – it is certainly an honour to take on the role of General Manager of such a fine property. I am excited to have the chance to lead an exceptional team and we will always look for new ways to make our guests’ stay more memorable than ever before.”
Abhishek holds a PG Diploma in Executive General Management from IIM Lucknow and Hospitality Management from Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development along with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, English and Sociology from Lucknow University. He has also undertaken the Management Development Program from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
In his leisure time, he enjoys photography, listening to music and exploring new destinations and cuisines.
About The Leela Palace Udaipur
Set on the banks of the beautiful Lake Pichola, The Leela Palace Udaipur has 80 luxurious rooms and suites with captivating views of this romantic heritage city and the surrounding majestic Aravalli Mountains. Renowned architect Bill Bensley and interior designer Jeffrey Wilkes have created a modern palace recalling the grandeur of Udaipur’s historic past. The luxury boutique hotel has two restaurants, a lounge and bar and the 10,000-square-foot ESPA at The Leela Palace Udaipur. Guest rooms – all with views of Lake Pichola – measure an average of 580 square feet with the Maharaja Suite, an impressive 3,552 square feet. The design is contemporary with traditional elements of Rajasthani artistry.
About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is owned by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. The ultra-luxury hotel group owns and manages eight award-winning properties in prime urban locations and magical holiday destinations across India including Mumbai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Udaipur and Kovalam. New properties under development include Jaipur, Bangalore, Agra and Lake Ashtamudi, Kerala. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is committed to providing warm, gracious and anticipatory service in settings that capture the essence of India. The group has a marketing alliance with US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland. For further information, please contact your travel counselor or visit our website at http://www.theleela.com/
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