Cliff-top beach resort recognised as the best in India four years in a row
MUMBAI – 01 July 2015 – The Leela Kovalam - a Raviz hotel, India’s only cliff-top beach resort, has won the coveted ‘Best Hotel for Relaxation’ award at the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2015. The readers’ choice award was presented to Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts and NC Somaiah, General Manager, The Leela Kovalam – a Raviz hotel at a glittering ceremony in Mumbai.
This is the fourth year in a row that The Leela Kovalam – a Raviz Hotel has won a Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Award. The first being Best Resort Hotel in 2012 followed by Best Hotel for Relaxation in 2013 and Best Indian Luxury Hotel Award in 2014.
Commending the accolades, Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, said “I would like to thank our discerning guests and readers of Lonely Planet Magazine for their invaluable support and powerful votes of confidence. To be the top choice in the country for four consecutive years is an outstanding achievement for The Leela Kovalam, and a reflection of The Leela’s vision of providing the finest experiences. I applaud our team for consistently delivering high quality services which has earned this continual recognition.”
On receiving the award, General Manager NC Somaiah said, “We are truly honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the readers of Lonely Planet Magazine. We aim to provide our guests from all over the world with unforgettable stays, whether it’s for business, a relaxing getaway, or a fun-filled family vacation, and this award stands testimony to our dedicated efforts.”
The Leela Kovalam – a Raviz hotel, Kerala’s largest beachside resort, boasts of 183 rooms and suites dotted over 60 verdant acres of lush green land. Cradled between two sweeping beaches, the property is perched on a rock-face and offers the most panoramic views of the famed Kovalam shoreline. The beach resort features an array of dining options, beach-view rooms with private sundecks, an authentic Ayurveda Wellness Spa, infinity pools that merge into the horizon, the private and exclusive ‘The Club’, which is a hotel within a hotel for guests seeking unparalleled luxury, amongst other world-class services.
The five-star beachside luxury resort in Kovalam has recently won a range of prestigious awards and accolades including the Today’s Traveller Best Wedding Hotel in South India in September 2014, AsiaSpa India ‘Best Spa Cuisine’ award in April 2014, AsiaSpa India ‘Best Ayurvedic Spa and Wellness Center’ award in April 2013, MakeMyTrip ‘Platinum Pick Partner’ award in 2013, TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in 2010, 2012 and 2104, amongst other recognitions.
The Lonely Planet Magazine India nominees were initially selected by a panel of industry-wide travel experts, which were then voted on, both online and in the magazine, by Lonely Planet Magazine India's well-informed readers.
About The Leela Kovalam – a Raviz Hotel
The Leela Kovalam – a Raviz hotel is owned by the RP Group and managed by The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. Offering one of the most panoramic views of the Kovalam shoreline, the famed beach resort offers guests infinity pools that merge into the horizon, a host of impeccable dining and entertainment options, along with ‘Favourite Kerala Ayurveda and Spa,’ an authentic Ayurveda Wellness Spa. ‘The Club’ at the resort exemplifies the ultimate in luxury, with all rooms and suites built on the edge of the cliff-top. RP Group of Companies is spearheaded by Chairman Dr. Ravi Pillai and has a presence in seven countries in various sectors, including, construction, healthcare, education, retail, travel and tourism.
About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is owned by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. The 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 Bangalore, Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow and Kathmandu. 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 counsellor or visit our website at www.theleela.com
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