The Cliff-Top Resort Voted Best Hotel For Three Consecutive Years.
MUMBAI – 16 June 2014 – The Leela Kovalam, India’s only cliff-top beach resort and Kerala’s most popular holiday getaway, won the prestigious Best Indian Luxury Hotel award at the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2014. The readers’ choice award was presented to Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts and NC Somaiah, General Manager, The Leela Kovalam at a glittering ceremony in Mumbai. The winners were joined by the who’s who of the national travel industry, several international invitees and celebrities like Rahul Khanna, Evelyn Sharma, Rajkummar Rao, Rashmi Uday Singh and Kabir Khan who are keen travellers themselves.
This is the third year in a row that The Leela Kovalam has won a Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Award, the first and the second being Best Resort Hotel in 2012 and Best Hotel for Relaxation in 2013 respectively. All winners of the Lonely Planet Magazine India (LPMI) Travel Awards 2014 were adjudged by the most important stakeholders – the readers themselves, for the benefit of other readers.
On receiving the award, General Manager NC Somaiah said, “We, at The Leela Kovalam, are truly honored to be recognized and voted as top favorite by the readers of the internationally-renowned Lonely Planet magazine. This award stands testimony to The Leela’s vision of providing discerning travelers with the finest in luxury guest services.”
The Leela Kovalam, 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, this five star hotel in Kovalam 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, Divya, 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 voting of LPMI Travel Awards 2014 began with a strong list of nominees selected by industry-wide travel experts from India's premier travel facilitators, which were then voted in an online and in-magazine poll by Lonely Planet Magazine India's well-informed readers. Lonely Planet magazine has long been recognised around the world as the traveller’s best friend and these awards aim to provide a credible industry-best measure of what Indian travellers love.
The five-star beachside luxury resort has recently won a range of prestigious awards and accolades including the AsiaSpa India ‘Best Spa Cuisine’ award for Divya Spa in April 2014, AsiaSpa India ‘Best Ayurvedic Spa and Wellness Center’ award for Divya Spa in April 2013, MakeMyTrip ‘Platinum Pick Partner’ award in 2013, TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in 2010, 2012 and 2104, amongst other recognitions.
About The Leela Kovalam
The Leela Kovalam, India’s only cliff-top beach resort, is owned by the RP Group and managed by The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts and offers a panoramic view of the Kovalam shoreline. With infinity pools that merge into the horizon, the resort offers guests a host of impeccable dining and entertainment options, along with Divya, 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.
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, Noida, 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/