CHENNAI – 3 April 2014 – The Leela Palace Chennai, city’s first and only seafront hotel, has been named “Best New Hotel” in the country in the third edition of the prestigious Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s India’s Best Awards 2013. The award was conferred in the presence of luminaries of the hospitality industry and dignitaries from around the world, including, His Excellency Dr. Burak Akcapar, Ambassador, Turkey, His Excellency Mr. Jorge Roza De Oliveira, Ambassador, Portugal, His Excellency Mr. Jaime Nualart, Ambassador, Mexico and His Excellency Dr. A K Jagessur, High Commissioner, Mauritus.
The coveted award is a result of a Readers Poll conducted where discerning and well travelled readers of Travel + Leisure magazine voted for the palatial property for its exquisite design, panoramic views, luxurious rooms and suites, outstanding food and beverage options and excellent standards of service.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Pascal Dupuis, General Manager, The Leela Palace Chennai said, “We are overwhelmed and honoured to be recognized with this prestigious award. The award bears testimony to our commitment towards providing an incomparable experience and continuously delighting our guests.”
Designed by John Gerondelis from Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc. The Leela Palace Chennai opened in January 2013. Inspired by the architectural splendour of Chettinad dynasty, the Palace Hotel emanates regal and opulent style while boasting of having the largest entry-level rooms in the city. This luxurious hotel in Chennai also recently unveiled its Maharaja suite which is one of the largest in the country.
The Palace Hotel is a gourmand’s paradise, offering authentic cuisines from all across the globe in restaurants that seamlessly combine fine dining with high design. Spectra, the all-day dining multi-specialty restaurant captures the essence of Thailand, Japan, India, and Mediterranean cuisines to provide an extravagant gastronomic affair while China XO brings the authentic flavours of the Sichuan and Cantonese regions and Jamavar offers delicacies from the royal kitchens of Awadh and Chettinad.
Travel + Leisure is the world’s leading travel and lifestyle magazine and has been conducting the iconic World’s Best Awards for over 13 years. The categories ranged from the best country, emerging destination, cruise, business hotel, airport, luxury train, destination spa and honeymoon destinations in India and across the world wherein thousands of our discerning readers have voted robustly and discriminatingly through 2013.
Since the launch, this 5 star hotel in Chennai has been acclaimed nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of many prestigious titles. To name a few, “Best New Luxury Hotels Worldwide” by World Spa & Travel Magazine, USA, “Hot List 2013” in Conde Nast Traveller, UK, “It List 2013” in Travel + Leisure, US, “Best Urban Hotels 2013” by Wallpaper, “Fast Emerging Luxury Business Hotel in Chennai” by World Travel Brand Awards 2013 besides others.
About The Leela Palace Chennai
Set on 4.8 acres overlooking the Bay of Bengal, the 11-storey, 326-room Leela Palace Chennai is ideally located in close proximity to the city's central business districts. The new hotel offers a host of restaurants, a patisserie and a bar. The world-renowned ESPA at The Leela Palace Chennai draws inspiration from India’s glorious traditional heritage, with the added benefits and comforts of contemporary styled spa rooms and advanced rejuvenation techniques. Designed by Jeffery Wilkes of Design Wilkes, Malaysia, the two-level spa is a soothing retreat of natural wood, hand carved stone and soft furnishings. This Chennai hotel also features the World renowned New York based salon, Warren Tricomi offering an extensive range of skin and hair care services. The design and style of the hotel is reminiscent of the Chettinad Palace style of architecture. The rich, historic design influence imbues the property with a deep sense of palace while guest rooms, suites and restaurants offer magnificent sweeping views of the Bay. Like its sister hotels, The Leela Palace Chennai also features a rare collection of Indian art - contemporary and traditional.
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 luxury hotels 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/
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