Dubai, United Arab Emirates-: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of its second hotel in Kerala, The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel, further consolidating its presence in India and fortifying its resort portfolio. The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel perfectly complements The Leela Kovalam, A Raviz Hotel – with the two resorts offering very distinctive backwater and beach experiences, completing the much sought-after and beautiful Kerala itinerary.
A two-hour drive from Thiruvananthapuram airport, this picturesque resort is a tiny hamlet perched on the banks of the shimmering Ashtamudi Lake. It offers a magical backwater experience that flawlessly balances barefoot luxury with rustic charm, whilst unlocking the magic of the culture and locale. Serene waters, surrounded by lush greenery and swaying coconut trees create a tranquil atmosphere perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Executive Officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, said, “We are delighted to welcome The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel, an exciting new addition to our brand portfolio. Kerala has historically been one of our key markets and strategically significant to our growth in the region. The resort marks another milestone in our journey as we continue to grow in the most alluring leisure destinations across the country. This expansion is in lockstep with the growing demand from the discerning global leisure traveller to experience meaningful and transformative journeys that are an authentic expression of a region’s beauty, heritage and culture.”
Commenting on the opening, Dr Ravi Pillai, Chairman RP Group said,” I am excited to see our partnership with The Leela brand evolve and I am confident that together we can play a key role in transforming the tourism sector in the region. The coming together of Raviz and The Leela provides the unique opportunity to place Kerala at the heart of global leisure and wellness travel and further reimagine and elevate the high standards of hospitality that exist in the region with unparalleled levels of luxury and warm and gracious service – both of which The Leela brand is known for.”
Integrating the foundational principles of environment and sustainability, the resort is elegantly poised in harmony with local history through inspired design narratives that reference Kerala’s rich architectural heritage.
With 93 tastefully appointed rooms that reflect the traditional Nalukettu aesthetic of Kerala, the resort is home to a bevy of accommodations including rooms, suites and experiential houses. A charming décor permeates each room, and traditional artefacts and furnishings steeped in culture seamlessly blend old and new.
Guests can choose between the Tower Wing or the Heritage Wing, or elevate their experience by upgrading to one of the two available private plunge pool villas. The resort also features two unique traditional experiential houses offering the THARAVADU Experience – namely Erattupetta and Anchal, which have a rich history of more than 200 years. Those seeking ultimate luxury can reserve a private getaway with a tranquil backwater cruise on Mahayana – the quaint houseboat that comes with all the comforts of a hotel and is evocative of everything that is quintessentially Kerala.
The resort houses four unique dining venues with mesmerizing views of the tranquil Ashtamudi Lake: Keraleeyam, the multi-cuisine restaurant; Portico Café, serving comfort food; Raanthal, the floating dining experience; and Zirkon, the aqua-themed bar. The highlight on the menu is Fish Nirvana, the resort’s very own curated signature recipe, which also has a vegetarian version in Paneer Nirvana.
The resort’s Favourite Kerala Ayurveda and Spa interweaves authentic Ayurvedic healing traditions with therapeutic relaxation treatments that use specially formulated organic blends to soothe the mind, body, and soul. An extensive menu of rejuvenating massages, therapies, and detoxification programmes inspired by traditional techniques ensure an authentic and immersive wellness experience.
Leisure facilities at the resort also include an outdoor swimming pool flanked by azure waters and tropical foliage for the ultimate lakeside getaway, and a fitness centre equipped with state-of-the-art equipment surrounded by panoramic views.
Whether it is an intimate soiree or a grand celebration, the resort offers a selection of inviting spaces for events and meetings of various sizes and types. From traditionally inspired architecture that provides a charming, yet elegant setting, to tranquil gardens and picturesque lake vistas that offer an enchanting backdrop, every event is infused with local traditions and bespoke services that add a touch of culture, authenticity, and personalisation.
Whether you seek solace in tranquility, rejuvenation in wellness journeys, indulgence in distinctive culinary encounters, or exploration in the destination, this hidden paradise invites travelers to truly disconnect and soak in all that is quintessentially Kerala.