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Now Open: The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has opened its second property in the Southern Indian state of Kerala, popularly known as God’s Own Country.

A two-hour drive from Thiruvananthapuram airport, The Leela Ashtamudi is a tiny hamlet perched on the banks of the shimmering Ashtamudi Lake, formed by the confluence of the 8 lakes, offering a magical backwater experience that flawlessly balances barefoot luxury with rustic charm. Placid, serene waters, surrounded by lush greenery and swaying coconut trees create a tranquil atmosphere perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation.

The resort’s 93 tastefully appointed rooms reflect the traditional Nalukettu aesthetic of Kerala. Various accommodation options include rooms, suites and experiential houses, embodying historic charm that seamlessly blend the old and the new and serve as a window to the resort’s breath-taking natural settings. A charming décor permeates each room and traditional artefacts and furnishings steeped in culture, pay homage to the history and culture of the locale. 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.

Royal Villa with Plunge Pool. Photo: Leela

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.

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.

said Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Executive Officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts.

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The resort houses four unique dining venues – Keraleeyam the multi-cuisine restaurant, Portico Café, serving comfort food, Raanthal – the floating dining experience and Zirkon, the aqua-themed bar. Each venue presents mesmerizing views of the tranquil Ashtamudi Lake and the abundance of nature surrounding it. The fresh produce sourced locally imbues the cuisine with regional flavours, while simple aromas infused with delicate spices create an epicurean delight of incredible sights, flavours, and tastes in everything ranging from delectable authentic Kerala Sadhyas to grand feasts. 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 and relaxation treatments that use specially formulated organic blends that soothe the mind, body, and soul. An extensive menu of rejuvenating massages, Ayurveda 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.

The Leela Ashtamudi, a Raviz Hotel is the second Leela property in Kerala after The Leela Kovalam a Raviz Hotel.

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