The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts Expand in Kerala with New Lakefront Resort

The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts Expand in Kerala with New Lakefront Resort

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Published on July 31, 2023

The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts have opened their second hotel in Kerala, The Leela Ashtamudi, A Raviz Hotel, showcasing its commitment to the state and enhancing its resort portfolio. Situated on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake, the resort offers a magical backwater experience, combining barefoot luxury with rustic charm. With thoughtful experiences, the resort provides a cultural immersion into Kerala's beauty and heritage.

Mr Anuraag Bhatnagar, CEO of The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts, expressed delight at the new addition to their brand portfolio, highlighting Kerala as a significant market for their growth. The resort aims to offer transformative journeys that authentically reflect the region's beauty and culture.

Dr Ravi Pillai, Chairman of RP Group, emphasized the unique partnership between Raviz and The Leela, aiming to elevate Kerala's hospitality standards and position the region as a global leisure and wellness destination.

The resort's design pays homage to Kerala's architectural heritage, blending the old and the new seamlessly. It features 93 tastefully appointed rooms, including traditional Nalukettu-style accommodations, suites, and experiential houses, providing a historic charm while immersing guests in nature's breathtaking settings. Guests can also opt for private plunge pool villas or experience the THARAVADU lifestyle in traditional experiential houses with a history spanning over 200 years. For ultimate luxury, Mahayana, the houseboat, offers a tranquil backwater cruise.

The resort's four dining venues - Keraleeyam, Portico Café, Raanthal, and Zirkon - offer mesmerizing views of Ashtamudi Lake and serve a range of regional flavours and authentic Kerala delicacies, including the resort's signature dish, Fish Nirvana.

Favourite Kerala Ayurveda and Spa provide rejuvenating treatments and wellness experiences inspired by traditional Ayurvedic healing. Guests can also enjoy leisure facilities, such as an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre with panoramic views.

The Leela Ashtamudi is an ideal destination for events and meetings, offering charming settings and personalized services infused with local traditions.

Overall, this hidden paradise invites travellers to disconnect and embrace quintessential Kerala experiences, from tranquillity and wellness to culinary delights and cultural immersion.


IHCL Debuts Ginger Hotel in Nagpur, Expands Presence in Maharashtra

IHCL Debuts Ginger Hotel in Nagpur, Expands Presence in Maharashtra

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 29, 2024

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), a leader in the Indian hospitality sector, has expanded its footprint with the opening of Ginger Nagpur Airport Road. This new establishment reflects IHCL’s strategic initiative to strengthen its presence in India's emerging metropolises and key commercial centers.

Located strategically close to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Airport, Ginger Nagpur Airport Road enjoys proximity to major transport links, including a new metro line servicing the airport. The hotel is part of a mixed-use development that also houses one of the city’s premier shopping malls, placing guests at the nexus of commerce and leisure.

Deepika Rao, Executive Vice President– New Businesses and Hotel Openings at IHCL, stated, "The opening of Ginger Nagpur Airport Road is a pivotal development in our strategic vision to tap into emerging commercial hubs across India. Nagpur’s growing importance as a business and political epicenter makes it an ideal location for our latest Ginger property."

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The 86-key hotel boasts a design philosophy that combines luxury with practicality, catering to both business and leisure travelers. Facilities include 'Qmin', a signature all-day diner offering a mix of global and local cuisines, a swimming pool, a state-of-the-art gym, and a meeting room for business events.

With this new addition, IHCL now operates 34 hotels in Maharashtra, including 11 under development, spanning its Taj, Vivanta, SeleQtions, and Ginger brands. This expansion not only enhances IHCL's service offerings in the state but also reinforces its commitment to growth and excellence in the hospitality industry.

For more information about Ginger Nagpur Airport Road and to make reservations, please visit IHCL Hotels.


The Fern Hotels & Resorts Expands in Western India with Three New Properties

The Fern Hotels & Resorts Expands in Western India with Three New Properties

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 29, 2024

The Fern Hotels & Resorts, a prominent player in eco-friendly hospitality in India, is proud to announce the opening of three new hotels in Western India. This expansion includes The Fern Residency in Gandhinagar, The Fern Wisteria Resort in Dhari, Gujarat, and The Fern Residency in Bhiwandi-Pimplas, Maharashtra. With this addition, The Fern now operates 27 properties in Gujarat and 28 in Maharashtra, further solidifying its leadership in these key markets and showcasing its dedication to exceptional guest experiences.

Suhail Kannampilly, Managing Director of The Fern Hotels & Resorts, shared his excitement about the group’s ongoing growth. “We are thrilled to introduce three new hotels to our guests. Each property embodies our dedication to providing unparalleled service, comfortable accommodations, top-notch facilities and unforgettable experiences. In line with The Fern Hotels & Resorts’ philosophy of sustainability and community engagement, the new properties are committed to implementing eco-friendly practices and supporting local initiatives in their respective regions.”

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The Fern Residency, Gandhinagar

Situated near Sargasan Cross Road, The Fern Residency in Gandhinagar offers 75 modern rooms and suites. The hotel features a fully-equipped gym, the multi-cuisine restaurant Amara, and extensive banquet and meeting facilities. With three distinct meeting spaces—Utsav I, Utsav II, and Utsav Hall—the hotel caters to both social and corporate events. Its strategic location, just 8.4 km from Gandhinagar Railway Station and 17.6 km from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, makes it ideal for business and leisure travelers.

The Fern Wisteria Resort, Dhari

Located in the serene surroundings of Gujarat’s Ambardi Safari Park in Amreli District, The Fern Wisteria Resort in Dhari offers a tranquil retreat with 30 well-appointed cottages and villas. Guests can enjoy facilities such as a gym, the vegetarian specialty restaurant Orchard, the open-air Wisteria Café, and spaces for indoor and outdoor games. The resort is also equipped for large gatherings, with the 1034 sq. ft. Den and the expansive 28,000 sq. ft. Sherbagh. Despite its peaceful setting, the resort is easily accessible, being only 6 km from Dhari Railway Station and 170 km from Rajkot International Airport.

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The Fern Residency, Bhiwandi-Pimplas

The Fern Residency in Bhiwandi-Pimplas, located north-east of Thane, offers 79 rooms and suites. As a significant trade hub connecting Mumbai and North-West Maharashtra, Bhiwandi is a strategic location for business travelers. The hotel boasts a range of facilities, including a gym, swimming pool, the multi-cuisine restaurant Flavors, a pool-side café, and a rooftop Restobar. For events, the hotel provides the 268 sq. ft. Board Room, Grand I and Grand II Banquet Halls, each 2500 sq. ft., and an 8000 sq. ft. lawn, perfect for weddings and corporate events. Conveniently, the hotel is only 3.9 km from Bhiwandi Railway Station and 34 km from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

Each property integrates eco-friendly practices, ensuring that guests can enjoy luxury and comfort with a minimal environmental footprint.


Anantara Hotels & Resorts to Bring Modern Luxury to Bali’s Seseh Beach

Anantara Hotels & Resorts to Bring Modern Luxury to Bali’s Seseh Beach

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 29, 2024

Minor Hotels has announced an exciting new addition to its portfolio: the Anantara Dragon Seseh Bali Resort, set to open in 2027. This new development will mark the first luxury beachfront resort on Bali’s Seseh Beach and will be the third Anantara property on the island.

Located on the black volcanic sands of Seseh Beach, the resort will be just a short drive from popular destinations like Canggu and Seminyak and an hour from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The resort's striking design, created by renowned British architect John Dawes, is inspired by the mystical Barong of Bali, a dragon-like guardian, and blends strength, grace, and fantasy.

The Anantara Dragon Seseh Bali Resort will feature 216 rooms, including suites ranging from 52 to 120 square meters, offering guests a serene oceanfront retreat. The Cocoon Residences, which will be available for purchase, combine modern elegance with natural elements, providing stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

The resort, developed by the Taryan Group, will offer a range of luxurious amenities. Guests can enjoy world-class surfing on Seseh Beach, rejuvenate at the Anantara Spa, and find inner peace in dedicated yoga and meditation studios. The resort will also feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, an on-site surf school, and three swimming pools. Dining options will include an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty Japanese restaurant, and a poolside bar.

Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels and Group CEO of Minor International, expressed his excitement about the project: “Global travellers cannot get enough of Bali as arrivals grow well past pre-pandemic levels. Today’s travellers continue to look for new ways to appreciate Bali’s rich heritage and the island’s diverse experiences. We look forward to partnering with Taryan Group to show travellers why Seseh Beach is Bali’s next hotspot by offering guests unforgettable experiences on the island.”

Artur Mkhitaryan, founder and owner of Taryan Group, added: "We are honored to partner with Minor Hotels to bring Anantara Dragon Seseh Bali Resort and Anantara Dragon Seseh Bali Residences to Seseh Beach. The combination of the distinctive architecture and design of our Cocoon Residences, enhanced by Anantara’s signature hospitality, will provide guests and owners with extraordinary experiences that celebrate Bali’s natural beauty and culture."

Currently, Minor Hotels operates two properties in Bali: the Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort and Avani Seminyak Bali Resort. The hotel group will expand its presence on the island with the Anantara Ubud Bali Resort, opening in September 2024. This new resort will bring Anantara’s authentic luxury to Bali’s interior with 66 suites and pool villas, and 15 branded residences nestled amid tropical jungle and rice fields.

Anantara Hotels & Resorts is known for its ability to blend luxury with local culture, and the new resort at Seseh Beach is set to become another jewel in their crown, offering unparalleled experiences and adding to the rich tapestry of Bali’s hospitality scene.

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