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The Leela Kovalam Beach
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“The Leela Kovalam Beach”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

My stay at The Leela, Kovalam Beach was like living in the lap of luxury. I stayed in the Club Wing and was pampered throughout my stay like a VIP. From the car ( a Nissan) they send to pick you up from the airport, to the management personally coming over and asking you about your tastes and likes, to the welcome drink (champagne) – the whole package makes one feels exclusive.

The view from the room is to be seen to be believed. I could see the Arabian Sea – beautifully blue – from the moment I entered the room. The balcony was quite spacious and it was the best place to have one’s meals.

We went for a boat ride in the Arabian Sea. Amazing, scary and just unforgettable!

The staff bombarded us with chocolates and cookies and flowers all through the stay. They have got two fantastic spa facilities, one specializing in the regular Indian and Ayurvedic Spas and another having International Spas. The ayurvedic spa is a great place to de stress. The food was amazing; the attention to detail was applause worthy. The sea, the food, the view, and the staff – the entire package was worth the high costs. The Leela is expensive, but completely worth the experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Excellent location, nicely maintained and awsome location. Only downside is that the beach is not private. nice infinity pool and sea deck. stayed there for 3 nights. restaurant is nicely laid out just next to the pool. Food could be better in selection of menu, variety and preparation.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Dubai
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

The property alone is beautiful on a cliff on the Beach but not maintained as it should be as per leela standards. The Beds where really comfy, view was excellent as well as service was quite good, we initially wanted to go to Taj Vivanta but opted for Leela as it should be better but were disappointed overall. The buffet breakfast was average only good food was their chinese restaurant near the beach. The beach was too crowded hence did not swim there and as the swimming pool was adjacent to the restaurant didn't swim there as well. The Lobby area and play area is good lot of natural lighting. water from the hot water taps were muddy and murky. next time will never stay unless other hotels are full.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

If God were to stay in Kerala, it would be at the Leela, Kovalam..

Leela's leela (charm) was unparalleled - be it the quality of settings, the ambience, the high level of service quality, the old world charm with contemporary luxuries - I would want to keep going back to them.

Leela has it all - it was one of the best experience that I had in Kerala - although I have lost count of the number of trips that I have made to God's own country.

Staff was super hospitable and they did all of what could be done to make our stay very comfortable - this is value for money at the best. Mahiul at their main restaurant and the Sardarji (Harkishan?) at the Club took special care of us - & suggested some of their signature dishes - thanks to the both of you who made this experience even more memorable.

On areas that they need to work upon - cant think of much - but they can do slightly better with their staff at the Tides (private beachside restaurant) - maybe we hit them on the wrong day. Also, they may want to include a wider variety of Kerala cuisine - I also found some foreign visitors asking for a wider array of options with respect to their local cuisines.

The little things that add to your joy - they have a special evening service - can you believe it? They clean your rooms twice a day!

Overall - this was a 5 star experience.......I am coming back..

Room Tip: Take the Club rooms if you get a good deal - else settle for a beach view room. Do not go for the ga...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

We stayed at the Leela for three nights in April to finish off our holiday in Kerala ,
The ocean view from our balcony was fantastic and we loved the ambience of the hotel.The lobby and swimming pool areas were impressive and our room,although not recently refurbished was perfectly comfortable.
The breakfasts were excellent, the restaurant meals were however somewhat expensive.
It was good to be able to walk down to Lighthouse beach and enjoy the shops and restaurants there.
The staff were excellent. particularly when we had a worrying time over a missing wallet.The managers were extremely understanding and helpful.
Although the private beach was very nice it was somewhat disappointing to see the large amounts of rubbish floating in the water which made swimming a not very enjoyable experience.
All in all our stay was a wonderful way to finish our holiday and we would love to stay again. (We found the negativity of some of the reviews quite surprising,but then again some people seem never to be satisfied)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chennai
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

The food was very average. The ambiance was bad. air condition was not working. The service was OK. The food had a raw taste of chilli Powder in Allo Gobi, Chapathi was good. Vegetable biriyani was full of oil. We asked them if they offer complementary gym for people who eat their biriyani :) It was that oily food. The food is not worth the money what you pay there.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

i had been wanting to visit Leela's kovalam property for years and finally got a chance to visit this week....here is my review:
pros :
1) great view of the ocean
2) beautiful and clean property
3) good, well behaved, friendly and attentive staff
4) quick room service
5) shops outside the resort in case u wanna pick up something to eat etc
6) infinity pool
7) beach shacks with beach beds and towels. shower room is on the beach itself for residents...
cons:
1) ok food...not at par with a 5 star
2) bathrooms in some rooms are weirdly done... who had the brilliant architectural mind of having the washbasin outside the bathroom and inside the room?
3) its not a private beach. if u r looking for a relaxed time at the beach with no disturbance... this is not the place for u.... the beach is a common place for all tourists visiting the area....
4) beach is a little rocky at one side....its dirty....with litter all around...at night u cant walk bare feet coz of the crabs...huge crabs...

all and all a good experience for a short stay... also, do not plan a vacation in summers... its hot and humid as hell.... u r drenched in sweat within 5 minutes of coming outta AC.

Room Tip: rooms on the rocks... overlooking the ocean are the best...but might be expensive comparatively...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Leela Kovalam Beach
Address: Kovalam Beach Road, Kovalam 695527, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Kovalam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Kovalam
#3 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#4 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#6 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Leela Kovalam Beach 5*
Number of rooms: 183
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Leela Raviz Kovalam - Indulgence is an art you will perfect at The Leela Raviz Kovalam while staying in any of our 183 rooms and suites. With a seamless blend of modern technology and traditional grandeur, the soothing décor of each room whispers warm aesthetics. Each room opens out to a breath-taking view of either the ocean or garden. All rooms are provided with luxury amenities to cater to discerning tastes. Unwind with exquisite facilities like an HD LCD television and a broadband connection for hi-speed internet. The Club rooms offer valet services, a gourmet corner with a fine selection of spirits, softdrinks and snacks and have luxurious bathrooms with a walk-in shower and a private infinity pool. Awake to auburn sunrises in the horizon or soak in the sun under azure skies at the infinity pools. Get a taste of the vacation of your dreams at The Leela Raviz Kovalam. ... more   less 
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