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The Leela Kovalam Beach
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Can't beat the location”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights during a long weekend. We had booked a beach view room but got upgraded to a club room, which was a great start already! The location of the property is stunning, on a small hill next to the beach and a walk around the place on a sunny day is enough to spend a full day. The room, being a side room, had a partial view of the sea but we expected it to be slightly bigger, It was well kept and had all the amenities needed. The hotel itself has quite a few options for you to relax, like the library, living room etc and they have some daily activities to keep you active. The package we booked had breakfast and dinner included, which were both pretty good and the staff was quite polite. Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for a front room in the club section, they all have great views
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Viimsi, Estonia
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We stayed at garden suite for 5 days with our family. The room was large and had two levels. Room was clean and bed was good - you could also close the doors in front of window and blind the room for a longer sleep. Rooms had a nice veranda - perfect for kids and reading. Even it was away from the main building it was not a problem - you could ring for a small golf-car of buggy. It would take you to main building or SPA very fast. You could even ask to go to gate if you planned to visit the light house beach area. The way to main building is a beautiful drive, but also suitable for walking as sea view is amazing.

The bathroom was a tiny bit worn out, but clean and everything functioned well as it should. The room was truly good. The best idea was often to sit outside, read and watch the squirrels run around. The Club area pool was good place to swim. There were always a poolboy nearby and enough of towels available. We liked that the poolboy kept distance and jet he was there when needed. It was also nice to sit around pool area and read. Also the the infinity pool next to restaurant was great if you did not mind people eating close to it. But you can take more beautiful photos of then it is in real life. Not that it would be bad or anything like that but it is located maybe too close to restaurant area. So it has perfect view and good water but lacks romantic privacy.

Service in The Leela was very good - friendly, generally very fast. But they misspelled names. You could say it letter by letter, but still they would not get European names right. Also registration is slow, but warmhearted - you are even provided fresh coconut milk while waiting.

Restaurant and food was good. You could get European food that tasted like European food and this is not general in India. But local food was the best. Everything we tasted was good or great. Also ordering a la carte worked well. A lot of options were available. Also they offer the best pizza in India as they have wooden pizza stove!

Two things were a bit strange - prices at the door can be much higher then on the internet and you have to much for WiFi. As the price is high it should include free WiFi for quests. Even we would have liked to use it, we chose not to support this strange system and had network free days. As it is perfect place to disconnect and enjoy SPA it felt like good idea. And SPA is truly good. We were also at hairdresser - service was truly good and price fair.

The beach area is great - guards keep locals away and it is clean. Both on the sand area and in the water. It was fun to swim there - you could even make underwater movies as water was clean. It is also safe even for kids - locals are at distance and first few steps are not so deep. Ask for fresh coco-nut on the beach. It is the best! One thing was a bit strange also here on beach restaurant - you could not buy a good fresh green salad. They just refused. Food options are much better on main building then down at the beach area, specially if you are vegetarian! So relax on the beach, drink coco nuts and go and eat at the main building. That way you enjoy best of both worlds they offer.

Room Tip: Garden suites away form the sea are quieter and closer to pool. Ask for those! Club Suites are more...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Thodupuzha, Kerala, India
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

I'm Very Well Satisfied With The Service Provided By The Leela Kovalam Beach. It's One Of The Best Hotel I Have Been To. Moreover The Quality Of Food, Room Amenities Were Very Good. It's Worth For The Money We Pay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

Restaurant and rooms has the best view and food is wonderful...kudoos. must visit and stay for everyone who visits kovalam.

Go for the terrace restaurant. ..u will have wonderful view of the sea. .

Have fun...

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for three nights, two in the club and one in a garden suite

Garden Suite

The garden suites are beautifully situated facing the Arabian Sea in a garden.

+ Room is large, clean and bed is has a nice veranda
+ TV is large and new

- Is quite a walk from the main hotel (although there is a buggy service)
- The rooms are a bit worn out
- Tub in the bathroom is sunken, and as a result I almost fell in (twice) while closing the door!
- Rooms are noisy due to their proximity to the local church/temple

The rooms are amazing and worth the price!

The Club

We opted to upgrade to a Club Suite as the people on tripadvisor had made such a fuss over it.

+ Ultra Modern
+ Amazing view from the balcony
+ Smaller but more luxurious
+ Worth it
+ Private pool for club members and easy for check out
+ Better service due to less residents, so staff have more time on their hands

- Worse TV than in garden room

If you can afford it go for the club.

My main feel regarding the hotel is that it is really nice, but service suffers when it is crowded due to staff having so much to do. The hotel has many local tourists so if you can visit on a week day when the locals are away you will receive much better service, as the staff will have more time to deal with you.

The hotel has free internet at the business centre but for this price it should offer free WIFI.

We use the travel desk for a trip to Puvar but the problem was that we had to wait around for the driver to collect. We waited around half an hour.

Both pools are nice, but the one at the club is better and less crowded.

Worth the money, although disappointed with the private beach, which isn't very private, is a bit rough and full of jellyfish.

Room Tip: If you are at the club as for 1508 superb room. If you are at the garden view level, 121 has an u...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pune
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2013

I visited Leela Kovalam in the month of August for one Business conference.
Welcome was grand!
This Hotel is situated at very unique location! This hotel is constructed from Top down!
It has four different levels. Best thing about this Hotel is that from every room you can have a great view of the sea. This Hotel is surrounded by sea from three sides!
It has Infinity swimming pool! The surrounding is too cool! Excellent path way around the hotel and also supported by theri Electronic Buggies in case you are tired of walking. But you never get tired of walking here. You get to see excellent Sunset from here.
Fresh breeze of air keeps flowing throughout the day and night from sea. So you never feel hot over here.
Some of the rooms are built in old fashion type and some rooms are ultra modern! This gives this Hotel uniqueness!
Food is also excellent and tasty along with several Kerala variety!
Ayurvedic Spa is also very nice!
Overall very nice destination for 3-4 days break! No need to leave the hotel and go anywhere else!

Room Tip: Take sea facing rooms or villas!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Its the best property for relaxation, sightseeing and excellent staff hospitality. The property is quiet and scenic and it rocks literally when you see the Arabian Sea. The Divya Spa is excellent and the staff are with lot of experience.

Room Tip: Rooms with Sea view are enthralling
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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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 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#3 Spa 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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