LEADING hospitality brand The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts represents the pinnacle of success and prestige in India. Over the last three decades, the group has been delivering its top-flight collection of luxury hotels across the country with aplomb.
And it hasn’t gone unnoticed. The group was recently voted one of the top 15 hotel brands in the world by the readers of established travel guide Travel + Leisure USA. Not only does the ranking serve as a symbol of triumph for The Leela among leading global groups, it’s also a trophy to recognize the brand’s timelessness and relevance in India.
From their years of experience hosting the well-heeled, it’s only natural that The Leela is masterful at curating luxury experiences for discerning travelers. Each experience is painstakingly designed to cater to every need – whether you’re a history junkie, a shopping enthusiast, or on a romantic honeymoon, there’s always going to be something for you at The Leela.
Here’s how to make the most of your luxury holiday in India, as curated by the The Leela.
Goa is known for its gorgeous beaches, and at The Leela Goa, you can join in on exciting tours to take you through them. You’ll also get to learn about Goa’s Portuguese colony and religious history through the myriad of historical palaces, forts, and churches.
Experience Kovalam and its many palm-fringed beaches with a specially curated half-day tour that lets you soak in spectacular sunsets and heritage sites. The package at The Leela Kovalam throws in buffet breakfasts and an elegant dinner at the Terrace.
There’s a reason Udaipur is called “Venice of the East”. This experience brought to you by The Leela Palace Udaipur lets you set sail on the many beautiful lakes of the city as well as temples, heritage sites, and havelis. On top of that, enjoy two-way airport transfers, a spa treatment, lavish breakfasts, candlelit dinners, and a scenic boat ride.
Indian cuisine is a tapestry of flavors, textures, and colors, made even more exciting by regional varieties. At The Leela Palace New Delhi, learn to make Indian staples such as parathas, kebabs, and chutneys, tuck into lavish degustation menus paired with Indian wines, embark on an escorted tour of Old Delhi and its exciting street food, and learn to make cocktails with local ingredients.
Indian food is noticeably healthy, as will be showcased by The Leela Palace Udaipur through sessions to explain the Tridosha theory, learn about fine tea blends at a grand tea ceremony, join a chef on his visit to the local fruit and vegetable market, and attend a masterclass on how to make the best chai, sweetened milk tea perfumed with spices.
Tamil cuisine makes use of grains, lentils, rice, and heady spices such as coriander and cumin. At The Leela Palace Chennai, sit in for a live demonstration of the many Indian spices used in South Indian cuisine, and later, sip on cocktails infused with thyme, clove, star anise, and cinnamon. At the end of it all, indulge in authentic Chettinad cuisine paired with fine Indian wines.
At The Leela Goa, seafood and farm-grown herbs take centerstage; the restaurant’s chief horticulturist will take you through the popular herbs and spices in Goan cuisine – you get to attend demonstrations of authentic Saraswat and Konkan food, as well as visit a local spice farm.
At The Leela Goa, rekindle the flame with your partner against the stunning backdrop of the lagoon, River Sal, and the Arabian Sea. This curated experience treats couples to a private candlelit dinner, a 60-minute couples massage, a romantic bath set-up, sparkling wine, and hearty breakfasts.
Meanwhile, The Leela Kovalam offers a candlelit dinner for two along the dreamy Kovalam Beach with a bottle of wine on arrival, breakfast in bed, a couples spa treatment, and two-way airport transfer.
If you’re looking for a memorable setting to pop the question, The Leela Palace Udaipur will surely impress your partner with a romantic bath set-up, a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates, a destination dining experience, and a 60-minute spa treatment. Top it all off with a picturesque boat cruise complete with canapes and refreshments.
India is known for its many Ayurvedic treatments that are proven to revitalize the mind and body. At The Leela Kovalam, the five-night “Karidakam” wellness treatment is a holistic ritual to rejuvenate tired limbs. Learn to achieve balance and restore your energy with full-body massages, specially designed meals, yoga and meditation sessions, and health and lifestyle consultation by qualified Ayurveda doctors.
At The Leela Palace Udaipur, immerse in a traditional ceremony at the 150-year-old Shiva temple. The thoughtful package includes regenerating and firming eye treatment, a session with an astrologer, private yoga and meditation sessions, a 60-minute aromatherapy massage, and a sunset boat cruise with spa mocktails.
Make the most of the regal setting at The Leela Palace Udaipur and The Leela Palace New Delhi with a special Palace Journey where you’ll discover historic landmarks, breathtaking sights, and rich cultures that make up the wonderful country that is India.
Meanwhile, the Cultural Journey package at The Leela Palace New Delhi, The Leela Palace Udaipur, and The Leela Goa will whisk you away to a seven-night adventure through the diverse and vibrant cultures of India. Snap away at landmarks such as The Red Fort, Lake Pichola, and the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
If you’re keen on practicing your swing, play a round at the adjacent golf course in The Leela Ambience Gurugram as part of the Wonders of India experience. After three nights in Gurugram, you’ll be taken to Agra on a day-trip to view the magnificent Taj Mahal before being settling into The Leela Udaipur for an additional three nights.
Sit back and enjoy the aesthetic and cultural marvel that is India.
It’s not a trip to India if you don’t return home with a luggage full of soft silks and colorful jewelry. The Leela Palace New Delhi will take you to the best designer-wear stores and shopping malls in Old and New Delhi by way of a comfortable limousine and a personal shopper. Included in the package are daily breakfasts, a 60-minute spa treatment for two, and an art walk.
The Leela Goa along the beautiful coastline of Goa and The Leela Kovalam, India’s only cliff-top beach resort, offer two-way airport transfers and accommodation in the most spacious rooms in the city on top of a sumptuous breakfast and your choice of lunch or dinner.
At The Leela Goa, you also enjoy a trip to the nature trails to explore the natural landscapes of Goa – perfect if you’re traveling with kids or friends.
At The Leela Palace Udaipur, an exceptionally regal setting, you’re entitled to the same perks, but also get to use the hotel’s wet spa areas in Udaipur’s largest spa, as well as personal sessions with a fitness instructor at the in-house gym.
For those seeking to indulge and recharge but want to avoid the hassle of travelling, staycations at The Leela is what you may want to consider. Options for that indulgent short break over the weekend include:
- The Leela Palace Bengaluru – The garden city’s only modern palace hotel
- The Leela Palace Chennai – The city’s only sea facing modern palace hotel
- The Leela Palace New Delhi – The capital’s only modern palace hotel
- The Leela Ambience Gurugram – Millennium city’s only lifestyle hotel & residences
- The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel – The capital’s largest convention centre hotel
- The Leela Mumbai – Financial capital’s only resort style business hotel
Each of the above experiences comes with exceptional value to enhance your celebrations, discover the richness of India and explore its beauty.