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The Leela Kovalam Beach
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
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“A Fabulous Resort”
Reviewed 6 April 2012

This was our last stop on a long and exhausting tour of North and South India and gave us everything we needed...
Our beach view room was amazing, every need thought of and beautifully done, the view from the balcony stunning.
The infinity pool was the perfect place to see the sun set and the private beach beautifully kept, service was amazing in all areas of the hotel. The maid service was exceptional rooms cleaned and replenished twice daily.
The buggy ride back from the beach to the hotel after a hard days R&R was a delight...
The sea was the best we had experienced in kerala, gentle waves rather than the breakers elsewhere, felt like laying in a tepid wave bath and the turquoise water amazingly clear.
The sky bar was again a perfect sunset location and the cocktails were fabulous.
The decor everywhere in the hotel right down to the room corridors was stunning.
We opted for the package including airport transfers and buffet meals which proved to be excellent value. The buffet was amazing, varied at every meal and more choice than you could wish for, we only had 3 days here but there did seem to be so much variety in the buffet food that you could happily eat this way for longer.
Only downside we had a 4am checkout and despite reassurances from the General manager and reception the night before the driver was not ready for us, it wasn't a problem and they did give us breakfast food to take with us but not the smooth exit we had in our lower class Delhi hotel.
This was a great place to end our trip a luxurious jewel in Kovalam and I cannot wait to visit again and make more use of the spa facilities but if you want to see the real India then this may not be the place.
A great start or end to an Indian holiday but in a very commercial way.
make sure you check out the pillow menu!!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

The hotel is actually built in the late 1960-s but has experienced a number of renovations. The main building is virtually built-in into the rocky cape between two sandy beaches and provides beautiful view over Arabian sea from every room. Territory of the hotel is huge, there is even old castle on it. Hotel operates probably the only private beach in Kovalam area which is a very nice feature for those a bit tired of exotics and looking for some privacy. There is Ayurveda center and Yoga pavilion on site and the appropriate treatments and activities available. For the touch of local ambiance you could take 10 minutes walk or 3 minutes tuk-tuk ride to the Lighthouse Beach nearby where dozens of shops and local restaurants provide their services with no beggars attached. Generally the hotel could be recommended for those more looking for the international standards than for the immersion into the local culture

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

my family and i have recently returned from 4 night stay at the leela(kempinski).the leela kovalam is among the most beautiful resorts i have seen.brillant location,atmospheric,great view fishermen taking their boats into the water ...the private beach made our stay wonderful,great beach with very good beach service and facilities.we had buggy in call 24/7 rides down to the beach and back.walking distance from the kovalam beach road with many shops and cheaper restaurants and accessible by a short tuk tuk(rishka) ride.the room had a wonderful ocean view and a short easy walk down the hill to the beach.but the shower and the toilet was seperated by a stained shower screen.the basin was strangely situated outside of the bathroom!!!.the housekeeping was really bad you are just a dollar sign to them that make them to do their duty.the staff were polite but not really friendly like other 5 star hotels in india.breakfast not was acceptable for 5 star hotel.they offer a buffet that can be found in any 3 star hotel.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Went to this amazing resort last year...probably the best by leela.
I just fell in love with the amazing restaurant they have by the beach...and the private beach makes the stay worthwhile.
The spa was so relaxing that I went for it on all the 3 days and sort of got addicted to it.
But i think they could have given us a better package deal as I found it very expensive.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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hastings UK
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

This is a 5* luxury hotel so it did live up to everything that we expected. The infinity pools were great, the food at breakfast was wonderful, with plenty of choice. The buggy rides down to the beach and back were perfect. There were free activities to do and the views are fantastic.
The only negatives were - we booked a club room and an ordinary room, but the ordinary room was much better, bigger and with a larger balcony. The butler service in the club room unfortunately was not as efficient, we had to ask several times for things. Its not worth the upgrade to a club room.
The staff were polite and efficient, but not really friendly but this could be due to the fact that the staff work long hours for low wages - there was a sign outside the hotel listing their complaints and demands.

Overall its a nice luxury hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

We stayed at the Leela for treatments in Dr Shambu's clinic just up the road. Bagged one of The Club rooms with Infinity Pool and own private dining. Staff were wonderful, rooms great...will certainly be going back.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

We stayed here with our parents in July 2011. We were warmly welcomed by the staff with welcome drink and garland. The beauty and the ambience of the hotel strikes you immediately. We had stayed with full meals option in the old wing of the hotel. The Leela Kovalam is among the most beautiful resorts we have been to, wonderful ocean view, great food at all restaurants. Overall it was a great stay.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: The Leela Kovalam Beach
Address: Kovalam Beach Road, Kovalam 695527, India
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Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Kovalam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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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