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The Leela Kovalam


  • Spectacular views
  • Private beach area
  • Lovely pool
  • Good ayurvedic center


  • Pricey
  • Large and slightly impersonal
  • Getting to the bars and restaurants on Lighthouse Beach is a bit of a walk

Updated 10/13/2014

Fodor's Review

The best-sited property in Kovalam is one of the most luxurious and the largest, too. The main block, designed by one of India's most famous architects, Charles Correa, is built in tiers on a bluff overlooking the Arabian Sea; the enormous lobby, with a sloping roof, is lit by massive skylights. All rooms are large and have balconies and at least a partial sea view; beachfront chalets also have tiny private compounds and windowed bathrooms. Views of the sunsets are spectacular

here. In the "private club" wing, guests pay a premium for the exclusive restaurant, spa, and swimming pool. You are best off selecting a room high up on the hill with a sea view. Golf carts take you around the property and there is a selection of four restaurants and bars to choose from.

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Beach Rd., Kovalam, Kerala, 695527, India

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 174 rooms, 9 suites
  • Rate includes Breakfast

Updated 10/13/2014

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The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach Resort Review

Better avoided. This is a five star price with a very ordinary experience. Great property (probably the best in Kovalam), but I don't think Leela has as yet come even close to Taj, Oberoi or ITC hotels as far as understanding hospitality. A long way to go.

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