Boasting magnificent sea views over the azure blue sea of the Bay of Bengal, The Leela Palace Chennai is the Indian city’s first and only sea-facing luxury hotel.
This stunning newly-built property is set on a 6.25-acre site in south east India and hosts 326 rooms and suites, plus four international restaurants offering a varied range of world cuisine. One restaurant resides on the top floor, offering panoramic 180 degree views overlooking the sea.
Evoking the deep-rooted Chettinad heritage of Tamil Nadu, the hotel seamlessly combines the architectural opulence of this dynasty with the largest guest rooms in the city. The arrangement of the venue is divided into two distinct elements – the Banquet Pavilion, a decorative jewel of a building (a public space), and the residential tower (a private environment for guests).
Chettinad architects traditionally built homes with high-ceilings, columned passages framing an inner courtyard with a miniature pool, designed to collect rain water so that one could see right through to the end, letting the light and air come into their inner sanctums. This feature has been replicated at The Leela Palace Chennai, whereby the entrance passage to the hotel with statuesque granite pillars, gleaming marble floors, and a pool leads to the reception that spans the entire lobby, so that guests can see through and out towards the spectacular view of the Bay of Bengal.
Inspired by the grandeur of Chennai’s famous Chettinad Palace, the rich and historic design of the hotel sees it adorned with art and artifacts created by some of the most renowned artists in India, giving it a deep sense of place.
The artistic traditions of south India are infused with treasures inspired by national heritage, whereby a variety of unique and bespoke design pieces were commissioned specifically for the hotel. Exquisite design elements and a celebration of both contemporary art and traditional artisan crafts are featured throughout the hotel and out in the gardens, all celebrating the rich heritage and artistic traditions of Tamil Nadu and the whole of India.
Other hotel highlights include a cake shop, the Library Blue Bar, an extensive ESPA Spa, a beautiful outdoor 25-metre infinity swimming pool, fitness centre and around the clock butler service in the exclusive Royal Club.
By Reena Patel