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ISSUE: 197

JANUARY 2010

State Tourism Award Winners

Le Meridien Resort & Convention Centre

Le Meridien Resort & Convention Centre in the city of Kochi has become one of the most prestigious names in the hospitality service industry of Kerala. Inviting luxury, unique style and outstanding services make Le Meridien, Kochi a favourite choice for international business and leisure travellers. The hotel is a winner of Kerala Tourism's award in five star deluxe categories.

You would be surprised to find this five star deluxe hotel in the heart of Kochi city, set amidst a lush green landscape with proximity to backwaters. Le Meridien is a class act when it comes to five star deluxe hotels in Kerala and the hotel has its functional philosophy in sync with the historic city of Kochi.

Accommodation

Arriving at the Le Meridien Resort & Convention Centre, you have the luxury of choosing a variety of guest rooms.

If you are interested in the deluxe rooms here, you will find them with the hotel's signature comfort and are spacious with plenty of natural light. If your preference is for suites, then the 72 state-of-the-art suites here at Le Meridien with their large bay windows overlooking picturesque sights and contemporary decor wouldn't disappoint you at all. And if coming with a business tag, then the Royal Club floors, which are the epitomes of luxury would be the appropriate ones. You may also pamper yourself in the majestic Presidential Suite at Le Meridien. Its king-sized four-poster bed, scenic views, jacuzzi, they all count for providing a totally different experience for you.

And for the newly weds, the Honeymoon suites at Le Meridien are too tempting with their mood lighting, traditional Kerala slopping roofs, a jacuzzi for two overlooking the backwaters and large balconies; all ensuring a romantic atmosphere, right throughout the stay.

And for the discerning business traveller among you, the Executive Suites at Le Meridien, Kochi would easily turn out as office-cum-homes. Those of you with families would find the duplex-styled family suites here an added pleasure to enjoy holidays together.

Those of you availing accommodation in the Royal Club and suite categories stand to enjoy privileges like express check-in/checkout, airport transfers, Royal Club Lounge, Happy Hour, and buffet breakfast. Guests in all categories of accommodation can make use of the local sightseeing service of the hotel, enabling them to visit historic spots in and around Kochi. You can also go for day trips, organised by the hotel to places close by such as Alappuzha, Kuttanad and Kumarakom (famed for its backwaters) and Munnar (tea estates). Shopping trips are also arranged by the hotel.

A sunset cruise or a day cruise in the backwater stretch close to the hotel is another attraction for the guests here. If you are a connoisseur of art, you can watch performances of Kathakali, Mohiniyattam; the traditional art forms of Kerala or Kalaripayattu; the martial art of Kerala at the hotel.

Features & Activities

Le Meridien is a Green Leaf certified hotel by Kerala Tourism Department, based on its services in the field of Ayurveda, the traditional healthcare system of India. You can undergo Le Revive, the Ayurveda based health programme here, which is a much sought after one by the guests at Le Meridien.

The experience at the spa here would leave you rested and refreshed. And the fitness centre on the top floor with its breathtaking view of the backwaters would be inspiring enough for you to undergo customized fitness programs, assisted by qualified instructors. The state-of-the-art personalized gymnasium together with a steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi offer extra incentive for a good workout. And for those of you seeking peace, quite and serenity, the Yoga centre here is the perfect choice.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the swimming pool here that comes with a separate whirlpool, jacuzzi, and children's pool would be too hard to resist. Also available are outdoor sports facilities such as a putting green, jogging track, water sports, sunset cruises, and fishing. And expanding the horizon of Le Meridien's services and facilities are the art gallery, 24-hour library, 24-hour business centre, 24-hour travel desk and the beauty salon.

Dining

The restaurants and bar at Le Meridien Resort & Convention Centre are appealing for many reasons. If you are looking for a great relaxed, all-day dining, or a nightspot with splendid international cuisine or a cozy bar; Le Méridien has it all. The tastes of international living at Le Meridien is palpable at the Treasure Trove restaurant with lavish buffet themes offering the best of local and international cuisines, candlelight dining, international live bands, and karaoke. You can also try the Lagoon restaurant, where you can pamper yourself to a variety of seafood delicacies.

The Jules Bar at Le Meridien, Kochi, is a well stocked bar, furnished in teak paneling, wooden floors, and has a connoisseur's wine cellar and choice of tobacco. Setting the mood at the Coffee Shop here are the tabla players, rendering a classic touch to the atmosphere. While at Le Meridien, make sure that you do not miss 'Tandav,' the happening nightspot at Le Meridien. As the hotel management says, "You have to visit it to discover it."

Meetings & Events

For those who would like to have their meetings and exhibitions done in style and with lot of efficiency and convenience, the world-class Convention Centre at Le Meridien offers many choices. The convention centre here has 12 halls with 52,000 square feet of air-conditioned space and theatre-style seating capacities ranging from 50 to 2,500. All halls are equipped with the latest audiovisual facilities and have an unmatched ambience. The halls can be tailored to specifications for corporate conferences, exhibitions with stalls, product launches, dealer meets, weddings, concert performances, formal board meetings and press conferences.

The entire hotel and convention centre has Wi-Fi Internet access. And the state-of-the-art fully equipped business centre with three breakaway cubicles provides efficient service for the discerning business traveler.

Evenings at Le Meridien, Kochi is memorable ones marked by events based on pre-decided themes, available in the open-air and indoors. The open-air amphitheatre overlooking the backwaters is a favoured evening for gala dinners with a fusion of culture and entertainment. Also in offer are a choice of religious ceremonies, traditional food, and theme décors suited for wedding celebrations.

It is perhaps the closest five-star deluxe hotel to the international airport in Kochi and, which is just minutes away from the city centre. Le Meridien Resort & Convention Centre is preferred by guests who come with a business tag or those in a mood for leisure.

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