Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company, announced the conversion of hitherto operating heritage resort, The Naini Retreat in Nainital, Uttarakhand into an IHCL SeleQtions resort.
A hill station, Nainital is also popularly known as the Lake District of India. This resort will be operated by Leisure Hotels Group under a franchise with IHCL.
Commenting on the signing, Suma Venkatesh, Executive Vice President – Real Estate & Development, IHCL, said, “IHCL is stepping into another location in the majestic Himalayas. With this new resort, the company will present yet another unique holiday destination to its customers, in addition to its hotels at five other locations in the state of Uttarakhand – Corbett, Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Pantnagar. We are delighted to partner with Leisure Hotels Group.”
The 52-key resort is situated on the picturesque Ayarpatta slopes, providing stunning views of the scenic Naini Lake and the Himalayan mountains nestled in the lap of nature. Spread over more than five acres of lush gardens and forest canopy, the resort will have an all-day diner, bar, recreational facilities including a Jiva Spa and fitness centre, meeting rooms and a banquet hall for social and business gatherings. The resort will undergo a complete renovation and upgrade before it is launched under the SeleQtions brand.
Vibhas Prasad, Director, Leisure Hotels Group, said, “We are humbled and honoured to partner with IHCL once again. This will be our third hotel with the company in the state. We believe that this association will enhance the tourism potential of the entire region in India and abroad.”
Nainital is located in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayas, at an altitude of over 6,300 ft., surrounded by mountains. Set amidst alluring valleys with sparkling lakes, lush green landscape, and a variety of wildlife, it is visited by tourists all through the year.
With the addition of this hotel, IHCL will have six hotels in Uttarakhand including two under development.
The Indian Hotels Company Limited
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the iconic brand for the most discerning travellers and the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand and India’s Strongest Hospitality Brand as per Brand Finance 2021, SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels, Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels, and Ginger, which is revolutionising the lean luxe segment.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel – The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 221 hotels including 53 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries, and over 100 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is South Asia’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.
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