The Success story of Leena Group, the Kottakkal based hospitality business entity begins with its humble start by Late M.K. Ramunni Nair, a great visionary and a passionate entrepreneur in the Malabar Sector. The saga began in the year 1964 with its forte in automobile industry. While the industry prospered well, he ventured into entertainment diligence in 1974 with the inception of the first permanent cenema theatre 'Leena Theatre' in Kottakkal town. He was in the lime light of the business scenario, and keen on transmitting the unique business cult to the next generation inspiring them to venture into hospitality industry, later in 1988, which blossomed to the present Leena Group.
Today Mr. Ullattil Thilakan, the second son of this vibrant forerunner, is at the helm of affairs of the group fulfilling the ambitions of his proud father in commendable manner. His elder brother Mr. Ullattil Achu, an NRI Management Professional, is the chairman of the group. Younger brothers Mr. Bharathan and Jayakrishnan, sisters and relatives, also render their able assistance and unconditional support for the smooth and efficient functioning of the group.
The diversification process of Leena Group into hospitality industry began in the year 19BB with the setting up of Leena Tourist Home at Kottakkal, followed by another Two Star property by name Hotel Pushpak, in 1991 near Calicut Airport, which is approx 30 kilometers from Calicut city. The Hotel pushpak is a perfect centre for hospitality needs, with its simple design and utmost comforts. Warm reception with efficient service is the motto of this property.
The next and extreme thrillful venture of Leena Group had been in 1999 with the inception of a resort at Cheruthuruthy in Thrissur District and its progressive development into the present Ayurvedic Heritage Resort by name 'The River Retreat.
A small village that forms the serene part of Thrissur, Cheruthuruthy is the home to The Kerala Kalamandalam, the deemed university of arts and culture, founded in 1930 by the great Malayalam Poit Vallathol Narayana Menon. Bharathapuzha (Nila River), the second largest river in Kerala, gushes in an eternal flow of time. On the shore, blessed with the natural abundance, is The River Retreat, a Four Star Heritage Ayurvedic Resort housed in the erstwhile Summer palace of the Cochin Maharajas.
The elegant grandness is still preserved as is evident once you enter the reception area with the adjacent lobby where a aura of the resort takes route in your mind were the comforts of modernity is just exposed with the classical architecture of the retreat. Dining at the Retreat is something else altogether where the flow of the river forms the sound track to easy chatter over delicacies.
28 heritage rooms and 2 luxury cottages are available for one to choose from, where the host of modern amenities blends in perfection with its unique entity of Ayurveda. The pleasant calm ambiance of the rooms makes an ideal place to move you away from stress. Natural beauty permeates everywhere at The River Retreat.
Recently a fully air conditioned three storied block has also been constructed and put into operation, with 1200 pax banquet hall, spacious auditoriu m, !2luxurious river facing suits and board room. A Health Club is also annexed to these facilities.
Holy Basil, the Ayurvedic centre at The River Retreat is where the experience of holistic rejuvenation pacifies your mind and enlivens your body and soul. The five principle elements of human body; earth, water, fire, air and ether along with the human mind come under the domain of health measures prescribed in Ayurveda. A panel of expert doctors determines the methods that guide the hands of trained masseurs and administrations applied by caring hands.
Latest venture of Leena Group, The Rydges lnn is a business class luxury hotel located at Changuvetty in the land of Ayurveda - Kottakkal right on the side of Calicut - Thrissur National High Way. There are !7 double bedded and elegantly appointed rooms categorized into suites and deluxe rooms with all modern convenience. lt has a multi cuisine restaurant, specialty restaurant, a board room, a conference hall and 500 pax auditorium; all air conditioned. lt also has a vegetarian restaurant. Set in pristine and calming environment, offers customized holiday packages and facilities for sight-seeing of the nearby areas.
With business class hotels in Kottakkal and Calicut and a magnificent Ayurvedic Resort in Cheruthuruthy, the group now forges to new heights of expansion.
ln2017, the Leena Group proposes to initiate two major projects; one in the form of expansion of the existing Hotel Pushpak with necessary additions and modification to convert it to a Five Star property and the other being a fresh project to set up another classified hotel with Five Star facilities in Kalpetta town in Wynad District.