Here’s a sweet appeasement to our modak-happy Ganpati bappa as you try our recipe of Undralla Payasam.
Love over a candle-light dinner: It is never too late and never too early to express your love and it never requires a particular occasion to reinstate your emotion and make your loved one feel special. Leonia takes a cue from this thought and has utilized
the aphrodisiacs of love to arrange a candle-light dinner by the pool of Celestia Suites.
The whole setting will be dedicated to an evening laced with love over a five-course meal, wine to add fizz to feeling, ½ kg cake for a mushy love, a private butler at the beck and call and a rose-petal decoration to heighten the effect.
Moments of love over a candle light dinner
Poolbar party: If the daily chores, deadlines have weakened your spirit, Leonia offers you ways to end your week high on spirit, lip smacking food, peppy dj music to draw you on the dance floor, all at the poolbar party at Leonia. So unwind in your weekend every Saturday and Sunday at Leonia.
When poolbar party is all about unwinding
Bundle of Joy campaign: Leonia wishes to double the joy and extend the experience of stay at its exquisite villas by giving out offers on booking which is intended to gift the guests with bundles of joy.
Doubling the joy of stay
Weekend getaways have become a necessity of modern, stressful lifestyles. Be it a corporate honcho forever chasing targets, or a businessman constantly balancing accounts or a homemaker trapped in the ennui of undone dishes and menu planning, you need to unwind and do something different, to feel alive again. The idea is to wake up in a new zone and forget your day to day worries for a while. Leonia Holistic Destination which is a little over an hour’s drive from Hyderabad is one such perfect getaway spot
Spread over sprawling acres, Leonia is the ultimate retreat, offering a host of attractions and activities galore. This is one resort where you can choose how lazy or active you want to be. The resort is divided into three separate accommodation formats- Celestia Suites, Lagoon Bay Villas and Leo Biz. We stayed at the Lagoon Bay Villas. This comprises of 17 rooms in one long row simply stunning in their surreal beauty. These villas, set in picture-perfect environment with dramatic semi- private lagoon and private patio await to pamper you.
The lobby area looks like the entrance to an enticing, palatial bungalow in olden times with a tiled roof and a large verandah with bright yellow and chocolate brown mosaic floor. As you move towards the rooms, a long open corridor in brick red colour awaits you. This open corridor is a welcome change from claustrophobic hotel corridors. The room is comfortable and well appointed with a neat bathroom although devoid of a bath tub. However, you realize you really do not need a bath tub as this is a cabana, a water-body facing room in any case. The balcony or patio of the room overlooks a long lagoon which stretches across the 17 rooms. Water on deep blue tiles with frangipani trees all around and a bright white and yellow frangipani flower motif in the lagoon pool truly create visual drama.
After adequately admiring the room and having a cool welcome drink, we head for lunch to Sun and Moon restaurant which is their 24 hr eatery. The buffet lunch has the usual collection of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine. I particularly liked the Crispy Mushrooms with Sweet Chilli Sauce, Crunchy Corn starter called Corn Chatpat and Curd Rice. In desserts the Caramel Custard and Makhana Kheer were delicious.
After some rest, in the evening I headed for the Juventa Spa as it was raining incessantly and we could not indulge in any other activity. The Spa at Leonia is huge, with 19 therapy rooms in all and hair and beauty salons spread over different floors. An Ayurvedic doctor first attends to your wellness concerns and creates a custom-made therapy plan for you. Looking at me and hearing to me attentively, he suggested an Abhayanga Ayurvedic massage followed by a Western Swedish massage session. Sure enough, I needed it bad as I was visiting a Spa after almost 5-6 months. My therapist Soumya was very polite and a thorough professional, explaining each step. The Abhayanga is a vigorous, deep tissue massage with medicated oils that relieve stress in the body. The room was a typical Kerala massage room with an ornate wooden massage bed with dark maroon, luxurious towels, a scented bath of roses, brass lamps and the works. The aromatic oils all around create a sense of well being. After that I took 10 minutes of steam. Later I was moved to the Swedish massage room which was all about crisp white sheets and sea green towels. This massage starts with some stretching of the body and is administered with olive oil. It totally relaxed me and released all the tension from the muscles and joints.
Rejuvenated to the core, I set off for dinner in a while. The Leo Bistro restaurant too has a buffet catering to the influx of many tourists. There is live music here in the evenings and better ambience. There is an A La Carte menu too but majority of people go for buffet, as it is generally part of their package here. There is also an Indian Speciality restaurant called Shahi Handi serving Mughlai food.
The next morning turned out to be pretty clear thankfully. After lazing around next to our lagoon pool and taking a quick dip, we set off for breakfast back to Sun and Moon. Although there are cabs available to go from one part of the resort to the other, but it is best to walk, weather permitting. On the way we see groups of colleagues, families, friends indulging in a game of tennis, hopscotch or badminton. This is a perfect spot for an office off-site with ample opportunities for team building activities. The breakfast turns out to be the best meal indeed. The south Indian spread is truly impressive with fresh dosas being churned out apart from vadas, idli. I tried a healthier version of dosa called Pesarattu, made from green lentil. It has a filling of raw onions and a little upma inside-truly amazing. On the buffet the Bedmi Poori and Panchphoran Aloo Bhaji was good apart from the fresh pineapple juice and a healthy smoothie. Eggs to order are also a popular counter thriving with people. Also the collection of breakfast rolls was impressive-croissant, danish, muffins, doughnuts, banana bread and the works.
After a sumptuous breakfast it was time for some activities. The Splash Pool beckoned first. This is a huge pool spread over different levels with slides, rain dance areas and DJ. The Splash Bar is sure to keep you in that beach holiday mode with the choicest of drinks and cocktails.
Happy Land which is one perfect spot earmarked for some fun and games with family. There are life-size chess, snakes and ladders and ludo boards here. The Artopolis is where you can watch artists paint vibrant hued canvases in front of your eyes and you can take some painting lessons too, to unleash the dormant artist in you. The idea is to unwind and attempt new things in every way.
Finally, we gear up in jeans and sneakers and head for the most exciting zone. The Chicane Go-Karting Circuit is the perfect place for that adrenalin rush. We were handed helmets and jackets and given basic safety instructions to operate the karts that give you a taste of the racing track. Taking our seat behind the steering wheel, we felt a wave of excitement, feeling truly liberated. The perfect, breezy and cloudy Hyderabad weather provides the right setting and mood for this thrilling activity. It is time for check out and we leave Leonia, feeling thoroughly rejuvenated and recharged, with promises to come back for more!
– Shivan Mohan
Why limit the scopes of corporate camaraderie within just your workstation, the café and pool table, when Leonia offers you the arena where you get to explore diverse ways to spend days out of that typical work schedule, riding high on the essential team spirit.
Situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad and away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city life, Leonia Holistic Destination has emerged as a sought-after venue for weekend day outings for corporate teams as well as families. By virtue of an exhaustive range of activities and attractions, Leonia becomes a suitable choice for members of all ages and preferences.
Activities indoor and outdoor: For folks who want to have fun without stepping out in the sun, Leonia has a range of indoor games which are Table Tennis; Life-size Chess, Snake and Ladder game and Ludo and Carom.
For folks, whose expectation of excitement cannot be contained within the four walls, Leonia caters to them by creating the infrastructure such as lighted courts for Lawn Tennis; Badminton; Basketball; Volleyball and Net Cricket. Ground where you can court your love for a game of Football; Throw ball; Tennikoit and Tug of War.
Attractions: And just when you start thinking you have fulfilled your things-to-experience in a day out, think twice, because Leonia has more in store for you.
Chicane Circuit: Get ready to face the race at Leonia’s 1.2km CTK attested Karting racing circuit. Chicane circuit has regularly hosted top-notch karting events and competitions.
Leonia Cricket Ground: Field your sportsman spirit and stump your rivals with those sweep batting strokes at the sprawling green acres at Leonia.
Euro Bungy: Say hi to the sky as you leap high with the amazing hydraulic powered Euro Bungy. It ensures a foolproof safety by strapping you with harnesses with a trampoline to give you the thrust.
Paint Ball: Wage a war of colours as you pin the opponent team with colourful pellets. Step into Leonia’s Paint Ball zone which simulates a warzone with an ambush area made of tyres, drums and mud while you will be equipped with 40 paint ball guns and full protective gear.
Human Foosball: At Leonia, the familiar indoor game of foosball comes to life, where you engage your team-work and coordination to elude your opponents.
Bull ride: Try taming the bull while it tries hard shrugging you off its back.
Splash: A state-of-the-art water park where you can spend an awesome afternoon with your kins and munchkins. It includes Rain Dance, DJ Music, and Slides for kids and adults. The pool can accommodate 600 people at a time.
Cycling: Wheel your way across the nooks and corners of Leonia’s property dotted with green acres and rocky landscapes.
Leonia is planning to unveil its new adventure park which is set to heighten the thrill factor of the property and is sure to set the chronicle of the day marked with adventure, fun and thrill.
A trip to the city of Nizams is never complete if your sightseeing list gives Charminar a miss.
In 1591, Charminar, which means four pillars, has been built as a monument and mosque which has emerged as the global icon for Hyderabad. It occupies the place of pride in the official “List of Monuments” prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Story of the storeys- Popular theory states that Charminar was built to honour a pledge done by the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah to Allah, when a deadly plague was taking its toll in his city. History also states that the construction of Charminar had also marked the foundation of the city of Hyderabad, when Quli Qutb Shah shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad.
The built: Claimed being the first multi storeyed structure built in the city, the Charminar masjid has been constructed as a square structure with four grand arches each facing a point that opens into four streets. The four minarets stand at four corners each measuring approximately 184ft, with a double balcony. Each minaret is built with 149 flights of steps leading to the top floor.
Confluence of religious beliefs: Charminar is said to be an emblem of religious harmony by virtue of the fact that it consists of a mosque occupying the top floor of the four-storey structure with the Bhagyalakshmi temple situated at the base of the structure.
Shopper’s paradise: If you fancy authentic pearls, bangles and other paraphernalia, Laad Baazar, the thriving market surrounding Charminar, is just the place for you. Visit the shops for exquisite trinkets while you explore your skills in bargaining.
Enigmas of Charminar: It is said that all the structures of Charminar tells a tale of mystery. Each of the four minarets has a story and is marked by carved ring.
Legends talk about a secret tunnel between the charminar leading to the Golkonda fort which is rumoured to house treasures yet to be found.
The architect has carved a cat’s head in the apex of one of the small arches on the eastern side which symbolically means that a cat keeps away rats which once plagued the city of Hyderabad.