We understand hospitality in its truest sense. We are committed to the idea of providing personalised service that lead to distinctive experiences with Araiya. With designs and industry innovations that have been thought out keeping the modern-day traveller in mind, we aim to provide hospitality solutions that are smart and convenient. Araiya comes from a lineage in the hotel industry in India that is reputed and trusted for years. Our people bring years of proven experience in the industry having understood the needs of guests who look for value in immersive experiences without compromising on luxury and comfort.
Araiya is led by third generation hotelier Amruda Nair. The entrepreneurial spirit, flair for business, keen understanding of hospitality is all that she has inherited being a part of a family that is among the most highly regarded in the hotel industry. She is joined by a team that shares the common goal of setting the standard for modern Indian hospitality, the ultimate vision of Araiya.
We are young. We are raring to showcase what we believe is a unique offering and will redefine the hospitality industry in India.
The essence of who we are, what we want to do and how we plan to provide an experience like no other, is rooted in our name – Araiya. The word simply means ‘something beautiful and divine’. And what other adjective could illustrate anything that has to do with the hospitality industry? Araiya stands for what we believe we want to achieve and how we want to serve our guests and deliver stakeholder value.
With Araiya, we want to be the flagbearers of an experience that is engaging and immersive. With our hotels, the adaptive designs, our intuitive service, our expertise, we want to be seen as retreats that are true to our name. We are also firm believers in embracing technology, which is reflected in everything that we do to add to customer delight. When we put all of these together, what we give you are stories and experiences that stay with you.
Emphasis on seamless technology, engaged team members marked by adaptive designs, the Araiya signature is one of the highest virtues. We are inspired by authenticity. We are driven by the need to stay updated with the very latest in the industry, be it technology or hospitality trends.
We are constantly curious and continuously learning. We want to know how guests are evolving, how their needs are changing. As we learn, we tirelessly work so we are always able to exceed expectations.
Little is more important to us than our promise to provide immersive and authentic experiences. Our constant desire to evolve and be better today than what we were yesterday helps us be sure of that promise.
Ever evolving, transparent and dedicated - the Araiya signature is such.
Given our team’s past experience in launching hotels and resorts in India, Middle East, South East Asia,Europe and the Caribbean, combined with the strength of our marketing platform, we are confident ofcreating a unique, new concept to suit the location and market dynamics of the hotel.
DIRECTOR, ARAIYA HOTELS
Amruda has hospitality in her DNA. From her grandfather, the late Captain C.P. Krishnan Nair, founder of The Leela Group, she inherited a maverick streak and an eye for opportunities. An Economics graduate, she gained qualifications in International Hospitality Management at CHN University, The Netherlands, as well as a Master’s degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, New York and Nanyang Business School, Singapore.
After a stint with Mandarin Oriental New York, Amruda joined Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels Singapore as a full-time analyst on the hospitality brokerage team and was involved in investment sales mandates in Indonesia, Japan, China, India and Thailand. In 2008, she joined the corporate advisory division, conducting pre-opening budget reviews, management contract negotiations and operations audits for hotels in Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Beijing and acted as an owner’s representative managing three trading assets in Singapore and Shanghai, for properties operated by IHG, Fairmont and Starwood.
Returning to join the family business in India, Amruda served as Head of Asset Management for The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts during a period of major growth, which included the opening of new properties in Gurgaon, Udaipur, Delhi and Chennai. In her role, Amruda was responsible for conducting financial reviews for the luxury group’s eight operating properties, reviewing pre-opening budgets for upcoming projects and annual business plans.
As Director of Araiya, Amruda brings a global perspective along with experience with leading international hospitality brands. She looks to bring unparalleled value and authenticity to the smart lifestyle segment by offering a unique blend of the best global practices and a warm Indian service ethos.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ARAIYA HOTELS AND RESORTS
Murlidhar (Murli) is our Chief Operating Officer. He has played a fundamental role in the branding and execution of the Araiya concept to date and his goal is to continue pushing Araiya forward until we are positioned as a market leader throughout the Middle East, India and South East Asia.
With a 1st Class Honours Diploma in Hotel Management from Bombay’s Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, and an Honours Certification for Intermediate Level of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), Murli is an incredible source of intelligence, with over 32 years of global hospitality experience to his name.
Murli has held key roles at a number of leading luxury hotel brands globally, including The Leela, Four Seasons, Kempinski, Mandarin Oriental and Alila. He has extensive experience in creating brand standards for those who operate in the luxury sector. His desire to blend the old world sophistication and elegance of hospitality with modern relevance is achieved through the customisation of services to the highest level and is warmly received by all who have the pleasure of working with him.
A sharp eye for detail and a deeply rooted passion for hospitality to match, we call him ‘the 007’ of service.
At Araiya, we care. We understand we have a responsibility towards everything that helps us succeed and we are committed to give back more than what we take. We engage actively with the local community sourcing talent and the resources we need in the various departments in our properties.
We are firm believers in responsible tourism and being environment-friendly. Whether it is bottling our in-house water, reducing plastic usage in our hotels or composting wet garbage, we are friends of nature. Promising that our retreats will reflect the beauty of the destination, we ensure that we respect the local ecosystems. At Araiya, we work to keep our word that we take something beautiful and add to it with utmost responsibility.