The story began with Madura Coats looking for a prospective buyer to take over the Madurai Club. When the news reached the ears of Mr. S. Thiagarajan*, CEO of the Indian Green Grid Group (formerly known as ETL Infrastructure Limited), he was immediately interested. Scion of a well known business family that hailed from Madurai, he was only too aware of the property’s historical and architectural value. Unable to bear the thought of this venerable property being taken over by an insensitive developer and turned into soul-less high-rises, Mr. Thiagarajan decided to purchase the property and restore the Madurai Club to its former glory.
While the emphasis lay on building an environment-friendly ‘green’ Resort, he also ensured that the property’s historical value was carefully preserved. Thus, the first venture into Hospitality sector was initiated through an association with Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka, and a separate company, ETL Hospitality Services Limited, was formed . Later in the year 2010, the company was re-christened as Grand Luxe Hotels Limited to manage and market Heritage Madurai and accelerate the growth of the Hospitality Division by adding two more hotels in Pudukottai and Coimbatore
The original palace of the Queen spread over 3.5 acres located in the heart of Pudukottai will soon be renovated and refurbished with five star comforts. When completed, this Hotel will have a complement of 27 rooms and will retain the palace’s colonial elements and also showcase the rich heritage and culture of South India. The hotel at Coimbatore will be a combination of a luxury mall displaying global brands, a Multiplex and a business hotel combining the luxury, comforts and conveniences for a discerning business traveler. This 120-room Hotel will be in close proximity of the business centre and the Airport. The Hotel will also have a Resto-Bar and a multi-cuisine restaurant with banqueting facilities.
*Mr. S. Thiagarajan is the CEO of Indian Green Grid Group Ltd (formerly ETL Infrastructure Services Ltd). He saw great future for the IT Sector and set up the first ever IT Park in Chennai in 1995 as a Joint Venture with Government of Tamil Nadu. His pioneering efforts and relentless pursuit of global standards are exemplified by his flagship venture Chennai One SEZ which is certified as a Gold Rated Green Building by Leeds, USA. IGGG has made rapid progress over the years and the company is acknowledged as a leading developer and manager of secure business infrastructure in India.