The hotel and beach are a bit away from each other. One can walk, else they have buggies that take you around for those who don't want to do some leg work. But the hotel property extends to near the beach and they put up loungers on the beach. While its not a private beach, the security does a good job of keeping unsocial elements and large groups away.
Hotel has a private small beach
There are steps down to the beach which is partially private for hotel use.
Private beach attached to hotel, at walking distance !
Hotel facility has direct access to the beach.
It's on the beach - there is a private beach plus the main Kovalam Beach next door.
It depends which room you are staying in. We stayed in the garden rooms across the road from the main hotel and we passed the opening to the beach on the way up to breakfast. The hotel is on s hill overlooking the sea and beach so 300 metres from main Reception - down the hotel grounds. There is a restaurant, shower and toilets on beach so no need to move off the beach once you are there. The restaurant deliver drinks and snacks to your lounger, but beware - expensive. 2 plates of French friend and 2 sprite approximately £17.
The hotel has its own beach. If you want to go to the main beach, that is also about 5 mins by walk. So you shouldn't worry about the distance of the beach from the hotel. However the thing is that the hotel property is huge and so you may have to walk a lot within the hotel itself to reach the beach. But they have those golf carts for that. So chill :-)
Get an answer from The Leela Kovalam Beach staff and past guests.