A descendant of Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner on his maternal side, 42-year-old Rai Sinh Jadeja is an erstwhile prince from Maliya, Gujarat. Having trained as a hotelier in Switzerland, he returned to India to convert his ancestral home in Mt. Abu into a boutique hotel. He now intends to renovate a family-owned palace in Maliya. Known for his flamboyant take on traditional wear, his chutzpah makes him the toast of many a Rajput soirée. Interviewed by Vishwaveer Singh

Your favourite summer holiday destinations?

Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland, and Paris and Cannes in France—all must-visits on any trip to Europe.

Where do you usually holiday during winters?

I haven’t wintered anywhere for a bit, but I have to say, with family and friends in [Mt.] Abu is spectacular, or anywhere in Rajasthan is great fun. Christmas in New York is my favourite.

Rai Sinh Jadeja
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Preferred airline?

I’d have to say Emirates.

Three hotels you swear by, and why?

Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, for its service, ease, and inspiration; Beau-Rivage Geneva, for its location, comfort, and experience, and The Ritz-Carlton New York for the same reasons.

The most memorable vacation you’ve taken?

A destination wedding of a cousin in Pau, France.

Rai Sinh Jadeja
Pau, France

Three travel essentials without which you never leave home?

Money and credit cards, a decent pair of workout clothes, and all my toiletries.

Favourite party spot for which you’d travel across the world?

Most definitely, Miami.

A bucket-list destination?

Japan is a dream destination.

Your current make of luggage?

Samsonite and Tumi.

The most insane adventure you’ve had on a holiday?

I went hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro. That is a must-do experience for any adventure-loving traveller.

Rai Sinh Jadeja
Hang Gliding in Rio

Recommended a shopping destination.

Dubai, for its variety and proximity; Rome for the joy, and the story behind the buy.

A restaurant that left an indelible mark on you?

Hemant Oberoi at BKC, Mumbai.

Travel habits you’ve picked up over the years?

Being meticulously organised, and reaching the airport much earlier than required.

Rai Sinh Jadeja
The Via Condotti street in Rome is lined with designer brands and luxury shops

Phone on or off during vacations?

On, but [I take] selective calls.

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