Experience A Royal Rendezvous At Sawantwadi Palace

A look inside the gorgeous Sawantwadi Palace, India's first chef-owned heritage boutique stay, where royals give you an insight into the region's unique tradition through art, in particular Ganjifa, and food

Sawantwadi Palace was built between 1755 and 1803, during the reign of Khem Sawant III Photo: Sawantwadi Palace

Staying in a palace never gets boring. This is especially true for Sawantwadi Palace—a boutique art hotel located in Sindhudurg, Maharashtra. Built between 1755 and 1803, during the reign of Khem Sawant III, the palace still exudes the grandeur of the past but with a refreshing ease instilled by the young couple—Yuvrani Shraddha Lakham Sawant Bhonsle and Yuvraj Lakham Sawant Bhonsle—who helmed the palace’s restoration.