Sexy & Successful 2011 - Radha Arora
The first thing you notice about Radha Arora is the ease with which he fits into his posh surroundings. This obviously sexy and successful gentleman is the general manager of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Under his watchful eye, the iconic 80-year old original Beverly Wilshire has been transformed from passé into an uber-chic destination for jet-setters thanks to a hefty $40 million renovation plan that includes new restaurants, a pool and spa, as well as a refurbished lobby. (The hotel was also the other star in Pretty Woman.) In May 2006, Arora was promoted to Regional Vice President for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, which included the additional responsibility of overseeing the hotel giant’s properties in Bora Bora, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Las Vegas. Of course it’s no wonder he was a perfect fit for that task, thanks to the 22-plus years of hotel management experience under his belt. In his previous role as the general manager of the Four Seasons Resort in Maui, Arora not only increased the hotel’s profits, he also worked on the building of a new $16-million spa. He has brought his style and business aptitude to many a hotel, including the Four Seasons in Philadelphia, Goa, India; and Toronto, and has worked as the hotel manager of the Ritz in London where he even met the late Princess Diana. His high-flying positions have him rubbing elbows with the A-listers of Hollywood as well as Bollywood, including director Karan Johar of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai fame. He resides in Bel Air with his wife and his two sons, who are in college.
Q&AZodiac sign: Capricorn.
Best way to unwind: Standing by the ocean and enjoying the breeze.
Fave Bollywood movie: Pyaasa. It’s poetic and painful —the only way to be in love.
Favourite Hollywood movie: Love Actually.
Favourite book: Papillon by Henri Charrière.
Guilty pleasure: Wine, lots of it!
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be and why? To fly—so that I can skip airport security.
What is on your iPod? Devised a playlist titled “Chardonnay Hour” to complement my guilty pleasure every night. Includes artists such as John Mayer, Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin and Simply Red.
Something quirky about you no one would know: I have to dunk my tea bag exactly 100 times in the cup.
Best personal feature and why: Energy and drive, which have brought me success.
Best feature on the opposite sex: Fashion accessories.
Celebrity crush: Audrey Hepburn.
If you had to choose, would it be romance or hot sex? Romance.
Three things you can’t live without: My family, my dog, music.
Most memorable professional moment: Getting to know Princess Diana.
Most valuable life lesson: Not to take people you love for granted.
Motto you live by: To always celebrate personal disasters.
BY: TAMARA BALUJA / PUBLISHED: JANUARY 2011 / 8TH ANNIVERSARY SEXY & SUCCESSFUL ISSUE