Our fondest memory of vacationing with our family is travelling through Europe with our toddlers in tow: having the freedom to experience stunning locations in quaint homestays, no one judging us for cooking khichdi for our two raucous children while we gorged on local delicacies ourselves, and always being showered with impeccable hospitality in every home. We were the quintessential Indian families exploring the world, wanting the certainty of safety and quality, and the privacy to enjoy our holiday on our own terms. This holiday changed our lives forever. It gave birth to SaffronStays.
Rank outsiders to the hospitality industry, we decided to address the dearth of curated experiences back home. We unlocked the gates of otherwise inaccessible private vacation homes to families looking for holidays that extended beyond checklists of must-sees and must-dos.
Today we service the needs of both, Home Owners and Guests. Owners who have gorgeous homes that need to be maintained and, guests who are looking for the reliability of hotel services in the luxury of a private serviced home; often a short getaway that fits into a busy schedule.
We have, and always will provide unforgettable private spaces for friends, families and colleagues to bond and create memories in. We discover and unlock only the best private homes so that guests may never tire from decision fatigue and yet can take short getaways despite their busy schedules. The guarantee of having a private pool as opposed to sharing one with fifty other guests, or the choice of playing board games in a capacious living room, rather than meeting in a hotel lobby is what we promise our guests. And whether it is Geeta’s crab curry at Aquamarina, Alibaug or Dhondi’s cheesecake at Fragrant Sun, Mulshi we ensure that our guests are always well fed too.
When you stay in one of SaffronStays' 130+ homes, you will always have unforgettable private spaces for friends, families and colleagues to bond and create memories in, with the luxury of certainty.
We welcome you to our homes...
- Deven and Tejas Parulekar
SaffronStays reaches a milestone of hosting over 1000 Guests ina SINGLE month, mostly from Mumbai.
SaffronStays institutes an award to recognise India's Most Memorable Vacation Home Awards.
Our Founder, Tejas Parulekar, wins the prestigious Leadership award by SheThePeople, in its Digital Women Entrepreneurs Award.
SaffronStays reaches a milestone of hosting over 10,000 Guests from Mumbai since inception.
Our Founder, Devendra Parulekar, after spending 18 years of of his life in the professional services and consulting world, decides to hang his boots and jumps headlong into SaffronStays. From being a Partner and Practice Leader of Cyber Security in EY India, he joins as Founder and Chief Growth Hacker in SaffronStays.
Top CEOs, CFOs, entrepreneurs, and HNI Families join the network to create the world's first exclusive by-invitation-only leisure home network.
SaffronStays painstakingly restores and launches a gorgeous, 1885 built British colonial built and Parsi owned Bungalow in Matheran. This changes the entire direction of our enterprise. From an aggregator to a boutique micro-hospitality company, specialising in heritage and luxe homes.
Our Co-founder, Tejas Parulekar, gets featured in a full-page story "No Place like Home" in their "Just started" section.
Having perfected our backend processes and our technology platform, SaffronStays launches full-fledged bookings in Mumbai. Within a short span, SaffronStays team quickly realises the need to scale up its team and also its inventory! Happy problems :) We touch 1200 listings nationally!
SaffronStays commences accepting bookings. The cash registers, slowly but steadily, start ringing. The dream slowly is converting to a reality.
Within 6 months of launch SaffronStays aggregates, verifies, enslists and curates content for more than 800 homestays spread across the length and breadth of India.
Quickly realising the failure of the digital campaign, SaffronStays launches the Travel Ninja program. Photographers, travel writers, are selected through a rigourous process; trained and sent to cover regions across India. The program is hugely successful in enlisting homestays and verifying them as well.
SaffronStays is launched for allowing hosts and homestay owners to list their properties. A digital campaign commences. First few tentative hosts enlist.
The outsourced coding agency abandons the project. The Founders decide to pick up the guantlet, open their O'reilly publications book on LAMP, and begin coding!
After a few false starts the coding starts...
After years of discussions, the Parulekars decide to convert their dream into reality!
"No Place Like Home - ...but when you live with the local family, you learn much more about the place, the food, and the way of living."
"Homestays reach the areas where hotels don't reach and they provide a unique offering at a great value compared to a hotel," says Tejas Parulekar, cofounder and COO, Saffronstays, which plans to reach 2,500 listings in the next one year..... Saffronstays, which opened its bookings this August, already has 725 homestays and B&Bs (having over 3,500 rooms) listed on it. Read more, click here
"Diwali may be a festival celebrated across India, but there are traditions unique to each community ," says Tejas Parulekar of SaffronStays, which has tied up with 750 home-stays and launched #Diwali Diaries, a digital campaign targeted at domestic travelers to draw attention to lesser-known local celebrations, like the burning of a Narakasura effigy that takes place in Goa during Diwali. Read more, click here
"If exploring places means connecting with new people everyday, ditch the hotel route this summer. Instead, opt for warm homestays where you can experience a place through the eyes of a local. If you're travelling in India, log on to saffronstays.com, a social community that is your go-to place for homestays, bed & breakfasts, serviced apartments and vacation rentals. Their motto is the ancient belief — Atithi Devo Bhava (the guest is god). The Mumbai-based platform offers the options of either volunteering as a host or registering a guest anywhere across India. Once one registers via email, Saffronstays ensures that the people who enlist are verified. Also, those hosts that tend to provide memorable stays can be chosen as hosts, and prominently be featured on the website with pictures et all." Read more, click here