Welcome To SaffronStays


"Saffron Stays - Where Families Bond"

SaffronStays is a micro-hospitality collective, operating a network of over 20 leisure homes, all hand-picked and curated for an enhanced travel experience. Set in untouched and tranquil locales, our lavish stays bring with them the warmth and comfort of a home, while maintaining the standards of a hotel.

Starting out simply as a platform offering homestays, today, SaffronStays partners with privileged owners of second homes to offer our patrons a comfortable holiday experience. Through our hospitality, branding, and marketing efforts, we help owners monetise their estates by turning them into investments.

With SaffronStays, vacations will always be enriching experiences that bring families together and fill one’s soul with happiness!


Time Line


2016

July

Deven joins SaffronStays

Deven, 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.

2016

March

Leisure Home Network

Top CEOs, CFOs, entrepreneurs, and HNI Families join the network to create the world's first exclusive by-invitation-only leisure home network.

2015

November

SaffronStays launches Parsi Manor, Matheran

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.

2015

July

Outlook Business feature story

Our Co-founder, Tejas Parulekar, gets featured in a full-page story "No Place like Home" in their "Just started" section.

2015

May

Our first 1000

1000 person room nights. Phew!

2015

February

SaffronStays launches in Mumbai

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!

2014

November

Beta launch of bookings

SaffronStays commences accepting bookings. The cash registers, slowly but steadily, start ringing. The dream slowly is converting to a reality.

2014

October

800 homestays verified and enlisted

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.

2014

August

Travelninja program launched

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.

2014

April

Host acquisition launched

SaffronStays is launched for allowing hosts and homestay owners to list their properties. A digital campaign commences. First few tentative hosts enlist.

2014

March

"Thank you for saying no to me; because I did it myself!"

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!

2014

January

Coding begins

After a few false starts the coding starts...

2013

August

A company is born

After years of discussions, the Parulekars decide to convert their dream into reality!


What media says about us


Outlook Business, August 2015

"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."


The Economic Times, 3 September 2014

"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


The Sunday Times, 19 October 2014

"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


Mid-Day, Mumbai, 22 May 2014

"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