"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!
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.
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.
1000 person room nights. Phew!
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