Travel With Friends To These 8 Budget-Friendly Villas & Homestays

“The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way” And what better than creating memories as you travel with friends in a stunning villa with numerous activities and experiences to indulge in? We have curated a list of some of the best private villas and homestays in India where you and your gang can have the times of your lives. (Without breaking the bank!)

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SaffronStays Nature’s Bounty, Nashik

Fun can’t be measured you say? Presenting Nature’s Bounty, a 4-bedroom villa in Nashik that sits on an expansive 3-acre of land full of trees and surrounded by lush greenery on all sides. Challenge your pals to a match of table tennis, badminton or football on the sprawling lawns while the others splash around in the huge private swimming pool. Walk around in the organic farms where you can pluck on some fresh guavas and then hang out with the rabbits or the ducks in the pond! End the day as you jam on to an awesome karaoke session while you huddle around the bonfire and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals. Sounds like a fulfilling day, doesn’t it? And that too, only 3 hours from Mumbai!

Maximum Guests – 15 guests
Pricing per night – Rs 24000 onwards


SaffronStays Bellini, Karjat

A Pandora’s box of luxury and fun! SaffronStays Bellini is a 3-bedroom private villa near Mumbai perfect for parties and celebrations. A quick road trip leads you to this pet-friendly pool villa in Karjat which boasts of a large swimming pool and lip-smacking meals. Each corner of this bungalow with a pool has a cool name (like a little world of its own!).

  • Gather around in the ‘HippoDrome’, the sophisticated amphitheatre where you can host the coolest party of the year.
  • Barbecue tastes better with friends and more so in the ‘SmokeLand’, the infamous barbecue corner.
  • One level above is ‘HIDE’, the elevated bird-watching gallery along with the ‘Teen Patti’ Corner. Enjoy the evening views from ‘Combe’- the deck with unobstructed valley views.
  • And of course, the ‘Sports Zone’, where the name speaks for itself!

Maximum Guests – 14 guests
Pricing per night – Rs 13500 onwards


SaffronStays Aster, Lonavala

Surrounded by the magnificent Sahyadris and overlooking farms, SaffronStays Aster is where you and your gang can enjoy the simple joys of life. This 4-bedroom pool villa in Lonavala is a 2-hour scenic road trip away from Mumbai. A refreshing dip in the pool followed by a little picnic in the lush green garden as you reminisce about your college days, those are the moments that you will always hold dear. The chilly evenings will blend into peaceful nights as you relax in the gazebo over some beverages and delicious home-fresh food. When with friends, sleep takes a backseat doesn’t it? Retire in the living room for a fun gossip sesh and if you manage to stay awake, don’t forget to catch the sunrise over a cup of chai from the cosy terrace of this pool villa near Mumbai.

Maximum Guests – 12 guests
Pricing per nigh t- Rs 18000 onwards


SaffronStays Thalassea, Alibaug

The minute you think of the beach, you think of enjoyment and peace. Bringing this wish to life is SaffronStays Thalassea, a 3-bedroom beachfront villa in Alibaug. Only 2 hours from Mumbai and less than 30 minutes from the Mandwa Jetty, this private villa near Thal beach is surrounded by beautiful coconut trees. Beauty in simplicity, there are some aesthetic ‘grammable corners so click away to your heart’s content. With a spacious family room and huge garden which leads you to the stunning beach, this villa for rent in Alibaug is ideal for a friend’s getaway near Mumbai. Lounge in the beach-facing balcony with the gang and relax in solitude under the starlit sky.

Maximum Guests – 6 guests
Pricing per night – Rs 11700 onwards


SaffronStays De La Mer, Goa

Goa = PARTY! A luxury villa in Goa with a pool though? Pool Party! Perched on a cliff with unobstructed views of the sea is the 3-bedroom SaffronStays De La Mer, a private villa near the Nerul Church and Reis Magos fort in Goa and only 30 minutes away from the infamous town of Panjim. Known for its Goan cuisine and old cafés, our caretakers will help you arrange the best dishes in Goa for a hip and happening pool party at the villa! Splash the day away in the pool or by the Reis Magos beach which is 10 minutes away from the villa. If you want to avoid the crowd, then settle down on the first level of this villa which has a sea-facing balcony and plenty of space for your friends. Soak in the endless views of the sea as you hear the waves hit the beach and the sky changes colours.

Maximum Guests – 12 guests
Pricing – Rs 26000 onwards


SaffronStays Whistlers Nest, Tamil Nadu

This is as close to wildlife as you can be! SaffronStays Whistlers Nest is a 3-bedroom bungalow in Tamil Nadu named after the Malabar Whistling Thrust, a beautiful bird known for its sweet whistlings. Surrounded by 25 acres of tea and coffee plantations, this private villa in Gudalur is 2 hours from Ooty and is perfect for your gang and you to rejuvenate in nature. Hear that? That’s the villa calling you to explore the estate and follow nature’s trail. Who knows? You may spot a herd of elephants too! Nestled amidst the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and Nilgiri Ooty forest, you are surrounded by greenery for miles on all ends. After a day of exploring, relax in the living room as you admire the colonial architecture of this villa near Ooty while gorging on freshly cooked food or lazing around on the lawns and soaking in the peace of it all.

Maximum Guests – 6 guests
Pricing per night- Rs 15000 onwards


SaffronStays Horizon 360°, Mahabaleshwar

The evergreen hill station we all love! SaffronStays Horizon 360° is a 5-bedroom private villa in Mahabaleshwar, 3 hours from Pune and offers infinite views of the greenery around. Cosy corners with splashes of colours will instantly cheer you up. The holiday home in Mahabaleshwar is artistically decorated so you may find your newest screensaver here! There is a huge lawn and various sit-out spots where y’all can have a fun time creating beautiful memories. And what’s a trip without delicious food? Gorge on some lip-smacking delicacies that would leave you wanting more! The highlight of this villa near Pune is the view it offers. You can catch both the sunrise and sunset as you relax on the balcony on the first level as a cool breeze flows and the sky gets painted in all of its beautiful hues.

Maximum Guests – 15 guests
Pricing per night- Rs 4900 onwards


SaffronStays Persimmon House, Raison

When you think hills, you think Manali! Bringing the Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani fantasy to life is this 4-bedroom homestay in Raison, a quick 30-minute drive from Manali. SaffronStays Persimmon is located right beside a paragliding strip where you can watch people land or fly up there in the sky yourself. Huddle up on the patio on the ground floor for a round of charades as you feast on wholesome pahadi food while enjoying the company and the breathtaking views of the valley. Enjoy a game of badminton on the court and freshly brewed tea on the green lawn. When in Manali, you will always be in the mood for nature’s walk. Explore the surroundings and settle for a pleasant evening on the balcony upstairs as the sun sets.

Maximum Guests – 12 guests
Pricing per night- Rs 4400 onwards


So, what are you waiting for? Gather your friends and take your pick! Fulfil your wish of planning that epic getaway where its’ you and your friends singing away to classics or watching horror movies, thinking about the good ole days or planning your future. Friends are family too and these villas are exactly where families bond.

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