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Luxury vacation home rentals rebound as second wave ebbs

NEW DELHI : Well-off Indians choose to rent private vacation homes to ensure privacy and hygiene, as the easing of closures in many states following a drop in covid-19 cases prompts them to start again to travel.

Companies such as SaffronStays, Vista Rooms and Lohono Stays, which operate luxury vacation homes across India, have said they are seeing increased demand compared to the run-up to the second wave of the pandemic, especially in Maharashtra, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Kerala and Ooty.

Devendra Parulekar, founder of SaffronStays, which manages more than 150 luxury rental properties, said the number of bookings in June per check-in is comparable to the figures for February-March. There was a sequential 300% jump in bookings in June amid a drop in cases.

“July is also shaping up well due to the monsoon season. Much of the population is partly and also fully vaccinated and more comfortable traveling in our fully equipped and equipped private villas which are covid ready, ”he said, adding that safety remains the key. main concern of customers who are even willing to pay. for the covid tests of the workers of the reserved property.

In 2020, SaffronStays recorded ??20 crore in total sales, which he aims to double this year. He adds 5 to 7 households each month to his network.

Mumbai-based Karnesh Mehta, for example, took her family for a week’s vacation in Lonavala. He booked a private luxury villa with an onsite chef. The 47-year-old businessman, who deals with real estate, finds secure independent properties where his family can rest and recuperate.

“I have old parents who haven’t been out for a year and a half. I wouldn’t feel safe taking them to a hotel, even if it is a five star property, where the common areas are used by everyone. Here there were only six family members with two staff members who tested negative for covid-19. It was a peaceful getaway, ”he said.

With an average ticket size of ??60,000 to ??1 lakh per night for such luxury private vacation homes for up to six people, guests book them for at least four to five days.

“Our clients are looking for accommodation that can accommodate all of their family members in one place; ample space for the kids to play, an expansive lawn to host mini-parties and excellent connectivity throughout, including the pool deck, so working members / guests can operate from n ‘any part of the house they want,’ said Dhimaan Shah, co-founder and COO, Lohono Stays by Isprava.

Supported by the Godrej, Burman and Piramal family offices, Lohono Stays manages over 90 properties. He plans to more than double his platform inventory this year.

“We also ensure that the IT infrastructure supports the work-from-home culture,” Shah said.

Businesses also receive special requests for services such as barbecue, spa, private cooks, and butlers.

“Another trend is that the demand for wellness or spa facilities has increased dramatically. Preferences for private pools and home chefs are also at an all time high. Customers now prefer to have a 24/7 assistant in the villas, ”said Ankita Sheth, co-founder of Vista Rooms.

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