In the past one year Stay On Skill collaborated with more than 100 properties in order to help them grow their businesses in different ways. Some properties required web developers, mural artists, landscape architects, whereas others had the need for travel bloggers, instagram influencers, and drone videographers. One common thing among all these properties was the requirement of “skilled” people to boost their business, and stand out in the crowded space of hospitality industry.
In facilitating all of this, we at Stay On Skill gained a few critical insights. As a natural result of which, we started SOS Marketing Accelerator (SOS Accelerator). The idea was to share our learnings with a set of deserving properties who can make the best out of it. We opened up the applications for the accelerator on 20th of August, 2018 and within a fortnight had many properties across the country applying for it.
To select the deserving ones, we assessed them on the following parameters:
And basis this, we proudly present to you the 10 selected properties for the first batch of India’s first ever Marketing Accelerator for Homestays and Hotels:
Sylvan Villa, Dharampur
Set in the mesmerizing backdrop of the quiet Dharampur Kasauli hills, Sylvan Villa is the perfect getaway for those who are looking for a vacation away from the hustle bustle of the metropolitan cities. The property is known to be the first school in the city of Dharampur with some historians claiming it to be more than a 100 years old and this old world charm can most certainly be felt here in the Villa. Website – http://sylvanvilla.com/
A magnificent house in the hills, surrounded by hundreds of pine and deodar trees. Ekam resonates with peace. The organic, farm fresh, gourmet food at this beautiful home will give you a unique culinary experience. Take a tour around the property to see the fruits, vegetables, and herbs they grow using cow-based farming techniques, enjoy picturesque sunsets from the room, relish the tasteful interiors, and bask in the lap of nature while we pamper you with pure peace. Website: http://ekamchail.com/
The Pahadi Organic, Jim Corbett
A place that provides you the perfect mix of health, nutrition, nature and adventure, The Pahadi Organic. Here you’ll enjoy lip smacking Kumaoni and Garhwali delicacies prepared from organic spices presented in the traditional style. A holiday at The Pahadi will act like balm for your dust-weary soul. To give you the mountain thrill, they have activities like paragliding, Wall Climbing, Rappelling, Bungee Trampoline, Paintball Gun, Zip line and Archery. Website: http://www.thepahadiorganic.com/
The Noname Guesthouse, Arambol Goa
Run by an all Russian crew, The Noname Guesthouse is a perfectly situated property in Arambol, Goa where you can experience the luxury of European hospitality at Indian price. True to its name, The Noname guesthouse, welcomes everyone with no dependence on the name, social status or money. The guesthouse has a big co-working space with all the facilities, catering to those who like to take workcations. Website: https://www.thenonamebrand.com/
Mistletoe Estate, Ranikhet
Mistletoe Estate is a dream come true for its host, Meenakshi. “We had a dream where we’d have this house surrounded by orchards, where we’d grow our own food and have clouds for company”. An all wooden plush estate, the house is located in the middle of a forest, surrounded by orchards of exotic fruit and dry fruits. Within the estate is an organic farm where all kinds of herbs and spices have been growing for the past two years. Self Sustainability is one of the major highlights of the Estate. It incorporates the use of Solar Power as and where it is required, and is a garbage free zone. Website – https://www.facebook.com/soniaa1974/
Machus Cottage, Mauna
Machus Cottage is located in the sleepy village of Mauna in the Kumaon hills at a height of 5000 feet. The cottage overlooks the Almora Hills, from there during the day you get a lovely view of the Nanda Devi Range while at night you can look at the twinkling lights of Almora . The cottage offers the perfect location for peace lovers, however should you wish for something more strenuous, there are a number of quiet paths in the pine forest of Mauna where you can go for long walks. You can do a day trek down to the stream . If you are here for a longer time you can do day trips to Almora, Nainital and Ranikhet or half day trips to Mukteshwar and Sitla. Website – https://www.machuscottage.com/
Offbeat Footprints, Jibhi
You can jump into the river, play with the dogs, climb a tree, pluck a fruit, eat it raw and have a natural mouth-watering taste of it. You can experience the life of true Himachali at Offbeat Footprints Ecostay. The stay is built in traditional Kathi Kuni style with Stone, Wood, Mud, and cow dung. It’s also known as Mudhouse. The place will give you a lifetime of an experience, away from the madness and stress of the urban, in the lap of nature, admiring the mother earth for giving the relief to your soul. Website – http://offbeatfootprints.com/
Delightz Inn, Ooty
Situated amidst the thickly forested hills of Nilgiri, in the picturesque town of Ooty, an unforgettable escapade awaits you at Delightz Inn. The property is top ranked on TripAdvisor in the city, and claims to be situated at the highest altitude in all of South India. Delightz Inn offers a luxurious holiday retreat for anyone travelling to Ooty. The property is known for its high end service and staff. Website – http://www.delightzinn.com/
City On Pedals, Amritsar
An upcoming property in the golden city of Punjab, Amritsar, City On Pedals promises to be the first 5 five star hostel in India. If you get to experience their hospitality, you wouldn’t leave with anything less than an ecstatic smile. While staying at the hostel, you’ll also get the opportunity to experience some of the best tours and walks around the holy city. Currently ranked number 1 on TripAdvisor in multiple categories, City On Pedals promises to give you an authentic flavour of Punjab. Website – https://cityonpedals.com/
Stay On Skill team is super excited about this batch. It has different segments of properties, with each having challenges of its own.
Stay tuned for more on this page. We shall be sharing updated on each of the properties here.