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Owning a holiday home can quickly turn from thrill to trouble, given the high investment on time and maintenance. Not to mention the restriction on your travel bucket list! As more vacationers seek out rental accommodations, we chat with Rohit Taparia, Head — Sales & Client Relationship, Isprava, on the draw of the home-away-from-home experience.

Isprava, a six-year-old luxury homes builder recently introduced Lohono Stays – its high-end rental accommodation service for the discerning Indian traveller. “While deciding on whether or not a home fits the Lohono standard, we always think about what the USP is… Would you have fun at this property and enjoy spending a hard-earned vacation at the home? Can we take you away from your daily mundane life, even if just for a few days and allow you to experience something that you will remember forever?” says Taparia who illustrates the ideology with a walkthrough of some of the brand’s most popular retreats in Goa and Alibaug.

Images: Courtesy Isprava

Collaborating with a host of Indian and international designers, Isprava offers turn-key residences that boast vernacular aesthetics, traditional craftsmanship and restored antique furniture. “To build our bespoke homes we have collaborated with renowned names such as Adil Ahmad, Qutub Mandviwala, Ana Saldanha and Spectrum Design Group,” says Taparia. The homes also feature furniture from Gulmohar Lane, The Orange Lane, Essajees Atelier, and Studio Wodehouse among others. <em>Featured here, Villa Vérité, Alibaug.</em>
Homes like Art
Collaborating with a host of Indian and international designers, Isprava offers turn-key residences that boast vernacular aesthetics, traditional craftsmanship and restored antique furniture. “To build our bespoke homes we have collaborated with renowned names such as Adil Ahmad, Qutub Mandviwala, Ana Saldanha and Spectrum Design Group,” says Taparia. The homes also feature furniture from Gulmohar Lane, The Orange Lane, Essajees Atelier, and Studio Wodehouse among others. Featured here, Villa Vérité, Alibaug.
Elements of these homes, like the doors and windows, are upcycled from erstwhile palaces, old post offices and even ship decks! “We strongly believe in giving back to society and the environment. Hence, most of it [the design] is handcrafted by various local communities that we work with,” elaborates Taparia. <em>Featured here, Villa F, Igreha Vaddo, Goa.</em>
A Nod to the Past
Elements of these homes, like the doors and windows, are upcycled from erstwhile palaces, old post offices and even ship decks! “We strongly believe in giving back to society and the environment. Hence, most of it [the design] is handcrafted by various local communities that we work with,” elaborates Taparia. Featured here, Villa F, Igreha Vaddo, Goa.
“While the Isprava homes look like heritage properties, they function like new and smart homes,” says Taparia. Guests can rest assured of the most advanced technical appliances and world-class amenities like private pools, a 24x7 travel desk and bespoke services. <em>Featured here, Villa D, Igreha Vaddo, Goa.</em>
Modern Comforts
“While the Isprava homes look like heritage properties, they function like new and smart homes,” says Taparia. Guests can rest assured of the most advanced technical appliances and world-class amenities like private pools, a 24x7 travel desk and bespoke services. Featured here, Villa D, Igreha Vaddo, Goa.
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Whether located in tourist hotspots or off the beaten track, Lohono Stays assure guests of an exclusive holiday experience. The four-bedroom Villa Loto Bianco in Siolim, Goa, is cocooned in greenery with lush paddy-field views – a birder’s paradise. <em>Featured here, Villa Loto Bianco, Goa.</em>
Location, Location
Whether located in tourist hotspots or off the beaten track, Lohono Stays assure guests of an exclusive holiday experience. The four-bedroom Villa Loto Bianco in Siolim, Goa, is cocooned in greenery with lush paddy-field views – a birder’s paradise. Featured here, Villa Loto Bianco, Goa.
Glassed walls in the social spaces of Villa Beira Mar in Kihim, Alibaug, make the most of this sea-facing residence. An expansively landscaped outdoor area offers plenty of spots to unwind. <em>Featured here, Villa Beira Mar, Alibaug</em>
Rooms with a View
Glassed walls in the social spaces of Villa Beira Mar in Kihim, Alibaug, make the most of this sea-facing residence. An expansively landscaped outdoor area offers plenty of spots to unwind. Featured here, Villa Beira Mar, Alibaug
Relish a sense of seclusion even in the most touristy destinations. Igreha Vaddo, for instance, is a gated community whose design is modelled on a Portuguese village. Comprising six villas, it’s ideal for groups of four to 50 people. “It has become a very popular location for corporate, fitness and yoga retreats,” elaborates Taparia. <em>Featured here, Igreha Vaddo, Goa.</em>
A World of Your Own
Relish a sense of seclusion even in the most touristy destinations. Igreha Vaddo, for instance, is a gated community whose design is modelled on a Portuguese village. Comprising six villas, it’s ideal for groups of four to 50 people. “It has become a very popular location for corporate, fitness and yoga retreats,” elaborates Taparia. Featured here, Igreha Vaddo, Goa.
From gourmet meals to offbeat entertainment experiences, Lohono Stays’ concierge services and guests relations team look after your every need. Taparia asks us to watch out for the upcoming Lonavala property with a nine-hole golf course — as well as international stays in South East Asia. <em>Featured here, Villa Vérité, Alibaug.</em>
Tailored Services
From gourmet meals to offbeat entertainment experiences, Lohono Stays’ concierge services and guests relations team look after your every need. Taparia asks us to watch out for the upcoming Lonavala property with a nine-hole golf course — as well as international stays in South East Asia. Featured here, Villa Vérité, Alibaug.

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