Thiruvananthapuram: Vacation homes are quite common in Western countries. Even in India travellers these days are looking for comfortable and safe places where they can spend some good time peacefully during their vacation. And Kerala which lies in the fifth position in India for the most number of unoccupied homes – around 50,000 lying vacant – has an advantage in this segment. It is against this backdrop that Hubloft, a tech-enabled startup in the vacation rentals segment that provides management services to vacation homes, started its journey in October 2018. The growing trend of vacation homes in India made Raiyaan Nayeem think about such a venture offering authentic travel experiences to the guests. From pick up and drop to helping travellers enjoy the local experiences, the team manages every aspect of the guests’ journey.
Hubloft, a tech-enabled startup in the vacation rentals segment provides management services to vacation homes all over Kerala
Kochi-based Nayeem was previously working with Airbnb, one of the biggest names in the travel industry which first introduced the concept of home sharing. Raiyaan used to help source properties from all over the world for Airbnb. Suppose if some property owner has got an extra room or home he or she can put it on Hubloft and guests can book it for short-term rentals. The Hubloft team adheres to a rigorous set of yardsticks while evaluating a ‘potential home.’ Only the finest properties are selected for ensuring great experience to the travellers. Their properties are located in the most stunning locations – be it a guesthouse in the hills or a private villa by the beach – ideal for your next family reunion or corporate retreat.
Hubloft’s eye for offbeat spots helps take travellers to some of the cosiest homes surrounded by enchanting sceneries. “We receive a lot of enquiries. We have different types of houses – five-bedroom houses, three-bedroom ones and even eight-bedroom houses. Having around 200 rooms spread over 25 properties, Hubloft’s accommodation facilities are across Kerala. The company also has plans to expand its footprint all over the country.
“Hubloft’s inventory includes underutilised houses, apartments, villas, guesthouses and other forms of accommodations,” says Nayeem. In Thiruvananthapuram, the company is planning to start its full operation which is now restricted largely to just marketing and reservations. In future it is going to assume the role of an end-to-end solutions provider. The firm will take care of everything, including housekeeping, of the properties it holds.
“It was during my one-and-a-half-year stint with Airbnb that I got the idea of starting Hubloft. Every other person I met when I scouted around for properties would request me to take their properties on short-term rental. That was how I realised the enormous potential of vacation houses.’’ Hubloft’s hill-station properties are pretty packed with travellers making a beeline for high ranges seeking relief from the hot weather sweeping the plains. Hubloft, which receives government backing also as a startup, stands out from rest of the booking websites since they help travellers plan their vacation and not just ensuring their stay. For details, visit: www.hubloft.in