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Building the Future Together with Stone Wood Hotels & Resorts

When you succeed, Stone Wood does. Our team is eager to collaborate with you to comprehend your aims for hotel growth, provide our knowledge of the hospitality industry, and assist your corporate goals for long-term success.

Stone Wood Hotels & Resorts is founded with the vision of developing a hospitality company of quality Resorts. The aim is to provide individual, family, and group vacations in a home-like ambience at a reasonable price. The hotels and resorts would be of a manageable size to provide personalized services. We have pioneered destination hotels & resorts both for travellers, soul seekers, and large-size groups. As well as a lover of nightlife experiences. Over the years Stone Wood Hotels & Resorts have been able to launch properties in Goa and Gokarna, Udaipur and is planning to expand in other parts of the country like Himachal, Uttaranchal and Kerala. This is being done with a combination of owned, leased, and managed properties. The hotels and resorts are managed by personnel with extensive experience in the Hospitality Industry and are headquartered in Goa.

Stone Wood Hotels & Resorts is one of Goa’s largest growing brands, offering unmatched choices for guests and driving unrivalled value for owners. We put a lot of effort into fostering long-lasting, lucrative partnerships with owners thanks to our diverse selection of brands and our innovative sales and marketing platform. The ability of owners to leverage a top hospitality firm has never been simpler.

The Spirit of Teamwork

Hospitality is an art that aims at bringing smiles to people’s faces and spreading happiness. The Team at Stone Wood, works round the clock for a client-focused experience.

Stone Wood Resorts and Hotels Group was founded with the vision in mind to create a unique travel & Hospitality company with the very best quality in both its benefits and services to its guests. Stone Wood Hotels & Resorts a name known in the hospitality sector encompasses boutique hotels, villas, finest serviced apartments, clubs, and restaurants majorly in Goa and Pan India. Over the years, Stone Wood Resorts and Hotels have been able to launch its properties in Goa, Gokarna and Udaipur.

Let’s talk about the team that has made all the difference!

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GOKUL KUMAR – Chairman


Our guiding spirit is Mr. Gokul Kumar, a doyen of real estate development and hospitality. He is known for completing quality projects in time without cost overruns and to his credit, the foremost 106-room Whispering Palm Beach Resort at Candolim Goa, Hard Rock Hotel, Mussoorie, Haveli on Karnal Road. Also spearheading the first Mall of Punjab in Jalandhar, Arni University in Himachal, and many more.

A philanthropist at heart, he is known for his association with his employees, partners, and anyone who has ever associated with him for a long-term gain, business ethics with values and principles.

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SHIKHAR KUMAR - MD/CEO

 
Young, enthusiastic, and energetic, Shikhar had nursed his dream of becoming a hotelier from a very early age. He worked towards it with tenacity by first studying at the Welcome group Graduate School of Hotel Management at Manipal. This was followed by a master's degree from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Switzerland. 

He was only 21 years of age when equipped with all the learning he set about making his dream come true. His first project was a Beach Club "Antares" followed by several restaurants, Hotels and Resorts in the state, of Goa and Karnataka. He currently manages an ever-expanding chain of Resorts under the brand name "Stone Wood Hotels & Resorts." There are nine Resorts in this portfolio with another two coming up and five planned.

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SAJID MAHMOOD - Senior Advisor

 
With over four decades of experience in the hotel industry, hoteliering runs in his bloodstream. He has extensive experience in hotel operations, sales & marketing, and development having worked with brands like ITC Hotels, Club Mahindra, Park Hotels, Carlson Hotels & Sarovar Hotels in senior positions. He has also worked across the length and breadth of the country, hardly leaving any state out, which gives him a good insight into various markets. Sajid is involved in guiding the Stone Wood Hotels & Resorts team in total hotel management including sales & marketing.

Rhea Kumar


RHEA KUMAR - Brand Architect & Designer

 
Rhea is our in-house architect and designer responsible for designing our new resorts and oversees the detailing of any renovation of gradation. This helps us undertake projects and complete them in a timely manner. She is a qualified architect with master's from Domus Academy, Milano, Italy. Through her exposure to international standards, she has created an identity reflected in her design.

Gaurav Dewanand


GAURAV DEWANAND – Associate Director – Revenue


An experienced Revenue Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality and airline industry. Skilled in Inventory Management, Pricing Strategy, Hotel & Airline Revenue Management, and Channel Management. He has previously worked with IHG, Trident Hotels, Jet Airways, The Leela, and Marriott International. He has a Science Degree focused in Hotel Man[1]agement from IHM-Goa.

Manjit-Parsekar


MANJIT PARSEKAR - Digital Marketing Manager


Manjit expertly manoeuvres us through the digital world that confuses many. He specializes in Digital Marketing using his master's degree in Marketing from the University of Goa, He has over a decade of experience in marketing having worked with brands like Wockhardt, Novotel and Mercure. His digital marketing experience has mainly been with the hotel industry.

Praveen-Agarwal


PRAVEEN AGGARWAL CORPORATE GENERAL MANAGER - Operations


A hotelier who has served industry brands with length & breadth of the country like Hyatt Regency, Wyndham Hotels and ITC Hotels with a hardcore background in Operations and development, has managed a strong portfolio of 42 units in his last assignment. His expertise includes hotel operations, Pre-opening, expansion and brand development, managing stakeholders' relationships, corporate governance and a strong understanding of financial deliverables.

Anshu Verma


ANSHU VERMA – Resort Manager

 
A patient but firm team leader Anshu manages three of our resorts. He has over 14 years of experience in hotel operations, having worked with Crowne Plaza and Godwin Resorts before joining Stone Wood Hotels & Resorts. He is a hotel management graduate from the Hotel Management Institute of Goa.

Rohan Rodrigues


ROHAN RODRIGUES - General Manager


Rohan is another highly experienced General Manager working with us. A team motivator, his core competence covers multiple areas like Operations Management, Sales & Marketing, and Public Relations. He has experience of having opened several hotels and resorts. He has done his Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Mark Fernandez


MARK FERNANDEZ - Resort Manager


Mark did his grounding in hotels with the Taj Group of Hotels, where he worked across the length and breadth of the country; crossing the shores, he worked with the Imperial in Singapore and Novotel in Melbourne. In the area of Food & Beverage experience cuts across discotheques, fast food chains as well as specialty restaurants.

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AMIT NANDI - Resort Manager


Specializing in running hotels and resorts in off-beat locations, Amit has worked with organizations like ITC Hotels, Orchid, Group, Daspalla Group, Nature Trails, and Sterling Holidays. He has a good pre-opening experience, especially in remote locations. Amit is a nature and adventure enthusiast with over 20 years of experience in the hotel industry.

Sanat Elekar


SANAT KAMAT ELEKAR - Resort Manager


Sanat is responsible for managing one of our Resort in Morjim – Stone Wood Village Resort. A degree holder in hotel management, he has worked for brands like Cidade-de-Goa, Park Hyatt Goa (now an ITC hotel), Climax Hotels, Landmark Group, and Bloom hotels. He has been involved in the pre-opening of several hotels. His 15-year career covers hotels in India and the UAE.

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ALKA PATTA - General Manager


A confident, people person and seasoned hospitality professional with over 25 years of experience. Previously, served as Resident Manager at Ramada Plaza. Worked for well-known brands such as ITC Welcomgroup, Royal Goan Beach Club (Karma Group), Carlson Hotels, Best Western hotels, Fortune ITC Ummed Jodhpur and Clarks Shiraz, Agra Currently, Resort Manager at our brand new, upscale boutique property in the City of lakes, Udaipur - Maan Vilas by Stone Wood Resorts involved in pre-opening and successfully Launched Maan Vilas

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MUNISH SHARMA - General Manager 

Munish Sharma, a seasoned hotel professional with 23 years of experience in the industry, has successfully contributed to renowned brands such as Ramada, Preferred, Choice Hospitality, and Welcome Heritage. His most recent role was as the General Manager at Royal Orchid Hotels in Dharamshala.

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KUNAAL MEHTA - General Manager

A seasoned hospitality professional with 22 years of expertise, Kunaal completed his management studies at IHM, Pusa, New Delhi. Throughout his career, he contributed significantly to esteemed brands such as Taj Hotels, Sayaji Hotels, Radisson Hotel, Sarovar Hotels, ITC Fortune Hotels., Summit Hotels and Resorts, Cygnett, and Chlorofeel Hotels & Resorts, culminating in his current role at Stone Wood Hotels & Resorts. Kunaal has played a pivotal role in 10+ pre-opening and rebranding initiatives as a Cluster Head of Operations and General Manager. His dedication and expertise were recognized with the honor of Best Operation Manager in 2019. This journey reflects a commitment to excellence, a track record of successful hotel operations, and a proven ability to lead teams effectively in dynamic and competitive environments.

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SOMNATH BOSE - General Manager 
 

Somnath is a self-motivated and confident individual with excellent multitasking skills, coupled with the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. He holds an M.Sc in Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Tourism from Punjab Technical University.

With over 16 years of experience managing hotels of varying sizes and departments, Somnath has a rich professional background. He has worked with notable establishments such as Floatel Kolkata (India's first floating hotel), Sarovar Group, ITC-Fortune Group, and Acron Group of Hotels.

Somnath's achievements include successfully opening four hotels, including the Aralea Beach Resort by Stone Wood in Morjim, while adhering to brand standards and operational systems. His hands-on approach and close monitoring of customer feedback, sales and marketing, public relations, operations, and training have consistently contributed to the success and superior guest experiences in the establishments he has been associated with.

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NAZIL M. SUTAR – General Manager

Nazil M. Sutar holds a Bachelor's Degree of BBA from BIMS Degree Collage, And a Diploma in Aviation & Hospitality Management from Airhostess Academy Nazil has 13+ Years of Experience in the Hospitality Industry across various brands like avataara, the Fern Hotels and Resorts, Regenta Resorts, The Royal Assagao, Gulf Gate Hotel and Fortune.

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SATISH AGRAHAR - Chief Financial Officer
 

Satish Agrahar brings a wealth of experience in accounting and finance, backed by a professional education background, spanning over three decades. With over 15 years spent at senior management levels in renowned hotel brands like Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), Marriott, and Cidade De Goa Group as Head of Finance, Satish has demonstrated his expertise in various facets of finance, accounts, and projects.

In his current role, Satish assumes the responsibility for the overall finance management and related functions of the Stonewood Group of Resorts. His extensive industry knowledge and senior management experience make him a valuable asset in ensuring the financial well-being and success of the organization.

Shailendra Deurukhkar


SHAILENDRA DEORUKHKAR - Corporate Manager Human Resources


A hotel or resort is judged by the service it provides. Services are provided by people. Mr Shailendra carries the burden of recruiting, developing, and retaining these people. A postgraduate in Business Administration, he has over 14 years of experience in the industry. He monitors statutory compliances, payroll, recruitments, departures, and employee engagement activities across our resorts. He has an enthusiastic approach to working with a positive mindset.

Uday Mandrekar


UDAY MANDREKAR - Manager Finance


Uday is responsible for guiding and monitoring the finance executives at our various resorts. All Profit & Loss statements are vetted by him to ensure flawless accounting. He has over a decade of experience of working in the finance department of hotels like Paradise Village Beach Resort, La gulls Court and Nagoa Grande in Goa

Suresh Arya


SURESH ARYA - Corporate Chef


It is believed in the hotel industry that while managers are easier to train, it takes a minimum of ten years to produce a good Chef. In the kitchen knowledge is not enough, extensive practice is required. Suresh has been through the grill for over two decades. He has worked in multiple restaurants and hotels in Pune, Mangalore, Goa, Fiji Islands, and Wellington, New Zealand. He oversees the kitchen operation of all our Resorts.

Sandeep Tirthgirikar


SANDEEP TIRTHGIRIKAR - Corporate Housekeeper


Sandeep is a graduate from Edinburgh Napier University United Kingdom and has a very rich work experience in the field of Hotel Housekeeping and Rooms division management spanning above 14 years. He has worked with several Indian and international hotel brands during this time, mentioning few like The Oberoi New Delhi, The Leela palace New Delhi, Taj Mahal New Delhi, Pullman Gurgaon central park (Le Meridian), JW Marriott Pune, Royal Orchid Belagavi & Nasik and Golkonda Resorts Hyderabad. He has designed and executed Covid precaution policy for the Royal Orchid Group of hotels. He has done SDP (Supervisory development program) from The Oberoi’s and MDP (Managerial development program) from JW Marriott.

 

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KALIDAS PRABHAKAR VAJURKAR – Corporate Chief Engineer

 
Kalidas holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Govt. Polytechnic, Latur, and boasts over 30 years of experience in the engineering field. He has contributed his expertise to renowned brands such as Mercure Hotel by Accor Group (Alcon Resorts), Heritage View Resort, Fortune Select Dasve, Intercontinental Hotel, and Hotel Fortune Inn Jukaso.

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SAURABH BHATTACHARYA – Corporate Training Manager


With 20 years of experience in the Hospitality industry. Saurabh is a PGDM holder in HR, an avid reader, an outspoken person, passionate about training, worked with different brands like Taj, Radisson, Dona Sylvia Beach Resort, Kenilworth Hotels, etc. He has also been the Vice Principal of IAM Institute of Hotel Management Goa. Saurabh is a Black Belt in Six Sigma and also a certified Train the Trainer.

Our Philosophy

Stone Wood Hotels and Resorts are driven by professionals. Every member of the management team has extensive experience in the hotel industry. Our association with hotel owners is based on the concept of a long-term relationship. We have a well-organized Sales & Marketing setup to source and supply business to our hotels A core support team helps Resorts create a sustainable competitive edge.

Infrastructure

Hotel Development:
  • Operation support is provided to Resorts through regular visits and monitoring by a Corporate team.
  • We have access to the finest architect, service planners, designers, and consultants & great access to:
    • Heat, light, and power experts
    • Landscaping experts
    • Kitchen and back area planning professionals

Growth Potential

Sales & Marketing:
  • A nationwide network of sales offices and representation
  • A corporate cell to provide Revenue Management
  • A robust Central Reservation System integrated with Property Management System at Resorts
  • A good relationship and connection with all major OTAs operating in India

360-degree Hospitality Planning

Distribution:
  • A corporate website that provides online reservations with a payment gateway
  • Directly connect to OTAs through the channel manager
  • Sales Offices in key locations. These are growing with the chain of hotels being multiplying
 
Training & Human Resources:
  • Strong training infrastructure headed by experienced training managers
  • Well-researched SOPs and execution plan for multiple rollouts
  • Corporate support to ensure all statutory compliance related to manpower

Engineering:
  • Experienced professionals at the corporate level to support hotels in all aspects of Engineering and Maintenance
  • Day-to-day monitoring for energy conservation and cost optimization