Best Spa Retreat in Arusha and Runner Up in Tanzania

Machweo has been Finalist for the 2nd consecutive year as Best Safari Spa / Retreat in Africa and is the only property in the Arusha area who made it into the Finals of the 2017 Safari Awards, even with 2 Finalist positions.

It has just been announced that Machweo made it during the 10th Safari Awards even to the “Runner Up” position in the whole of Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar). This Silver medal is a great seal of approval of the Machweo Wellness Retreat which we opened in 2011, ahead of the trend of Wellness Travel to Africa, as mentioned recently in the World Travel Market Global Trends Report.

Do not hesitate to contact us to include a stay at Machweo into your retreat safari holiday in Tanzania.

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TripAdvisor Best of 90 B&B and Inns

Arusha, also known as the safari capital of East Africa, is offering more than 250 accommodation providers listed on TripAdvisor®.

Onsea House has always tried to differentiate from both larger luxury hotels and basic B&B with its unique product and service offering the best of both worlds. Thanks to the many consistent good reviews, we have been awarded each year with a Certificate of Excellence and have been recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner.

Although we have been constantly rated among the top accommodations in Tanzania since our start, it is a true source of pride for the entire team that we are now on n°1 of a total of 90 B&B and Inn accommodations in Arusha.

We’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. It is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

To celebrate this and to further encourage many guests to book with us, we are launching a “Special Offers” section on our websites. We would be delighted to welcoming you (back) soon.

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Wellness in the wilderness

“Safaris and spas create a sweet spot for Africa” according to the WTM Global Trends Report 2016.

Africa’s tourism industry is ideally placed to benefit from current interests in wellness travel. According to the report, safari holidays – one of Africa’s most important segments – are increasingly including yoga, spa, and meditation as part of the itinerary.

This is great news for Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining that got again for the 2nd year in a row a Finalist position in the 2017 Safari Awards as “Best Safari Spa / Retreat” and “Best Location”.

Wellness in the wilderness

The idea of “wellness in the wilderness” also resonates with travellers seeking unique and authentic experience, resulting in a demand for spiritual travel with an adventure component.

Furthermore, the Global Wellness Summit found that in 2014, wellness travel – defined as travel with a purpose of improving health and wellbeing – was growing at 74% more than regular global travel.

Another factor in the rise of Africa’s tourism is the emphasis on sustainable and reduced footprint holidays, with increasing importance placed on ensuring the benefits of tourism are directly and indirectly shared with the local economy.

Caroline Bremner, Euromonitor International head of travel, said: “Time spent with loved ones, including oneself, was consistently ranked as most important by respondents in our 2015 Global Consumer Trends Survey. Time is becoming crucial in a world where everything moves fast, so a safari in the middle of nowhere with loved ones is the ultimate form of wellness travel.”

Mindfulness travel

Mindfulness travel is a fairly new concept that looks to capitalise on the emotional and spiritual benefits of tourism. It is complementary to the wellness trend and is another opportunity for Africa.

The great animal migration in Tanzania could be the focus of a wellness or mindfulness travel experience.

World Travel Market, senior director, Simon Press said: “Wellness in the wilderness combines a number of emerging travel and consumer trends, and Africa lends itself to adventure and relaxation in a natural environment which can also satisfy the demand from travellers for a sustainable and responsible experience”.

Contact us for a recommendation for your wellness retreat safari including a stay at Machweo.

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Fodor’s Choice in Arusha

Fodor’s is the world’s largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information and the first relatively professional producer of travel guidebooks. For 80 years, Fodor’s Travel has been a trusted resource offering expert travel advice for every stage of a traveler’s trip. Fodor’s hire local writers who know their destinations better than anyone else.

Onsea House & Machweo was picked earlier as Fodor’s Choice in Arusha in Fodor’s - The Complete Guide to African Safaris, as one of only top 16 Fodor’s Choices  and only 4 in the entry price class in the whole of Tanzania.

The info is now also on the trusted Fodor’s Travel www.fodors.com website and recommends Onsea House & Machweo for its spectacular location, beautiful outdoor deck and pool and excellent food.

The review further describes the conjoined properties “with some of the most spectacular views in the area, overlooking Arusha and Mt. Meru. Manicured lawns and sloping pathways lead to private spacious cottage suites, delicately decorated with a four-poster bed, en suite bathrooms, and white cotton sheets. Food is of a high standard; lunches have some of the best curries around. Machweo is closer to the main dining area, shared swimming pool and spa, with some cottages that have shared common areas and others that are stand-alone. Onsea is actually out the main gate and down a small set of steps, completely self-contained with its own swimming pool, dining area, and African colonial–style rooms.

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2017 price draw: vote for your chance to win a safari

It’s that time of year again – voting for your favourite safari camp, lodge or safari operator in the prestigious Safari Awards, the “Oscars of the safari industry”.

Both Onsea House and Machweo have been nominated in not less than 9 categories in the 2017 Safari Awards, including Best Safari Cuisine and Best Safari Spa / Retreat. In the past years, both Onsea House and Machweo have been Finalist and Highly Commended.

If you have been on a memorable safari holiday and stayed with us at Onsea House or Machweo, you can vote for us now in the 2017 Safari Awards.

With the recent renovations and price repositioning, we feel that we deserve a fair chance to win with Onsea House in the categories Best Value, Best Safari Cuisine, Best Community Support, Best Family Experience, Best Safari House.
At Machweo we have been working hard to further improve the standards and hope to reach again the finals in the category Best Design, Best Safari Cuisine, Best Safari/Spa Retreat and Most Romantic Safari Property.

The link which will take you to the voting page is as follows: http://www.safariawards.com/2017_prize_draw/ or go straight to the pages of Onsea House and Machweo Wellness Retreat to vote

Voting closes already at midnight on the 30th September, so do it now!

You’ll be included in an amazing prize draw, a Sky Safari for 2 people! All voters stand a chance of winning when they vote so good luck and thanks for your support!
The lucky winner will be selected at random on the 7th November at The World Travel Market in London.

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Onsea House celebrating 10th anniversary

At the occassion of the 10th anniversary in 2016, Onsea House in collaboration with the African Travel And Tourism Association Atta invite their agents and members to the Atta East Africa Networking function to be held at Onsea House on Friday May 27th 2016 at 18:00 – 21:00, cash bar afterwards at Onsea House.

Entrance tickets must be obtained on line in advance as the numbers are limited at this exclusive venue, but payment can only be made, on this occasion, at the entrance.

Charges at the door on production of your printed ticket will be:
Atta Members: Tsh 20,000 (£6.00)
Non-members: Tsh 30,000 (£9.50)

The door money will be donated to the iThemba Baraa Primary School charity close to Onsea House.
Please click here to register online by entering password: arusha

Renovations at Onsea House are taking place in the low season and will continue after the busy months of July and August.
From July 2016 onwards, a new Onsea House family suite will be added and all the 4 original rooms will be used again.

To celebrate this revival, Onsea House has issued some great promotions for 2016 which will be repeated in 2017.

  1.  “3 for 2” and “7 for 4” specials: respectively 1 or 3 nights are offered complimentary on BB base when booking 3 or 7 nights in total
  2. US$ 50 discount per room per night on Onsea House rooms
  3. last minute discount of US$ 25 per person per night for new booking requests which come in within 1 month from arrival (discounted rates available throughout the year subject to availability on a last minute).

Contact info@onseahouse.com for further information.

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Vote and win in the Safari Awards prize draw

The Safari Awards recognise the very best safari lodges, camps, houses and spas in Africa and worldwide.

Onsea House Tanzania Ltd has been nominated for the 2016 Safari Awards with all properties in 9 important categories:
Best Community Focused, Best Design, Best Ecologically Responsible, Best Family Safari Experience, Best Location, Best New Safari Property, Best Safari Cuisine, Best Safari House, Best Value.

Did you also stay at one of the properties we operate? You are invited to add your vote also before voting closes on 30 September 2015. All voters will automatically be included in the safari prize draw.

To vote for one of the properties in our portfolio, simply visit the link to the respective voting page on the Safari Award site: Onsea House, Machweo Wellness Retreat and Siringit Kilimanjaro Golf & Safari Retreat.

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2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence “Hall of Fame”

Travellers come to TripAdvisor to plan and book the perfect trip. Certificate of Excellence celebrates the accommodations, attractions and eateries that make these perfect trips possible.

Onsea House Tanzania Ltd has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner in May 2015. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years, from 2011 to 2015.

Of total winners this year, only 9% have qualified for the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame by winning the award five years running.
Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at Onsea House Tanzania Ltd and we’d like to thank all of our past guests at our properties who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

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