Archive | March, 2009

Best South African wines on Premium Wine List

The arrival of the Villiera Monro Brut 2003, probably South Africa’s best Methode Cap Clasique and among the best bubbles in the world, marks the festive launch of the new Onsea House Premium Wine List.

Next to the premium wines from Boekenhoutskloof, their second label Porcupine Ridge and The Wolftrap, which we featured for the first time in Tanzania on a winelist, we expect a whole range of 90 and + rated wines by Wine Spectator and 4,5 to 5 stars in the John Platter South African Wine Guide 2009.

Top red blends include the 5 star Kaapzicht Steytler Vision Cape Blend 2005, Wine Spectator rated Meerlust Rubicon 2004 and very affordable Kanonkop Kadette.
Unique single varieties include Kanonkop Pinotage 2006, without any doubt one of the best wines in its class, and the best Pinot Noirs from South Africa: Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2005 and Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2006, which will perfectly match the fine dining at Onsea House.
Super premium white wines include Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2007.

Contact or Axel on +255 787 112 498 to book a table.

#1 in Popularity and Guest Satisfaction in Arusha

According to Wego, the Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage is the # 1 hotel in both Popularity and Guest Satisfaction in Arusha.

What is Wego? In 3 words, Wego is a travel search engine. Think of Wego as a price comparison website that helps you find the perfect flight, hotel, or travel package for your specific needs. Instead of having to trawl through many different travel sites, Wego provides the information you need to find your perfect travel purchase, be it airline tickets to Phuket, a hotel room for 2 in Bangkok, or activities you can experience while in Tokyo, all on a single site:
Some of you may be familiar with the term travel meta-search engine, which better describes what Wego is.

It is with great pleasure that we see Onsea House confirmed as # 1, based on proprietary algorithm that includes guest satisfaction, user behaviour, property characteristics, seasonality and relative popularity across the web.

Contact for any further information and/or bookings.

Simply the Best of Tanzania

Renown German Safari Operator Bush Legends has included Onsea House in several exciting safari programs including The Flying Wildebeest Feast, a private safari in small & exclusive tented camps and in Tanzania Highlights, a safari visiting Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park.

Their most upmarket program, Simply the Best of Tanzania, is available through Geneva based Delta Voyages. The safari includes a stay in both Onsea House in Arusha, the Singita Sabora Plains Tented Camp as The Palms on Zanzibar.

Genieten in een exotische B&B bij Belgen in Tanzania

Wie op zoek is naar echte verwenvakanties, heeft op 14 en 15 maart a.s. afspraak op B&B EXPO in Brussel. Een paar honderd exposanten uit de hele wereld stellen er hun unieke vakantieformules voor in charmante bed & breakfasts en kleine hotels.

Onsea House in Arusha is de enige deelnemer aan de B&B EXPO uit Oost Afrika. De Belgen in Tanzania verwelkomen al enkele jaren gasten van over de hele wereld en willen nu ook hun zaak kenbaar maken in België. Eerder verschenen al wel artikels in De Morgen, De Standaard, in het boek Les Belges du Bout du Monde en in de Genieten – Special Logeren bij Belgen in het Buitenland  en binnenkort ook op We Are From Belgium op één.

Op 14 en 15 maart kan u voor de 1ste maal rechtstreeks kennismaken met Onsea House op de B&B Expo, Brussels Expo, paleis 2, stand 155. Contacteer of Dorien Onsea op +32 497 915 803 voor verdere informatie.

Bilila Lodge Kempinski opens its doors in the Serengeti

After ealier openings of Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski in Dar Es Salaam and Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski, the owner, UAE national Mr. Ali Albwardy, will open in the heart of Tanzania’s world famous Serengeti National Park the Bilila Lodge Kempinski at the 1st of June, 2009. A dream hideaway in the Central Serengeti, destined to be the most unique lodge in the world. 

All of its 74 rooms, suites and villas feature luxurious en-suit bathrooms and decorated with handpicked African artwork. The lodge facilities include a restaurant, lobby lounge, bar, boma, wine cellar, art gallery and gift shop. The infinity pool and Anantara Spa provide for the ultimate relaxation after an exciting day of a game drive. Bilila combines the height of luxury with romance in spectacular African wilderness surrounds.

Today Mr. Ali Albwardy was for lunch at Onsea House and reveiled us his plans of the construction of a Kempinski in Arusha on the grounds of the former Saba Saba Hotel.
The Kempinksi developments will help to further uplift Tanzania as a destination and Kempinski Arusha will for sure help to furhter build the market of good food and luxury accommodation in the safari capital. 

Contact if you would like to combine a stay at the fantastic Kempinski properties during your safari or beach holidays in Tanzania and Zanzibar before or after your stay at Onsea House.

Bird Watching Paradise

Birders agree that Onsea House is a real Bird Watching Paradise. We invite guests to use our bird list to record those birds which you find around Onsea House. In fine weather you may see many of these from the balcony or around the gardens. The taxonomy and nomenclature follows that used in The Birds of East Africa by John Fanshawe and Terry Stevenson. This is available for reference in our guide book library on the balcony.

If you are interested in a day of bird watching, in the Arusha area or in Tarangire or Arusha National Park, then you can make an appointment with James the Birdman through