Archive | July, 2012

Bilila Lodge becomes Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

PR Newswire announced on 10 July 2012 that Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has signed a long term management agreement with the owners of Bilila Lodge, a resort in the Serengeti National Park, and is now operating the property, which will be upgraded and renamed Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania in fall 2012.

Four Seasons veteran James Kostecky has been appointed General Manager as the property transitions to Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Most recently General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Thailand, he has previous experience in Kenya with a hotel group based in Nairobi.

“This is the first step in a bold development project that will see three diverse Four Seasons experiences in what are considered to be three of the most important and attractive destinations in Tanzania,” says Scott Woroch, executive vice president worldwide development at Four Seasons. “The responsibility of taking over such as irreplaceable asset within the Serengeti National Park is one that we take very seriously. This is an extremely rare opportunity for Four Seasons in that no other property of this size or scale exists, or is likely to ever be developed again in the Park. With the future development of a luxury tented safari camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and an exclusive beach resort on the island of Zanzibar, Four Seasons will offer some of the finest holiday experiences in Tanzania.”

The news was announced to us long time before it became official by owner Ali Albwardy from Albwardy Investment and co-owner Ong Beng Seng from Hotel Properties Limited during their visits at Onsea House and Machweo. We look forward to welcoming clients in Arusha before or after their stay at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.

Mwendo plays Jazz at Machweo

Come for a moving experience at sunset and dinner.

MWENDO is a comprised of teachers and students from Tumaini University Makumira close to Arusha. For the past 6 years members have performed at all of the well-known local venues in Arusha with many local ex-patriot artists.

They have opened for Sandra Nkake (Cameroon/France) and performed as the local band for Maya Azucena (UN ambassador for music from U.S.). Members of MWENDO have performed with various ensembles in East Africa, the States, and Europe. They will be playing a variety of American jazz styles (swing, cool, be-bop, funk, fusion) for a “moving” experience (MWENDO).

Members performing from “sunset” (MACHWEO) onwards this Saturday night will be: Randy Stubbs on piano, David Seng’enge on guitar and Megan Stubbs on bass.

Machweo is the sister property of Onsea House, featuring the wellness retreat and fine dining restaurant. Book now your table on +255 787 112 498. There will be 2 sessions on Saturday, from 6:30-7:45 and as of 8:15-9:30 so be in time.

Next Jazz gigs at Machweo will be scheduled on Friday August 10, Saturday September 15 and Saturday October 20, 2012.