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Selected as only boutique hotel in Tanzania

Chic RetreatsOnsea House is a privately owned luxury bed & breakfast in Arusha and the only property in Tanzania which is selected for the Luxury Boutique Hotel portfolio from Chic Retreats. “Small is beautiful” is what the selected hip hotels and small luxury hotels have in common.
The 5th Anniversary Edition of the Chic Retreats book, features over 200 hotels and villas worldwide and will include 1 full page on Onsea House. Available for members from 1st July from Chic Retreats or for clients at Onsea House

I-escape, the winner of the Best Travel Website and many other awards, is renown for its honest reviews of more than 700 handpicked places. They have selected Onsea House as only hotel/lodge in Northern Tanzania and just updated their Onsea House review.

Mr & Mrs Smith, who have not yet selected a hotel in Tanzania, have shown interest to include Onsea House in their collection of boutique & luxury hotels.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for further information on a stay at Onsea House in Arusha in combination with a safari, Kilimanjaro climb and/or Zanzibar beach holiday.

Ethiopian Airlines offering free tickets to Africa

Time published some Valentine’s Deals That You’ll Love, including special travel deals.
To celebrate Barack Obama’s Inauguration, Ethiopian Airlines is offering a free companion ticket to any of its 32 destinations in Africa, including Kilimanjaro Airport (Tanzania), from Washington’s Dulles Airport.

Traditionally speaking, flights to Africa can be amongst the most expensive you’ll find, and there are seldom deals to be found when flying there. But right now this “buy 1, get 1 free” promotion makes it more affordable than ever to make the trip.

The promotion is good from February 1st through March 31st 2009. Simply book a ticket before the 30th of March, and you receive one companion fare for free. 800-445-2733
The only restriction, other than the dates of the promotion, is that your stay can not be longer than 21 days.

Combining this promotion with low season rates in April and May and/or using Onsea House as “home base” in Arusha could make for a low cost safari, Kilimanjaro climb and/or Zanzibar beach holiday. Grab your tickets while you can!

Contact info@onseahouse.com for all travel advise to Tanzania: from the moment you arrive at Kilimanjaro airport until you get back on the plane.

Opnieuw review in De Standaard en De Morgen

In het artikel Bergen en Belgen in Tanzania op 10 januari werd Onsea House voor de 2de keer op minder dan 1 maand positief besproken in De Standaard.

Ook De Morgen beschreef op 24 januari Onsea House voor de 2de maal in Lezers Tippen Lezers met Vader en zoon op de Kilimanjaro, een gelijkaardig verhaal als in De Standaard.

Ondanks (of dankzij?) de economische crisis blijken de boekingen – mede door de media aandacht - nog beter te lopen dan voordien.

Contacteer info@onseahouse.com met uw vragen over uw geplande Kilimanjaro beklimming, een safari naar de Serengeti en de Ngorongoro wereldwonderen in combinatie met een verblijf bij Onsea House en/of een strandvakantie op het romantische Zanzibar.

Safari bookings to Tanzania to go up in 2009

The year 2009 is ushering in brisk business for tour operators booking safaris to Tanzania, stakeholders in the US have said in recent reports.

Their optimism contradicts local players in the sector who have in recent months been reporting a slump in business.
They are also predicting a drop in tourism receipts in the wake of the economic recession in major source markets of tourists to the country.

The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) is, however, optimistic that Tanzania will weather the financial crisis storm in the travel industry.
“In a year when people are conscious about cost/value, Tanzania offers an excellent travel experience where the dollar buys much more than is available in other countries.

America is Tanzania’s number one source of tourism. We are encouraged by the positive feedback we have received that this growth will continue even during a challenging economic climate,” Tanzania Tourist Board said recently. 

US Tour Operators have seen no evidence of a travel slowdown when it comes to Tanzania.
“While the media was filled with doom and gloom for the past few months about the US economy in general,” she says, “right after the elections and the holidays we resumed normal -if not higher- quote requests on bookings to Tanzania.
“People see that the sky isn’t falling; they know that Tanzania is a beautiful and peaceful country (we have never had a problem in any part of Tanzania), and they’re ready again for a good travel experience.”

An recent article in USA Today (December 2008) stated Tanzania as “One of the Top Two Safari Destinations in the world”.�
Voice of America told listeners (January 2009) that “the price structure in Tanzania now, combined with its beauty, make it the must-go-to destination this year. Take advantage of its good deals while you can!” 

US operators note that their sales of safari packages to Tanzania are also brisk.
“Few people are cancelling or postponing for economic reasons. We are more than pleased. People aren’t putting their lives on hold.”
“Many Americans are fulfilling a dream in keeping and creating travel plans to Tanzania”.

TTB confirms that they expect to hold or increase the market share in 2009 as a result of “the increase in hi-end accommodations to meet the demand of the luxury travel segment and improved air access combined with ongoing advertising on CNN and other US media.”

Onsea House got as intimate high-end hotel accommodation and tourist agent in Arusha, an increasing number of demands compared to the same period last year. Do not wait too long to book your trip, including a stay at Onsea House in Arusha! Contact info@onseahouse.com for further information.

Thuis bij Belgen in Tanzania

Sire, er zijn nog Belgen (in het buitenland) titelde de Standaard in zijn Reizen special van 20/21 december 2008.

“Sinds 1988 zendt La Première, de Radio 1 van de RTBF, elke zondagochtend het populaire programma Les Belges du Bout du Monde uit. Daarin komen Belgen op antenne die zich in het buitenland gevestigd hebben. Adrien Joveneau presenteert het programma sinds het begin en heeft ondertussen al tweeduizend Belgen in het buitenland geïnterviewd. Ter gelegenheid van de twintigste verjaardag van het programma hebben Joveneau en zijn collega Frédérique Thiébaut zopas honderd van die interviews gebundeld in een (Franstalig) boekje dat iedereen met emigratieplannen moet hebben. Het leest als een trein en doet ook dankzij de foto’s wegdromen.”

“Belgen zijn joviale, discrete, harde werkers, die zich gemakkelijk aanpassen aan hun nieuwe omgeving, maar ontzettend trots blijven op hun land”, zo stelt auteur Adrien Jovenau. De jovialiteit merk je als je logeert in een van de vele hotels of gastenverblijven die door Belgen in het buitenland worden gerund. Onsea House in Tanzania is 1 van de favoriete adressen die in het boek voorkomt, zo zegt coauteur Frédérique Thiébaut aan De Standaard: “Iedereen moet gaan genieten van de gastvrijheid van Onsea House in Tanzania”.

Onsea House is 1 van de slechts 4 vermelde vakantieadressen in het artikel in De Standaard. Daarnaast was Onsea House uit Arusha 1 van de speciale gasten in het live-programma op La Première ter gelegenheid van de 20ste verjaardag van het radioprogramma, op zondag 21 december (foto, met dank aan Noel Salazar).

In 2008 zat Onsea House helaas nog niet in het assortiment of een reisbrochure van een Belgische tour operator of reisagent. Via info@onseahouse.com brengen we u in contact met een operator die een verblijf bij Onsea House combineert met een safari, een beklimming van de Kilimanjaro en/of strandverblijf in Zanzibar.

Parmi les 101 plus belles rencontres réalisées sur les ondes

L’émission radiophonique Les Belges au Bout du Monde, diffusée le dimanche matin sur La Première, souffle ses 20 bougies cette année. Pour fêter l’événement, la RTBF programme des émissions spéciales et publie un livre.

Les Belges du bout du monde donne aux réveils dominicaux un parfum d’évasion et de liberté. En mettant à l’honneur ceux qui ont osé réaliser leurs rêves et ceux qui préfèrent le goût de l’aventure à celui du confort, cette émission s’est, petit à petit, imposée comme un phare dans la morosité ambiante.

“Dans le livre, nous en avons choisi cent et un ‘qui ont la frite’. Cent et un tempéraments qui sont allés au bout de leurs rêves, se sont investis dans l’humanitaire ou se sont plongés dans le monde des affaires, sans jamais se défaire de ce côté bonhomme, la marque de fabrique du Belge qui ne se prend pas (trop) au sérieux”, explique Adrien Joveneau, animateur de l’émission “Les Belges au Bout du Monde” depuis 20 ans.

Ces Belges du bout du monde étant généralement d’une hospitalité proverbiale, ils n’hésiteront pas à vous livrer leurs plus précieux conseils, à vous entraîner sur les sentiers de traverse de leur pays d’adoption, à titiller vos papilles avec des délices d’ici et de là-bas ou à vous ouvrir leurs portes à prix d’amis : au fil des pages (et avec un photo du Serengeti sur la couverture), vous trouverez ainsi Onsea House, des chambres d’hôtes de luxe au pied du Kilimandjaro et à côté des parcs national d’Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara et Serengeti et le crater du Ngorongoro…

Contactez info@onseahouse.com pour tout info concernant Onsea House, un safari en Tanzanie, l’ascention du Kilimandjaro et/ou un sejour à l’île d’épices Zanzibar.

L’ouvrage touristique Les Belges du bout du monde de Adrien Joveneau et Frédérique Thiébaut est publié chez Editions Racine (Lannoo) et est disponible depuis 25/11/2008.

ISBN :  978-2-87386-576-4
Prix public :  19,95 EUR
Date de parution :  25-11-2008, disponible *
Format :  140 x 220
Couverture :  Brochée
Tirage(s) :  1
Nombre de pages :  224

Today Show struggling up Kilimanjaro

The Today Show‘s Ann Curry has been sent on assignment to climb Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 52-year-old only got that assignment three weeks ago, leaving her little time to train. She describes it as “climbing a Stairmaster for six hours a day with 20 pounds on your back.”

Her stunt is for the NBC morning show’s “Ends of the Earth” feature, which begins Monday. It’s plotted out so if she does make it to the summit of the 19,000-plus-foot mountain, it’ll be shown during Friday’s edition of “Today.”

Kilimanjaro Education Foundation, (KEF), founded by Todd Grossmann, will be featured on the Today show today Tuesday between 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Todd and the KEF board of directors had dinner at the Onsea House restaurant.

Learn more about the foundation and contribute via their website.
Contact info@onseahouse.com for more info on climbing the Kilimanjaro and/or booking Onsea House accommodation or dinner before or afther the climb.

Reviews of luxury retreat in Arusha

Many honeymooners, romantic couples or small families still do not find Onsea House in Arusha yet when they want to book an intimate luxury honeymoon safari, spa, villa or lodge retreat in Arusha or Tanzania in general.

Onsea House has however received excellent reviews in Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and on several websites. With 20 million reviews and opinions of properties around the world, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community, is the source travellers trust most. Due to the extreme small size of our operations, we however get only few reviews compared to bigger hotels and are also listed in the B&B category instead of the more obvious hotel category. Taking all this into account, Onsea House is in fact the best reviewed place in Arusha.

Karibuni sana – you are most welcome to visit the www.onseahouse.com website or check our TripAdvisor reviews. Please contact info@onseahouse.com for any further information.