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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 info@onseahouse.com 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 info@onseahouse.com 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.

Nominated for a Good Safari Guide Award as Best Safari House

Good Safari GuideOnsea House Tanzania Ltd has been nominated for a Good Safari Guide Award (2009) in the category of Best Safari House.

Nominations are accepted only from experienced African travel specialists (operators, agents, travel journalists). Several travel specialists who think highly of our boutique property have nominated Onsea House online.

Nominations will continue to be accepted until 10th March 2009. Winners will be chosen based purely on numbers of nominations from the industry and from the panel of judges. The 2009 Awards will be held on Friday 8th May during Indaba in Durban, South Africa.

In the past years years, Onsea House has received numerous excellent reviews in guide books including Rough Guide and Lonely Planet, on online reviews including TripAdvisor and Zoover, on boutique hotel websites including Chic Retreats and i-escape and from clients travelling through respected Tour Operators including Expert Africa. The nomination as Best Safari House reconfirms that Onsea House is even considered as best place in its category among operators, agents and travel journalists.

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.

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.

Reizen naar Tanzania in Belgische media

De afgelopen jaren werden safaris naar Tanzania, de beklimming van de Kilimanjaro en/of een strandverblijf op Zanzibar slechts héél sporadisch vermeld in de Belgische media. Daar komt gelukkig verandering in.

Tanzania voert campagne om de Ngorongoro Crater, de Serengeti en andere Nationale Parken en natuurlijke attracties bekender te maken. Ook België draagt (onbewust?) zijn steentje bij. Onsea House in Arusha, dat reeds ontdekt werd door reisbureaus en reizigers van Engeland tot Amerika, wordt sinds kort ook in België niet vergeten.

Na de aandacht voor Tanzania in Stanley’s Route I (VT4, 2005), was het de afgelopen jaren stil in de Belgische media. Reis-specials over Afrika vermeldden Tanzania amper als bestemming. Zo hoorden we regelmatig Belgen die dachten dat de Kilimanjaro in Kenya lag. Is het de negatieve manier waarop Kenya recent in het nieuws is gekomen, die de plotse interesse in Tanzania verklaart?

Midden dit jaar kregen de Vlamingen van Onsea House Arusha 1 uur zendtijd tijdens het (franstalige) Les Belges Du Bout Du Monde (RTBF – La Première), waarvan nu ook het boek met de 101 mooiste ontmoetingen (waaronder Onsea House) te verkrijgen is.
Ook het in België bekeken programma Schrijvers op de veranda (NCRV) waarin Nederlandse auteurs hun hart luchten op de veranda van Rik Felderhof in Arusha (en daarna in het Onsea House Arusha Restaurant dineerden), heeft de nodige impact.

Vanaf donderdag 27 november loopt Wildcard: Tanzania (VRT – Canvas). In deze vijfdelige reeks krijgt schrijver en acteur Ramsey Nasr een Wildcard om samen met een groep studenten biologie van de Universiteit Antwerpen op expeditie te trekken naar Tanzania.

Dé doorbraak voor Onsea House Arusha in de Belgische media volgt wellicht in 2009.
Van 10 tot en met 17 november 2008 filmden Annick Ruyts en haar ploeg in totaal meer dan 800 minuten het leven van Inneke, Dirk, dochter Ella en neef Axel in Tanzania. Een 30 minuten durende reportage zal in de loop van 2009 uitgezonden worden als aflevering in de tweede reeks van We Are From Belgium (VRT – één)

Het tijdschrift Genieten met “elke maand het beste uit de wereld” is bekend om zijn artikels over de mooiste droombestemmingen, authentieke hotels, gezellige weekendtrips en sfeervolle restaurants. Ook zij wijden graag een artikel aan Onsea House Arusha in Genieten van Februari 2009, met een B&B Special over “Logeren bij Belgen in het buitenland”.

Van harte welkom!
Voor verdere informatie, contacteer info@onseahouse.com.

After the Will Smith booking, BBC cast discovers Onsea House in Arusha

The Arusha Times reported this week on the frontpage on the visit of highly rated actors, performing under the auspices of the BBC to spearhead the success of a Sitcom recorderd in Arusha, to be broadcast worldwide under the name of “Taking the Flak“.

The crew and what they intend to do in Arusha became talk of town only after Will Smith, the American actor who was recently described by Newsweek as the most powerfull actor on the planet. He was in Tanzania as UNICEF goodwill ambassador, visited some health projects and made a booking at the Onsea House restaurant!

After Will Smith, the cast of BBC now has discovered Onsea House. This weekend, we had several seperate room bookings from the BBC, including “Smack the Pony” star Doon Mackichan. Rumours have spread that Onsea House in Arusha is a nice and intimate place to relax, eat and overnight.

The Swahili House opens her doors in Zanzibar

After months of renovation, The Swahili House will open her doors in the first half of 2009.
Located in the bustling heart of Stonetown the building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that were to come the building was home to one of the many Sultan families and then became a hotel some years ago. The hotel has been purchased by the Moivaro group of Hotels Lodges and camps and renovations started in May 2008. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state. The result is The Swahili House, a hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality.

The Swahili House has 5 floors that are all built around a court yard – an ideal spot to enjoy a quiet moment away from busy Stonetown life. The floors are all accessible via traditional Zanzibari Staircases and an elevator.  22 rooms are spread out over 4 floors and can be divided in 3 different room categories:
Sultan Suites – large, spacious rooms with balcony. Approx. 45m2;
Suites: medium sized spacious rooms with balcony. Approx. 33m2;
Deluxe Rooms: standard sized double or twin room. Approx. 21m2;
The rooms all are restored and decorated in traditional Swahili style, but adjusted to Western standards, which for example includes European sized mattresses, air conditioning and a fan. Most rooms feature a spectacular open bathroom including a shower and bath, which are ideally to relax after a busy day of exploring Stonetown and its many treasures.
The Swahili House would definitely not be the same without the rooftop terrace which houses a bar, restaurant and a very relaxing Jacuzzi overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Contact info@onseahouse.com if you would like to include a stay at Swahili House and the sister hotel Fumba Beach or other Moivaro properties in your Zanzibar or safari holidays in Tanzania while using Onsea House as homebase in Arusha.