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Onsea House & Machweo Retreat

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Baraa Road Moivaro, Moshono Village, Arusha 1259 Tanzania
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 10/14/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#3 of 205 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha
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Since 2006, "Onsea House" has been a synonym for charming comfort in a picturesque setting, which is unique in Arusha. With more personal approach than in a hotel and more privacy than a lodge resort, we aim to be your preferred luxury Bed & Breakfast. Just next doors and yet almost worlds apart, "Machweo" offers larger and more luxurious rooms in a tranquil Boutique Hotel environment, while maintaining the same personal approach. Machweo is a refuge for those who enjoy the finer things in life since 2011. Besides the daily pursuit for culinary excellence for our resident guests, we have been catering for all types of events over the years. With "Axel Janssens Signature Catering" we bring since 2016 our experience, services and a unique blend of African and European cuisine to your place of venue or even to the most remote locations for a truly special event.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children's television networks
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Shallow end in pool
Yoga room
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bicycle tours
Billiards
Canoeing offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hammam
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Additional bathroom
Desk
Housekeeping
Minibar
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Dutch, Swahili
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Kurt P wrote a review Oct 2020
Wichita, Kansas1 contribution
This was my second meal with Axel. I’ve been all over the world. This guy is the best Chef on the planet and his storytelling is superb. I’m going to try and arrange a long term stay next time. I’m also inquiring about his catering abilities because eating five star cuisine in the middle of the bush- but this guy makes it happen. I can’t wait to return!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Dirk Janssens, Owner at Onsea House & Machweo Retreat
Responded Oct 13, 2020
Hi 448kurtp from Kansas, Many thanks for your appreciation and fantastic review. Axel and the team would be delighted to welcoming you back, either at Onsea House in Arusha or in the middle of the bush. We are also very much open for long term stays. Looking froward to welcoming you back.
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RLS46212 wrote a review Aug 2020
Sarasota, Florida363 contributions61 helpful votes
We unfortunately only got to spend one day here but it was literally an oasis. The room was comfortable. It is definitely one of the places on our trip that I wish we could of stayed longer. The lunch we had here was lovely and Axel was so pleasant to visit with. The staff was so kind. Definitely would love to return one day. The mosque prayers was just an added calming benefit to our visit.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Dirk Janssens, Owner at Onsea House & Machweo Retreat
Responded Oct 13, 2020
Dear RLS46212 from Florida, Many thanks for your stay with us and appreciation dispite the strange COVID-19 period we are all going through. We are pleased to see an increased number of bookings from the USA and would love to welcoming you back.
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Marlien C wrote a review May 2020
Bosch en Duin, The Netherlands14 contributions
Onsea House & Machweo Retreat is a beautiful hotel just outside the busy Arusha. I stayed there after climbing Mount Meru and it was like arriving in heaven. Friendly staff, beautiful room and a peacefull environment to let you forget all the rest. Delicious food and wine! I can't wait to go back.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from OnseaHouse, Eigenaar at Onsea House & Machweo Retreat
Responded May 11, 2020
Dear Marlien, Many thanks for your glowing review of your stay with us in March. You were almost the last person who stayed with us before the temporary closure of our accommodation, restaurant and wellness. This decision has been made consciously in an attempt to minimize the risk to our staff and customers from infection of the Covid-19 virus that has hit globally. Despite the serious repercussions to our staff and our small business that will arise from this decision, we feel it is the safest action under the current circumstances and one that was taken in agreement in between our staff and the management. Our friendly staff can't wait to have you and other guests back as soon as it is safe to travel and open again.
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Andrew O wrote a review Mar 2020
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My wife and I got two massages here on a recommendation that it was the "best massage spa in Arusha". The people were pleasant, but that's the end of the list of positives. Now for the negatives: - It was overpriced: $90 USD each for 75 min. - The quality of our Swedish massages were "mediocre" and "bad", in turn. My wife got an abrasion on her arm from one masseuse squeezing too hard. On the other end of the spectrum, my massage was so light and cursory as to not be enjoyable. It really seemed like our masseuses were just inexperienced. - Only a tiny adjoining bathroom space for us to disrobe (not a big deal), and no place for us to secure valuables (bigger deal). Worst of all, other hotel employees kept wandering into that bathroom and the adjacent space. You're not really in a secluded area; feels like a random room they decided to try doing massages in. - The massage tables had no hole for our faces, so we had to turn our heads for 60 minutes. Really not conducive to relaxation. - After the massages, scrub, and sauna were complete, they kindly offered us some water and fruit (nice!), but it took them 20 minutes for them to find a place for us to shower and get changed (not great!). They ultimately let us use an unused hotel room, which was kind, but this felt very sloppy. Overall, there are far better places to get massages in Tanzania. The hotel grounds were nice, and the restaurant is very good, but the skip the "spa".
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from OnseaHouse, Eigenaar at Onsea House & Machweo Retreat
Responded May 11, 2020
Dear Aostarello, Many thanks for your review and appreciation of the hotel grounds, the restaurant and the friendly staff. We regret that the experience with our spa was not good , despite it got multiple times rated as best spa wellness in Arusha and one the best in Tanzania (and one of the few featuring also both steam bath and sauna). You were almost the last person who experienced our wellness facilities before the temporary closure of our spa. This decision has been made consciously in an attempt to minimize the risk to our staff and customers from infection of the Covid-19 virus that has hit globally. Despite the serious repercussions to our staff and our small business that will arise from this decision, we feel it is the safest action under the current circumstances and one that was taken in agreement in between our staff and the management. During this closing time, our team has actioned your comments: - Regular Rates: US$ 90 is the price for a 90 minutes program (US$ 75 would be the price for a 75 minutes session which is however not on our program and indicates that the service was likely 15 minutes short). US$ 90 is our regular rate for all 90 minutes programs and is very competitive value including use of steam bath or sauna and unlimited use of the swimming pool afterwards. - Resident Rates: we will offer from the re-opening onwards also special Resident Rates which come at 60 USD / 138,000 TZS incl. VAT for this 90 minutes program. We have also 30 minutes treatments at 20 USD / 46,000 TZS incl. VAT - Staff: junior staff will no longer be allowed to do Swedish or other massages - Valuables: there will be a place to secure valuables in the wellness area - Massage tables: will be replaced - Speed of service: will be improved - Shower facilities: will be fixed Next to this our team will also work on new standard operating procedures and guest protocols taking into account new safety procedures we learned from this Covid-19 pandemic. Our friendly staff can't wait to have you and other guests back as soon as it is safe to travel and open again.
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Ernst F wrote a review Jan 2020
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My wife and I stayed here for 3 days after our trip to the Serengeti. Onsea House is an upmarket boutique hotel, with a unique approach to serving guests embodied by the owner, Axel Janssens. In his early life, Axel was trained as a chef in some of the best places in Bruges and Gent - this says it all. Many guests have commented on the outstanding food, but it is the overall attention which makes him and his place special. The rooms have a personal touch, and any request for help will be dealt with in a "can do" attitude. We were a little unhappy about the noise pollution from a nearby mosque, and were transferred to a room with double glazing facing the opposite side of the mosque where we slept perfectly well.. Two recommendations: Get to know the surroundings of the place, we recommend a walk to the Moivaro plantation lodge (about 2.5km), back with a moto-taxi. Second, do not leave without taking a look at Axel's incredible book about Tansania.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Responded Jan 17, 2020
Dear 252ernstf, Many thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put guest experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. You may be pleased to note that plans are underway to install double glazed windows (and sound absorbing curtains) in all our rooms. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to welcoming you again.
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PRICE RANGE
$287 - $339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
onsea house country inn & guest cottage hotel arusha, onsea house country inn and guest cottage, country inn arusha, arusha country inn
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Onsea House & Machweo Retreat
LOCATION
TanzaniaArusha RegionArusha
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Onsea House & Machweo Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Onsea House & Machweo Retreat?
Nearby attractions include The School of St Jude (0.8 miles), The Tanzanite Experience (3.5 miles), and Mount Meru (3.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Onsea House & Machweo Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Onsea House & Machweo Retreat?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a refrigerator, and an additional bathroom.
What food & drink options are available at Onsea House & Machweo Retreat?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at Onsea House & Machweo Retreat?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Onsea House & Machweo Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chinese Whispers, Georges Tavern, and Khan's BBQ.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Onsea House & Machweo Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a sauna, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Onsea House & Machweo Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Onsea House & Machweo Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Onsea House & Machweo Retreat?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Onsea House & Machweo Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Dutch, and Swahili.
Does Onsea House & Machweo Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.