Why so chic?

Why travel experts chose this hotel
  • a new hidden little gem with the best restaurant in Arusha

Chic Treats

Only when you book with Chic

Room upgrade

Early check-in/out

Welcome drinks

  • Overview

    Machweo Retreat is sister and neighbouring boutique hotel to award-winning Onsea House in Arusha. This refined Chic Retreat is a fine dining and wellness experience and brings an additional 9 rooms and suites to the Onsea brand.  Enjoy greater comfort and better food (the best in Arusha) than any other guesthouse or boutique hotel restaurant in northern Tanzania and choose either Machweo or Onsea House as your safari homebase.  Machweo is perched on top of a hill and enjoys panoramic views across the Maasai steppe, Monduli Mountains and unrivalled spectacle of Mt. Meru.


    The new Machweo Retreat offers the finest spa & wellness facilities including steam bath, sauna and swimming pool. Guests are able to use the Jacuzzi at Onsea on request.  Machweo is a place to relax and unwind before or after a Tanzanian safari and/or a Kilimanjaro climb and is only 7 minutes drive from Arusha town centre and 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport.  Private pampering treatment areas are in open air under an open African hut (banda).


    The dining areas, both inside and outside of the new restaurant are away from the guest rooms. The menu has been put together by Chef Axel Janssens and features daily recommendations as well as an à la carte menu to suit everyone's palate. The brasserie dishes are accompanied by a list of fine wines specially chosen to complement the European/African fusion menu prepared by Axel and his team.  The discrete and highly efficient staff strive to offer the best service and food than any other guesthouse or restaurant in Arusha, in a very private setting.

  • Facilities
    • air conditioning

    • bar

    • car parking

    • child friendly

    • gardens

    • hammam/steam room

    • restaurant

    • sauna

    • spa treatment room

    • swimming pool

    • WiFi/Internet

    24-hour front-desk
  • Location


    Nearest airport

    Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) lies on 50 km from the centre of Arusha and only 30 minutes from Machweo.

  • Rooms
    Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
    Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)

    Machweo Retreat has 3 Honeymoon Suites and 6 Cottage Suites many of which are connecting making them ideal for families. The main building houses the Honeymoon Suites with en-suite luxury bathrooms featuring bath and walk-in shower. The 6 Cottage Suites are beautifully furnished and have a separate sitting and living area, allowing for up to 3 guests.  All of the 9 rooms at Machweo have private balcony with stunning sunset views (= machweo in Swahili) and Mount Meru.

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  • Conditions
    Cancellation policy

    • Cancellation before 30 days of arrival will result in a loss the 30 % of deposit.
    • In case of cancellation between 30 days and 3 days before arrival, Machweo will refund 25% of the 100% payment made, or 75% will be charged in case no payment has been made yet. 
    • No refund is made in case of cancellation within 3 days of arrival or in case of no-show without cancellation.



Each hotel selected for its unique charm by Lulu the founder.


Special benefits only guests booking through Chic Retreats obtain.


If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.

Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)



Onsea House is the best luxury b & b in Arusha, Tanzania. This little gem offers some of the best food & highest level of comfort & service in Tanzania and is the perfect base for safari. Nominated for the 'Best Safari House' Award 2010.


Arusha Coffee Lodge is a luxury lodge located by the towering Mount Meru in Tanzania. Nestled amid coffee bushes and lavender plants, this luxury bolthole is a great place from which to embark on a memorable journey through Arusha National Park. 

Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)