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  • privately run luxury B & B in Arusha, the perfect safari base

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  • Overview

    Onsea House is a privately owned, privately run boutique hotel in Arusha, Tanzania and is the perfect safari base or place to stay for those looking to climb Kilimanjaro. The level of comfort and quality of service has guests returning year after year. Onsea House is a fully licensed boutique hotel & restaurant managed by Belgian Chef Axel Janssens in partnership with a local business partner and locally hired staff.

    Onsea House has been nominated for the Best Safari House Award 2014 for the 5th year in a row and were one of just 5 nominated as finalists for the Traveller's Choice Award 2010.  Neighbouring boutique hotel Machweo wellness retreat & fine dining brings an additional 9 rooms and suites to the Onsea brand.


    Onsea House and Machweo wellness retreat & fine dining are the perfect base for safari game drives in Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, the Monduli Mountains and Lake Manyara National Park among other great safari destinations in the "safari capital". After a day exploring, return to your luxury base, Onsea House or Machweo wellness retreat & fine dining, for a refreshing drink by the the floodlit swimming pool. For private bathing, the outdoor Hippo Pool Jacuzzi has stunning views and can be booked for individual use. For some extra indulgence, take a massage or aromatherapy treatment - just perfect at the end of a day's safari. And after all that relaxing, why not meet your fellow guests for a friendly game of pool in the bar. 


    Axel Janssens, Chef/Manager gained his degree in hotel management and specialised in patisserie and chocolaterie at the International Culinary School of Bruges Ter Groene Poorte. He is a talented chef and has had extensive experience as well as owning his own restaurant 't Keukentje in Sint Martens Latem. He prepares freshly made brasserie-style dishes using the freshest local ingredients, accompanied by fine wines. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner are served every day. There is a great selection of cocktails, wines, beer and Champagnes to choose from as well as some very fine cigars. Guests can enjoy a romantic lunch or BBQ in the swimming pool banda (thatched hut), next to the pool bar.

  • Facilities
    • air conditioning

    • babysitting

    • bar

    • car parking

    • child friendly

    • gardens

    • hammam/steam room

    • restaurant

    • sauna

    • spa treatment room

    • swimming pool

    • WiFi/Internet

    24-hour front-desk
  • Location

    Moviaro, Baraa Road, Tanzania

  • 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)

    The Giraffe Suite and Guinea Fowl Room at Onsea House are in the main house and open onto an extensive shared terrace. The Giraffe Suite has a very bright and spacious bedroom with office & sitting area as well as complimentary WIFI. The views from the terrace are stunning and make this the perfect honeymoon suite or for those looking for a spacious room. The Guinea Fowl room is another romantic room decorated in earthy colours and it shares the large terrace with the Giraffe Suite. The guest cottage next door houses another 2 rooms; Zebra Room, with its own balcony and pool views and Rhino Room (similar to Zebra), both have a sitting area and share the fully-equipped living room and kitchen making them ideal for families and friends (up to 6). The Elephant room with an annex living room is on the top floor of the main house and available on request when the owners are away.  

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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, ONSEA HOUSE 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)



Machweo Retreat is sister boutique hotel and neighbouring property to award-winning Onsea House in Arusha. This Chic Retreat is a fine dining and wellness experience and the perfect base for your safari holiday.


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)