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Upendo Zanzibar

From $370 Night Tanzania, Zanzibar


Why so chic? Why our travel experts chose this hotel

  • In-room spa treatments

  • Amazing food

  • Barefoot chic vibe

Chic Treats Only when you book with Chic

Snorkelling tour

Room upgrade (subject to availability)

Welcome drink

Overview

Upendo Zanzibar is hip, chic & boutique. Upendo means love, and they live up to their name. Every detail of the retreat villas has been carefully selected to create an utterly unique and totally chic Zanzibari experience. You don’t have to choose between high-class luxury, privacy and comfort; the stunning, fully serviced villas offer it all and more.

From your home base, situated on the Michamvi Peninsula in front of The Rock, you can easily access all the attractions the Spice Island of Zanzibar has to offer. The staff are happy to organise snorkelling and kitesurfing adventures, Stone Town tours and boating excursions, or you might go no further than the secluded white sandy beach at your doorstep.

Activities

Visit one of the island's festivals or join one of the beach fire drum music circles, Zanzibar is known for its love for music and African rhythm. There is so much to see and savour on Zanzibar; snorkelling, fishing, diving, sight-seeing or playing with monkeys, and someone is on hand to advise and organise every step of the way.

Your villa is exclusively yours so take the time to chill out and relax on the beach and do nothing; the location is so perfect you may not want to go anywhere or do anything. Take a snooze on the private deck in one of two large loungers or gaze at the tide-pools from your massive swinging bed. Take a dip in the sea during high tide and dry off in the sun.

Does your island paradise fantasy include deep breathing in time with the ocean waves, or basking in the setting sun as you enjoy a blissful massage? When you visit Upendo, you can experience another level of relaxation with private Yoga classes or spa treatments in your poolside banda or on the rooftop terrace. Upendo’s mobile specialist will bring the spa to you. Deep tissue, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, body scrubs, and facials, as well as manicures and pedicures, are all available in the privacy and comfort of your villa. 

Dining

Food is a passion at Upendo, and they love to share it with their guests. Authentic Swahili and Indian dishes transport you to the other side of the Indian Ocean, using the specially blended Garam Masala spices and the owner’s own family recipes, straight from the source.

Guests have learned to expect unrivalled excellence in Upendo's eclectic cuisine – both in the restaurant and in private retreats. From daily chef’s selections to Sushi Fridays and the best Sunday Brunch this side of the Atlantic, fusion and quality are the norm at Upendo. Whether you choose the half board or full board option the food at Upendo Villas is a colourful array of flavours and spices. The seafood is straight from the sea and includes lobster, crabs, and prawns. The fruit is fresh and tropical and the spices and herbs spicy and delicious. 

Everything at the villa is either cooked to order by your trained, private chef who will spend a few minutes in the morning to help plan your meals for the day, or by the chefs at the outside restaurant. Upendo Zanzibar has a full-service bar with an excellent choice of wines and spirits. If you're feeling social take a wander over to the Upendo Lounge & Restaurant which specialises in classic cocktails, including Bloody Marys, chilled mimosas and wide array of fresh tropical juices and smoothies. 

Facilities

babysitting
child friendly
diving
private beach
restaurant
WiFi/Internet

Location



Address: PO box 1864, Kijagwani, 1864 , Tanzania


Nearest airport:

Abeid Karume International Airport, 1 hour and 10 minutes by car.


Rooms

It doesn't matter if you are travelling alone, with friends or as a romancing couple, you'll love the Upendo experience. Eat, play, rest and relax. All of the large en-suite bedrooms at Upendo Retreat are light and airy with massive beds covered with mosquito nets and large fans paddling overhead. 

Villa Shiva - 6 People

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  • Max 6 persons

  • 1 Queen bed, 2 King beds
  • 200 m2
Amenities: balcony/terrace, beverages sold on the premises, crib / cot, shower, water kettle, Wi-Fi/Internet, sea view, mini bar, fridge, bathtub, safety deposit box, rollaway bed, bathtub/shower combination, garden view, toaster

Upendo is more than a hotel, and you will immediately feel at home in our fully-serviced, three-bedroom villa that sleeps six. High, open makuti (palm) roofs, contemporary architectural design, vibrant accents and classic essentials seamlessly combine with unique harmony. Situated directly on the famous, empty white sand beaches of Michamvi, our spacious retreat awaits you and your travel companions. Let the villa’s highly trained and friendly staff take care of you. A butler, housekeeper & gardener, are here to help make your visit unforgettable. Hand-tailored luxury meets relaxed, island warmth in a stunning fusion of East and West. Wake up to the gentle music of the waves, slip into a lush cotton robe, and join your companions for a complimentary pot of fresh-brewed coffee or tea as you watch the sun climb into the wide African sky. The days are long, slow and delicious at Upendo, and Villa Shiva is ideally suited to families, friends, or travel groups seeking a private island getaway as warm as it is luxurious.

Villa Shiva - 6 People

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Villa Kusum

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  • Max 2 persons

  • 1 King bed
  • 80 m2
Amenities: balcony/terrace, beverages sold on the premises, shower, water kettle, Wi-Fi/Internet, sea view, mini bar, fridge, bathtub, terrace, safety deposit box

Love is in the details in this private villa built for one or two. Luxuriously outfitted with a large double bed, fine bed linen, private rooftop pool and terrace and personal impeccable service, it is the ultimate Zanzibari retreat. Enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars, a massage in your poolside banda, or a peaceful afternoon drink on your private oceanfront deck. Let the rhythm of the waves sing you to sleep, and wake up to the spray of morning light through latticework windows. Start your day with a complimentary, fresh-brewed pot of tea or Zanzibari coffee, slip into a soft cotton robe, and soak in the joy of another sun-kissed morning. This spacious villa contains an airy double bedroom, large sea view deck and bathroom with tub, indoor rain shower, double sink and open air shower. Ideally suited for couples or solo traveller the villa is a stunning base for a visit to paradise where your personal butler takes care of all your needs.

Villa Kusum

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Villa Priya

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  • Max 2 persons

  • 1 King bed
  • 80 m2
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Villa Priya

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The Beach House - 8 People

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  • Max 8 persons

  • 2 King beds, 2 Queen beds
  • 200 m2
Amenities: balcony/terrace, crib / cot, garden view, rollaway bed, shower, towels, water kettle, Wi-Fi/Internet, sea view, mini bar, fridge, kitchenette, beverages sold on the premises, terrace, safety deposit box

This 4 bedroom stunner sleeps eight. A serpentine pool weaves through a tropical garden of bold colours and verdant palms, a deck for dining and lounging looks out to sand and lagoons, plus an inner courtyard offers sheltered privacy alongside four large ensuite bedrooms of pared-down, tropical chic, and louvered light. This retreat has four wonderful spacious suite rooms; two stunning beach facing and two garden facing along with wonderful gardens and first floor lounge dining area with stunning beach views. The beach house comes staffed with a very talented chef/manager, housekeeping, gardener and watchmen, who take care of your needs whilst you're relaxing on the axis of the wheel of life. The outside world is there if you want it of course, with wireless internet access at your disposal, but it's your call after all, and your isolation still an excuse for radio silence.

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Villa Shiva - 3 People

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  • Max 3 persons

  • 2 King beds, 1 Queen bed
  • 200 m2

Upendo is more than a hotel, and you will immediately feel at home in our fully-serviced 3 bedroom villa that sleeps six. High, open makuti (palm) roofs, contemporary architectural design, vibrant accents and classic essentials seamlessly combine with unique harmony. Situated directly on the famous, empty white sand beaches of Michamvi, our spacious retreat awaits you and your travel companions. Let the villa’s highly trained and friendly staff take care of you. A butler, housekeeper & gardener, are here to help make your visit unforgettable. Hand-tailored luxury meets relaxed, island warmth in a stunning fusion of East and West. Wake up to the gentle music of the waves, slip into a lush cotton robe, and join your companions for a complimentary pot of fresh-brewed coffee or tea as you watch the sun climb into the wide African sky. The days are long, slow and delicious at Upendo, and Villa Shiva is ideally suited to families, friends, or travel groups seeking a private island getaway as warm as it is luxurious. This rate is for 3 people, and the price changes if the number of guests increases.

Villa Shiva - 3 People

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Villa Shiva - 4 People

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  • Max 4 persons

  • 2 King beds, 1 Queen bed
  • 200 m2

Upendo is more than a hotel, and you will immediately feel at home in our fully-serviced 3 bedroom villa that sleeps six. High, open makuti (palm) roofs, contemporary architectural design, vibrant accents and classic essentials seamlessly combine with unique harmony. Situated directly on the famous, empty white sand beaches of Michamvi, our spacious retreat awaits you and your travel companions. Let the villa’s highly trained and friendly staff take care of you. A butler, housekeeper & gardener, are here to help make your visit unforgettable. Hand-tailored luxury meets relaxed, island warmth in a stunning fusion of East and West. Wake up to the gentle music of the waves, slip into a lush cotton robe, and join your companions for a complimentary pot of fresh-brewed coffee or tea as you watch the sun climb into the wide African sky. The days are long, slow and delicious at Upendo, and Villa Shiva is ideally suited to families, friends, or travel groups seeking a private island getaway as warm as it is luxurious. This rate is for 4 people, and the price changes if the number of guests increases.

Villa Shiva - 4 People

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Villa Shiva - 5 People

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  • Max 5 persons

  • 2 King beds, 1 Queen bed
  • 200 m2

Upendo is more than a hotel, and you will immediately feel at home in our fully-serviced 3 bedroom villa that sleeps six. High, open makuti (palm) roofs, contemporary architectural design, vibrant accents and classic essentials seamlessly combine with unique harmony. Situated directly on the famous, empty white sand beaches of Michamvi, our spacious retreat awaits you and your travel companions. Let the villa’s highly trained and friendly staff take care of you. A butler, housekeeper & gardener, are here to help make your visit unforgettable. Hand-tailored luxury meets relaxed, island warmth in a stunning fusion of East and West. Wake up to the gentle music of the waves, slip into a lush cotton robe, and join your companions for a complimentary pot of fresh-brewed coffee or tea as you watch the sun climb into the wide African sky. The days are long, slow and delicious at Upendo, and Villa Shiva is ideally suited to families, friends, or travel groups seeking a private island getaway as warm as it is luxurious. This rate is for 5 people, and the price changes if the number of guests increases.

Villa Shiva - 5 People

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The Beach House - 3 People

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  • Max 3 persons

  • 2 King beds, 2 Queen beds
  • 200 m2

This 4 bedroom stunner sleeps eight. A serpentine pool weaves through a tropical garden of bold colours and verdant palms, a deck for dining and lounging looks out to sand and lagoons, plus an inner courtyard offers sheltered privacy alongside four large ensuite bedrooms of pared-down, tropical chic, and louvered light. This retreat has four wonderful spacious suite rooms; two stunning beach facing and two garden facing along with wonderful gardens and first floor lounge dining area with stunning beach views. The beach house comes staffed with a very talented chef/manager, housekeeping, gardener and watchmen, who take care of your needs whilst you're relaxing on the axis of the wheel of life. The outside world is there if you want it of course, with wireless internet access at your disposal, but it's your call after all, and your isolation still an excuse for radio silence. This rate is for 3 people, and the price changes if the number of guests increases.

The Beach House - 3 People

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The Beach House - 4 People

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  • Max 4 persons

  • 2 King beds, 2 Queen beds
  • 200 m2

This four bedroom stunner sleeps eight. A serpentine pool weaves through a tropical garden of bold colours and verdant palms, a deck for dining and lounging looks out to sand and lagoons, plus an inner courtyard offers sheltered privacy alongside four large ensuite bedrooms of pared-down, tropical chic, and louvered light. This retreat has four wonderful spacious suite rooms; two stunning beach facing and two garden facing along with wonderful gardens and first floor lounge dining area with stunning beach views. The beach house comes staffed with a very talented chef/manager, housekeeping, gardener and watchmen, who take care of your needs whilst you're relaxing on the axis of the wheel of life. The outside world is there if you want it of course, with wireless internet access at your disposal, but it's your call after all, and your isolation still an excuse for radio silence. This rate is for 4 people, and the price changes if the number of guests increases.

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The Beach House - 5 People

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  • Max 5 persons

  • 2 King beds, 2 Queen beds
  • 200 m2

This four bedroom stunner sleeps eight. A serpentine pool weaves through a tropical garden of bold colours and verdant palms, a deck for dining and lounging looks out to sand and lagoons, plus an inner courtyard offers sheltered privacy alongside four large ensuite bedrooms of pared-down, tropical chic, and louvered light. This retreat has four wonderful spacious suite rooms; two stunning beach facing and two garden facing along with wonderful gardens and first floor lounge dining area with stunning beach views. The beach house comes staffed with a very talented chef/manager, housekeeping, gardener and watchmen, who take care of your needs whilst you're relaxing on the axis of the wheel of life. The outside world is there if you want it of course, with wireless internet access at your disposal, but it's your call after all, and your isolation still an excuse for radio silence. This rate is for 5 people, and the price changes if the number of guests increases.

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The Beach House - 6 People

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  • Max 6 persons

  • 2 King beds, 2 Queen beds
  • 200 m2

This four bedroom stunner sleeps eight. A serpentine pool weaves through a tropical garden of bold colours and verdant palms, a deck for dining and lounging looks out to sand and lagoons, plus an inner courtyard offers sheltered privacy alongside four large ensuite bedrooms of pared-down, tropical chic, and louvered light. This retreat has four wonderful spacious suite rooms; two stunning beach facing and two garden facing along with wonderful gardens and first floor lounge dining area with stunning beach views. The beach house comes staffed with a very talented chef/manager, housekeeping, gardener and watchmen, who take care of your needs whilst you're relaxing on the axis of the wheel of life. The outside world is there if you want it of course, with wireless internet access at your disposal, but it's your call after all, and your isolation still an excuse for radio silence. This rate is for 6 people, and the price changes if the number of guests increases.

The Beach House - 6 People

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The Beach House - 7 People

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  • Max 7 persons

  • 2 King beds, 2 Queen beds
  • 200 m2

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Conditions

Payments policy

50% deposit is required at the time of booking.

Cancellation policy

If a cancellation is made more than 30 days before the arrival date, 50% of the total amount will be charged. 
If a cancellation is made within 30 days of the arrival date, 100% of the total amount will be charged.

Check-in/check-out policy

Check in - any time from 2 pm
Check out - 10 am

Check-in time: 14:00:00

Check-out time: 10:00:00

Early check-in: no

Late check-out: no

Why book with us?

Only the most chic

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

Chic Treats

Special benefits only guests booking through Chic Retreats obtain.

Price Match Promise

If you find your stay cheaper elswhere we will price match and give you £50 towards your next stay with us.

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