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.
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
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.