Heaven Retreat

Heaven Retreat: Information from the owner

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Type Hotel
No. of rooms 12
Last updated 15-Mar-2020

Main description of Heaven Retreat

The Retreat: Facilities

Property facilities 24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Conference Centre, Disability Services, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Meal on Request, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa, TV Room
Room facilities Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Detached Private Bathroom, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Iron / Ironing Board, Laundry Facilities, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah, Wheelchair Friendly
Available services Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Travel Desk
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Cooking Courses, Fine Dining, Garden Tours, Gourmet Picnic, Massages, Natural History Tours, Walks (Guided), Walks (Self Guided)
Activities nearby (some activities may be seasonal) Animal Encounters, Art Galleries, Beach, Big 5, Bird Watching, Canoeing, Child Friendly Activities, Cooking Courses, Cultural Tours, Cycling, Fine Dining, Fishing, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Garden Tours, General Sightseeing, Golf, Gorilla Tracking, Health and Fitness Centre, Helicopter Rides, Helicopter Scenic Flights, Hiking, Historical Tours, Horse Riding, Horse-back Safaris, Kayaking / Paddling, Massages, Mountain Biking, Museums, Natural History Tours, Safaris, Scenic Flights, Squash Court, Tennis Court, Tree-top Canopy Tours, Walks (Guided), Walks (Self Guided), Wildlife Tours

Room types at The Retreat

Deluxe King Room

Deluxe King Room

Room size 40 m²

This room features:

Furnished patio

Layout - Separate sitting area

Internet - Free WiFi

Entertainment - Plasma TV with premium channels

Food & Drink - Refrigerator, minibar, coffee/tea maker, complimentary unlimited purified water and 24-hour room service

Sleep - Pillowtop bed, Organic UK Naturalmat mattress, British linens, a down duvet, a pillow menu, and turndown service

Bathroom - Private bathroom, rainfall showerhead, organic amenities (shampoo, body lotion), single Duravit sink teak vanity

Practical - Safe, desk, and phone, wheelchair accessible

Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping

Accessibility - Wheelchair accessible

Non-Smoking

Luxury Pool Villa

Luxury Pool Villa

In July 2020, we will open 8 brand new luxurious villas at The Retreat, each featuring a private saltwater heated plunge pool, and bedrooms with full living areas and a total of nearly 120 square meters of indoor and outdoor private living space.

Superior King Suite

Superior King Suite

Room size 60 m²

This room features:

1 King Bed

(3 rooms can be configured as Twin)

Furnished front balcony & private back deck

Layout - Separate sitting area

Internet - Free WiFi

Entertainment - Plasma TV with premium channels

Food & Drink - Refrigerator, minibar, coffee/tea maker, complimentary unlimited purified water and 24-hour room service

Sleep - Pillowtop bed, Organic UK Naturalmat mattresses, British linens, a down duvet, a pillow menu, and turndown service

Bathroom - Private bathroom with indoor and outdoor rain showers, organic amenities (shampoos, body lotion), double Duravit sink vanity

(One room has a bathtub and showers)

Practical - Safe, desk, and phone

Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping

Non-Smoking

Activities at The Retreat

ART & CULTURE TOUR

ART & CULTURE TOUR

Art has not only been an essential part of Rwandan history, but it remains a vibrant part of modern life. With our Rwandan Art & Cultural Tour, you’ll dive right in and create your own traditional Imigongo art masterpiece, meet a community of indigenous potters, visit galleries that show the up-and-coming artists as well as the established painters, and end the tour with a traditional dance performance to see the whole breadth of creative expression that Rwanda has to offer. You will start your tour with visits to local art and photography galleries. You will have the chance to meet with the contemporary artists of Kigali, engage with local artisans in a crafting workshop, appreciate public art and enjoy traditional dance and drumming with a stop for refreshments at a local cafe.

This tour includes:

• Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour

Details:

• Timing: 9:00 AM to 01:00 PM / 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM

• Tours offered: daily, except for the last Saturday of every month (Umuganda); it is provided as an afternoon tour.

Price per person: $85

COFFEE MASTER CLASS

COFFEE MASTER CLASS

The best coffee in Rwanda doesn't happen by chance. You will be taken through a short coffee history lesson, harvest cherries from the trees in coffee farm, taste coffee from all over Rwanda, and create your own custom blend *Each guest gets one gift bag to take home.

This tour includes:
• Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour

Details:
• Timing: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM / 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
• Tours offered: daily, except for the last Saturday of every month (Umuganda); it is provided as an afternoon tour

Price per person: $60

CULINARY TOUR

CULINARY TOUR

Taste the local fruits at a farmers market, go shopping with for special ingredients needed to create modern African recipes. Get the hands-on experience of making Rwandan banana beer (urwagwa), Enjoy a private cooking class with our Chef for our signature Modern African recipes. Our bartenders will teach you how to make one of our innovative cocktails.. shush it's top secret!

This tour includes:
• Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour • Lunch at the Hotel

Details:
• Timing: 9:00 AM to 01:00 PM / 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
• Tours offered: daily, except for the last Saturday of every month (Umuganda); it is provided as an afternoon tour

Price per person: $150

EXPLORE KIGALI

EXPLORE KIGALI

Our City Tour is designed to give you an intimate view of Kigali on an entertaining packed day. Our tour is the perfect way to kick off your visit to Rwanda and give you the assurance to explore on your own. The tour visits a wide range of places to give you a varied yet close view of the city and give you great insight to the city and country in just one day. Our curated tour is a mix of Rwandan arts, history, and culture. Drive through the old neighbourhood in Kigali, tour a local market, stop by a milk bar, taste Rwandan coffee, enjoy traditional dance and drumming. Refuel with a nice local Rwandese tradinional food at Heaven Restaurant. End your tour with a visit to the Genocide Memorial.

This tour includes:
• Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour
• Lunch

Details:
• Timing: 9:00 AM to 05:00 PM Tours offered: daily, except for the last Saturday of every month (Umuganda).

Price per person: $95

AVAILABLE IN HALF DAY OPTION:
Price per person: $65

FARM AND COFFEE WASHING STATION TOUR

FARM AND COFFEE WASHING STATION TOUR

Meet your guide for a morning coffee. Travel to Kayonza district. Meet coffee farmers and live demonstration of each step of growing coffee cherries. Tour of a coffee washing station with demonstration of each step of processing coffee. Farmers will roast coffee and serve the guests.

This tour includes:
• Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour
• Lunch in Kayonza
• Coffee gift bag for each guest

Details:
• Timing: 07:45 AM to 05:00 PM
• Tours offered: daily, except for the last Saturday of every month (Umuganda)

Price per person: $225

FASHION TOUR

FASHION TOUR

With international accolades and a New York Times writeup, fashion in Rwanda is a bright example of hope and creativity coming together. On this Fashion Tour, you’ll meet jewelry designers, a collective of women tailors behind the clothing of the biggest names, hear from the men and women designers leading this new wave, and get fitted for your own modern, chic African outfit. Tour the vibrant African "kitenge" fabric markets and hand pick your favorite materials! Visit the best local Rwandan fashion boutiques. Enjoy a coffee or tea and snack en route to see artisans in action at their workshops. Return to Heaven & Retreat for visit to the onsite AZIZI Life Fair Trade Crafts Boutique!

This tour includes:
• Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour Details:
• Timing: 9:00 AM to 01:00 PM / 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
• Tours offered: daily, except for the last Saturday of every month (Umuganda); it is provided as an afternoon tour

Price per person: $65

LOCAL LIFE WALKING TOUR

LOCAL LIFE WALKING TOUR

Spend the day on a walking tour of a lively, local neighborhood, visiting and interacting with the owners of hair salons, tailor shops, markets, and resto-bars. Enjoy lunch made by a local Rwandan family in their home!

This tour includes:

• Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour

• Lunch

Details:

• Timing: 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

• Tours offered: daily, except for the last Saturday of every month (Umuganda)

Price per person: $60

NATURE IN KIGALI

NATURE IN KIGALI

As important as it is to see the sights of a city as energetic as Kigali, it’s equally important to get out and explore. Take an easy hike up on of the Thousand Hills of Kigali through lush forested hills with our guides and enjoy tropical birdlife, flora, spectacular views and a picnic lunch provided at the top! Itinerary: • Hike Mt. Kigali – spend a few hours hiking up the hillside and enjoy expansive views of Kigali. • Extra Activities – You have the option to do archery, zipline, horseback ride in the arena or on trails, bocce ball, trampoline, badminton.

This tour includes:

• Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour Details:

• Timing: 9:00 AM to 01:00 PM / 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM

• Tours offered: daily, except for the last Saturday of every month (Umuganda); it is provided as an afternoon tour

Price per person: $75

NYAMATA GENOCIDE SITE, RECONCILIATION EXPERIENCE & VILLAGE TOUR

NYAMATA GENOCIDE SITE, RECONCILIATION EXPERIENCE & VILLAGE TOUR

This remarkable community visit covers the history and amazing progress achieved in Rwanda. Visit the very epicenter of the genocide - Nyamata Church Genocide Memorial - and hear directly from a survivor. Then move on to see the incredible progress and prosperity we today in Mayange village with a visit to a farmer’s home, the local health center and a women’s weaving cooperative.

This tour includes:
• Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour
• Picnic Lunch

Details:
• Timing: 9:00 AM to 05:00 PM
• Tours offered: daily, except for the last Saturday of every month (Umuganda); it is provided as an afternoon tour

Price per person: $150

RURAL LIFE EXPERIENCE

RURAL LIFE EXPERIENCE

Designed and hosted by artisans and artists, it is a truly wonderful way to get a taste of the beauty and rigor of rural life and Rwandan culture. Become part of a weaving cooperative for the day. The morning begins with a drive to a nearby village, where you and your interpreter will be welcomed by the ladies of the weaving cooperative. After introductions from your hostess, a morning of family chores begins. You might help out in the kitchen, collect water from the valley spring, cut grass for the farm animals and get out in the fields for a seasonal agricultural activity. At noontime, you’ll share a simple local meal with your host family, with plenty of time to chat and learn about each other’s lives. After lunch, you will join with the artisan cooperative for an afternoon of weaving. You will learn how to harvest and prepare the natural fibers, and then the artisans will teach you how to create your own piece of sisal jewelry. You will love sitting with the ladies as you weave and laugh together. The day finishes back at the women’s cooperative where you can browse through some of the beautiful crafts made by the artisans and do a little fair trade shopping.

This tour includes:
• Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour
• Lunch


Details:
• Timing: 9:00 AM to 05:00 PM
• Tours offered: daily, except for the last Saturday of every month (Umuganda)

Price per person: $250

Restaurants at Heaven Retreat

Fusion Restaurant

For ten years, the founders of Kigali's top restaurant, Heaven, have dreamed of opening a fine dining restaurant which merges culinary traditions from around the world with Rwandan ingredients.

Fusion - the new restaurant at The Retreat - takes culinary traditions from Italy, Mauritius, Morocco and elsewhere and blends them into a single harmonious offer.

Perched beside The Retreat's glorious saltwater pool, rock gardens and native plantings, Fusion is the most elegant spot in Kigali to explore new flavors and experience first-class hospitality.

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