Onsea House: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
|No. of rooms||13|
Main description of Onsea House
Onsea House: Facilities
|Room facilities||Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complementary Wi-Fi, Cooking Facilities, Detached Private Bathroom, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Facilities, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television|
|Available services||Airport Shuttle (Available), Credit Card, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Boules, Fine Dining, Massages, Walks (Guided), Animal Encounters, Art Galleries, Big 5, Child Friendly Activities, Cycling, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, General Sightseeing, Golf, Health and Fitness Centre, Hiking, Horse-back Safaris, Kayaking / Paddling, Mountain Biking, Museums, Safaris, Tennis Court, Wildlife Tours|
Room types at Onsea House
Stay in one of our 6 luxurious cottages. Each cottage contains amazing African art and is beautifully decorated to give each guest the most tranquil environment possible. Every cottage has a private terrace to enjoy the view on Mt. Meru and take in the African sunset. Each cottage is exquisitely furbished with four-poster beds, satellite TV, minibar, tea-making facilities, safe and complementary WIFI.
Machweo Honeymoon Suite
Stay in one of our three lovely Honeymoon Suites. The sand colored walls and floors combine perfectly with the wooden tailor-made furniture and create a soothing atmosphere. Some African artifacts decorate each room in a subtle way. Every Honeymoon Suite has a private sitting area to take in the amazing view. Each Honeymoon Suite is exquisitely furbished with four-poster beds, satellite TV, minibar, tea-making facilities, safe and complementary WIFI.
Onsea House Country Inn
These two romantic rooms in safari colours have an excellent view from their private terrace with great sunset views. They both have en-suite bathrooms with hot bath/shower and toilet. They have a lounge area on the private terrace and every room has a safe and free WiFi connection. Both rooms can be interconnected, making it a convenient room for all type of guests.
Onsea House Guest Cottage
These sunny rooms feature a private wooden balcony with a great swimming pool and garden view. They have a sitting and writing area and an en-suite bathroom with hot bath/shower and toilet. The extra shared terrace offers direct access to the swimming pool. The fully equipped living room and kitchen make this room ideal both for either short or long term stay with family or friends.
Activities at Onsea House
Arusha City Tour
Our local guide will show you the centre of Arusha. You will get a chance to visit the busy local market, see some beautiful African artifacts in the Cultural Heritage Museum or buy some local souvenirs at the Masai market.
This trip will take you to a local organic and Fair Trade coffee farm. As you walk through the plantations you will be educated on the entire coffee-processing. You'll enjoy a cup of coffee with the farmers while having a homemade Tanzanian lunch. You will also get the chance to visit the oldest church on Mt. Meru and to visit a local primary school.
Cultural Walk to Baraa Primary School
Visit the Baraa Primary School project which we are supporting in collaboration with the iThemba Foundation.
The first part of your walk will submerge you in the local way of life, housing, social structure and agriculture of Tanzania. In the school your guide will be joined by a pupil and together they will tell you everything about a Tanzanian primary school and all past and future iThemba projects. You will see the brand new classrooms, sanitary block, kitchen and all the other infrastructure iThemba built for the school and will learn everything about the projects to ensure a greater quality of education and a higher quality of life.
After that you will visit a local crafts shop, a daladala trip to the Banana Beer Factory and then a meal in a local restaurant. Your day ends with an unforgettable visit to the local market.
Lake Duluti Forest Reserve Tour
The Duluti-tour takes you to the caldera lake where you can choose between a lake forest walk or a canoe-trip on the lake. What makes this trip so interesting is that, according to local beliefs, the lake hides many stories and is a popular place for worshipping.
Meru Cultural Tourism Walking Tours
Discover the local life in Tanzania through a beautiful walking tour. There are numerous options to get to know every part of the local environment.
- Meru Village Tour:
A local guide will take you to Tengeru where you get the chance of interacting with the villagers and learning about their culture and day-to-day habits.
- Visiting the pottery place:
This program takes you to the heart of a local industry. You'll get the chance of learning about - and participating in - the entire process of making clay pots.
- Flower farm tour:
If you fancy vibrant colors and smells, this tour is just right for you. We'll take you to both a local and an international flower farm where you'll get to know all there is about producing flowers.
- Masai Village tour:
About 30km along the Namanga-road is the village of Oldonyoshambu, a traditional Masai village in the middle of the Rift Valley. This trip promotes people-to-people tourism and encourages multicultural friendship.
Mount Meru Walking Safari
You will be taken to the slope of Mount Meru for an 8km walk through the Mount Meru forest, an old, thick forest with a magnitude of birds, Colobus monkeys and small antilopes. You will have lunch in a beautiful spot at the top of the waterfall where you have a stunning view over Arusha town.
Wellness at Machweo
Relax in our Wellness area after an exhausting trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro or a bumpy safari trip.
Get away from it all, pamper yourself in this pure haven of peace and quiet. Spoil your body and soul. Choose one of our treatments to boost your energy levels, refresh your mind and get rejuvenated from head to toe.
Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining offers the finest spa & wellness facilities including steam bath, sauna and additional separate swimming pool. You also have the possibility to book a yoga session. The practice of yoga gives strength, flexibility and balance of the body, mind and spirit, revealing inner radiance and connecting us to the divinity of the universe.
List of massages:
- Swedish Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Shiatsu Massage
- Thai Massage
- Sports Massage
- Chocolate Massage
- D-Stress Massage
Restaurants at Onsea House
Machweo Fine Dining
Dining at Machweo is a delight. In 2006, Belgian chef Axel Janssens started to create the “Onsea House” style: a fusion of what he learned in the Michelin starred restaurants during his career combined with local influences and ingredients. Five years later, in 2011, the restaurant moved to its current location at Machweo. The food and service is best described as Brasserie style with an African touch. Mixing the best of both worlds, the traditional French cuisine and the wonderful creativity and inspiration of this continent. The pure taste and flavours of the freshest ingredients are dressed and presented in the best way: elegant and contemporary. And of course everything is home made, yes, even the bread and the ice-cream,… For every dish on the menu we recommend a complementing wine. Alternatively, you can make your own choice out of an amazing selection of wines that you can find on our wine list. Our chef Axel is not only a very experienced and creative chef, he is also a great teacher. Throughout the year we have vulnerable youth who take on the challenge of the kitchen and we see them develop and grow under Axel’s wings. We now have, in addition to Axel, a few very talented young people who can provide peer-training of (future) chefs. What they can offer you and/or your staff is on-site, needs-based training. For a few hours, a few days, a few sessions… we are flexible. Our team is specialized in food presentation, cooking with quality products, dietary-request-cooking and wine stewarding.