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Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

After that very long travel time to Arusha, what an oasis ! It is very visually apealing, and so quiet, comfortable, it feels like a special hideaway. The whole place is beautifully designed, down to the smallest details. We were told that much of the furniture is made locally to owner Derek's design and specification. Our room was very clean, comfortable. It had a balcony with a fantastic view,same as the restaurant. The food is very ambitious, and very good. It's all made there. The set menu is several courses, and includes very nice wine pairings. We appreciated them holding our bags while we went on safari. While our safari lodgings were comfortable, Onsea was also extremely nice to come back to ! Excellent, friendly service the entire time.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank quackmar
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

my partner and i had the pleasure of spending this past weekend at Machweo Wellness Retreat, as we were in Arusha for the Karibu Fair.
we experienced 1st rate service and hospitality; personal yet unobtrusive.
the accommodation is superb, a stylish tranquil haven just removed from Arusha’s hustle and bustle.
we dined every evening at the fine dining restaurant run seamlessly by Chef Axel, with delightful and decadent Afro/Euro dishes tantalising our palates daily. His well thought through menus and flavour combinations made us repeat diners.
we even managed to make use of the spa facilities, thoroughly enjoying the sauna, steam room and swimming pool.
we will definitely return to this sanctuary of serenity when next in Arusha.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Jennifer Y
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

We were the only two guests staying at the Machweo lodges. Lunch was meant to be Ravioli but we just got the contents of the Ravioli without the pasta, I think the home made pasta envelopes had been over boiled and had disintegrated, upon showing the owner on my Ipad Ravioli I was informed that the images represented industrial Ravioli!, I disagreed and we have not stopped laughing since, very funny. The evening dinner was worse, the Lamb which was meant to be well done was raw upon been cut, we just ate the vegetables and bread, the chef spent the night drinking along side our table I think he maybe should have cooked for his only two guests. Rooms are OK we stayed two nights, the first night we were kept awake until midnight by a local church who had a very loud preacher on amplification, this is not the lodges fault but guests should be aware of the noise potential. The rooms have no Air con and we asked for a fan twice but we were told there are none provided, so you have a very stuffy room and if you need to close the windows to keep the noise out you get a sweat box for the night. I estimated a staff ration of 7 to 1 but we lifted our luggage in and out ourselves and we could not ring reception because there are no phones in the rooms.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

The house is so posh and relaxing, online bookings are fast, responses from front desk is fast.
the hotel is located outside but near the town under cool environments. you can see mount meru.
spa services are glamorous.

Nice place for retreat due to quieter environments

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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Thank Charles M
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Dirk was incredibly helpful and planned out a safari for us with recommendations of where to stay even. We couldn't have asked for a better trip to the Ngorongoro crater.
It's so hard planning trips when you don't know anything about the area and Dirk was a godsent! Wish we could have spent more time at Onsea enjoying the grounds and ammenities but there's always a next time!
Thanks for everything Dirk!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Alicia G
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