Upendo Villa Retreat brings a new concept to the island... luxury, style, comfort and the services of an excellent boutique hotel.. incorporated within a stylish serviced luxury villa!
Tailormaid services to help make your stay in Zanzibar unique and unforgettable.. as we want you to come back!
Upendo brings you 'chic on the beach'!
Check out our beautiful beach which was used in a Vogue UK fashion shoot in the March 2011edition!
The owner of this exclusive stylish villa has fused together two very different styles, (a contemporary home beautifully finished using local materials and craftsman) giving you all the modern comforts you could need.
The furniture (designed by the owner), is made from beautiful coconut wood. This all adds to the atmosphere and gives inspiring personal touches.
An efficient team comprising of your own private chef (optional); butler; housekeeper; gardener and security guard, ensure that you are well looked after and help to make the retreat an unforgettable experience for those who stay with us.
Our cuisine offers fresh sea food, including, crab, lobsters, prawns, fish, tropical fruits and of course our famous Zanzibar spices. Everything at the villa is cooked to order by your private chef who will help plan your daily meals including delicious vegetarian options.
There is a private plunge pool on the deck of the villa, as well as a main pool area located next to a full service restaurant and bar on the same site. There are sun decks around the pool area that a great for relaxing and perfecting that holiday tan! Dedicated high speed internet is included in the rate. Full laundry service also available and a manger on site 24 hrs, arranging of excursions, water sports and tailor made trips.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stone town 50 km, Nearest railway: N/A|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
1 Three spacious bedrooms: a master with bathroom on suite and two further bedroom, each with private balconies, sharing a large family bathroom
2 Spacious open plan living room, dinning and kitchen with beach views
3 Fully equipped kitchen with wine cooler, ice cube machine, American fridge/freezer, espresso machine etc
4 Beautifully designed bathrooms with bath tubs and European standard luxury rain showers
5 Large sun-deck overlooking the beach and the ocean with lounge & swing beds
6 Private access to stunning secluded beach
7 Private staff
8 Private plunge pool & large club house pool on site
Unlike most villas our staff are full time and always on hand to assist you.
All linen, towels, beach towels are included. Our staff – your staff during your stay – will clean the villas every day and provide snacks and drinks at any time to suit you.
We have high speed internet/WIFI free within the house
A beautiful large deck running the length of the house overlooking our unique and beautiful beach with stylish comfortable double lounge beds & sing beds where we guarantee you will spend most of your time when at the villa!
An onsite lounge bar where you can also choose to relax and socialise with other guests if you wish!
|Further details outdoors|
The area of Michamvi is as yet a little off the beaten track but within easy driving distance to night life and busier beaches if you so wish..
This is one of the most unique and stunning corners of the island with many secluded coves and beaches to discover on your walks.
We are close to excellent diving and snorkelling spots, kite centres and deep sea fishing locations depending on your interests!
Everything can be arranged for you and we are happy to communicate and organise whatever you need prior to your arrival should you wish..
PRIVATE PLUNGE POOL & LARGE CLUB HOUSE POOL ON SITE
He presence of microlithic tools attests to at least 1,000 years of human occupation of Zanzibar. The islands became part of the historical record of the wider world when Persian traders discovered them and used them as a base for voyages between the Middle East, India, and Africa. Unguja, the larger island, offered a protected and defensible harbour, so although the archipelago offered few products of value, the Persians settled at what became Zanzibar City (Stone Town) as a convenient point from which to trade with East African coastal towns.
The Old Fort and part of Stone town
They established garrisons on the islands and built the first Zoroastrian fire temples and mosque in the Southern hemisphere.
During the Age of Exploration, the Portuguese Empire was the first European power to gain control of Zanzibar, and the Portuguese kept it for nearly 200 years. In 1698, Zanzibar fell under the control of the Sultanate of Oman, which developed an economy of trade and cash crops with a ruling Arab elite. Plantations were developed to grow spices, hence the term Spice Islands. Another major trade good for Zanzibar was ivory. The Sultan of Zanzibar controlled a substantial portion of the East African coast, known as Zanj; this included Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, and trading routes that extended much further inland, such as the route leading to Kindu on the Congo River. Zanzibar was famous worldwide for its spices and its slaves. It was East Africa's main slave-trading port, and in the mid-19th century as many as 50,000 slaves were passing through the slave markets of Zanzibar each year.
Monument to the slaves in Zanzibar
Sometimes gradually and sometimes by fits and starts, control of Zanzibar came into the hands of the British Empire; part of the political impetus for this was the 19th century movement for the abolition of the slave trade. The relationship between Britain and the German Empire, at that time the nearest relevant colonial power, was formalized by the 1890 Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty, in which Germany pledged not to interfere with British interests in insular Zanzibar. That year, Zanzibar became a protectorate (not a colony) of Britain. From 1890 to 1913, traditional viziers were appointed to govern as puppets, switching to a system of British residents (effectively governors) from 1913 to 1963. The death of the pro-British Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini on 25 August 1896 and the succession of Sultan Khalid bin Barghash of whom the British did not approve led to the Anglo-Zanzibar War. On the morning of 27 August 1896, ships of the Royal Navy destroyed the Beit al Hukum Palace. A cease fire was declared 38 minutes later, and to this day the bombardment stands as the shortest war in history.
The islands gained independence from Britain in December 1963 as a constitutional monarchy. A month later, the bloody Zanzibar Revolution, in which thousands of Arabs and Indians were killed in a genocide and thousands more expelled,led to the establishment of the Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba. That April, the republic was subsumed by the mainland former colony of Tanganyika. This United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar was soon renamed (as a portmanteau) the United Republic of Tanzania, of which Zanzibar remains a semi-autonomous region..
The area of Michamvi is also famous for its bay called Chwaka Bay and a little sandbank island called Paradise island where you can excape and sunbath, snorkel and where we can arrange fo you to take a packed beach pick nick
You can do a village tour where you can get a feel for local ife and traditions or do a mangrove boat trip on a local fishing boat called a dhow or nglawa
Close by we have excellent snorkelling & dive spots as well as kite surfing schools and deep sea fishing areas .. trips/ training can be arranged on request for all
We are within 40 mins of the area of Kizamkazi famous in zanzibar for those who wish to swim with dolphins.
Jozani Forest: The only remaining natural forest on Unguja Island is a heaven for nature lovers! With a rich variety of bird species, Jozani also offers the unique opportunity of seeing the very rare Red Colobus Monkey, which is indigenous to the Island of Zanzibar.. its only 1/2hr away from us here at Upendo!