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Upendo Villa Retreat brings cosmopolitan living to the beach. Both villa and furniture are designed with a fusion of urban chic & Zanzibarian flavours by style-savvy owner/designer Trish Dhanak and constructed by Zanzibarian craftsmen.

Its modern loft-like openness combined with traditional Zanzibarian style radiates an easy beachfront spirit. Timber beamed ceilings, modern groovy furniture of Zanzibarian woods, stained cement architectural elements … all tastefully merge to create a an inviting neutral palette splashed with vibrant decor accents & brightly coloured paintings inspired by nature.

The Swahili vaulted ceilings with light & airy open-plan living areas extend onto an expansive deck divided harmoniously by a wall-of-glass, offering a panoramic breath-taking view of the beach and turquoise Indian Ocean.

Relax on the private deck in one of two sexy bed-sized loungers or gaze at the tide-pools from your over-sized swinging bed. Prefer to get sand between your toes? Step on to your secluded beach, take a dip during high-tide and dry off in the equatorial sun while lying back in your rustic beach recliners.

At Upendo, we believe in “home grown talent”. All of our staff are Tanzanian and are being personally trained to become the best in their field. Fluent in both Swahili and English, the Upendo team is eager to show off their talents. Enjoy your own in-house private chef, who will prepare all meals for you or cook alongside them to learn how to make aromatic, spicy Zanzibari cuisine.

Had enough sun? Dock-up to the iPod station, pour yourself a sun-downer, peruse through the extensive library collection with heaps of novels, compelling coffee table books, and piles of current architectural and fashion chi-chi mags.

If you’re looking to inspire your staff in an inspirational off-site setting, Upendo Villa is your ticket. Our 10 seater King’s court dining table makes a perfect conference pow-wow space and Upendo lounge is at your disposal. With an upendo company retreat, you may just fall in love with your job again.

The Beach

Experience the miracle of nature as the moon-pulled tides create breath-taking landscapes that change before your eyes…Michamvi Peninsula on the South East coast of Zanzibar is an idyllic setting with gorgeous vistas, visually stunning tidal changes, mind-boggling coral cliffs, and stretches of powder white sand beach.

Blissfully detox on a long-long walk during low-tide and become mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the crystal blue Indian Ocean. Witness nature’s artistry where ancient coral converge into perplexing formations of cliffs & coves. All your cares will be transformed as you lose yourself in the wonder of the mysteries of nature.

At Upendo Villa Retreat, you will appreciate your own secluded beach resting just outside your door. Delight in the dramatic view of the beach and Indian ocean from your own giant private deck while lazing on one of three bed-sized loungers. Interior and exterior become one with panoramic floor-to-ceiling views from within your beachfront villa.

Experience the vast Indian Ocean from a different perspective. Upendo Villa Retreat can arrange any ocean excursion. Nearby ocean excursions include: world-class kite-surfing, snorkeling, diving, deep-sea fishing, dhow sailing, kayaking and tide-pool gazing.

Upendo’s beach in Michamvi is SO beautiful that it was featured in UK Vogue.

 

Feast on all the fresh ingredients Zanzibar has to offer, fresh sea food, including, crab, lobsters, prawns, fish, tropical fruit, and our famous Zanzibar spices & herbs.
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 our chefs at our outside restaurant.

If you’re curious about the local cuisine, enjoy private lessons with our chef who will show you how to create authentic Swahili dishes using Zanzibar’s world renowned enigmatic spices!

Feeling social? Take a wander on over to the Upendo Lounge & Restaurant which specializes in classic cocktails, including our famous Bloody Mary, chilled mimosa and wide array of fresh tropical juices and smoothies. We have a full service bar with an excellent choice of wines and spirits.

We offer two packages for guests staying at Upendo Villa Retreat:

Half Board Option: includes breakfast served in-house plus a three course a la carte dinner (with menu options) that is served at Upendo’s lounge/ restaurant. Bottled drinking water, fresh coffee and selection of teas also included

All Inclusive Option: includes your own private in house chef who cooks tailor made meals during your entire stay, these are all cooked and served at the villa. All beer, wines and spirits (except premium).  Free Wifi internet in the villa as well as all basic laundry during your stay.

We also offer a sunset cruise in this option which takes you from outside the villa (either in a beautiful old Dhow or motor boat depending on tides), round into Michamvi bay, a beautiful sunset spot for you to enjoy a beer or glass of wine and relax!

 

Retreat to the calm tranquility of one of your light and airy bed rooms. Dim the lights, there’s plenty of room in our massive, cozy platform beds. Settle into luxurious bedding with over-sized mosquito nets and fans and languish in the gentle ocean island cross-breezes as you blissfully dream the night away.

1. Kamma

Kamma is an enormous master bedroom filled with light and romance. It comes with its own private floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a beautiful beach deck with stunning ocean views.

Its giant elevated built-in cement bed with comfy linens, ceiling fan, floating bedside tables and reading lamps, all within its own custom-made mosquito net. The rooms, shuttered windows and glass doors have been specifically designed to ensure that the ocean breeze provides plenty of natural ventilation.

Kamma’s en-suite bathroom has a two person shower, with a giant rain shower for your sheer indulgence. Fancy a bath? Take a relaxing soak in your own personal organically shaped plunge tub for the ultimate act of relaxation.

2. Raaga

Raaga is a spacious room with exposed wooden beam ceilings and a private door facing the Upendo Lounge.

Like kamma it contains a giant elevated built-in cement bed with comfy linens, a ceiling fan, floating bedside tables and reading lamps, all within its own custom-made mosquito net. The shuttered windows and private shuttered door (leading to your own private patio) have been specifically designed to ensure that the ocean breeze provides plenty of natural ventilation.

3. Ishtaa

Ishtaa is a spacious room with exposed wooden beam ceilings and private side patio with a view of the ocean.

Ishtaa, like raaga, contains a giant elevated built-in cement bed with comfy linens, a ceiling fan, floating bedside tables and reading lamps, all within its own custom-made mosquito net. The room, shuttered windows and private shuttered door (leading to your own private patio) have been specifically designed to ensure that the ocean breeze provides plenty of natural ventilation.

Staff:
Butler
English speaking trained Private Chef
Housekeeper
Gardener
Security Guard

Bed:
Enormous beds
High thread-count linens and fine bedding
Over-sized mosquito nets with fans INSIDE the net
Turn-down service
100% cotton robes

Bath:
Over-sized organically sculpted baths
Dual rain showers

Kitchen:
Fully equipped kitchen top-of-the-line western appliances, ice-cube machine, wine cooler and a plethora of chef’s tools
Bottled drinking water is free of charge
Freshly brewed Tanzanian coffee
Selection of teas
King Arthur sized dining table

Beach:
Expansive deck with 2 bed-sized modern lounge beds and 1 massive swing bed
Personal sun-beds on beach
Private access to the beach

Food & Drink:
Depending on your package feast at Upendo Villa with your own private chef or…
stroll on over to Upendo Lounge & Restaurant where we serve up great island cuisine & cocktails just steps away

Entertainment:
Wi-FI
IPod docking station
Heaps of novels, sexy coffee table books and mags
Games galore
Swanky shishas

Excursions: 
Pre-organised or tailor made, discovered, or off the beaten track. Let us know and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

One of our guest’s dreams was to parachute onto the Upendo beach to the song “it’s raining men” with a birthday cake waiting. Upendo came through.

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