It is difficult to quantify what appeals to us about Onsea House. However, if a climber is willing to upgrade their accommodation from one of our standard options and wishes to be looked after by consummate professionals with excellent taste and sensitivity to the needs of discerning travellers, there is no better place that we could recommend close to Arusha, than Onsea.
Visitors should remember that running a quality, luxurious hospitality operation within the context of somewhere like Arusha has unavoidable limitations in terms of the consistency of provision of power, communications, and water and yet Onsea seems to negotiate these challenges with extraordinary professionalism and competence.
While the location is excellent, in terms of the fantastic view over the Kisongo Plateau, Arusha Town, and towards Mount Meru; its being insulated from the noise and traffic and crime of central Arusha, and it’s convenient traffic-
From an operator’s perspective, we have a privileged insight into the inner machinations of local hospitality operations and unfailingly find Onsea a reassuring pleasure to deal with. At the head of their leadership hierarchy are two very different Belgian cousins who evidently enjoy an excellent and productive working relationship: one is a highly organised, exacting administrator, with an obvious intolerance of anything compromising to Onsea’s concept and standards, and the other is an overtly inspired artist, with a rare degree of flair and creativity for his work. Happily, his work –
Onsea House is Excellent for Post Climb Relaxation
Onsea is a natural choice for climbers as it’s remoteness (while being only 10-
Criticism of Onsea House
In our experience, one can provide the very best service and offer the highest available quality and yet still find dissatisfaction amongst that very small element of humanity that is frankly unappeasable or, in some cases, which evidently derive from a nouveau riche culture that prides itself in its ability to find fault where those of more gracious dispositions are thoroughly satisfied. That said, rather than risk being accused of making unqualified recommendations, we would like to address a couple of issues that prospective guests should consider, so as to ensure that their expectations of what Onsea House aims to achieve are appropriately informed.
Meal Costs at Onsea House
We are aware that meal prices at Onsea have occasionally been compared unfavourably to other local providers. While it is certainly true that Onsea’s meal prices are amongst the highest around Arusha, this ought to be somewhat obvious and expected, since the product that they serve is sourced far more carefully than the vast majority of restaurants and is frankly of higher quality, generally.
Meal Quantities at Onsea
Arguably the most pertinent criticism we can find of Onsea House is that some climbers who may be large-
Is Onsea ‘Western’?
We have seen Onsea described as ‘western’. While it is run by Belgians, we do not find it accurate or appropriate to describe Onsea as ‘western’, anymore than a hotel made with mud walls and a hole in the ground for a lavatory should be described as ‘African’. It is true that Onsea, and it’s beautiful new annexed wellness development, Machweo, are made cleanly and solidly using architectural styles that would satisfy a discerning western-
‘Our Michelin experienced chef will prepare a fusion of exquisite European and African delights based on seasonal specialties’
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