Upendo is… Hip, chic & boutique.
Upendo means love, and we live up to our name.
It is playful elegance. Modern luxury meets island tradition in a fusion of Eastern inspirations and Western classics. Everything — from smooth beats to sumptuous eats to artisan seats — hovers artfully at the border of sophistication and relaxation. Everything has been hand-tailored to surpass your expectations.
Upendo is barefoot chic. Sip our speciality cocktails as you dip your toes into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Recline on colourful cushions while sampling fresh grilled lobster or an Indian-style thali. Play in our sea view pool and hanging lounge beds, and forget you ever have to leave.
Every detail has been carefully selected to create an utterly unique and totally chic Zanzibari experience. You don’t have to choose between high-class luxury and private comfort;
our stunning, fully serviced villas offer both, and more.
From your home base situated on the Michamvi Peninsula in southeastern Zanzibar, you can easily access all the attractions the Spice Island has to offer — we are happy to organize snorkeling, kitesurfing adventures, Stone Town tours and boating excursions. Or, you might go no further than the secluded white sand beach at your doorstep.
Whether you are a discerning solo traveler, passionate newlyweds or daring vacationers, the Upendo experience is yours. Families and friends, too, will find our three-bedroom villa perfectly suited to their needs. Eat, play, rest and relax exactly the way you want to. You will love Upendo as much as we do.
Sway with the palm trees, play with the monkeys, and unwind into Upendo luxury. Turquoise tides and African time are calling — what are you waiting for?
‘I wanted to give my guests a framework for a hip, intimate but honest experience of Zanzibar, so I created the villas with a traveller like myself in mind… Someone who’s looking for the comforts of a home as beautiful inside as the environment around it, and furnished with the modern comforts of our metropolitan lives: a Manhattan loft on the beach!
What makes Upendo unique is the use of the local materials which integrate its modern style into the environment.’
Food is a passion at Upendo, and we love to share it with our guests.
Mouthwatering seafood needs no introduction, jumping straight from the sea to the grill to your plate. Authentic Swahili and Indian dishes transport you to the other side of the Indian Ocean, using our specially blended Garam Masala spices and the owner’s own family recipes, straight from the source.
You can settle in with a hibiscus martini or an old fashioned “old fashioned”, pair your meal with the perfect bottle of
imported wine, and (why not?) finish with a decadent brownie, sundae or handcrafted dessert special.
Our guests have learned to expect unrivalled excellence in our eclectic cuisine – both in our public restaurant and in their private retreats. From daily chef’s selections, to Sushi Fridays to the best Sunday Brunch this side of the Atlantic, fusion and quality are the rule at Upendo. Eggs benedict done right and prime beef fillet cooked to perfection, Swahili curries and innovative food pairings. Whether you’re craving familiar classics or looking to expand your culinary horizons, here you will find exquisite dishes prepared with love.
Upendo has managed to catch the attention of photographers, fashionistas, travel bloggers and hotel reviewers alike. We have been lucky to collaborate and work with some big names in the industry… And we see this as a perk of what we do!
Check out the people and publications that love what we do and mentioned us both online and in print!
Situated on the southeast coast of Zanzibar island, neighbouring the local fishing village of Michamvi, Pingwe.
We are approximately a 1 hour drive from Zanzibar International Airport, and 15 minutes from the nightlife of Paje.