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 consists of three private villas (one three-bedroom, two one-bedroom), plus two additional makuti Banda rooms, lounge restaurant and main pool, with a delicious blend of contemporary architectural lines and traditional local material.



Situated on the Southeast Coast of the island. Neighboring the local fishing village of Michamvi, Pingwe. Just an hour drive from the airport and stone town.



Villa Shiva: The Upendo is more than a hotel, and you will immediately feel at home in our fully-serviced, three-bedroom villa. High, open makuti (palm) roofs, contemporary architectural design, vibrant accents and classic essentials seamlessly combine with unique harmony. Situated directly on the famous, empty white sand beaches of Michamvi, our spacious (200m sq) retreat awaits you and your travel companions.

Let the villa’s highly trained and friendly staff take care of you. A butler, housekeeper and gardener are here to help make your visit unforgettable. Hand-tailored luxury meets relaxed, island warmth in a stunning fusion of East and West.

Wake up to the gentle music of the waves, slip into a lush cotton robe, and join your companions for a complimentary pot of fresh-brewed Zanzibar coffee or tea as you watch the sun climb into the wide African sky.

The villa is ideally suited to families, friends, or travel groups seeking a private island getaway as warm as it is luxurious.

Beach House: The ultimate in boutique luxury. Our fully serviced, secluded beach house easily transitions from romantic honeymoon hideaway to chic family or group villa depending on your needs. Whether you are three or eight in number, you will find that real paradise is a fusion of home comfort & exotic indulgence.

Outside, a clear, serpentine pool weaves through a tropical garden of verdant palms. Relax on your private deck and watch the tides change as you savor exquisite Swahili cuisine from the Beach House’s private chef. A crescent of powder soft beach awaits just beyond the garden wall; enjoy a refreshing swim before breakfast, or bask in the hot midday sun. When you’ve had enough of that mesmerizing turquoise ocean, your cool, peaceful rooms are just a few steps away.

A sheltered baraza (inner lounge area) offers discreet access to the Beach House’s four spacious bedrooms. In each you will find chic minimalist décor, fine linens and soothing lighting everything you need for a gorgeous night’s sleep. Choose your luxury: Our two “master bedrooms” offer double beds and shuttered doors opening directly onto stunning beach views. Our two “garden rooms” can transform from double to twin beds to suit your needs, and open onto bright, emerald garden vistas. Wherever you lay your head, you’ll wake up to the music of island breeze. All rooms are en suite, with fresh, modern private bathrooms where hot showers await any time of day.

Kumus and Priya: Love is in the detail in these private villas built for one or two. Luxuriously outfitted with large double beds, fine linens, private rooftop pool and terrace and impeccable service, these are the ultimate Zanzibar retreats.

Enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars, a massage in your poolside banda, or a peaceful afternoon drink on your private oceanfront deck. Let the rhythm of the waves sing you to sleep, and wake up to the spray of morning light through latticework windows.

Start your day with a complimentary, fresh-brewed pot of tea or Zanzibar coffee, slip into a soft cotton robe, and soak in the joy of another sun-kissed morning.

Each spacious (80m sq.) villa contains an airy double bedroom, large sea view deck and bathroom with tub, indoor rain shower, double basin & an open air shower. Ideally suited for couples or solo travelers, the villas are a stunning base for a visit to paradise.

Kamin and Cuzi: Two luxury retreats for the budget globetrotter. Made from a natural palm material called makuti, these airy, spacious double rooms with en suite bathrooms offer all the best of Upendo. Wake to the whisper of the ocean breeze and the kiss of African sunshine the day only gets better from there. Enjoy a steaming cup of Zanzibar coffee, a hot shower and stunning views, and savor the elegance only our bespoke hotel experience can provide.

From Zuci, the ground level room, you’ll enjoy easy access to the rest of our stunning grounds, and partial views of the unparalleled Michamvi beaches. Choose Kamin, our first floor room, and ease into island time with beautiful beach views and peaceful mornings. Here you will find the intimate, relaxed island escape you’ve been seeking.

Restaurant & Lounge


The focus on the food at Upendo is to keep it as fresh as possible, using all the natural ingredients found in Zanzibar – fresh caught seafood, fruit & vegetables in season and delicious spices; all used in favorite Swahili, Indian and international dishes with a classic Upendo twist.

Upendo’s signature style is traditional recipes ‘like your mamma made it,’ cooked fresh to order, served with a clean & stylish presentation. Trish believes one eats first with the eye (it looks good), nose (it smells good) and then finally the mouth (it tastes good).

Upendo Soulful Sunday Brunch has become an institution on the island and is definitely the place to be from 11am to 5pm every Sunday (although don’t be surprised if you’re still here at 11pm!). The Upendo kitchen serves up all you would expect to see at a classic brunch, with of course the Upendo twist!

Why not celebrate your special moments or book a table at Upendo: birthdays, weddings, or just life in general. We can help you organize your private event in Upendo style!

Upendo Chill: The lounge and restaurant are set up to be ‘on the beach’, using large barazas (traditional Arabic sofas) cushioned in vibrant hues, comfortable oversize lounge beds and large rustic wood tables to create an ambiance that allows the guest to relax, socialize and enjoy the beach views.

The infinity pool with its clean lines, rustic lounge bandas and use of contemporary black, white and color, frames and enhances the stunning aquamarine of the Indian Ocean.

Music is essential to the essence of the Upendo experience, and an excellent selection of both ambient tunes and a wide collection of artists complement your surroundings. Upendo hosts DJ’s especially for their Soulful Sunday Brunches, which brings a wonderful element to the whole experience.

Upendo Spa

Does your island paradise fantasy include deep breathing in time with the ocean waves, or basking in the setting sun as you enjoy a blissful massage? When you visit Upendo, you can experience another level of relaxation with private yoga classes or spa treatments in your poolside banda or rooftop terrace.

Upendo mobile specialist will bring the spa to you. Deep tissue, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, body scrubs and facials, as well as manicures and pedicures are all available in the privacy and comfort of your villa. The ultimate indulgence!