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The Underwater Room

Tanzania / Pemba, Zanzibar
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Relax and watch rare fish swim by, from the extreme comfort and beauty of a shimmering Zanzibar underwater idyll.

If you've ever wondered about the exact location of paradise, we can give you directions. The Manta Resort is a stunningly serene, naturally crafted sanctuary found on the remote Zanzibar island of Pemba.  

The eco-friendly resort is a tropical island tribute to the calm and simple life. On this kilometre-stretch of heaven, you can get beautifully up close and personal with nature, bask in the golden sun, indulge in water-based adventure and enjoy all the easy delights of natural living, with a choice of garden rooms, seafront villas, and an onsite spa to relax in.

The true pearl in the oyster, however, is the resort's Underwater Room - one of those ‘bucket list' escapes you'll be enthusing about forever after.

The Swedish-engineered floating structure is an absolute joy to behold, moored in the crystal waters of the island's marine conservation area (known as ‘the blue hole' - complete with stunning coral heads).  

An escorted boat ride will carry you to your shimmering sanctuary, located 250m from the shore, and you'll be provided with a kayak, snorkel and fins to explore the local area up close.

The Underwater Room is spaced across three levels, with the hardwood sea-level landing deck home to a cosy lounge and bathroom area, with open-air freshwater shower and an eco-friendly marine toilet.  

Climb the ladder to enjoy the delights of a sun-soaked deck that's just as wonderful a setting by night, when you lie back and gaze up at twinkling stars in the clear night sky, all the while listening to the soothing sounds of the sea.

Head downstairs to a downy double bed, surrounded by panes of glass that showcase 360-degree views of the glorious life lived under the sea. Marvel at the beauty of the coral as you watch shoals of reef fish swim by, and perhaps say hello to the occasional octopus or squid fact, you could say the Underwater Room is like being in a beautiful aquarium, only you're the attraction for the fish!

By night, underwater spotlights provide a soft, cosy glow, lighting up the sea and attracting even more attention from your friendly visitors.

Trust us, you will not want to leave your underwater bubble - particularly as you'll find a fully-stocked bar fridge on the lounge deck, and breakfast and dinner can be served to you on the deck of your choice!  

Just in case you're in need of any assistance, you'll be provided with a mobile phone and contact numbers during your stay, and just in case you do decide to venture out, you'll find all manner of activity all around you, from safari excursions and watersports, to relaxing spa treatments.

But for now, head to that sun deck with a cocktail and a good book, as you prepare to greet your underwater friends by evening. While you're living in paradise, all other decisions can be put off until later.

Things to note

*A stay in The Underwater Room can only be booked in conjunction with a minimum 2 night stay in the main resort (pricing shown is based on 1 night Underwater Room and 2 nights Standard Garden Room). Minimum stay of 5 nights in peak season from 20 December to 10 January. Transfers from Pemba Airport to the resort are $90 per person return, the room is then 250 metres from the island by boat. All rooms are on a fully inclusive basis, including food & drink, one daily spa treatment per person, kayaks, laundry, wi-fi (on mainland only - coverage not included in the Underwater Room) and boat transfer to the Underwater Room. Minimum age for children to stay at the Underwater Room is 12 years.

Tried and tested

"The Underwater Room was magical and exceeded all of our expectations but it wasn't just that. All the rest of the resort was beautiful and your team got it just right - from Sele and his team, the waiters, the cocktail mixers, the ladies at the spa and the guys in the dive school - just the right level of helpful, unobtrusive service where nothing was too much trouble."

"What a fantastic holiday we had at The Manta Resort. It ticked every box for my sort of holiday and we certainly will be back. I used to go to a place in the Caribbean that was much like Manta, but now has gone a little too much developed. It is great to find The Manta Resort. I know lots of people who would just love your place and will certainly be recommending it to them. Thanks to all the staff who are just great."

"The Manta Resort is really special! A stunning location on the most beautiful beach, even beating the Maldives beaches, superb swimming pool & terrace overlooking the sea, very luxurious, beautiful traditional spacious bungalows, daily inclusive spa treatments and the most delicious food. A truly magical experience!"

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The basics

Region: Pemba, Zanzibar
Cost (from): £1689 all inclusive (based on 3 night stay)*
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 1 night*
Property ref: 694

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Sleeps 2, double bedroom, bedding & towels provided, open air-freshwater shower, advanced marine toilet system, hand wash basin, bathroom amenities, fully stocked bar fridge, lounge area, outdoor deck.

Local activities

Boat trips, snorkelling, diving, island tours, spice tours.

At a glance

  • The Underwater Room is a three-storey, unique floating suite moored 250 metres from the coast of Pemba, a Zanzibar island home to The Manta Resort. An ideal honeymoon destination, or as a ‘bucket list' break for couples.
  • The Manta Resort itself offers a selection of garden rooms/suites, an onsite spa and a programme of activities.
  • The resort can assist you with direct flights to Pemba Airport from Zanzibar, with taxis to transport you to the resort. You will be escorted on a short boat ride to the Underwater Room.
  • You will be provided with a kayak, snorkel and fins, along with a mobile phone. A dedicated security guard is on hand nearby.
  • Breakfast and evening meals are served on deck. You will also find a stocked bar fridge and eco-friendly toiletries.

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