Hotel Of The Day: The Manta Resort, Tanzania

Our latest Bucket List hotel series has showcased quirky hotels in European cranes, romantic views of the Eiffel Tower and a Giraffe Manor – and this Bucket List hotel in Tanzania is just as unique.

The Manta Resort has an floating underwater room that tops almost anywhere you’ll ever stay.  You go to sleep in a specially designed underwater suite, 250m from the shore.

Just to be clear: This is a remote island off the east coast of Africa, and probably as far away from civilisation as you might ever find yourself. Sounds idyllic? Read on…

The Manta Resort

Where is The Manta Resort?

Manta Resort is in the far north-west of Pemba – a peaceful island, just north of Zanzibar. Lush and tropical, this is one for the true adventurers.

The main rooms in the resort are on the island itself,  with white sandy beaches and a sparkling pool. Fresh seafood and zesty cocktails are served at the sun lounge all day long.

Floating Room in Manta Resort

What’s so special about this hotel?

Three words: underwater floating room. The underwater room at the Manta Resort is incredibly unique,  with three levels to explore. A boat drops you off at the room’s landing deck, where your living area is.

A ladder leads up to the roof which has a lounging area – for sun worshipping by day and stargazing at night.

You’re left with a kayak, snorkel and fins to explore the clear blue waters.

Climb down below, and you’ll find the underwater bedroom.

Brightly coloured fish swim past the 360degree glass windows that surround the kingsize bed.

Underwater Bedroom in Manta Resort

Manta Resort Room Underwater

How much does it cost to stay?

The underwater room costs $ 1 700 /double room per night, which includes sundowners on the terrace and meals delivered to your floating room.

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So… Is it worth it?

If you’re looking for insanely glamourous luxury, then this isn’t for you. If, however, you’re looking for a dreamy place to hide-away, swim and be at one with nature, then this will be unforgettable.

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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