An unreal experience of living with the sea-world right in the middle of the ocean in a room held to the bottom by four anchors.
The Manta Resort is an elusive resort tucked into the embrace of the pristine Indian Ocean. Cut away from the rest of the world, this resort urges you to disconnect from your noisy, polluted electronic world and stay as far away from civilization. Not lapped in artificial luxury, the accommodations are serene and encourage you to enjoy freedom and a low key modern comfort in the remote Pemba Island, Tanzania.
Their various tropical accommodations include the seafront villas with an open-plan design, the superior garden rooms created from local materials and Pemban décor boasting of spacious interiors, the standard garden rooms; their most compact option with balconies and finally, their prized possession; The Underwater Room.
Manta’s treasured hideaway is their underwater room located 250 meters away from the shore, is an experience everyone must have. Anchored in an ocean floor anomaly, the floating underwater room tops almost anything. Encapsulated within a turquoise blue bubble, watching shoals of reef fish swim by, this is a truly heart-stopping, yet awakening experience. The floating structure, Swedish engineered, provide three levels, those above the water, clad in local hardwood.
The landing deck, at sea level, has a lounge area and bathroom facility. A ladder leads up to the roof for sun worshipping by day and stargazing at night. Descending the ladder to the bedroom below is a rewarding climb to another state of being. The magical feeling of lying on a soft king size bed surrounded by panes of glass affording almost 360 degrees viewing is hard to describe.
Located on the reef, in the middle of a conservation area, shoals of reef fish and exquisite, often rarely seen individuals will be seen visiting your windows. By night, the underwater spotlights on all sides of the room attract the shyer and more unusual sea beings.
Coral has established itself on the anchoring lines and around the underwater structure. Octopus and even Spanish dancers have been seen attaching themselves to the glass panes. The reef inhabitants can simply not resist the attraction, which makes for exciting watching and a truly unique experience!
Text by Neerja Kapadia