The Manta Resort located in Zanzibar, Africa offers a truly spectacular experience with the Manta underwater room, submerged beneath the Indian Ocean. Located off Pemba Island, the tiny floating island features three-levels and gives guests all the amenities of a regular hotel room, albeit with an incredible view. It features: a sun deck for working your tan and stargazing at night, a lounge, bathroom and dining area on water level, and a submerged bedroom that sits 13ft (four meters) beneath the surface with windows on all sides and lights to illuminate the water at night for admiring the breath-taking tropical marine environment.
By day, tropical fish and other sea organisms float and swim by the window. At night, lights illuminate the water outside the windows, attracting squids and other otherwise shy sea creatures. The whole thing is anchored about 250m from the coast. Can you imagine being rocked to sleep by gentle waves, waking up in the morning and diving in to swim with tropical fish? If so, you also better imagine shelling out $1,500 USD /£980 a night for two or $900 USD or £600 for a single occupant.
The landing deck, at sea level, has a lounge area and bathroom facility. A ladder leads up to the roof which has a lounging area – for sun worshipping by day and by night you can lie back in the starlight and wonder at the extraordinary clarity of the stars, planets and above all, the edge of our own galaxy – the wonderful Milky Way – all seen without any light pollution.
Then downstairs – the magical feeling of lying on a soft double bed surrounded by panes of glass affording almost 360 degree views – watching the shoals of reef fish and exquisite, often rarely seen individuals visiting your windows. Some have taken up residence around the room, which affords them some protection from predators. For instance, three bat fish and a trumpet fish called Nick who is always swimming around and seemingly looking in !
By night, the underwater spotlights beneath each window around the room attract the shyer and more unusual, for instance squid. Coral is already establishing 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 attraction, which makes for exciting watching and a truly unique experience!