The Manta Resort Zanzibar
Crazy hotel concepts seem to have become a bit of trend in recent years, from treehouse hotels to glass igloos and underwater restaurants. We love a bit adventure at Average Janes so when we came across the idyllic floating, underwater room at the Manta Resort Zanzibar we had to share it with you.
Located on the tropical Pemba Island in Zanzibar, the resort’s most standout feature is the natural coral reef lying just off its beach, which attracts numerous divers and snorkelers to its villas, and boy have they most of it!
Constructed by Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotles, the Underwater Room is a three-floor suite that floats beside a thriving coral reef and boasts a submerged master bedroom surrounded by windows to view the local sea life. The incredible room spans three floors and floats almost 250m away from the coast, held in place by several anchoring lines leading to the ocean floor.
Panelled in local hardwood, the top two floors rest above sea level, the landing deck in the middle contains lounge, dining and bathroom facilities and a ladder which leads up to an incredible deck for sun worshippers and star-gazers alike.
The pièce de résistance however is the master bedroom which sits four meters below the surface of the water. It features an almost total 360-degree view of the water around it and even has underwater spotlights on the outside of the windows that attract and illuminate nearby sea creatures at night. And to top it off, the whole thing is actually situated in the center of a blue hole, an area of the coral reef approximately 50m wide where the sea drops to 12m deep during high tide. With a full surrounding reef, guests will see all kinds of marine wildlife right outside their bedroom window and with coral starting to form on the anchoring lines some of the reef’s more unusual inhabitants, like octopus, have been spotted attaching themselves to the glass.
As you can probably guess, the cost of enjoying your own secluded, half-submerged hotel suite isn’t cheap. The Underwater Room costs around £1,000 per night for two people, on top of the regular cost of the resort. Take a look at the packages here.
An absolutely incredible experience and totally worth it we reckon! Now, we’re off to by a lottery ticket…
Photos © Jesper Anhede