Swedish design firm creates underwater hotel room in the Zanzibar Archipelago
A thrilling underwater experience has opened in the brilliant turquoise waters off the coast of Pemba Island in the Zanzibar Archipelago. Designed by Swedish firm Genberg Underwater Hotels, The Underwater Room at the recently-opened Manta Resort is a serene 3-storey volume that bobs in crystal clear waters, its luxurious bedroom submerged 4m below the surface.
The room can be booked for $750 per person, per night (ex. VAT) and offers complete seclusion from the rest of the resort. This private floating island includes a deck at water level for reclining, eating and socialising, a rooftop deck for stargazing once the sun goes down, bathroom facilities, and a bedroom beneath the surface of the waves.
After sunset, underwater spotlights illuminate the sea floor, attracting and illuminating the sea life for the enjoyment of guests. Pemba Island boasts one of the most spectacular arrays of pure white coral in the world, with sheer coral cliffs plummeting to 800m in some places. The waters off Pemba Island are also home to tuna, barracuda, green turtles, giant grouper, brightly-coloured reef fish, garden eels, dolphins, marlins and sailfish.
On dry land, residents at The Manta Resort are able to stay in six newly-built private villas. Generous in size, these isolated air-conditioned villas include king-size beds and secluded sun terraces for a relaxing and luxurious stay. When guests are not relaxing on the beach or in their spacious rooms they may wish to visit the thatched bar, furnished with locally-crafted chaises, swinging chairs and makuti thatch umbrellas.
For more information about The Manta Resort or to book the Underwater Room, visit the hotel website.