list of other experimental under-the-sea hotel rooms in Florida, Sweden and
the Maldives, the underwater room at Manta
Resort on remote Pemba Island in Tanzania’s Zanzibar
guests 4m below the surface. The room sits on the bottom of a three-level floating
structure, located 250m from shore in the Indian Ocean.
below each of the room’s eight windows, spotlights illuminate the sea life that
swims by. Frequent visitors include a trumpet fish known as Nick, as well as squid
and octopus at night. Above the underwater space, guests can climb a ladder to
the water level, which contains a bathroom and lounge, or ascend to the rooftop
to soak up the sun or lay beneath the stars.
floating structure was designed by Swedish artist Mikael Genberg, who also constructed
the structurally similar Utter Inn in Sweden’s Lake Malaren. For this project, he sought
a more remote location with clearer waters, and found it off Pemba’s coast in the form of “the blue hole”, a circular clearing within
the coral reef, measuring about 50m in diameter. The open space made it the ideal location to
anchor the new underwater structure.
officially opened for guests on 1 November. Since Manta Resort has only one underwater
space within the now 17-room resort, single nights in the room can be added to
an existing stay for $1,500 per night.