In recent years, underwater lodgings appear to have taken on a trend among hotels, but a resort off the coast of Tanzania is currently giving the idea a distinctive twist. The Underwater Room, a three-floor apartment floating next to a flourishing coral reef and featuring a submerged master bedroom surrounded by windows to observe the local marine life, was only recently launched by The Manta Resort.
A private floating island at the Manta Resort offers visitors an all-inclusive hotel room sunk four metres beneath the ocean’s surface, off the eastern coast of Africa near Pemba Island.
Each of the three levels that make up the buoyant building, which was designed by the Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels, has a different view: a rooftop terrace for sunbathing during the day and stargazing at night, a landing deck at sea level with a lounge and restrooms, and an underwater hotel room below that is enclosed in glass for a 360-degree view of the surrounding marine environment.
The resort’s visitors have the option of spending the entire day immersed in their hotel room, floating in turquoise water teeming with tropical fish and coral reef.
Sleep next to the fish at night because each window on the bottom platform has an underwater floodlight that draws a variety of unusual aquatic life.