Located in the far north of Tanzania’s Pemba Island, Manta Resort is the archetype of an idyllic, remote and untouched tropical getaway. Set on a pristine white beach just metres away from a vibrant coral reef, this is the kind of place where you can indulge in barefoot, Crusoe-chic romance.

Here you can dive and snorkel perfect reefs in total seclusion, explore this magical island with its rich history of the spice trade and the rise and fall of the Arab empire, and wander lush tropical forests in search of monkeys and the endemic flying fox. If you choose a more sedate pace you can enjoy the sparkling pool overlooking the limpid ocean or indulge in a decadent spa treatment while the breeze gently ruffles the palm trees over the beach. But its highlight but surely be the unique ‘underwater room’, a 3-storey glass-fronted suite where your bedroom is four metres below water. At night, spotlights illuminate the reef and passing fish, making for an ever-changing but peaceful scene to drift off to.

Perfect for a family getaway or a blissful honeymoon, The Manta Resort offers a tropical paradise in perfect seclusion, coupled with attentive personal service and delicious cuisine plucked fresh from the ocean.


  • Secluded honeymoon suites
  • Fantastic diving & snorkelling
  • Guided spice, island & forest tours
  • Unique glass-fronted ‘underwater room’

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The Manta Resort is designed in keeping with a ‘castaway’ theme, where wood, stone and makuti thatch blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment. Whitewashed walls and dark locally-made furnishings are offset with bright splashes of colour, reminiscent of the tropical gardens and coral reef. The large main building overlooks the azure ocean and is a cool and breezy retreat that houses the lounge, dining and bar area. Steps lead down to the expansive pool area that in turn leads onto the beach, where the attentive staff of the Beach Bar takes care of your every need as you lounge in a hammock listening to the waves lapping the shore. 

General Facilities

    Computer facilities
    Swimming Pool


The menu is both imaginative and fresh. Featuring tropical fruits from the island, tasty vegetables from the resort’s own gardens and seafood straight from the ocean - the dhows arriving on the beach with the day’s catch will dictate the following meal. Beef and chicken dishes feature the delightful fusion of flavours and spices that the island is famous for. 

Standard Garden Room

The Manta Resort offers four accommodation types, from the utterly unique Underwater Room to Seafront Villas, Superior and Standard Garden rooms.

The air-conditioned Seafront Villas overlook the beach and are simply but beautifully decorated with hardwood flooring, 4-poster beds draped in mosquito netting and outdoor verandahs with plush daybeds.

The Superior Garden rooms are air conditioned and set back from the beach in the tropical garden with a partial sea view. Interleading doors make these ideal for families or groups travelling together and their outdoor terraces make an ideal gathering point.

Standard Garden rooms are set within the gardens and are not air conditioned; instead, fans allow for a cooling breeze. The bedrooms feature 4-poster beds and en suite bathrooms, and comfortable verandahs for relaxation.

For something entirely different, the Underwater Room is a unique floating suite with a glass-fronted bedroom four metres below the surface of the water. Above it are two levels of lounge, dining and sunbathing space, and the top platform is perfect for stargazing in the evenings. Spotlights at night allow you to lie in bed and watch a myriad of marine life as it drifts past the windows in a balletic symphony of light and otherworldly colours. 

Standard Garden Room AMENITIES


  • Boat excursions
  • Snorkelling

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Emma Hill

Emma Hill

Africa Safari Expert

"Perfect for that simple clean luxury located on a gorgeous stretch of beach. Access to superior snorkelling and diving are certainly major pull factors for this resort. If you are looking for a really unique experience try out the underwater room!"

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