The Manta Resort is absolutely sublime. If your idea of a getaway/tropical island is unspoilt surroundings, buidlings in absolute harmony in style and materials to the environment around it, and friendly professional staff, head here!
We had an absolutely fantastic time when we came for our honeymoon in Nov/Dec 2012, so good I've been meaning to write this for months!
The island was in fact more beautiful than we’d imagined, and the resort itself exactly what we were hoping for –even better, perhaps! The staff were just so friendly and couldn’t do enough for us, the food was really very good and the cocktails were fantastic...my favourite was the Voodoo Juice with rum, marmalade and clove honey! The actual resort was designed so tastefully - in keeping with the general feel of the place, but with some really very stylish decorative touches. Wonderful!
We did next to nothing: swam, read books, ate, drank and wafted from the pool to the sea as the tides changed. We also learnt to scuba dive and that really was a revelation. David, the divemaster, was excellent.
To balance out this review, I think it's fair to point out that there are no plasma screens or more standard luxury touches you might find in other resorts on the main Zanzibar Island - not an issue for us, but some might prefer the tennis court touch.
So, thank you so much to the team at Manta. I should also thank Bruce Campbell at Pure Zanzibar, who was simply gifted at sensing that we wanted something a bit different to the standard Zanzibar trip.