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“Pefect Pemba” 5 of 5 stars
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The Manta Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Box 32 | Wete, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Pemba Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Pefect Pemba”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I've lived in Tanzania for a long time and been to many beach resorts, but this was one of my best experiences yet. Manta has a lovely beach, good service, really nice food and excellent snorkeling and diving right near by and a nice dive shop with good dive leaders - especially for we less and moderately experienced divers. Each group is assigned a personal service "fundi" and ours was great. The resort package comes all inclusive with food, drinks (including alcohol) and daily spa treatments for each person! We were three families with kids, and although they don't normally have many young children there - they welcomed us with open arms and made accomodations for food and time of dinner. None of us wanted to leave and I imagine that we'll be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Loved this place! Not too fancy, but perfect. Beach is gorgeous, with super soft sand, ocean a thousand shade of turquoise. Beach chairs and hammocks for all. Lovely little pool. Good service and delicious food (including freshly baked bread at all meals). On-site dive/snorkel shop with knowledgeable and friendly staff, and good equipment. Drinks and daily spa treatment included. Good day-trip options around the island. What else could you want?

We had 3 families with 6 kids aged 5 to 10. The staff were very accomodating on food and meal times. Everyone loved it.

Room Tip: Be sure to request AC for the hot season.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

When planning our holiday this year we were split between booking a diving holiday or a relaxing beach holiday. With Manta Resort we got the best of both. The resort makes no claims to be a five star resort and it isn't but this said what it lacks in amenities it more than makes up for with its friendly, relaxed atmosphere where nothing is too much trouble and you are made to feel special - there may not be tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms but this is always available in the lodge and if you just can't face the day without that kick start you only have to ask and someone will bring it to your room for you.

Travelling as three adults we had adjoining garden rooms , these are the more basic of the rooms on offer but are very comfortable with en-suite facilities, the showers were lovely and warm and much appreciated after a morning diving. The food is well cooked and delicious - the bread is amazing.

The diving is superb, now if you are expecting whale sharks and Mantas at every turn then you may be disappointed, they do get them around Pemba but wildlife is notoriously unreliable, but if you are prepared to just enjoy what is there, and there is so much to find, then you will enjoy the diving as much as we did, and we like to dive a lot. The coral is pristine and covered in myriads of colourful reef fish; leaf fish, scorpion fish and nudibranch are plentiful and even the octopus and mantis shrimp are visibly evident rather than hidden in dark holes. The whole place seems almost untouched and is a joy to explore. David and the team in the dive centre really looked after us and much of the time it was like having our own private dive holiday.

After a morning diving there were the afternoons enjoying the spa, the pool and relaxing in the hammocks on the beach watching the world go by. You can swim in the sea or if this is not for you, or the tide is out then the pool is the place to go. Then the evening meal watching the stars and listening to the Bushbabies laugh. All in all a perfect day every day. The team at Manta make you feel very welcome and do everything to ensure that you get the relaxed, luxury holiday you deserve - five star treatment all the way in a tranquil corner of paradise.

Room Tip: Seafront rooms have a fabulous view and benefit from the sea breezes. We would definitely upgrade to...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

22 September - 6 October 2013
Wild, remote and romantic . Manta Resort is one place that I will highly recommend if you want 50 shades of turquoise , body massages , white coral beaches and the most beautiful caring and gracious a staff , owners and "fundis " . It has left a yearning in my heart , to go back and we will never forget the experience.
The local sunset boat trip was another highlight and has left an unforgettable feeling of ecstasy and awe . We watched pods of dolphins dancing and the most spectacular view . We stayed in the beach house number 6, a seafront house , and found it very spacious , private and like home ! The owners and management were so warm and caring and invited us into the family of the Manta Resort . I knew what he meant when we left . A tear ran down my cheek as we drove away ... Hope we have an opportunity to go back one day .
Bonnie and Johan
Johannesburg . South Africa

Room Tip: number 6. It is the largest , with sea view and sunset views daily
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I was at beutiful Manta Resort 1 year ago. A fantastic stay! So friendly and professional people. Special attention from Idi who became our friend and it was very interesting to learn more about Pemba culture and visit his village. Walking on the beach, swimming, snorkling ,relax with book in the shaddow,drinks in the beautiful sunset looking at dolphins jumping in the sea, candle light dinner and end up with stargazing laying on the beach . A fantastic relaxing paradise. Now I know that a underwater room soon will be open at the resort - exiting !

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had a fabulous week in early September - Manta gets the balance right on all sorts of things - luxurious whilst unpretentious, friendly but allowing privacy...
We had a seafront room which I recommend, the vast baloncy with daybed was great. We also made the most of our daily treatments - massages, facials, manicures - such a treat and with the bonus of hearing the waves lapping whilst being pampered.
The diving is nice and close, hassle-free with lovely coral reefs although a bit pricey once you've added in all of the kit hire etc. Worth doing it though if you've gone all that way.
Special mention and thanks to Haji who looked after us beautifully - even bringing us pre-breakfast cups of tea to our room. We were very spolied!
Do come here if you want to completely unwind and switch off in the most beautiful of places.

Room Tip: Can't go wrong with any of the seafront rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bassingbourn, null, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We returned from the Manta last weekend and all I can say is that we are suffering from holiday blues.... For us Manta ticked all the boxes for a relaxed, intimate and thoroughly enjoyable holiday. It is the only place we have found where you can holiday whilst watching local life progress at its chilled pace whilst at the same time not appearing to be voyeuristic. This was a real privilege and something that made the holiday so special. Our view is that Manta is fully integrated within the community such that it is part of the community. All the staff and locals are really keen to chat with you about their lives and their island of which they are so proud. In addition they are keen to understand about you and your lives. If you go take time out to enjoy discussions with the staff and locals to learn more about them and their lovely island. The resort has its own rustic African charm that embraces you like a warm hug. One thing that stood out for us was that due to the small number of guests and the intimate atmosphere it revived the art of conversation between everyone. This was enhanced one night when the resort got everyone to have dinner together, including the management, using a long table on the sundeck. The food was outstanding and for the 2 weeks I more than ate my 5 a day of fruit and vegetables. Note that the small bananas are awesome. Diving on the resort was chilled and highly enjoyable with the opportunity to see many things which have alluded my check list over many years. So in conclusion Manta is a resort that drives you to relax and enjoy an island pace of life. It was a really privilege to met so many fantastic people and so anyone who does not want a plastic Disney type holiday experience this is the place for you.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Box 32 | Wete, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Pemba Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Pemba Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Manta Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elevated and crafted along an idyllic island beach, The Manta Resort offers privacy, romance, adventure, and water sports on East Africa's finest island sanctuary. ... more   less 
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