My husband and I came to Manta for one week to celebrate our anniversery. We were looking for a Maldives type experience, kind of a once in a life time trip. It met all expectations. When you arrive at the resort you are taken through the open plan bar/chilling area which is tastfully decorated in traditional Zanzibar style. You are greeted by a welcoming staff member with a drink and then taken outside where you see the AMAZING view over the sea - which took our breath away. The dining area overlooks the sea and there is an abundance of tropical flowers framing the view. It is hard to decide which is prettier, the view by day, the sunset or the moonlight shining on the water!
Ok so what about the hotel? It is has an exclusive feel, almost boutique style. We loved rotating time between the pool, beach bar and the white sandy beach. If you are looking for a cast away, tranquil paradise, this beach is the place for you.
We did quite alot of snorkelling off the shore and also over the blue hole a little further out, but still within the protective reef. There are also canoes and we used one to paddly out to the blue hole to snorkel, and also to explore some of the coast line, there are some little coves and interesting rock formations left and right of the hotel area. What was great was that we could just grab a canoe any time we felt like - no need to book and pay for 30 minutes etc etc. I tried scuba diving for the first time and the diving is really clear, highlights included huge shoals of colourful fish and a turtle. If you are lucky you might see a manta. The sunset sail on a local dhow boat to a sand bank is very worth it.
The staff at the hotel really make the stay particulary special - they are friendly, personable and are happy to meet and remember personal requests. We also met the hotel owners who were also very welcoming and took the time to chat to guests. The hotel is all inclusive and the food and drink were really, really good. There are no self-serve buffets, all is served to you directly (and drinks are included too). We had dinner on the beach one night during which we had a fish platter, stunning!
On a side note, if you are a wildlife lover you are very likely to spot a bush baby in a tree during your stay! Also, in a few months there will be an underwater bedroom available on the reef which would be a further opportunity to view tropical fish by night.
Ok we really enjoyed this place, we honestly loved everything about it. It is very relaxing, beautiful and welcoming. I would heartily recommend going. You are very likely to come away a renewed and refreshed person!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elevated and crafted along an idyllic island beach, The Manta Resort offers privacy, romance, adventure, and diving on East Africa's finest island sanctuary. Pemba Island for real. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Manta Hotel Pemba Island
- Manta Hotel Pemba Island