Underwater hotel room opens
off the coast of Zanzibar

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Holidaymakers can now spend nights sleeping beneath the surface of the ocean at this partially submerged hotel suite in the Zanzibar archipelago (+ movie).

Underwater hotel room opens off the coast of Zanzibar

Located 250 metres off the coast of Pemba Island, the Underwater Room forms parts of the Manta Resort, a holiday retreat on the mainland of the island, and comprises a three-storey floating structure with its lowest level positioned four metres beneath the water.

Underwater hotel room opens off the coast of Zanzibar

After being escorted to the remote suite by boat, guests use a staircase to descend to their underwater bedroom, where windows on every wall allow 360 degree views of the underwater coral reef and sea life.

Underwater hotel room opens off the coast of Zanzibar

"Some [reef fish] have taken up residence around the room, which affords them some protection from predators," said the resort owners. "For instance, three bat fish and a trumpet fish called Nick who is always swimming around and seemingly looking in!"

Underwater hotel room opens off the coast of Zanzibar

Coral is expected to grow around the outer walls, plus underwater spotlights are fitted below the windows to encourage squid and colourful sea slugs to come into view.

Underwater hotel room opens off the coast of Zanzibar

The structure was designed and built by Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels and takes its cues from Utter Inn, a floating structure on Lake Malaren in Sweden that was modelled on a traditional Scandinavian house.

Underwater hotel room opens off the coast of Zanzibar

Like this structure, the Underwater Room has a timber-clad upper section that sits above the water. This includes lounge and bathroom facilities, as well as a roof deck that can be used for either sunbathing or stargazing.

Photography is by Jesper Anhede.

  • Sam

    Nice idea. I would be a bit concerned about the sea turning rough if I was staying in it though.

  • fourstarr

    Oh, only $1500 dollar a night. Cheap!

  • Sam

    $1500 a night and it doesn’t even have a pool. That’s my reservation cancelled.

    • Concerned Citizen

      It’s in the middle of a pool!

    • Lisa

      The sea is your pool, my friend.

      Looks like a dreamplace.

    • echykr

      Why do you want a friggin pool when your room is literally surrounded by water? Unless you prefer artificial chlorinated water to natural salt water.

  • finally

    Must be creepy at night.

  • spadestick

    where does the poo go when you take a dump?

  • Chloe

    Must be a lot seeing as they can only afford Ikea cushions.