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November 25 2013

The $1,500 Submerged Hotel Suite

By David McMillin

Plenty of travelers look for ways to escape the sounds of the city, but one suite off the coast of Africa gives a new meaning to “island getaway.”

The Manta Resort, located on the Zanzibari island of Pemba, has opened a new hotel suite located in an usual place: 13 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean. Well, the entire room isn’t underwater. A private roof deck gives guests a sunbathing spot, and a second story includes a lounge and bathroom. When guests want to go to bed for the evening, they will actually sleep with the fishes (thankfully, not in the intimidating organized crime manner you may remember from The Godfather).

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The room does not float. Instead, it’s tied to the sea floor with two cables, capturing a great view of the ocean life just outside the windows.

“By night, the underwater spotlights beneath each window around the room attract the shyer and more unusual, for instance, squid,” the general manager of the property writes. “Octopus and even Spanish dancers have been seen attaching themselves to the glass panes.”

Getting this close to nature comes with a fairly steep price tag. Single guests can stay for $900 per night, and couples pay a rate of $1,500 per night. Getting to the resort isn’t easy, either. Guests must take charter flights from airports in East Africa to Pemba Airport. It sounds like the taxi ride may be a bit rough.

“The quality of the cars are not of western standards, so be prepared for a bumpy ride,” a note on The Manta Resort website reads.

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That ride looks like it could be very well worth it, though. Click here for an overhead view of the underwater room.

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