The Manta Resort

The Manta Resort

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#1 of 8 hotels in Pemba Island
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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.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Airport transportation
Spa
Concierge
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Snorkelling
Fishing
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Massage
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Bath / shower
Room types
Ocean view
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Bay View
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Swahili

Location

Psv-Zanzibar Estate Tanzania
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rmm287 wrote a review Feb 2020
Ottawa, Canada6 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an amazing time at the Manta Resort for our honeymoon. We were blown away by the spectacular views and delicious Pemba spiced tea upon arrival. Our service fundi, Saidi, took incredible care of us. A highlight was when he set us up for dinner one night by the pool and we watched bush babies (small, nocturnal primates) playing in the trees. The resort is so small and intimate it seems all of the staff are invested in ensuring your stay is perfect. The food exceeded our expectations: spectacular fresh seafood seasoned with locally grown spices and fresh tropical fruit. Our night in the underwater from was truly an experience we will never forget. We loved laying out under the stars and sleeping with the fishes. The diving and snorkelling were wonderful, as was the sunset cruise, which we highly recommend. We saw dolphins! We also visited a local schoolroom started by Manta staff that provides extra math and English lessons to children in the village. In sum, it was the perfect honeymoon and we are already thinking about when we could go back.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: This resort brings you very close to nature, so much so that there are likely to be bugs and...
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squirrelhillave wrote a review Mar 2022
Los Angeles28 contributions47 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
So glad we had a week to enjoy Manta, the smallest of the three luxury lodges on Pemba (18 rooms to the other lodges' 30)! We went scuba diving every morning and while it wasn’t quite as varied as the introductory diving we did on a remote Tahitian atoll a few years ago, it was still well worth experiencing. Pemba has many diving sites and Manta’s excellent dive team will take you to all of them if you have time. The dive center is just a few powdery white steps from the divine ocean-front rooms. (FYI, we were originally booked into one of the other lodges, but it does not have its own dive center, which means you have to drive.)

The wait staff is professional and attentive, but relaxed, which suggests management treats them well. They read your mind. Just as it occurs to you that you’re thirsty, someone shows up with a glass of fresh watermelon juice or a fresh coconut with a straw. The food was the best of our entire month-long trip, and every lunch and dinner has a fish menu, another that is vegan and a third that is meat. Our last night there found us dining on the beach by candlelight with an enormous seafood platter – lobster, shrimp, squid, fresh fish, etc.

It is hot on Pemba so we skipped the excursions except for a sunset cruise on a fishing boat carved out of a mango tree and were more than happy to spend the mornings diving and the afternoons reading in our private plunge pool before heading off for our complimentary massages.

We were in a garden cottage the first few nights. It was nice, especially the outdoor shower, but the ocean front cottage had it beat hands-down. In both, we had our first encounter with an air conditioning system that is located under the bed. It keeps you cool even with the doors open which was a revelation to us. To say we hated to leave is an understatement.
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: If you can, spring for an oceanfront room. They're huge & luxurious, w/ private plunge...
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Lori G wrote a review Mar 2022
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We, a group of seven siblings and spouses, stayed for three nights at The Manta Resort following a nine day Tanzanian safari. A stay here is more pleasant and relaxing than the hustle bustle of Zanzibar.
We were greeted warmly when we arrived and through out our stay the ENTIRE staff, including the manager Juma and our waiter Haji, did everything possible to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. They were also a great resource for some of the group who had last minute glitches in their return flights.
The oceanfront villas are huge and well maintained and the private soaking pool was a pleasant surprise. The unique a/c over the bed and mosquito netting allowed us to leave the doors open all night so we could hear the ocean and feel the breeze.
The meal and beverage service was top-notch! And there was always a vegetarian option. The staff even treated us to a candlelit dinner on the beach for our last night. All other meals were had on the open air terrace.
The beach is clean and we enjoyed snorkeling the reef, going on the sunset cruise, and a guided walk through the village to the lighthouse. The spa offerings were another special treat. The dive shop team was also very helpful and fun.
We were in good hands and well taken care of during our entire stay.
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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cupcakelovah wrote a review Aug 2022
Baltimore, Maryland219 contributions18 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I traveled to Tanzania to hike Kilimanjaro. Regardless of my outcome, I knew I wanted to recover in a beautiful, warm, quiet place. When my agent sent me three resorts to choose from, Manta stood out immediately. I'm so glad I chose it! From the moment I arrived at the airport, I was greeted by a representative who explained my journey to the resort, and what to expect. My driver was professional and informative, telling me about the island and answering my questions, but was content to let me just sit in silence and take in the scenery.

Upon arrival I was greeted with a cool moist towel for cleaning, a delicious tea, and nuts to snack on while I was being checked in. I spoke with the general manager who walked me through the details and workings of the resort, introduced me to my fundi, and escorted me to my room. At this point I'm already highly impressed. Then I open my room door and am amazed. I reserved the standard Garden room and thought it was PERFECT. I also had no issues with my mobile data working on my phone. I could hear the ocean from my room and didn't feel that I was missing out by not staying in one of the higher priced rooms.

My fundi was simply amazing. I wanted for absolutely nothing during my four days there. He even ensured I had a special tea daily to clear up my nose congestion (it worked!!!) The ladies in the spa made it a personal mission to get rid of every knot, ache, and pain received from the Kili summit. I thank them for their diligence in returning my body back to normal. The chef was AMAZING. Every single dish I had was fresh, well flavored, and delicious. Finally, every worker, bartender, waiter, and excursion personnel I came across were polite, professional, and personally made sure that my stay was perfect. Don't let me start on my stay in the underwater room, this review is already way too long!!!

Just know that I have booked my return for next year already. THAT'S how perfect I found this resort to be. If you need to be entertained, or need music to occupy your time, this is not the place for you. But if you want exceptional service, great food, a beautiful beach with pristine views, and to relax and recharge among nature's soundtrack, book this resort immediately. I am so excited to be returning to my newly found second home.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Anya Lotter wrote a review Nov 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The journey of getting to Manta Resort itself is where it all begins. Driving through the villages and finally, the forest transported me out of the city life I was yearning to get a break from. It really is a piece of magic on Pemba. The welcome was warm and made me get the sense that I was going to struggle to leave... which was right. Our room had everything we needed in terms of comfort and attention to detail and housekeeping was faultless. We took full advantage of the ocean experience Manta has to offer. Plenty of snorkeling, swimming, and diving exploring the beautiful protected reefs in front of the resort. Spent a night in the underwater room which needless to say - I will dream about for years to come! Thank you to the entire Manta team who really was a key ingredient in making this such a special time for us.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Aurelie M wrote a review Dec 2021
8 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is just stunning. After a long but amazing trip you will meet your butler (Thanks to Said) then discover your room with a view, perfectly designed mix between local furniture, elegance and comfort.
Food is perfectly executed with local products but well the treasure there is Under Water so go to the underwater room, snorkeling or diving 😊
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: under water paradise
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Karin K wrote a review Dec 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Celebrated birthday and wedding anniversary. This is the best resort we have been to and the staff included us in the manta family. We were really spoiled. Saidi, who was our butler, was outstanding. All the staff always greeted, chatted and were friendly and helpful, while taking into account that we were on vacation and wanted it to be quiet and calm.
Room was clean. The minibar was filled with what we wanted to drink. Wifi in the rooms. There were both indoor and outdoor showers with shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and bodylotion. Clean toilets in the main building with a scent of cloves.
The food was fantastic. Three courses for lunch and dinner, and always one fish, meat or vegetarian option.
The beach was clean, calm and you could both order from the beach bar, and the guys working there come up to us on the beach and asked if we would like something from the bar.
Nice with a SPA treatment every day.
We went to a rainforest and spicy tour that was very good and Saidi followed us there.
The Underwaterroom was amazing! We had a seafood platter that was lovely. We even had a seafood platter on the beach last night. So spoiled.

We really recommend this place!
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Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carolina G wrote a review Jan 2023
5 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It would be best if you experienced Manta Resort in real life since it is as close to paradise as you get. Hospitality is about more than just a place to stay. Matt and his staff are lovely and attentive; the property is pristine— tropical plants everywhere, stunning ocean views of a private beach during high tide (so every day). If you are passionate about diving, this is THE PLACE to be. It was a privilege to dive into the underwater conservation of Pemba Island and the instructor was very good. I will definitely come back again!
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: The beachfront villas are amazing
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The_Zec wrote a review Jan 2021
Bellinzona, Switzerland10 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Todays is one year since I was there, and just realized I never wrote a review for this beautiful place.

We were there for our honeymoon (and got a free night extra because of it, so check it out if the offer is still there!) and everything, and with that I mean EVERYTHING, waas perfect. What is advertised, you get without asking. Massage everyday, drinks, delicious food (simple, but always fresh and tasty) in a wonderful environment.

Everyone in the staff is welcoming, from your personal fundi to the gardeners and bartenders, and you will notice that they genuinely want you to enjoy their island and proud to show you all about their culture and world.

There are many more good things that I don't remember, but while you are there I advice to not only enjoy the sea and relay, but to look for the excursion that are offered - they will enrich your stay!

I cannot believe it is already 1 year since I was there... I think I need t go back to renew my batteries!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We were in the garden rooms (the cheapest) and they were great already with conditioned air over...
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Joanna H wrote a review Oct 2022
London28 contributions17 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We are 2 couples from the UK, and came to the Manta Resort for lunch. The restaurant was completely empty (no atmosphere at all) and the manager was rude and interrogatory as soon as we walked inside.

As soon as he realised we weren't guests, he started getting very aggressive and shouting at us to leave the hotel. All we were asking is if we could pay for lunch! He shouted at us and had us escorted off the premises by security, which was unneccessarily humiliating. He wouldn't let us walk 10 metres to the public beach to leave, and instead made us take a 15 minute walk inland down a dirt track.

The whole experience was incredibly pretentious and totally unnecessary. We had lunch in the end at the Ayana next door, which had wonderful staff and atmosphere in comparison.

I swam around the famous underwater room while I was snorkelling and it was quite disappointing - definitely an overpriced gimick. I can image it feels nice and isolated / exclusive - but it's very small, and surrounded by sand rather than reef so there are barely any fish or underwater life to see. The visibility was also poor so you may as well be looking at dark blue wallpaper!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Manta Resort
What are some of the property amenities at The Manta Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Manta Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at The Manta Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Manta Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pemba Moonlight Guesthouse, Pemba Sunset Restaurant, and Gecko Nature Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Manta Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Manta Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, The Manta Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Manta Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
Does The Manta Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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