The phrase ‘sleeping with the fishes’ takes on a whole new meaning at a newly opened hotel on the little known island of Pemba, off the mainland of Tanzania and Zanzibar. The newly opened ‘manta underwater room’ - 13 feet under the india ocean - allows travellers to observe shoals of fish drifting past during the day, watch squid and octopus at night, and perhaps even spot rarer underwater creatures lurking in the coral which is developing around the base of the room and its anchoring lines. Guests of the manta underwater room sleep in a glass-walled underwater chamber surrounded only by the sea while, above sea level, two additional levels are provided for leisure and recreation. The roof doubles as a sunbathing terrace during the day and a star-gazing spot at night, and without any light pollution means would-be astronomers can enjoy exceptional night-time views.

The hotel room under water

The phrase ‘sleeping with the fishes’ takes on a whole new meaning at a newly opened hotel on the little known island of Pemba, off the mainland of Tanzania and Zanzibar. The newly opened ‘manta underwater room’ - 13 feet under the india ocean - allows travellers to observe shoals of fish drifting past during the day, watch squid and octopus at night, and perhaps even spot rarer underwater creatures lurking in the coral which is developing around the base of the room and its anchoring lines. Guests of the manta underwater room sleep in a glass-walled underwater chamber surrounded only by the sea while, above sea level, two additional levels are provided for leisure and recreation. The roof doubles as a sunbathing terrace during the day and a star-gazing spot at night, and without any light pollution means would-be astronomers can enjoy exceptional night-time views.

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