Step Inside Africa’s First Underwater Hotel Room

Step Inside Africa’s First Underwater Hotel Room

PAIGE COOPERSTEIN NOV. 19, 2013, 4:43 PM 8,693

Sleeping with the fishes just became a good thing. Africa opened its first underwater hotel room this month, making it the second in the world.  The room, at the Manta Resort on the Zanzibari island of Pemba, was designed by Swedish artist Mikael Genberg, who also built the first underwater hotel room in a lake in Sweden. The Manta Resort room sits 4 meters beneath the surface (that’s just over 13 feet, three feet deeper than the room in the Swedish lake). The three-tiered suite includes a roof deck, a landing deck at sea level with a lounge and bathroom, and of course the underwater bedroom surrounded by windows that afford a nearly 360-degree view of a nearby coral reef and dozens of species of fish. Anchor wires tether the structure to the sea floor. A stay in the underwater hotel room goes for $900 a night as a single or $1,500 a night as a couple. The room sits just over thirteen feet deep in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania. Here’s the view from inside the underwater bedroom. The windows are under-lit to offer a good view of the ocean at all times.

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