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Sleeping with the fish: Underwater hotel room opens on remote African island

By Frances Cha, CNN
updated 8:39 AM EST, Tue November 26, 2013
The Manta Resort on Pemba Island, off Tanzania, opened a new Swedish-designed underwater bedroom this month. The resort says six guests have stayed in the new digs so far. The Manta Resort on Pemba Island, off Tanzania, opened a new Swedish-designed underwater bedroom this month. The resort says six guests have stayed in the new digs so far.
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Bedroom under the sea
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The Blue Hole
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New underwater room opened on Pemba Island, Tanzania
  • Floating three-level structure was designed by Swedish company

(CNN) -- Notch this up to Swedes and another ridiculously cool, innovative design.

This latest effort can be found off an African island and straightaway is placed high on that list of 'amazing hotels I wish i could get to' many travelers have.

Just off the coast of Tanzania, The Manta Resort on Pemba Island has added a beautiful, other-worldly underwater bedroom to their original 16-room offering.

The new 'digs' opened for business this month, designed by Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels.

They are the brains behind the The Utter Inn, an underwater room in the middle of a Swedish lake which was also one of our 15 unusual places to spend the night.

Lying approximately 250 meters offshore, the latest underwater structure is a three-story affair, with a rooftop deck, a bathroom and a lounge area at sea level and finally the bedroom downstairs, with the fish.

At night, spotlights under the windows attract and illuminate squid and octopus -- a more reclusive crowd than the daytime sea life.

The resort is popular with divers owing to the coral reef around the island.

Underwater Room, The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania; +255 776 718 852; $1500 per night for a two-person stay, $900 per night for singles

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