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The luxury bucket list: stay at The Manta Resort on Pemba Island

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Africa boasts a wealth of luxurious experiences. From elegant boutique hotels and wine tastings to Michelin-starred restaurants and world-class cruises, we really have it all. In a new miniseries inspired by the November 2017 issue of House and Leisure, we reveal a few of our favourite spoils. We've already explored hot-air ballooning over the Okavango Delta and a luxury spa experience at The Silo Hotel. Now we’re setting our sights on the ultimate beach holiday in Zanzibar.

stay at the manta resort on pemba island

In our #HLLuxuryIssue, editor Tiaan Nagel speaks of luxury in 2018 being about extremes: 'Pockets of calm with no technology followed by the other extreme, high-impact, tech-fuelled moments filled with craziness and worldly drama,' he muses. 'Of course, luxury is also about longevity, quality materials, time spent carefully crafting products and moments, and, most importantly, sustainability.' That's where The Manta Resort on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania, just above Zanzibar, comes in, offering something different from most tropical islands.

the manta resort

Pemba is a remote island off the east coast of Africa, and is probably as far away from civilisation you might ever find yourself. The Manta Resort offers five-star luxury without the bling bling, which it pairs perfectly with serenity, close encounters with nature and staff that will become like your family. The resort invites its guests to switch off from the noisy, polluted electronic world and enter a world of sunshine, fresh air, natural food and the ultimate in comfort.

Stay in the Seafront Villa to make the most of your surroundings. The villa combines traditional Pemban decor – sparse, with extensive use of natural materials – with a good dose of contemporary comfort. Its spacious, open-plan design invites an atmosphere of repose and the sounds of the ocean will lull you into a state of relaxation, heightened only by a few indulgent treatments at the Kipepeo Spa.

While you're on the island, make sure to spend at least one night in the Underwater Room – a unique experience in which you fall asleep surrounded by ocean life. The Swedish-engineered floating structure provides three levels of an ocean-lover's paradise. On the roof, a lounging space allows for tanning during the day and stargazing at night, while the landing deck, at sea level, offers another lounge area and bathroom facility. The bedroom is an underwater turquoise-blue bubble, where guests can watch shoals of reef fish swim right outside their windows. It simply doesn't get more magical than this.

For more information or to make a booking, visit themantaresort.com.