My wife Linda and I spent our honeymoon at the newly renovated Manta Resort. We were looking for some place remote, private, sun sets and just the ideal paradise experience. And a friend of ours suggested Pemba and The Manta.
We bought the honeymoon package and arrived at the resort after a one and a half hour drive, last thirty minutes very bumpy through the Ngezi rain forest. Not realizing how remote this place really is, we were not expecting the feeling of exploring unknown territory. Feeling a little jaded after our journey getting the there, the welcoming sparkling wine and the view was out of this world.
After spending the first day exploring the area we discovered that the resort even had a spa, something we missed when looking at the website. There seemed to be a buzz going around that we were on honeymoon, and even the therapist in the spa came and suggested some special attention for Linda
Having read previous comments on tripadvisor about the food being simple with very little choice, we were happy to find that the new managers had made sure there the food was well made and always a choice of 3 main courses. I must say that if you’re a fish lover the dinner is all you can wish for.
We were given a private beach dinner, as part of our honeymoon package, and the seafood platter that was given to us was really amazing.
Diving is a big attraction on Pemba, and in the evenings we were all swapping underwater photos from the day’s dives. Tana, our dive master, really knows every reef and the right times to dive them. We caught some brilliant visibility and really understood that Pemba has to be one of the best dive sites I have ever seen. We aren’t very experienced divers but the comments from the very well travelled divers diving with us, made us realize that we were being spoilt :)
For me, what has to be the best part of our honeymoon on Pemba was the swimming through some of the lagoons in the clear water which made Linda and I feel that we were on the set of the movie “Blue Lagoon”.
Everything done by the staff to make us feel special was really appreciated, the local staff may not be the fastest service staff you will ever meet, but their smiles and they friendly attitudes make you forgive that sometimes it can take 5 min to get your coffee in the morning. Smiling seems to be part of the cultural integrity of the people of Pemba. It was impossible to forget Iddi’s and Shabani’s charm, humor and smiles down at the beach lounge. Thank to all the staff for making our honeymoon so special and memorable.
Ps: ask Shabani the bartender to say Tana – Tana when he shakes a Monsoon cocktail, we promise you it is something you will never forget
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Manta Hotel Pemba Island
- Manta Hotel Pemba Island