The Manta Resort is on Pemba Island, one of the lesser-known land masses of the Zanzibar archipelago. Its star attraction is the Underwater Room, which has a deck above water and a glass-walled bedroom submerged 12 feet below the surface. Schools of fish, even the reclusive octopus swim by, as curious about the room’s inhabitants as the humans are about them. The coral-rich waters are great for snorkelling and diving.
Pemba Island, Tanzania; +255-776-718852, www.themantaresort.com, doubles from $495/₹32,800, underwater room from $1,500/₹99,700; includes all meals.
No Man’s Fort lies in the waters of Solent Strait, a 30-minute boat ride from the town of Portsmouth. The fortification was built by the English in the late 1800s, to protect the kingdom from an attack by Napoleon III. In April this year, it was refurbished and launched as a luxury hotel with a strong party vibe. It has suites with iron ceilings and windows that were former gun ports, a rooftop garden with hot tubs, and a penthouse suite atop the fort’s lighthouse.
Portsmouth, England; +44-330- 333-7222; www.amazingvenues.co.uk; doubles £400/₹40,000, including meals and activities.
Visitors to the Riviera Maya coastline spend most of their time exploring the Belize Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest coral system. The villas of the Rosewood Mayakoba are spread across lagoons, beach, and forest. Here, guests are also introduced to the riviera’s jungle through kayaking trips, horseback tours, and hikes to small villages nearby. Certified divers can explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Coba: It is submerged in a cenote (a cave pool), deep in the rainforest.
Riviera Maya, Mexico; +598-2-5187124; www.rosewoodhotels.com; doubles from $535/₹35,300.
Appeared in the October 2015 issue as “On the Water”.
is Features Writer at National Geographic Traveller India and has an MA in International Journalism from Cardiff University. She likes poetry, food, and books. One day she'd love to have a large library and enough time to travel and drink lots of tea.
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