Manta Resort

Reviews of Manta Resort

Excellent(92%) From 5 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 5 of our travellers who have visited Manta Resort, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Polybin from Stubbington
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 8 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Developing

The room mix up and the airport transport were not tolerable for a resort that is this expensive. We understand that this has never happened before. We seriously looked into cutting short the trip. Once our complaint(s) had been considered properly then the holiday improved but it will always dampen our overall view of the stay. We were compensated - not our intention - and because this was more than generous we made a contribution to the local school.

Manta is a lovely resort. Accommodation (we tried all three levels) goes from the basic to much more in keeping with our experience of this kind of resort. The seaview rooms are spacious, well equipped and light with generally good facilities. Bizarrely, only these rooms have in room safes. Superior garden rooms are dark but comfortable. Standard rooms (no air con) do not belong in a resort like this. It may be well to inform other clients that the rooms are open at the eaves and the lower level rooms have shutters and not glass. Bugs, mosquitoes and, apparently, even bush babies are not unusual visitors.

We believe that the chef was not around for breakfast which, in our opinion, was very limited again for such a resort. The lunch and dinner meals were generally good with particular emphasis on fish, though the beef and chicken were also fine. The starter was always differently infused bread. Desserts are not the hotel's speciality......swiss roll on our first night! Fine dining it was not but one has to appreciate that it is at the top of a very poor Island and we were very aware of the contrast between our meals and that of the locals.

The service was very good (after the first night) and we built up a good relationship with our friend, Khalfan; the manager Juma, and the other staff. The visit to the local school where Sele and Khalfan volunteer to teach the children was a highlight. Our experience of the daily spa (used every day by my wife) was very positive.

There is obviously room for improvement and we suspect that further development will occur with the quality of the beaches in the area. Manta is obviously trying to benefit the local people and minimise the effect on the environment and the conservation on the reef is to be applauded. There is room for the resort to develop and maybe upgrade the standard rooms at least.

We'd recommend Manta but temper that with our thoughts above.




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Mrs T from Andover
Arrived on: 11-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 8 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Manta review

The transfer to manta from the airport is an hour and a half and the last bit is rough track type roads with pot holes everywhere so be prepared for this, however it was nice to see the small towns on the way and how the Pembans live. The resort itself is great and the underwater room was amazing.

Staff were fantastic although I think we got unlucky with our assigned butler/waiter for our stay, Afaan wasn't a great english speaker and probably the worst waiter I've seen in my life, but he really tried hard to please despite his lack of talent!

Great facilities, with as much snorkelling, diving fishing etc as you want.

Good destination would recommend to others without doubt.

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Mr & Mrs H from Sussex
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 7 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
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Lovely beach destination

Lovely spacious, clean rooms with beautiful views (we had a sea view room), close to the beach.

Food was good, lots of fresh fish and delicious vegetables and good sized portions so you didn't feel too full!

Beach was lovely as was the pool and communal area.

Service was very attentive, at times we felt a few too many staff would come and ask how are day had been/what we wanted to do tomorrow etc,. some evenings we had the same conversation with about 8 different staff members, perhaps they could ensure only 1 or 2 people do this?

Massage each day was AMAZING!

Really lovely activities, particularly sunset cruise and sand bar. We didn't dive as this was rather expensive and I had lost my PADI certificate so would have had to spend lots on doing a refresher dive, but we heard from others that the diving was fantastic.

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Mr t from Monmouth
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 7 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Average
Average

Manta Review

The hosting here from our personal Butler Haji B was fantastic. This really made our stay all the more memorable. The diving was very nice - although don't expect to see too many large fish as the local fisherman seem to be managing the stock of these very effectively. However, the coral is outstanding.

We felt that, for the price we paid, the rooms lacked charm. The internal design and general ambiance of the resort left a bit to be desired. The owners could easily make this an outstanding place with a bit of focus on their interior design.

We stayed one night in an Underwater Hotel room. As with the rest of the hotel, this also seemed to lack the finishing touches. However, it is a truly unique place.

In general, despite being very well hosted as well as the surrounding beach and coral being fantastic, there are better beach options in this part of the world.

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Expert Africa comments

We sent this feedback through to Manta who were sorry these travellers felt the internal design wasn't quite up to the standard they expected. They told us they are planning some refurbishments shortly, to upgrade the standard of the interior design.

Dr C from Isle of Wight
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 7 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
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Activities:
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A wonderful tranquil haven!

Where do I start? This place is wonderful, peaceful and we (mother & daughter for a change) loved it:
It is a special place in an (as yet) totally unspoilt location - azure blue seas, coral reefs, white sands and complete tranquility.
We tuned in to the daily rythmns of the tide and the quiet beach, watching the local fishermen taking their boats out and the women picking seaweed at low tide. Pre breakfast snorkeling was magic; lots of amazing marine life to be seen. Diving is a must if you like the water; we had good tuition at the PADI dive centre which is part of the resort (thank you Mike and Wilbert!).
There is the danger of being offered a drink at any time of day.. What a luxury to be just offered a drink and brought a cold beer on the beach; to have a predinner sundowner cocktail (or 2) on the terrace (watching the flying foxes come out) and of course, that is after the included massage or daily treatment of choice at the spa centre!
Food is good, if fresh fish orientated (surprise), and the service is excellent, with one's own 'fundi' for the duration.
This place is NOT for those who like night life and/or action! So keep away if you do - I'd hate it to be spoiled!
Can't wait to go back..

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