Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara has opened its doors, offering guests a taste of traditional Qatari hospitality and a unique resort experience with the first and only over water villas in Qatar as well as a dedicated wellness centre which is one-of-a-kind in the Middle East.
Nestled in the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Doha, the resort offers a paradise island setting with extensive facilities for everyone from honeymooners to families and unlimited opportunities for relaxation and adventure, wellness, romance and indulgence.
The distinctive crescent shape of the island provides a natural harbour framed by an 800 metre long private beach where guests can relax and swim in the calm, safe waters of the turquoise sea.
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara feels a world away from bustling Doha but is only a 20 minute journey by luxury ferry from Al Shyoukh Terminal located in the city’s downtown area or a ten minute helicopter ride directly from the airport with bird’s eye views of the spectacular coastline.
The 141 luxury guest rooms, suites and villas are designed in Arabian style with signature Anantara touches including 54 Premier Sea View Rooms, 16 Deluxe Sea View Rooms, eight Sea View Suites, 18 Anantara Suites and 34 spacious Sea View Pool Villas featuring a personal pool and poolside cabana.
The eight two-bedroom Over Water Villas and trio of prestigious three-bedroom Anantara Over Water Villas offer 360 square metres of luxurious space and a 62 square metre personal pool, ideal for families and groups of friends.
The resort boasts its own marina with 30 berths and a fully equipped dive centre with a practice pool, ideal for beginners.
Water sports range from the relaxing pace of kayaking, pedalos and stand up paddle boarding, the thrills of wakeboarding, banana boat, triple tube and donut rides, water skiing and jet skiing, to fishing trips and luxury yacht cruises.
In the resort’s two lane surf pool the waves can be controlled to suit different skill levels, making it easier to master surfing techniques than out at sea.
Guests can energise themselves with laps or a leisurely dip in the 100 metre long lagoon pool or enjoy the fun at the children’s pool complete with water slides.
Guests looking for recreation options on dry land are also spoilt for choice, from tennis, beach volleyball and a fitness centre, to an entertainment centre with a nine-hole putting golf course, eight pin bowling alley and VIP cinema theatre.
With dedicated facilities and fully qualified professional child minders, families are welcome at the Cool Mint Kids’ Club and Pepper Mint Teens’ Club, where they can make new friends and socialise, play games and get active on the obstacle course and in the adventure zone.