Off of the coast of the Qatari capital, there’s an island with the shape of a crescent moon that has become an attractive destination for many since its opening in 2015, especially for customers interested in holidays with comfort and luxury.
Banana Island is man-made and one needs to take a 20-minute ferry ride from Doha to reach the resort area. Designed by Thailand-based Anantara, Banana Island Resort features an 800-meter private beach, an Anantara spa, a lagoon pool, a movie theater and 9 restaurants. Over water villas fan out from the crescent boardwalk, each boasting panoramic views from every angle.
Featuring Arabic-style décor, the resort’s elegant accommodations offer views of the Arabian Sea and feature an outdoor seating area, minibar and flat-screen TV. The villas also include a large living room. Their bathrooms are equipped with a bathtub, shower and Anantara toiletries.
Guests can dine at the resort’s contemporary Italian restaurant, Riva, serving delicious fresh meat and seafood specialties in a typical trattoria setting. With panoramic views of Doha’s skyline, Al Nahham offers fine Arabic and Mediterranean cuisine.
Rules state that guests can’t bring their own alcohol but exotic non-alcoholic cocktails are also available at the pool bar. Guests can enjoy a golf course and tennis court nearby at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. For younger guests, the resort offers the Cool Mint and Peppermint Kids and Teens Clubs, which feature a variety of interactive games and toys. Guests can visit the Corniche Promenade and Souq Waqif, a 20-minute ferry ride from Banana Island. Doha International Airport is 5 km away. Limousine service and luxury catamaran transfers can be arranged at the hotel.
According to CNN, apart from overnight guests from Germany, Russia and the UK, the resort is also popular with local people seeking calm away from Doha’s busy life and noisy streets. They take a short break on the island before heading back to the capital.