Banking & Commerce Discovering Qatar Education Health and Beauty Hospitality Infrastructure Motoring Oil & Gas Shopping Pearl Qatar
Featured Articles & Listings

A Day at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara Kids Pool

Marhaba was invited for a site visit of Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara.

From kid’s club to a fully-fledged wellness centre, the resort has every element required for a break from routine. And we were excited to learn that one can visit the island for lunch, dinner or a day at the spa – it is not necessary that you have to book a room. 

Read on to find out how we spend a memorable day at the resort!

Al Shyoukh Terminal

Al Shyouk Exterior Banana Island Doha by Anantara

The terminal is a teaser to what you can expect at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara! The first thing you will notice is the way of greeting. Instead of ‘Good mornings’ and handshakes, the staff say ‘As-salam alaykum’ placing the right hand over their chest. We later learned that this is the style adapted by the resort to reflect the culture of the region.

We parked at one of the dedicated car parking slots for guests, valet parking and luggage trolleys are available at the entrance.Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara Al Shyoukh Terminal Doha Qatar

We were treated with walnut stuffed dates and Arabic coffee at the lounge, which is strikingly done with traditional furniture, wooden flooring and beautiful showpieces. Despite being a weekday, the place was quite busy with families and kids. One of the hostesses announced that we were ready to board!

On Board the Luxury Boat Ferry

The plush interiors of the boat ferry reminds you of a business class aircraft cabin. We chose one of the seats by the window (didn’t want to miss the view!) as the stewardess announced safety measures. The ride from Al Shyoukh Terminal to the resort is approximately 20 minutes and the staff kept us entertained with more dates and water!

At Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara!

3 Welcome Centre Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

Welcome Centre

Everyone eagerly looked out of the windows as the boat ferry gracefully approached the island. The reception team pleasantly welcomed with ‘As-salam alaykum’ and led us to the Welcome Centre. The resort officials briefed us about the site visit. It wasn’t possible to cover the entire area on foot and we continued rest of our trip in an eight seater club car.

Cool Mint Kid’s Club

Our first stop was at Cool Mint Kid’s Club. Perfect for kids, and for parents who are looking for a peaceful spa day or a beach vacation. The club includes a games room, television and a large selection of toys. Fun activities range from arts and crafts to sand castle building. The trained care-takers at the club will make sure your little ones are safe and happy.

Anantara Spa

Thai Massage Room at Banana Island resort doha by Anantara

Thai Massage Room

If you are at the resort, don’t miss to pay a visit to the spa! This is the place to go for complete relaxation.

Spa facilities include four single treatment suites (each with a steam room), two couples’ suites, two double Thai massage suites, one beauty salon, wet facilities of Moroccan and Turkish Hammams, indoor pool, ice well, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam rooms.

Anantara Spa at Banana Island Doha Resort Lobby

Anantara Spa Lobby

If you are looking for complete pampering, we recommend one of the spa journeys. Anantara Argan Oriental Secrets journey starts with Turkish Hammam, followed by lying back on a heated marble slab as the experts polish your entire body with argan shell scrub. A ghassoul body wrap then drenches the skin in rich minerals and trace elements. Complete your journey in the over water treatment room with a relaxing massage  using argan oil and shea butter, and a cleansing facial using traditional alep soap, rose water and the natural healing properties of argan.

Non-resident guests can also visit the spa and avail the services. Treatments price range from QAR15 to QAR1800.

Wellness Centre

Wellness Centre banana island resort doha by anantara Walking pool doha qatarWe were quite intrigued at the concept of having a separate wellness centre while the resort has a full-fledged spa. However, a tour of the facility gave us a clear picture of the services offered and the importance of wellness. The Centre takes care of your wellbeing by devising results driven programme based on the assessment of your lifestyle, as well as physical, mental and emotional states.

The moment you walk into the Centre you get a fresh feel, thanks to the naturally ventilated indoor botanical garden. The Centre offers a choice of specialist retreats for relaxation, detox, fitness, weight management, yoga and alternative therapy that are complemented by a wide range of motivating fitness classes and revitalising activities, as well as delicious nutritious spa wellness cuisine.


The resort offers eight dining options with a choice of Middle Eastern, Italian and international cuisines. Resident guests can access all of these eight outlets, while non-resident guests have four outlets to choose from – Azraq, Riva, Q Lounge and Al Nahham. For detailed information about the outlets and reservations, click here.

Zam Zam water for welcome drinks

Zam Zam water for welcome drink

Our personal favorite is  Al Nahham restaurant – where we were served the blessed Zam Zam water from Mecca as a welcome drink. At Al Nahham guests can indulge in the Middle Eastern tradition of shisha which is available in a range of flavours prepared by a personal shisha butler. And we loved the spectacular view of Doha’s skyline!


The day-use package HBW (Hello Beautiful Weather) include:

Weekday Price : QAR350 per person including:

  • Pool and beach access
  • QAR 200 food and beverage credit
  • QAR 50 credit on any recreational activities
  • Luxury boat transfers

Weekend Price : QAR500 per adult, QAR350 per child ( 5-12 years) including:

  • Pool and beach access
  • QAR 200 food and beverage credit
  • QAR 50 credit on any recreational activities
  • Luxury boat transfers

Frequency of ferry – From the terminal – The boat ferry departs every one hour from midnight to 11 pm. Get the timings here.

Getting there from Hamad International Airport – For the 20 minutes drive from the airport, the resort offers a luxury limousine service at an additional cost.

Booking – Reservations can be made onlinevia phone +974 4040 5131/5132 or email


Banana Island REsort doha by Anantara Ramadan offers doha qatar Ramadan Staycation offers qatarCelebrate Ramadan in the island with boat journeys, Suhoor and Iftar dining, bowling, and festive treats.

Package includes:

  • Luxury accommodation in a room, suite or villa for stays between 30 May and 12 June 2018
  • Special Ramadan in-room amenities
  • Daily Iftar dinner buffet at Azraq Restaurant
  • Daily Suhoor breakfast – either in-room or the buffet breakfast at Azraq Restaurant
  • One game of bowling per stay
  • Luxury return boat transfers
  • Early check-in from noon (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out until 6 pm (subject to availability)

Price: From QAR1,089

For reservations or more information, please call +974 4040 5050/43 or email

Next time you think about a weekend getaway with family, give Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara a try! The rates are very reasonable considering the five star services and facilities offered.

By the time we got back to Al Shyoukh Terminal the lounge was full and parking area was busy with guests unloading their luggage. We are sure they are going to have a memorable stay at the resort!Al Shyouk Termina Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

Copyright © Marhaba Information Guide. Reproduction of material from Marhaba Information Guide’s book or website without written permission is strictly prohibited. Using Marhaba Information Guide’s material without authorisation constitutes as plagiarism as well as copyright infringement.



  1. Nausheen Khan

    December 10, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Very well written article.
    I am planning to visit soon.
    Can you please give me a rough idea of price of lunch for two.

  2. Raj

    September 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Now we contact to this number +974 4040 5050 … but they offering the rate 275 PP without SPA?

    Please confirm if the rate is 200 PP as you mentioned :—-
    Expense – Adults pay QR 200 per person at the terminal which includes the two-way ferry ride. Of the amount, QR 80 goes to administration fees and guests can redeem the remaining QR 120 at the restaurants, rooms, spa, wellness centre or the recreation outlets. Children below three are allowed free.

    • Lubuna Jeffin

      September 6, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Hi Raj, The above post was published in April 2015. The rates could be different now.

  3. Saleemuddin

    August 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Dear SOD
    I would like to know the package for Visit Banana Island without accommodation.
    Please quote for 5 pax including lunch.

    • Lubuna Jeffin

      August 23, 2016 at 5:26 am

      Hi Saleemuddin,

      Please contact +974 4040 5050 for your enquiry.

      The Marhaba Team

  4. Roger Ragay

    August 8, 2016 at 4:34 am

    i would like to spend my birthday on September 6 in your Resort, on a DAY TOUR for two pax, with buffet lunch or dinner
    may you send me the corresponding prices.

    • Lubuna Jeffin

      August 8, 2016 at 4:37 am

      Good morning Roger,

      Please contact the resort at +974 4040 5050 for making your reservation.

      Thank you.

      Online Content Manager


    July 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

    please can u inform me about day trip cost per head.and what is the timing in day trip.

    • Marhaba Desk

      July 13, 2016 at 5:04 am

      Please contact +974 4040 5050 / for reservation enquiries.

  6. Rizwan Siddiqui mohammad

    July 3, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Hi, I would like to make a day tour reservation for 2 and 1 infant on this weekend to the banana island. Plz call me 33647814. Regards.

    • Marhaba Desk

      July 4, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Hi Rizwan,

      Please contact +974 4040 5050 / for reservation enquiries.

      Marhaba Team

  7. may

    May 17, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Marhaba. Thank you very much for the information 🙂

    I would like to know if they require ONLY married couples to come to the place, or no?

    Thank you very much 🙂

  8. Fawzia

    May 3, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Is it possible to swim at the beach when you book a daytrip?

  9. Parul

    April 20, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Can we hav deep water diving experience at banana island?

    • Marhaba Desk

      April 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Parul,

      The resort is offering advanced diving courses. To know if they also offer deep water diving, you may call 4040 5050.

  10. jhen

    April 2, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    hi goodmorning we are interested to visit in banan island resort.. so we van go there at 6am..?? is it open.?

    • Marhaba Desk

      April 3, 2016 at 5:32 am

      Hi Jhen,

      Please contact +974 4040 5050 for ferry timings.


      The Marhaba Team

  11. Mirta

    March 15, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Are bikinis allowed at the resort?

    • Marhaba Desk

      March 16, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Hi Mirta,

      Yes, it is allowed at the resort.

      The Marhaba Team

  12. bill

    February 25, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    It would be very helpful if there was a map of where to find the ferry terminal. I can’t find any link on any of the hotel’s websites. I can’t find it in Google. I can’t find it anywhere. Where is the terminal located?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

To Top
error: Copyright © Marhaba Information Guide. Reproduction of material from Marhaba Information Guide’s book or website without written permission is strictly prohibited. Using Marhaba Information Guide’s material without authorisation constitutes as plagiarism as well as copyright infringement.