Banana Island’s luxury resort, Anantara Doha Island Resort and Spa, is expected to open on 1 January 2015.

The resort was initially expected to open in April 2014 but the opening has been delayed for unknown reasons. The new 141-room luxury island resort is located on the 29.65-acre Banana Island, directly east of the new Hamad International Airport (HIA). It will be operated by Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas, a Thailand-based company with more than 30 facilities in Asia, Africa and the UAE.

UrbaCon General Contracting, the construction and development company responsible for building the resort, began the construction on the Banana Island resort in mid-2012. Anantara Doha Island Resort and Spa was expected to be complete by July – August 2013. However, for unknown reasons, the resort has not yet been completed.

The resort will feature a 96-room hotel, as well as 34 two and three-bedroom poolside villas. Additionally, there will be 11 Maldives-style villas, built above water on stilts.

Amenities include a nine-hole golf putting course, a luxury cinema, bowling alley and diving center, the latter of which will take advantage of a man-made offshore reef currently under construction. Some of the facilities will be open to non-guests. There will be a handful of Anantara-operated Arabic and international restaurants. The resort will not be licensed to sell alcohol.

According to Doha News, to access the island, guests would board a ferry from Shuyoukh Port, the Dhow harbor across from the Souq Waqif, for the 16 to 20 minute ride to Banana Island. Eight 18-meter ferries  are being constructed to shuttle passengers between downtown Doha and the Anantara resort. Local transportation operator, Karwa, plans to launch a water taxi service, connecting the new airport to Banana Island and the Pearl-Qatar, by the end of 2014.

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Works for Anantara Doha Island Resort and Spa

The total area of the Anantara Doha Island Resort (Banana Island) is around 129,000 m² (12.9ha) having approximately 1,100m length and being 117m in width.

The project includes

  • 34 guest villas, 24 hotel rooms, 48 family suites, 11 over water villas
  • 33 berth marina
  • 6 treatment spa & wellness centre
  • 3 restaurant
  • Others: pitch and putt golf course, surf pool, family entertainment centre, kids’ club, dive centre, arrival and service jetty, lagoon pool, artificial reef and beach, conservation centre, back of house facilities, coastal protection works, supporting infrastructure, marina for yachts, helipad

AKTOR’s Sub Contract includes all Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Installations (MEP) for the complete project including infrastructure, air conditioning and ventilation, domestic hot and cold water system, sewage/drainage system, irrigation system, fire fighting system, foam & FM200 fire fighting systems, 11kV network comprising 11 kV switchgear, step-up transformers, package sub-stations, electrical LV network comprising main and sub-main panels, feeder pillars, motor control centres and final distribution boards, UPS installations, lighting and small power installations, External landscape Lighting Installations, lightning protection system, fire alarm system, access control system, building management system, IPTV system, IP CCTV System, telephone and data network, home automation system, disable people alarm system, aircraft warning lighting system.

Source: AKTOR

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Anantara Doha Island Resort and Spa is now open for room bookings.

For more information or bookings, visit Anantara Doha Island Resort and Spa’s website or call 4040  5050.