HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar and the Minister of Interior, inaugurated the ‘Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara’, the luxury brand’s first resort in Qatar, on 1 January 2015.

The resort is the first of its kind that will be operated by Anantara, the leading company specialised in resorts and hotels management, and developed by Al Rayyan Hospitality which developed other hospitality projects in Qatar including Souq Waqif, London’s Orya Hotel, Salwa Resort, in addition to the hotel and spa at Masila. The inauguration will be attended by Mohammed Al Qahtani, President of Al Rayyan Hospitality and Sami Ayari, General Manager of Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara.

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara is located on a Qatari crescent shape island in the Arabian Gulf, and is only a 20 minute journey by luxury ferry from Al Shyoukh Terminal located in the city’s downtown area or a 10 minute helicopter ride directly from the Hamad International Airport.

Anantara-Banana-Island-001With its distinctive location and unique design, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara is the touristy favourite destination for Qatari and expat families, as well as tourists visiting Qatar from around the world.

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. 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 wake-boarding, banana boat, triple tube and donut rides, water skiing and jet skiing, to luxury yacht cruises and fishing trips.  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.

Antara Banana Island 2Guests 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.

The resort’s dedicated Balance Wellness Centre is the first and only facility of its kind in the Middle East within a resort, offering holistic programmes for relaxation, detox, de-stress.  Unique facilities include an indoor botanical garden, oxygen fern room, and female only hydro pool, along with nutritional wellness cuisine with menus crafted by specialist chefs.

Eight dining options offer a mouthwatering choice of Middle Eastern, Italian and international cuisines at spectacular locations all around the island from the marina, poolside, by the shoreline and on over water decks with tranquil views and soft sea breezes. Offering a richly interactive culinary experience, guests can learn to recreate traditional Qatari cuisine with a master chef showcasing the Middle East’s coveted spices and exotic ingredients.

For travelers with the time and inclination to explore beyond the island, the resort is well placed for guests to discover Qatar’s rich wealth of cultural and natural treasures with Doha only 20 minutes away.