week of February 21, 2015

Qatar’s new luxury holiday resort Banana Island is latest GCC hotspot

Yasmine Bendjoudi

The 13-hecture banana-shaped island, taken over by Anantara Resorts and redeveloped into a luxury holiday resort, launched on January 2 and is already booked at full capacity with a large number of guests from the Gulf. Inspired in design by both Maldivian and Qatari architecture, the island features 141 guest rooms including 96 in the main hotel and 34 two and three-bedroom luxury villas with private pools. A short 20-minute ride from Doha, visitors are transported to the island by a ferry from the Shuyoukh Port located on the Doha Corniche. Those wishing to travel from the airport to the island can opt for a more lavish mode of transport via helicopter, which carries passengers from Hamad International to the island’s helipad in under 7 minutes. For dining there are eight restaurants including all-day Arabic diner Azraq and the floating Q Lounge with beach views on deck. For leisure and fitness - the island features a children’s play area, a cinema and bowling alley, an 800-metre private beach and diving centre, fitness centres for both men and women, Turkish/Moroccan hammam facilities, and a wellness centre with a reflexology pool and pure oxygen indoor garden adorned with plants imported from Holland.

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is a Thai luxury resort and spa operator with 28 resorts across Asia Pacific and the Middle East including Abu Dhabi desert resort Qasr Al Sarab. Banana Island is the latest to join its list of high-end resorts.

Find out more about Banana Island on the Anantara Website
See pictures of the Island on Doha News