There’s a reef conservation center on the island where you can plant your own coral
The lengthy spa treatment list includes facials with seawater pearls and soul-restoring scrubs and wraps
A choice of seven restaurants
What To Know
Alcohol is not served at the resort
WiFi is free, but speed is limited
The Balance Wellness Center includes an indoor botanic garden full of exotic plants
Tons of activities including water sports, a surf pool and a dive center
Parking on site
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A 32-acre private island with seven restaurants, overwater spa suites and pool butlers
A 20-minute flight from Doha, Banana Island Resort is a tranquil 141-room retreat set on 32 acres, with a private beach, marina and reefs. The rooms and suites have hardwood floors and are decorated in soothing colors, with pops of burnt orange in the soft furnishings, while delicate filigree lamps bring a touch of Arabian style. Deluxe Sea View Rooms come with their own private terrace overlooking the sea, while each Two Bedroom Overwater Villa has its own pool. The seven restaurants offer everything from traditional Arabian mezzes at Al Nahham to American-style diner grub at Ted’s. Relax in the Anantara Spa, which has overwater spa suites and a treatment menu that draws on Doha’s ancient tribal roots, or try a soothing steam and bathing experience in the Turkish hammam. The resort also has a team of holistic experts in the Balance Wellness Center who can assess your lifestyle and put together a specialized program to suit your needs, focusing on anything from detox to weight loss.
In the Area
Swim laps in the hotel’s 300-foot pool, or hit the library to pick a good book and chill out by the pool (there are pool butlers on hand to bring tropical juices and mocktails). For first-time surfers, there’s a brilliant two-lane surf pool, which means you can learn to surf before you get into the sea, and once you’ve mastered it, surfboards are available to rent. If surfing is not your thing, there’s jet-skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, windsurfing and a dive center. Venture off the island to Doha itself and check out the Islamic Museum , Al Koot Fort and the artificial island, the Pearl. Pick up souveniors at Souq Waquif, which translates as "standing market," or head to Doha Zoo or the Gold Souk, which are both around 30 minutes away.