Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
Family of 3 (couple + 4 years old daughter). We had an excelente time staying in Banana Island resort. From the welcoming on the port to parking car, boat transfer, welcoming in the hotel, rooms, swimming pool, Kids club, breakfast, ... there is nothing that was not "perfect". A huge thank you for all staff super friendly and doing anything they can to turn your stay even better. Our daughter asked to us if we could live in the hotel ! haha !
Thank you so much !
It was a wonderful experience with Family in Banana Island,right from Check in till return. Great Location, amazing staff, Beautifully maintained resort. Family & Kids enjoyed very much. would like to come back again !!
Stayed there for 1 night, beautiful and spacious room, great service, polite and courteous staff, my 2 yr old daughter enjoyed the kids pool, the beach ( water is surprisingly not that salty) and the cool mint kids club, had iftar and breakfast at Asraq, delicious food, nice ambiance wrapped the day with a relaxing hammam at the spa. We’re overly satisfied and soooo happy with our stay, we’ll definitely come back❤️
Overall a fabulous weekend, just a few minor areas the hotel may want to look at.
My family and I stayed for two nights over Easter at this resort. We booked two standard rooms adjoining (double and twin). The rooms were amazing, fantastic size, the bed very comfotable, the bath in the bedroom fun! The bathroom facilities were really spacious, clean and comfortable. 5*
The hotel left gifts in both rooms both nights and because it was Easter we had large chocolate bunnies waiting for us after a day on the beach. This was a lovely touch.
The mini lagoon outside our room was really convenient and relaxing (sun trap).
The beach was nice, however the towel man in my opion had been obviously tipped by other guests to reserve beds as we could not get a sun bed at 8am in the morning (even though plenty were empty!). I noted that these guests who reserved sun beds turned up late morning and after lunch! I felt this was very frustrating and unfair, there should be a no reserve policy.
It was however appreciated to be provided water whilst on the beach.
The Italian restaurant was delicious and accommodated me with my Gluten allergy. The chef made a homemade tasty bread roll, so I could enjoy the oil and vinegar and the pasta dish was beautiful. Sitting out on the lawn was very enjoyable it reminded me of home.
The swimming pool in my opinion did not wow me, considering the hotel was 5*. The kid’s pool was good fun and I was comforted that there was life guards at all times. A life guard did pull a badly behaved boy (no parent supervision, just nanny on her mobile phone) from my daughters back who thought it was fun to try and drown her!!! So I appreciate the guard’s swift action along with my husbands.
The breakfast buffet was really good especially for my family as they do not have allergies. There were a few Gluten Free options, but as usual only bread and no sweet treats! Luckily I enjoy cheese and nuts and fruit.
The Spa was a lovely treat and me and kids loved the reflexology pool.
I felt that the golf buggies were a menace around the resort. In my opinion they were driven too fast especially as they are sharing the same footpaths as pedestrians. As a family we like to walk and relax, but felt on edge that our children would get hit! The drivers were smiley and pleasant, it is just a shame there was not a pedestrian only walkway.
I would like to thank room service and the security guys who helped return my daughters watch to me after she forgot to pack it. I called a week later to ask if it was in lost property and it was and I was able to pick it up at the port.
Overall the staff were lovely and our stay was very enjoyable.
Yesterday (15-05-2018) i spend the day at Banana Island Resort. It was a lovely experience, great food, lovely view. Staff are experienced and friendly. Abrah (concierge) was very helpful and attended to all our needs.