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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The worst experience, this is the first and last time we visit the island, we were 16 family members we have booked one of the largest villas and payed more than 40,000 QAR for nothing. At check out we had an issue that no one told us in advance that we had to book the way back, so on the same day we asked to go back at 4 and they said it was fully booked, we then knew that the boat left half empty, they had us wait till 6. As we were asking for our rights the villa manager mr hisham or hashim was very rude to us, he was raising his voice and embarrassed my family infront of the other customers. He walked away from us and did not find a solution for our issue. We were expecting a relaxing weekend but this was the worst, we werent suppose to worry about such rude employees on our weekend. We encountered the same issue with another family as we were leaving. I do not recommend this place there are many better locations in doha with much better employees and customer service.
Thanks to our housekeeping team (Asharaf ul, Marcelo and Cecilia) that pamper us with endless care
A place to enjoy every instant!
For Doha residents is a tropical paradise two steps away
No plane and airport hassles!
I have very nice experience in this hotel.
I make birthday for my husband, they make for me very nice decoration, food was delicious and nice service. I like everything things.
House keeping Sanjeev make for great decoration.