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
Lovely place and very nice for couples, beach is amazing restaurants are very nice and the breakfast was so delicious, sea food is good also but not that much, the best thing about the island is exploring it by walking.
Al Nahham Restaurant Banana island is in Qatar and a must-visit. The food and service is simply amazing, for Lebanese food is the absolute top. Service, ambiance everything is what you would expect. There is nice food menu, basically, you sit and they starting giving you a great service, I found the restaurant very reasonably priced, especially having in mind what you get for it. The quality and quantity of food and drinks are sublime. You need to forget your diet visiting this place, The table setup was professional, Thank you Basim, Al Amin & team for an amazing day..
We have visited banana island for the second time this year. Unfortunately I feel since our last visit the standard has slipped a little. The island is perfect and the staff are very attentive especially Parvin and Vipin and all the other staff in the restaurant. The choice of food on the buffet has reduced although I should say the food is still delicious! The turn down service did not happen this time around and we had to check out the room at 1pm in the middle of a tornado which meant there were no boats running. I would visit again but I may try other hotels in Doha before I do.