Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara opens in Qatar

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara opened its doors, offering the first and only over water villas in Qatar as well as a dedicated wellness center, which is one-of-a-kind in the Middle East.

Located in the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Doha, the resort offers an island setting with extensive facilities. The crescent shape of the island provides a natural harbor framed by an 2,624-sqare-foot private beach.

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara is a 20-minute journey by ferry from Al Shyoukh Terminal, located in the city's downtown area; or a 10-minute helicopter ride directly from the airport with bird's eye views of the coastline.

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The 141 guest ooms, suites and villas are designed in Arabian style with Anantara touches including 54 Premier Sea View Rooms, 16 Deluxe Sea View Rooms, eight Sea View Suites, 18 Anantara Suites and 34 Sea View Pool Villas featuring a personal pool and poolside cabana. The eight two-bedroom over water villas and trio of three-bedroom Anantara Over Water Villas offer 3,875 square feet of space and a 667-square-foot personal pool.

The resort has its own marina with 30 berths and a fully equipped dive center with a practice pool. There is also a 328-foot lagoon pool, and a children's pool complete with water slides.

Recreation options include tennis, beach volleyball, fitness center, entertainment center with a nine-hole putting golf course, eight pin bowling alley and VIP cinema theatre.

There are also facilities for children, including the Cool Mint Kids' Club and Pepper Mint Teens' Club.

The resort's Balance Wellness Centre is the first and only facility of its kind in the Middle East within a resort. Unique facilities include an indoor botanical garden, oxygen fern room, and female only hydro pool.

Eight dining options are available, including Al Nahham, offering a blend of Arabic Mediterranean cuisine, the flagship restaurant and Dining by Design.

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