Review of Banana Island in Qatar

It’s a hotel. So you could simply head there for a weekend break, spend a couple of nights in an over-water villa, laze on the beach a bit, enjoy a meal or two at one of the seven restaurants, and then head back to land. Or, you could head there for a few rounds of bowling, to challenge your mate to a one-kilo burger-eating challenge and surf on a wave simulator.


There’s putting golf and tennis, an F1 racing simulator, plus you can rent bikes, electric cars or even two-wheeled Segways to zoom around the island on.


The island has a fantastic dive center, where you can sign up to RAID diving courses for both beginners and more experienced divers. Alternatively, join a snorkeling excursion to see the colorful sea life that lives around the island.


There are plenty of spots for you to sit back and watch the world go by. Sit out on the terrace of Al Nahham (a Middle Eastern restaurant) and gaze over to Doha’s skyline in the distance, or just relax by the pool or beach for a few hours. There’s also the serene Anantara Spa where we would highly recommend booking yourself an appointment.


Banana Island’s spa has one of the loveliest “hammam” rooms we’ve come across, and a tranquil little relaxation garden for you to unwind in. Not to mention the stunning horizon views from the over-water spa suites. Other facilities include an indoor pool, ice well, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam rooms, plus private rooms for manicures, pedicures and facials.


Only on Banana Island, there is a wellness centre called “Balance Wellness Centre” which offers tailored “journeys” for detoxing, de-stressing, weight-management and more, over one or even several days. The centre offers innovative therapies such as flotation pods, in addition to fitness classes, yoga, an indoor botanical garden for relaxing in and a café which serves a variety of healthy dishes (plus some less healthy, but delicious, desserts and pastries).


Tel: +974 4040 5050
Fax: +974 4040 5000
Email: [email protected]



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