Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 November 2019

Banana Island, the Arabian Gulf’s latest man-made island

The Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara has been unveiled on a crescent-shaped island off the coast of Doha.
Banana Island off the coast of Doha. Courtesy Anantara
Banana Island off the coast of Doha. Courtesy Anantara

Dubai chose to build its man-made islands in the shape of palm trees complete with fronds. Then there’s the World Islands shaped, well, like the world.

Qatar meanwhile has given architects rather more food for thought with its new addition to the man-made island landscape in the Arabian Gulf - Banana Island.

A 20-minute ferry ride from Doha, or 10-minute helicopter journey from Hamad International Airport, the Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara has been unveiled on a crescent-shaped island.

The distinctive shape provides a natural harbour with an 800-metre beach.

The resort has its own marina with 30 berths and a dive centre. Guests can feast on a range of watersports such as the donut ride and ... banana boat.

“The 141 luxury guest rooms, suites and villas are designed in Arabian style with signature Anantara touches including 54 Premier Sea View Rooms, 16 Deluxe Sea View Rooms, eight Sea View Suites, 18 Anantara Suites and 34 spacious Sea View Pool Villas featuring a personal pool and poolside cabana,” Anantara said in a statement.

Those seeking total relaxation can visit the Balance Wellness Centre, which Anantara says is the “first and only facility of its kind in the Middle East”.

This consists of holistic programmes for relaxation, detox and de-stress with an oxygen fern room, indoor botanical garden and hydro pool.

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Updated: January 1, 2015 04:00 AM

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