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Banana Island Resort: Boasting the only over water villas in Qatar

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Located in the Arabian Gulf off and only a 20-minute ferry ride from the city of Doha, Banana Island Resort boasts the first and only over water villas in Qatar as well as a dedicated wellness centre which is one-of-a-kind in the Middle East.

The 141 luxury guest rooms, suites and villas are designed in Arabian style with signature Anantara touches. The eight two-bedroom over water villas and trio of prestigious three-bedroom Anantara over water villas offer 360 square metres of luxurious space and a personal pool, ideal for families and groups of friends.

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The luxury resort boasts its own marina with 30 berths and a fully equipped dive centre with a practice pool, ideal for beginners. Water sports range from the relaxing pace of kayaking, pedalos and stand up paddle boarding, the thrills of wakeboarding, banana boat, triple tube and donut rides, water skiing and jet skiing, to fishing trips and luxury yacht cruises. In the resort’s two lane surf pool the waves can be controlled to suit different skill levels, making it easier to master surfing techniques than out at sea. You can energise yourselves with laps or a leisurely dip in the 100 metre long lagoon pool.

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The resort’s dedicated Balance Wellness Centre is the first and only facility of its kind in the Middle East within a resort, offering holistic programmes for relaxation, detox, de-stress and radiance, fitness, weight management, yoga and alternative therapy, as well as pre- and post-natal and anti-ageing journeys. Facilities include an indoor botanical garden, oxygen fern room, and female only hydro pool, along with nutritional wellness cuisine with menus crafted by specialist chefs.

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Epicureans will be kept busy in no less than eight dining options. From Middle Eastern, Italian and international cuisines at spectacular locations all around the island from the marina, poolside, by the shoreline and on over water decks with tranquil views and soft sea breezes from the Arabian.

Banana Island Resort by Anantara, P.O. Box 23919, Doha, Qatar, doha.anantara.com

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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January 12, 2015 | Asia Doha Qatar Travel | View comments

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