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Looking For Luxury And Fun In Doha? Consider Banana Island

Just off the coast of the Qatari capital, Doha, lies a unique holiday destination

The aptly named, crescent-shaped Banana Island is a luxury resort on an artificial island. Since opening four years ago, it has quickly become a top destination for luxury-seeking vacationers,

Operated by Thailand-based Anantara, the resort can be reached via catamaran setting off from Dhow Harbour (just by the spectacular Museum of Islamic Arts), by private yacht, or by helicopter.

If you belong in the first category, you'll be greeted with warm smiles as you board the luxury ferry where you'll be offered Arabian coffee, dates and water. Some 20 minutes later, the sound of beating drums will welcome you onto the 13-acre island – and usher you into a world of total relaxation.

Big on comfort and lavishness, the resort strikes a great, Maldives-like first impression – think golden sands, palm-thatched roofs and opulent rooms overlooking turquoise waters.

Its accommodation options range from 55-square-meter sea view rooms to 360-square-meter overwater bungalows fully equipped with lounging decks and private infinity pools.

The 141 guest rooms, villas and bungalows are decorated with Arabic designs and feature deluxe mosaic-adorned bathrooms. They're all stocked up with automatically controlled curtains, flat-screen TVs, mini-bars, and coffee machines.

When not lounging on the private 800-meter beach, guests have plenty of options, including a long list of outdoor activities, such as diving, kayaking, snorkelling, and stand-up paddle boarding. You can also learn how to conquer the waves on surfing simulators.

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