DOHA'S HOSPITALITY OFFERINGS EXPAND
The opening of Banana Island Resort by Anantara and the Marsa Malaz Kempinski at the Pearl last month is the first trickle in the oncoming flood of new hotels that are planned in Doha.
Located on an island near Hamad International Airport, Banana Island resort is a 20-minute boat ride away from the Corniche. The 141 rooms include traditional hotel rooms, poolside villas and Maldives-style villas built above water on stilts. An 800-metre-long private beach, lagoon pool, surf pool, snorkeling, scuba diving and a nine-hole putting course are some of the offerings in addition to its seven eateries.
After a false start at the end of last year, the new Marsa Malaz Kempinski opened on its own secluded island at the Pearl. Showcasing European architecture blended with traditional Arabian elements, the 281-room property includes 69 suites, two Presidential suites and two Royal suites in addition to 11 food and beverage outlets, private beach, water sports facilities, yacht jetty, tennis courts, etc.