Qatar Today - - AFFAIRS -

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.

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