Banana Island

Overwater villas, golden sands and beautiful turquoise water don’t necessarily come to mind when envisioning a vacation in Doha.
But just off the coast of the Qatari capital lies a top destination that offers all of that and more. The crescent-shaped Banana Island has become a top destination for luxury-seeking vacationers since opening in 2015. Operated by Thailand-based Anantara, the luxury resort island lays claim to Qatar’s only overwater bungalows, some of which are fully equipped with lounging decks and private infinity pools, as well as one of just two overwater bungalow resorts in the Gulf region — the second is the Palm Resort in Dubai.