If you’re looking for a luxurious Middle Eastern honeymoon beyond Dubai (as lovely as it is), then set your sights on Qatar. More specifically, its capital city Doha which sits on the sparkling shores of Doha Bay. This metropolis in the sun has plenty of draws for those looking for luxury minus the crowds. Take in the beauty of the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by Chinese American architect I.M. Pei, or shop for one-off treasures at Souq Waqif where you can find everything from crafts, spices and the latest fashion. Update your Instagram feed with a newlywed snap by The Pearl Monument and get an adrenaline fix on a desert safari. There’s so much to eat, do and see, but for the best place to stay, there’s only one address worth knowing. A breath-taking island resort, Banana Island is the Middle East’s first and only wellness retreat. Sprawled across a private island inside Doha Bay, the hotel, part of the uber luxurious Anantara hotel group, sits amid a botanical garden, 800 metres of pristine private beach, lagoon, surf pool and a spa with menus offering everything from ancient to innovative treatments.
Rest & Relax
After the emotions of your Big Day – not to mention stress during the planning stages! – your honeymoon is your chance to recharge and unwind. Adoh Spa’s treatment list is inspired by Qatar’s position as a global crossroads (expect everything from an authentic Turkish hammam to Swedish massage) as well as Anantara’s Thai roots. There are three couple’s suites so you have the option for his and hers treatments side-by-side.
Banana Island offers an incredible nine dining options, so there’s something for whatever you fancy. Azraq is best for Middle Eastern eats, while Al Nahham plates up mezze and more traditional Arabic dishes. Head to Riva for Italian, or grab a burger and fries at Ted’s, a retro US-style diner. Make Tanzerin your go-to when you find yourselves poolside and peckish. Best for newlyweds is the resort’s Dining by Design, which offers bespoke culinary journeys in truly exceptional settings.
There are plenty of ways to pass the time at Banana Island if you tire of the pool. Sharpen up your bowling technique at the in-resort alley, catch a movie at the cinema or, for the fearless, learn to catch a wave at the Banana Island surf school.
Hotel: Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
Where: Doha, Qatar
As seen in Khush Wedding Summer 2018 KW19. Buy this issue here