Due to my now bulging belly, my desire to travel via flights has reduced. I do not have the desire to be stuck on a flight at all. This is the reason why we decided that for Valentine’s Day this year, it’s about time to explore the beautiful city, Doha, and what it has to offer.
We will be posting more on where to go and what to do in Doha on our Instagram page, @thegithaigas.
Our choice of destination was the Banana Island Resort.
How to get to the Resort
Banana Island is located about 25minutes from the city of Doha. To get to the island, you use a luxurious Catamaran offered by the resort. It departs from the Banana Island’s city reception punctually every hour. You can also get to the resort using a private helicopter since the resort has a helipad.
At the city reception, you are welcomed with a drink (the resort is an alcohol-free resort) and dates as the helpful staff sort out your reservation, after which you are directed to the catamaran for onward transfer to the resort. The catamaran is very comfortable and has a very friendly crew. During the short cruise to the island, one is able to enjoy a beautiful view of the city of Doha.
The resort has a grand and exquisite entrance. We were welcomed by drummers, shown to the reception by staff and then to our room. The resort has a variety of rooms to choose from suites, pool villas and overwater villas. Check-in is from 3 PM – if you arrive earlier check-in is subject to availability – and check out is at 12 mid-day. There are hotel buggies for all guests to assist with easy movement around the hotel.
We had chosen one of the suites, and it was amazing. We received welcome gifts, and the room was spacious with very lovely finishing and a breath-taking sea view. After freshening up we decided to see more of what the hotel had to offer before going for our Valentine’s Day dinner.
Things to do on the Island
We love going to places that have a variety of activities to do, and Banana Island has a lot to offer.
The last time we went bowling was about 5 years ago, at the Village Market in Kenya, before they closed down the bowling alley. I was very excited to once again flex my bowling muscle. This time we played more professionally, no bumper bowling where one has the gutters covered. I won the game, either by luck or perhaps I’m actually better, and of course, I made sure we captured the score for evidence.
So playing pool is my hubby’s specialty, and I was mostly there to learn. My baby bump didn’t make it easy for proper positioning to enable me to hit the balls. Hubby jokingly kept saying I should pick a struggle – which ball was I going to struggle with?
There is also a VIP cinema where they have scheduled movie times either in English or Arabic. Luckily, we got there right on time to watch Dunkirk, and the theater was only occupied by two couples. The cinema has very comfortable seats and we watched the movie while snacking on popcorns.
9-hole golf putting course
This was also very interesting and a first for both of us, but hubby had the knowledge of how the game is supposed to be played. As a first-timer, I especially didn’t have a good grip of the golf stick and wasn’t good at striking but I was still very competitive, although hubby won with a score of 5, 1 draw and I scored 3.
Other activities on the Island include enjoying the sea views by the beach while taking some mocktails (It is an alcohol-free resort), spa, shisha, scheduled games by the beach, tennis, swimming pool, and water sports among others.
Valentines Dinner and Breakfast
The hotel had a special set up for Valentine’s dinner – the decor, ambiance, and food set up was amazing. The service was impeccable; we were welcomed with drinks and roses. The food was really nice especially the main meal, and there was a wide variety to choose from for dessert. It is always nice to sit back while enjoying a nice meal in awesome company, one gets to appreciate the little pleasures of life.
Since the resort has 9 dining options within the Island, breakfast was served at a different restaurant the next morning. There was a lot to choose from, and we had enough food for three 😉
It was a lovely staycation that’s for sure……Cheers to LOVE.
Traveling expands one’s ideologies, creates beautiful experiences and lasting memories.~ Lynn Muturi_Githaiga