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Minor Hotel Group Continues Expansion in Middle East With First Hotel to Launch in Qatar

Minor Hotel Group continues with its strategic expansion in the Middle East with the announcement of its first hotel in Qatar. Anantara Doha Island Resort & Spa is a 141 key five star resort in the Arabian Gulf, just off the coast of the country’s capital Doha, and will open early in 2014.

Minor Hotel Group is partnering with the Qatari owned company Al Rayyan Hospitality for its first property in the country. Qatar is rich in oil and natural gas reserves, with the world’s highest GDP per capita and is currently experiencing a significant boom in the real estate and hospitality sectors. The new property will be part of the internationally renowned Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas portfolio, known for its luxury experience and discovery-led hospitality, which is already well established in the UAE with three properties in Abu Dhabi.

Located on a 13 hectare island, the new resort will be accessible by speedboat from Doha’s downtown area and from The Pearl, both journeys taking between 20-30 minutes. Anantara Doha Island will be the sole off-shore escape for both Doha residents and visitors alike, representing an exclusive getaway from the hectic business city.


The new island resort will offer a vast range of facilities and a selection of accommodation options for the variety of guests that it will attract. With a total of 141 rooms, the 96 guest rooms, 34 pool villas and 11 two- and three-bedroom over-water pool villas will offer guests a wide choice of room types in which to spend their break. There will be four restaurants and bars, including a contemporary Japanese restaurant and an Arabic beach club. A total of four pools will be spread throughout the resort’s lush grounds, including a large lagoon pool, directly accessible from many of the family guest rooms, a surf pool with wave machine and hydro exercise pools. For spa lovers, the resort will offer both an Anantara Spa and an extensive Wellness & Holistic Centre, plus a 24-hour fitness centre and tennis court will be available for those wishing to keep up their fitness regimes. The n