Splurge on Qatar – and consider four of Doha’s best hotel suites

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When I traveled to Qatar a few years ago my favorite daytime activity was visiting hotel lobbies. The hotels of Doha are resplendent and give Vegas a subdued look, with chandeliers larger than cars, acres of marble, and hand-carved trim.

A peninsula surrounded by the Persian Gulf in the heart of the Middle East, Qatar is home to 80% of the world’s population within six hours of flight. Ranked the safest country in the world in 2020 by Numbeo, it recently opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers. Guests from over 85 countries, including the United States, can enter visa-free.

Qatar Airlines won many awards and the Doha award Hamad International was named the best in the 2021 Skytrax World Airport prices.

Along with sandy beaches and a growing selection of gourmet restaurants, upscale spas, and five-star hotels, Qatar boasts a plethora of flora and fauna, including whale sharks and the majestic national animal – the oryx. from Arabia.

Most experiences are a combination of cultural authenticity and modernity: from the iconic museums, high rise restaurants, navigation and shopping in Souq Waqif. You can fly by helicopter through the Doha skyline or enjoy a candlelit dinner in the middle of the Qatari desert.

Or you might just want to lounge around your hotel. The country adds more than 100 new hotels and furnished apartments in preparation for the Qatar Football World Cup 2022. So if you’re on your way, now that the weather and the pandemic have cooled off, maybe now is the time to make plans, with lots of choices.

Here are some of the best suites you might want to consider, in top hotels: for many of us, an ambitious trip; for the lucky ones, a future trip.

Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz Carlton hotelThe 1,141 square foot oceanfront suite overlooking Doha Bay allows you to relax with floor to ceiling windows and a generous space that includes two bedrooms and bathrooms, a powder room, living room and bathroom. to eat. Guests can unwind after a long day of museum visits with a soak in the separate soaking tub or a tropical rain shower in the fully marble bathrooms.

Four Seasons Hotel in Doha: The hotel’s most impressive suite, this 5,210 m² two-level penthouse. ft. presents a breathtaking view of the city skyline and the Persian Gulf. You can entertain guests in the double height living room and the formal dining room for 14 people. Upstairs are two bedrooms, including a spectacular main retreat. Guests can enjoy two full marble bathrooms, a guest powder room, as well as three terraces and three balconies to enjoy the skyline.

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, La Perle-Qatar: You can start your grandiose getaway in a Rolls Royce, while your personal butler awaits you. The Royal Suites are the epitome of opulence, with two king beds and an open-air terrace with a large private hot tub. The living spaces are spacious, with sea views, exquisite finishes and flawless technology. The bathrooms are equipped with Bulgari toiletries.

Mandarin Oriental Doha: Offering breathtaking views of Msheireb Downtown Doha, the Twin Suite is accompanied by a spacious living room, open-air courtyard and plunge pool with access to a private elevator. Guests will have exclusive access to the hotel’s club lounge and enjoy complimentary benefits.

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