Occupying its own private island, known as The Pearl, this luxurious hotel is one of the best in the country. Pitched just off the coastline on the outskirts of Qatar’s bustling capital, Doha, it has the Porto Arabia and Medina Centrale right on your doorstep, meaning numerous options for shopping, entertainment and gastronomy. West Bay business district is just a 10-minute drive away, while the international airport is a handy 30-minutes by car.
A 3,000 sq m spa is a focal point of this stunning resort and the Clarins brand makes this a first-rate choice. Male and female wellness areas, 23 treatment rooms and indoor plunge pools are part of the line-up. A health club with sauna and steam rooms, a personal training studio and herbal baths are also on offer. Then head to the 150m private beach to top up your tan or lounge in the whirlpool bath.
What hotel in the world has Presidential Suites as well as Royal Suites? One that treats all of its guests like VIPs of course. The sophisticated blend of European and Arabic design is evident throughout the Kempinski’s 281 well-crafted abodes. All naturally come with a 24-hour butler and flower arrangers, and the deep soaking tubs (with wall-mounted TVs) and rainforest showers are the best in the business. Spacious balconies or terraces offer a vista over the azure waters.
Whether you are dining poolside or relaxing in the spa, the Marsa Malaz Kempinski always keeps its guests happy. A tennis court, jogging trail and state-of-the-art gym are all contained within the island for added convenience. First-rate concierge services can also take care of last-minute reservations, shopping trips and travel arrangements.
A culinary destination in itself, the hotel has an array of restaurants to satisfy your palate. A total of seven are scattered around, meaning plenty to choose between from breakfast to dinner. Sawa, meaning “together” in Arabic blends Mediterranean and European flavours; Toro Toro has a profusion of pan-Latin cooking, and Nozomi has finely-honed Japanese skills on display. You can of course dine on the beach with a sumptuous grill.
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