5 to try: Doha beach clubs
Enjoy the Arabian sun and sample Qatari hospitality at one of Doha's finst beach clubs. Time Out picks the best 1 Comments
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Doha Marriott Hotel
It might seem a little dated when you first walk in, but the 25m pool at the Marriott had an extensive refurb last year and bagging yourself a day pass to use the facilities means you can splash around in the temperature-controlled pool (which is shallow for kids on one end) and also use the beach. The small strip of sand overlooks the port and, although it’s close to the sailing club, the water is clean and there are lots of pretty yachts bobbing about. Along with plenty of sun loungers, shade is offered by umbrellas and trees, plus the semi-outdoor coffee lounge area and waterfront pagoda. The Marriott also puts on regular parties on the beach – recently hosting international DJ Bob Sinclar.
During summer every Friday and Saturday from 11am-4pm you can use the pool and beach facilities and eat lunch including salads and grills from the beach barbecue. Members/non members QR119/219 per person. Kids aged between six-12 years members/non members QR69/169. Free for kids five and below.
Ras Abu Aboud Street (429 8499).
Sharq Village & Spa
Don’t worry about the suspicious-sounding name – Jaws is not lurking in the pool. ‘Sharq’ means ‘Orient’ in Arabic; although the hotel has a more Arabian vibe than Far-Eastern, but it’s tastefully designed nonetheless. The Arabesque theme continues at the pool area, which is an idyllic spot surrounded by faux rocks, and even a traditional well. A shallow pool adjacent to the main pool near the beach is perfect for kids, while there’s a swim-up bar for thirsty grown-ups. There’s also a poolside eatery Sharq Bites, for light lunches and snacks. The beach has a pleasant aspect, with umbrellas and sun loungers – the perfect setting for Sharq’s famous Friday beach parties. But we reckon the highlight is the splashing waterfall, which thunders down into the pool (from another faux rock).
Throughout the summer non-guests can access to the resort’s pool and beach and enjoy a selection of nibbles from Sharq Bites. Day passes from Sunday to Thursday cost QR150/ 75 per adult/child aged 12 and under. Weekends cost QR250 per guest.
Ras Abu Aboud Street (425 6666).
The sprawling pool and beach area at the InterContinental has something for everyone. There’s a dedicated pool for the anklebiters, a massive pool with swim-up bar for adults, and a beach with lots of sun loungers and barasti umbrellas for shade. The water is clean and peaceful and, if you can muster up the energy, there’s ample opportunity for watersports like Jet Skiing and sailing as the Regatta Sailing Club is conveniently located on the hotel grounds. Our one gripe would be the construction going on behind the hotel. It can get a little noisy.
Access to the pool and beach facilities costs QR180 or QR150 if accompanied by a member, and QR80 for children. On weekends and holidays, it costs QR250/QR130 for an adult/child, though guests must be accompanied by a member.
Al Astiqlal Road (484 444).
Grand Hyatt Doha
The paint is still drying on this new hotel, which is nestled in a peaceful spot in the West Bay Lagoon. There are three pools to chill out in, and the beach is a curved, sandy stretch which feels more natural than most hotel beaches because the Grand Hyatt is an unimposing, low-rise building with residences – giving it a neighbourly vibe. Beach attendants will happily set up your sun lounger with towels and you can splash around in the shallows to cool off. The only thing marring the beach experience is the squishy, clay-like texture of the seabed. It ain’t sand.
Non-guests can access the pools, beach and gym facilities of the hotel for QR250.
West Bay Lagoon (448 1234).
There’s not really a beach, but you can still get a day pass to access this hotel overlooking the West Bay Lagoon, which has a gargantuan pool, a kids’ pool with a water slide and even an indoor 25m pool with lanes. The surrounds are, in a word, stunning – with lush crops of palm trees, winding waterways that flow underneath small bridges, a waterfall and even a swim-up bar. Plus, you get free chilled water and the padded mattresses on the wooden sun loungers are the comfiest we’ve tried. Top-notch pool action, we reckon.
During summer the Ritz-Carlton Doha is allowing external guests to access the pool facilities for QR250 per person.
West Bay Lagoon (484 8000).
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