Best for… Budget
Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8888).
This is by no means the cheapest hotel in Doha, but if you are looking for a perfect retreat and relaxing time, without breaking the bank, this is a good choice.
Situated on the beach and close to the airport, the Doha Marriott has a full-service spa, and you have the option to maintain your gym routine in the modern fitness centre as well. You can sample a range of delicious flavours at one of the several on site restaurants, with international, Indian, Asian, Latin American and many more options available, allowing you to experience a different cuisine every night. Boasting a private beach, you can enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Bay.
Value for money
With competitive weekend rates, the Doha Marriott offers a good value staycation. Breakfast is included and there is also free Wi-Fi, as well as all the amenities you would expect.
Standard room: from QR690 per night, single (one pax) and double room (two pax).
Executive room: from QR940 single (one pax) and QR1,040 double room (two pax).
There is a summer promotion deal that includes double Marriott rewards points. The late brunch room offer is great for those looking for a staycation and includes late brunch for two people, a one-night stay and beach access, as well as breakfast the next morning.
Best for… Fitness
Sheraton Hotel Resort & Convention Hotel
Sheraton Hotel Resort & Convention Hotel, Corniche, West Bay (4485 4444).
Strategically located between old and new Doha and overlooking West Bay and the clear blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, the Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel has been hailed as “The Pyramid of the Gulf” for more than three decades now, offering guests breathtaking views from all guestrooms, a myriad of dining destinations, a private resort and an expansive wellness facility.
Good for fitness
The Sheraton Doha’s Health & Recreation Centre features two outdoor and three indoor tennis courts (better the indoor ones for the August heat), two squash courts, and an outdoor volleyball court and football pitch. The recreation centre also showcases a state-of-the-art gym with the latest exercise cardio and strength training equipment. The fitness centre is a place to be for yoga, Zumba, spinning and boxing with a group or for private lessons. Sheraton Doha’s resort boasts a private beach as well as pools for adults and children. Guests also can have full access to the recovery and rejuvenation areas, complete with his and hers Jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms as well as massage treatment rooms.
From QR947 for two per night.
Summer weekend room rates start at QAR 1,111 per night for two and include complimentary breakfast for two, free brunch for one guest at Al Hubara or La Veranda, the other a 50% discount, as well as complimentary access to the resort and wellness centre and unlimited access to the health and recreation centre.
Best for… Families
Four Seasons Doha
Four Seasons Doha, West Bay (4494 8888).
There are very good facilities for The Four Seasons to be considered a perfect family destination. The resort-like waterfront city hotel offers touches that echo the essence of what you want as a traveller: comfort, service and beauty. You can cool off in the grotto pools or just relax by the beach or at the Spa & Wellness Centre.
Good for families
At Four Seasons Hotel Doha, families can expect thoughtful amenities and fun-filled activities to keep everyone happy during a weekend or summer staycation in Doha. With a 250 metre private beach and eight indoor and outdoor restaurants, guests will experience luxury in comfort. The Kids For All Seasons (KFAS) programme has special activities for children, including the Too Cool for School and Young Adult Social packages. Find out more at www.press.fourseasons.com/doha/hotel-news/2015/new-kids-for-all-seasons-activities.
Furthermore, for Friday brunch, there is a special supervised area for little ones and also for older children, with Play Station games. Speak to the concierge on reception for even more ideas for playful activities.
Standard: QR1,800 for twin and double rooms
Suite: QR3,200 for twin and double rooms
Pay for three nights and get the fourth for free.
Best for… Spa treatments
Sharq Village & Spa
Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Abboud (4425 6666).
Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton hotel, offers 174 rooms and suites, with intimate courtyard settings. Services and facilities include restaurants and lounges serving Middle Eastern and Western cuisine, incredible facilities at Six Senses Spa with 23 treatment rooms, and private ladies’ areas, as well as lots of conference space.
Good for spa treatments
The Six Senses Spa is comprehensive and the range of therapeutic and relaxing treatments extensive. One treatment currently available is the rather aptly-named Cooling Summer therapy, lasting 140 minutes altogether. This includes a 30-minute exfoliation with orange and oatmeal, followed by a 20-minute body wrap with Aloe Vera, honey and cucumber. This is completed by a 50-minute Six Senses signature massage, as well as 40-minutes’ relaxation.
Valid until Dec 31, you get the fourth night free when you pay for three, with this package starting at QR1,680 for two per night.
Best for… Luxury
The St. Regis Doha
The St. Regis Doha, West Bay (4446 0000).
Steeped in Middle Eastern mystique, The St. Regis Doha is part of Al Gassar Resort, located in West Bay Lagoon. With a total of 336 guest rooms and suites, the hotel offers the perfect combination of leisure and business, with an extensive range of recreational facilities.
Good for luxury
With 10 different categories, each room offers a seductive blend of timeless styles and Middle Eastern inspiration. The leisure facilities chime well with those who have a penchant for luxury, with a private beach and discreet oceanfront cabanas. The guests can also escape to a sanctuary of rejuvenation at the signature Remède Spa, featuring 22 private treatment rooms.
The dining selection is another highlight of the St. Regis Doha. Elegant bars and lounges, including renowned restaurants like Gordon Ramsay and Hakkasan, the latter the Time Out Doha Restaurant of the Year 2015 winner, showcase excellent fine dining and are perfect for special occasions or a real treat.
Standard: starting from QR 1,000 (room only) for single and double occupancy.
Suites: starting from QR 1,700 (room only) for single and double occupancy.
Family Package: The Family Traditions package at The St. Regis Doha makes it easy for families to enjoy their travel together. Treat the family to an exclusive getaway and enjoy 50% off the second room for kids up to 18 years and free meals for the kids if the parents eat from the regular menu, and 25% off spa treatments and a private gazebo by the pool.