It is October and that can only mean one thing – escaping without really leaving Doha. Chill by the beach or pool and soak up the sun with a refreshing mocktail – really live it up! Take a day off work (we won’t tell), and check out one of these awesome daycation deals, because you deserve it, right?
Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Have you seen their beach yet? If you haven’t, you’re really missing out on one of Doha’s most non-local-feeling spots yet to catch the sun. Turquoise waters on the beautiful shores and an enviable pool isn’t all you can access on weekdays. You get a QR200 credit at the Pool Grill restaurant located right next to the beach with 20 percent off spa treatments. Did we mention they have five outdoor swimming pools? Resort escape in the heart of the city has a whole new meaning here.
QR375 per person. Sun-Thu, sunrise-sunset. West Bay (4494 8801).
CHI, The Spa is renowned for its Asian-themed luxury spa treatments to restore the balance of chi. You can spend the whole day here being part of their unique rituals with a flash facial, a Himalayan salt body scrub, a lymphatic drainage massage and pouring of oil on the third eye to relax your nervous system, to subtly heal your chakras. It’s as exotic as it sounds, and it gets better. You can complete this revitalising journey with an afternoon tea as well. You can either hit their gym or relax at their urban oasis swimming pool. Just don’t forget to ask for the free 30-minute session in their outdoor hydroponic pool.
QR888 per person. Sun-Thu 9am-10pm. West Bay (4429 5000).
Westin Doha Hotel & Spa
Since the hotel has a very obvious “and spa” attached to it, it’s only fitting they have a deluxe pool day special. Try out their ultimate Westin Wellness Day starting with breakfast in their signature restaurant, a 30-minute massage and a full day of pool usage. Their spa is called Heavenly Spa, and we’re leaving this right here.
QR400 per person. Mon-Thu 9am-5pm (breakfast 9am-11am only). Fereej Bin Mahmoud (4492 1682).
Grand Hyatt Hotel Doha
The Grand Hyatt has a 400-metre private beach and a massive outdoor pool. If you decide to use the facility on a weekend, you’re in for a really fun day out at Flipflops Beach Club. Check out their beach front and join the private party from early afternoon until late. It’s free, the vibes are chilled and the atmosphere is relaxed. What better way to spend a relaxing weekend?
QR300 (weekdays, per couple), QR480 (weekends, per couple). Free entry to beach club. 7am-7pm (pool/beach access). Thu 4pm-2am, Fri 1pm-2am, Sat 12pm-10pm (Flipflops Beach Club). West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).
Sheraton Grand Resort & Convention Hotel
Sheraton is possibly the closest and most convenient resort to escape to and really feel like you’re out of the city. Escape your daily routine and head over to their glorious beach for a big serving of sun, and a side of extraordinary views. And since it is breast cancer awareness month, ladies get 50 percent off on five of their soothing massages. Swedish or foot reflexology, you’re going to leave here completely de-stressed.
QR100 for ladies, QR250 per couple and QR350 per family (with two kids below 12 years) on weekdays, QR150 for ladies, QR350 per couple and QR450 per family (with two kids below 12 years, QR100 per additional child). 8am-8pm (pool), 8am-6pm (beach). West Bay (4485 4600).
Intercontinental Doha The City
There is no beach here, but it’s no less of a perfect daycation, especially with their beautiful sky-high swimming pool. If you take their health and fitness day pass, you can also use the gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, besides the swimming pool, of course. Did we mention this pool is on the 46th floor?
QR150 (weekdays, per person), QR250 (weekends, per person). 6am-10pm (pool), 6am-midnight (other facilities). West Bay (4015 8888).
Foodies, we’ve found the perfect daycation for you because first we eat, then we do everything else. Brunch at Al Thouraya Restaurant on the weekend and get free access to the swimming pool. The children can play in the outdoor playground, right next to the restaurant.
QR175 (per person). Fri 12pm-4pm. West Bay (4496 9600).
Sharq Village & Spa
Indulge in an urban retreat with the Sharq’s pool and beach day pass. Their infinity pool is beautiful and the beach is private, with gazebos. The entire family can enjoy the resort’s activities or simply chill with the pool DJ (yes, it’s true) spinning some fun tunes.
QR150 per adult, QR250 per couple on weekdays, QR350 per adult, QR650 per couple on weekends. QR50 per child on all days. 7am-sunset (beach), 7am-8pm (infinity pool), 7am-6pm (focal pool). Ras Abu Aboud (4425 6666).
Banana Island Doha by Anantara
Why fly five hours away for a private sandy beach, turquoise seas and overwater villas? Take a 25-minute journey on a luxury boat to reach Doha’s best escape. The views are spectacular, the food is fabulous and the experience is, well, you have to try it for yourself. There’s the regular pool and beach access pass which allows you QR200 credit to spend at any of their restaurants (but we’re thinking Al Nahham) and QR50 credit to spend on any resort activities. So you really don’t need to be Einstein to calculate that you are literally spending only QR100 (the pass is QR350) for the ultimate daycation. Then there’s the One Day in Paradise pass. This takes your daycation to a whole new level with a day of complete relaxation. Unwind with one of their luxury treatments, designed to release mental stress and physical fatigue. After 60 of the most satisfying minutes you’ll have all week, you can use the steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and ice fountain. Of course, there’s the pool and beach access and credit for the restaurant.
QR350 (per person, pool & beach access), QR650 (per person, one day in Paradise). Sun-Sat 8am-6pm. Banana Island (4040 5050).
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Fancy a dip in a pool, with beautiful views of the sea? Here’s your escape to your very own private island resort for a whole day of fun in the sun. Kick back with refreshing poolside beverages or just do absolutely nothing – whatever you choose, you’ll really appreciate calling in sick just to experience this. Not that we’re suggesting anything.
QR200 (weekdays, per person), QR250 (weekends, per person), QR100 (weekdays, per child between four and 12), QR125 (weekends, per child between four and 12). Kids below four are complimentary. 6am-11pm (indoor pool), 6am-6pm (outdoor pool). West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).