Doha has the luxury hotel market covered, with all the best names standing at attention. Even those that look luxurious back home have gone the extra mile here, with a bit of Arabian glamour and all the extra amenities—each hotel has a spa, pools, restaurants, leisure facilities, and often private beaches. You just might will have a hard time leaving to explore the city.
Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Want a private beach? Five pools? Someone who brings you cold towels and offers you sunglasses while you are relaxing on a recliner by one of the pools? How about fitness classes, or taking advantage of the baby sitting service while you enjoy dinner at the Japanese restaurant Nobu or get pampered in the spa? The Four Seasons offers luxury and superb service so that you will never want to leave the complex. Located at the end of the Corniche with great views across the Arabian Gulf and the Doha skyline, this is a favourite with families as you can take advantage of the safe access to the sea and various pools under the shade-giving palm trees.
W Doha Hotel & Residences
A blue, oh-so-Instagram-able shimmering arch welcomes you to the modern and trendy luxury W. Blue and shiny is the name of the day, and the lobby is a sight to behold with its blue lights hanging from the ceiling, and its swirly marble floors and gigantic flower arrangements. The pool, the rooms and really, every corner, offer a quirky and modern touch, be it the neon lighting and tile mosaics by the pool, or suspended wicker chairs that hang in the rooms. Young, colourful, quirky, and luxurious, the hotel also houses the city’s most popular nightclub, Crystal.
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
Want a touch of the South Pacific in Doha? Look no further than this private island resort, a 30-minute catamaran ride from Doha Port. A Fijian welcome of the staff singing and clapping as you land sets the tone, and the overwater villas, wave pool, and PADI dive center are quite unique in Doha. There is a kids playground and kids club, that is also popular with the local residents at the weekend, and accommodation is huge. The sea-view villas have their own pool, whereas the inland-facing villas offer city—and airport—views. This is perfect for a luxurious family get-away, but note that this is an alcohol-free resort, so no cocktails by the pool.
Sharq Village & Spa
This luxury hotel run by Ritz-Carlton was built to resemble a Qatari village and its low buildings, shaded walkways, and traditional Arabian décor make for a relaxed and homely atmosphere. The resort is best known for its superb spa and absolutely stunning pool with is beautifully lit at night. There is a small and private beach, and the accommodation near the sea has fabulous views across the entire Doha Bay and the skyline. The spa is the main feature of this hotel, and is popular across the borders of Qatar, so make sure you book yourself in for some indulgent treatments as soon as you arrive.
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha
This is the grand old dame of luxury hotels in Doha. It once sat far away from the city, all alone by the sea, but has since been swallowed up by new developments. But that does not take away from the great structure, lovely lobby atrium, the views across the bay, fabulously appointed rooms, and the five-star service. There are an indoor and an outdoor pool, a great spa and fitness area, plus a marina. The Lagoon Restaurant offers one of the best brunches on Fridays, which is very popular with the locals and local expatriates, while the STK restaurant on the 23rd floor is perfect for steak lovers.
The St. Regis Doha
This hotel oozes class, from the tuxedoed butlers, the shimmering lobby, the understated but very-present elegance and luxury, to the world-class restaurants. By what is probably the largest hotel pool in Doha, you can rent your own beach cabana complete with plunge pool, flat-screen TV, and kitchenette, while a regular supply of cold towels help you keep cool. Grand suites and large rooms are decorated in an understated fashion, but all feature a sumptuous bath tub plus a rain-head shower. For a touch of extravagant luxury, why not have a pearl facial in the spa?
Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl
Sitting on a purpose-built island, the Marsa Malaz Kempinski does what Kempinskis around the world are well known for: it looks like a palace, and you get treated like royalty. The hotel beach is one of Doha’s largest at 500 feet and offers a wide array of water sports such as knee boarding, kayaking, access to pedal boats, and paddle boarding. Apart from the many restaurants, tennis courts and fitness centre, there is a Clarins Spa and hammam that offers signature treatments and superb facials. Good restaurants and a 1920s themed nightclub round off the experience.
Right in tune with Doha’s arty vibe, coupled with opulent luxury and full of whimsical touches, the Mondrian offers a hotel stay full of surprises. In one corner you believe it’s all about monochrome chic only to be confronted with a riot of colours and patterns and a staircase that is functional but leads nowhere. There is a ballroom that features its own 24-carat gold elevator and the region’s first Cut by Wolfgang Puck restaurant, plus an outlet of New York’s Magnolia Bakery complete with cupcakes and cheesecake. Oh, yes, there also are beautifully appointed rooms and a rather fancy penthouse.
Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel and Villas
The Grand Hyatt Doha offers a comfortable mix of luxury business hotel and relaxed family resort, with understated rooms and suites, plus a selection of two to four-bedroom villas complete with sitting rooms, offices, balconies and fully-equipped kitchens, by the pool or the private beach. The lobby is sumptuous, with a lovely café with live piano music. Thai, Italian and Arabic restaurants offer a good choice of dining options, whereas the Dunes Bar is always popular, as is the relaxed Santa Monica Breakfast Bar.