Doha isn’t a typical destination for a luxury escape, but the capital of Qatar offers much more than you might think. It’s easy to add a long layover in Doha when traveling to or from Asia. From fine dining to thrill-seeking adventures, here’s how to enjoy a luxury weekend in Doha.
A Stylish Stay With Sweeping City Views
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The InterContinental Doha – The City in the West Bay area is the perfect place to rest during your luxury escape to Doha. With the hotel’s many amenities and impeccable service, however, you might be tempted never to leave the hotel. In fact, the InterContinental Doha features seven dining and entertainment establishments and an outdoor sports area with a sauna and a hot tub. Book a suite or a club room to gain access to a lounge where you can have a snack 24/7.
Fine Dining in Doha
Foodies needn’t worry. Doha boasts some top-notchÂ fine diningÂ option for all palates. For a blend of French cuisine and spicy Arab flavors, head to Alain Ducasse’s IdamÂ restaurant. Those looking for Chinese cuisine shouldn’t miss the award-winning Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan. Classic Western cuisine with a contemporary twist awaits you at Opal, a restaurant managed by the Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay.
If you’re looking for something less formal yet equally special, head to the Lagoon Restaurant. Here you can have a picnic-themed brunch, which includesÂ checkered picnic cloths and faux green grass. Don’t expect the usual picnic food, though. The camembert and caramelized onion maki rolls and the popcorn chicken with wasabi mayo are just a few of the inventive dishes on the menu. A DJ spinning music all afternoon long and an entertainment program for the kids make the atmosphere inviting.
Shopping, Desert Adventures, and Much More
Don’t forget to shop for a souvenir for your family and friends back home. There’s no better place to look for traditional goods than the winding lanes ofÂ Souq Waqif, the oldest market in Doha. When the heat becomes unbearable, escape to Doha City Center, an air-conditioned mall with 200 luxury shops.
Doha doesn’t offer just shopping opportunities, though. Art lovers should visit the Museum of Islamic Art, an impressive piece of architectureÂ that boasts an incredible collection of artwork from the Middle East.Â
Right outside the city, the desert awaits. What about a desert safari adventure with a stop for tea in a Bedouin tent? If it’s a special occasion or if you simply want to surprise your partner, other activities to pursue include a helicopter ride over Doha and a romantic sunset cruise on a dhow.
Nights Out You Won’t Forget
What could be better than a drink with a view to end your day right? At the Sky View Lounge, perched on the 15th floor of a building just outside the city center, you can enjoy specialty cocktails, chill house music, and views of the city that you won’t easily forget.
Ready for Doha to surprise you? Pack your bags!
This post was written in collaboration with IHG.