I must start this post by sending a huge thank you to my dear friend and fellow blogger Pinay Flying High for all her fabulous travel and itinerary recommendations.
The Doha-based blogger was previously living in Dubai and that’s where we met. She was the main supporter since I started my blogging journey. She’s also the mastermind behind most of the amazing holidays that I’ve done since moving to Dubai and my recent Doha trip. I honestly can’t tell you how genuine and kind she is. These days, people like her are so rare to find!
Four Seasons Doha
I decided to visit the cultural city last week. I felt like I could use a break from the work routine and tough print deadlines. This was my first holiday since my Maldives trip last year (apart from the AD staycations). I’m hoping to escape more often once my internship ends in June.
The Four Seasons hotel group is known for its outstanding hospitality. Their Doha property was no exception. Located on the corniche, the Four Seasons Doha offers beautiful ocean and city skyline views. The hotel’s rooms are designed in a classical, vintage and homely decor with dark wood furniture, striped white wallpaper and retro-inspired accessories and bathroom fittings. My sea-view room had a small balcony with stunning ocean views.
With high attention to detail in every corner of the room and cozy, homely interiors, the hotel has a distinct charm that truly matches my personality. Classy, elegant, chic, vintage and with a strong royal feel.
Being a person who always has music playing in the background when at home, the bathroom’s built-in speakers which are connected to the TV made my stay even more rewarding. And if that’s not enough, you can even adjust the speaker volume with a control switch on the washroom’s wall. Nothing beats listening to VH1 classics throughout the whole room while you’re getting ready.
A Beautiful Spa
To make the most of my relaxing break, I visited the lavish three-storey spa for a rejuvenating sports massage. The deep-tissue one-hour treatment was done by a friendly Thai therapist, May. The treatment room had a warm feel with a zen-like ambiance. Pure bliss indeed.
On Friday evening, I went to the Jaccuzi at the spa to unwind. I then found out from a spa staff member that there’s a plethora of facilities to be enjoyed at the expansive spa. So those will definitely be experienced at my next stay at the magical hotel.
There are five outdoor swimming pools, a private pristine beach and a luxury yacht marina at the Four Seasons Doha. One thing to note is that the sun is only visible at the beach area until 4:45 pm. So, if you’re planning a day at the beach, then you should plan to get there early and not at around 5 like me. This is mainly because of the hotel building’s architecture which hides the sun from 4:45 pm onwards. I managed to spend some time on the beach on Saturday though and it was the most peaceful and tranquil experience. The sun was shining bright, there was some breeze in the air, the water temperature was just right and the birds in the surrounding garden were chirping.
For ultimate relaxation, swim over to the deck in the middle of the ocean (it’s not that far away) and lay back as you top up your tan and forget about everything around you. It truly is a surreal and original experience not to be missed.
What I Liked Most
What I liked the most about the Four Seasons Doha is the exclusivity that it offers its guests. The hotel is definitely in a world of its own, you just can’t compare it to anything.
With its laid-back and relaxed feel, distinctive charm, classic decor and beachside vibes, you truly feel transported to another era. A time when life was simple, hotel staff were friendly and there were good vibes everywhere.
A hotel that has a white sandy private beach with an adjacent marina, a separate three-storey spa with spectacular facilities, an expansive 26,000sqft Nobu restaurant and lounge with panoramic ocean and city views, a distinct classic charm and Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries in its rooms is certainly worth returning to whenever I’m in the cultural beachside city.
Stay tuned for another post from my Doha trip with some tips on where to eat and drink in town.