QL checks out Shangri La
There are some hidden gems that one can discover in the new West Bay hotel scene. They offer good value for money and are often very luxurious.
Being a personal fan of the Shangri La brand, I thought it was due time to finally check out the one that opened in Qatar - I know, it's a little late. But so many places and so little time!
The one surprising factor about the place is that it has a very calming presence. Everything is a bit more dimly lit, it's not going for an ultra modern chic look, that many of the West Bay hotels offer.
It almost feels like a bit of the far east was transferred into the Doha... with a bit of Qatari flare, that is.
As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by warm soft tones and a real live falcon. No joke. She was beautiful. The staff kindly referred to her as "their colleague".
The Chi spa was all sort of awesomeoness. Again, it was different than most the ones you find in Doha. Everything was dimly lit, dark wood everywhere, and they used the most amazingly fragranced products ever. They also serve a lovely complimentary peppermint tea.
The staff were super friendly as well. Post treatment I was ready to call it a day, but then I saw sign for exquisite pastries. Thus, I made my way to their Lobby Lounge. Thank goodness for that sign!
The Lobby Lounge offers an amazingly relaxing environment with live piano, amazing desserts and dim sum platter for two that is only 100QR!
They have some exciting desserts and I sampled their fusion Baklava Cheesecake. I was expecting some sort of lame excuse for cheesecake, as can happen in Doha. But this was actually good, and it maintained a "baklava" essence. It was served with cinnamon syrup and it was delicious.
For those seeking a relaxing environment to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the Shangri La Doha might be your place :)