Top 9 luxury weekend getaways in Qatar
Doha is a relatively small country so nearly every spot within the city is within an hour’s driving distance from the city center. However, Qatar is also home to some of the best beachside resorts and luxury collective hotels and these offer the ideal getaway from your home, without you having to drive too far to escape from your daily life. Sounds like the perfect deal right?
Here are some of the best luxury weekend getaways we’ve curated for you to try, right when the weather is still pleasant. Here they are!
Hitlon Salwa Beach Resort
The ideal weekend getaway, Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas is one of Hilton’s finest properties to escape the city life. The resort is located on the western coast of Qatar, close to Abu Samra, and boasts of a massive capacity of nearly 84 private villas, 246 rooms and suites, and 31-Arabian village-style apartments and villas. You can opt to choose any of their spa packages and truly experience the zen state while being pampered.
The sprawling resort is massive and also houses nearly 20 food outlets for you to savor the best of many cuisines. But perhaps, what makes this place the most appealing is their Desert Falls Water Park, one of Qatar’s largest theme parks. Patrons who book a stay at Hilton Salwa get free water park admission, however, it requires pre-booking. All of this makes Hilton the ideal staycation with kids as there’s something for everyone.
Price range: Rooms start at QAR 1,100 per night and upwards (depending on your preference of room, suite, villa, and number of bedrooms)
Desert falls day pass: QAR 195 for adults, QAR 150 for juniors
Contact: +974 4423 6666 | +974 4423 6416 (Desert Falls) | firstname.lastname@example.org
A stay at the Intercontinental Doha, while still being close to the center of downtown Doha may be just the thing you need to view Doha from a fresh outsider’s perspective. The hotel features Qatar’s longest private beach and offers a safe haven from the hustle-bustle of the city. Intercontinental Doha is also a host to nearly 14 restaurants and bars, including La Mar Doha, Mykonos, La Vue, Manko, and several other dining experiences that are worth checking out. The hotel also has a free-form swimming pool and excellent spa service.
Price: QAR 814 onwards per night (depends on rooms and suites)
Contact: +974 4484 4444 | email@example.com
The Westin Doha
The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa is a Marriot property nestled right in the middle of the city. Yet their landscaped, lush green gardens offer a quiet oasis from all that you need to get away from. You could check in for a weekend getaway at one of their many guest rooms, suites, or pool villas and rejuvenate over the weekend. With Msheirib Downtown, Souq Wakif, and Doha Corniche quite nearby, you can even explore the city from a tourist’s perspective for a whole new experience!
Price: QAR 700 per night and upwards
Contact: +974 4492 1600 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Both their properties, Ritz-Carlton Doha (West Bay) and Sharq Village & Spa (Ras Abu Aboud), are equipped with top-notch facilities and offer guests an unparalleled experience in hospitality. While Ritz-Carlton West Bay is more ultra-modern and offers a rich experience overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the Sharq Village & Spa is modeled after a traditional Qatari village and offers the best wellness experiences. You can choose to stay at whichever property you desire and choose from their range of stunning infinity pools, world-class dining options, and immersive wellness packages.
Price: QAR 950 per night and upwards
Contact: +974 4484 8000 | email@example.com
Sealine Beach Resort
If you want the true luxury desert-sea experience, then head over to Sealine Beach Resort, Mesaieed for the perfect escape from city life. The property allows you to enjoy the famous sand-dunes-meeting-the-sea set-up and enjoy a truly unique experience from any other staycation. You can book a standard room right or even one of their villas/chalets that offer exclusive access to a private portion of the beach, private BBQ stations, and so many more exclusive facilities.
Choose from any of their food outlets or an in-room dining option to truly take the time off from your daily life. Also on offer are a plethora of water sport activities by trained professionals and desert safari, dune-bashing too.
Price: QAR 1,200 per night and upwards
Desert Glamping AirBNB
Why go camping when you can so very obviously go ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) here in Qatar? If you fancy some glamping in a luxurious set-up, the best bet would be to opt for this unique private-owned AirBNB we found that offers desert glamping on the Qatari sand dunes beyond Al Wakrah. The property boasts of these dreamy beds under airconditioned tents on sand dunes that face the ocean. There’s a host of amenities including Wi-Fi, BBQ grill, outdoor shower, and dining area to ensure you enjoy the best of glamping in a comfortable setup.
Price: QAR 2,000 (approx.) per night
Contact: The owner can be contacted via AirBNB.
Al Messila, Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
Al Messila, a 10-minutes drive away from Doha’s West Bay, is one of Qatar’s first Luxury Collection resorts. The property is quite literally a beautiful haven of scented, landscaped gardens, stunning private rooms, and villas, and also host to an impressive 14,000-sq-meters spa. You can check-in and dine at any of their epicurean offerings including dining at a Michelin-star chef’s restaurant within the premises.
Their Ladies Wellness Retreat and Health Center promises to offer one of the most extensive spa offerings including massages, facials, hammams, revitalizing treatments, fitness sessions, mini-spa worlds, and therapy pools in the GCC and is tailor-made for your needs. Does it get any better than this?
Price: QAR 1,300 per night and upwards (depending on room/villa/suite)
Spa Packages starting QAR 600 (depending on treatment and package)
Contact: Al Messila Resort +974 4445 0000 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Al Messila Spa +974 4445 1916 or 4445 1917 | email@example.com
Al Murwab, Simaisma Beach Resort
Simaisma, A Murwab Resort is another really good place to get away for a nice, quiet weekend away from your mundane life. The resort takes pride in incorporating natural elements and design elements to reflect a calm, rejuvenating atmosphere for its guests. You can choose from any of their Al Dana, Al Jiwan, Al Durra, or Al Jumana villas for a luxurious, captivating experience. Add to it a spa evening at their special in-house spa and you’ve got yourself a staycation to remember!
Price: QAR 4,000 per villa and upwards (based on full-board-half-board and bedrooms)
Contact: +974 4479 9530/9531 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Marsa Malaz Kempinski
If we’re talking five-star luxury staycations, then Marsa Malaz Kempinski Doha is worth a mention. Nestled in the picturesque Pearl Qatar, the hotel looks out over the Arabian Gulf, and yet offers the ideal tranquil, private space you need.
Check in and also book yourself a pampering treatment at their Spa by Clarins, which is an award-winning brand, or just head to any of their various facilities on the property.
Price: QAR 850 per night and upward
Contact: +974 4035 5555 | email@example.com
- The prices are subject to change based on dates and availability, so it would be good to reach out to the respective hotels for confirmation on the same.
- Most hotels offer better benefits and perks as a part of their loyalty programs, so that could be something worth checking out.
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Inline image credit: 1. Hilton Salwa Beach Resort, 2. Desert Falls, 3. Intercontinental Doha, 4. Westin Doha, 5. Ritz-Carlton Doha, 6. and 7. Sealine Beach Resort, 8. AirBnB, 9. and 10. Al Messila Resort, 11. Al Murwab, 12. Marsa Malaz Kempinski