Whether you’re dreaming of a vacay in the desert or over the sea, these memorable stays in Qatar will wow you.
Wanderers and adventurers, listen up! What if we told you that you could explore Qatar’s sand dunes by day and stay in a luxe desert camp by night? Or that you could open the curtains of your overwater villa to be greeted by the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf? If you’re wondering where to stay in Qatar, look no further than this curated guide.
Stay: Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels
Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels provide intimate stays to soak in the spirit of the region, with interiors heavily influenced by Arabian and Moroccan design. For a little R&R, soak in the jacuzzi at Al Jasra’s spa, a quiet space adorned with traditional tilework featuring patterned mosaics, alongside doorway arches reminiscent of ancient kasbahs. Over at Al Mirqab, expect earthy, terracotta tones as well as a gorgeous open-air pool from which to admire the sunset.
Souq Waqif, multiple locations, details on website.
Explore: The bustling market of Souq Waqif
It goes without saying that Souq Waqif is a must-see. In a city with no dearth of shining malls and swanky designer stores, this stone-walled market is a traditional gem that promises a multi-sensorial experience. Expect spices to taste, scented oils to inhale, antiques and handicrafts to purchase, and more stalls within the narrow lanes than you’d think.
Stay: Regency Sealine Camp
If anything evokes a true blue desert experience, it’s spending a few nights living right on the sandy terrain. Just an hour away from Qatar’s bustling capital of Doha, the Regency Sealine Camp offers luxurious accommodation where the desert meets the sea (yes, really). Your desert escapade comes with the option of local cuisine under the stars, cosy campfire nights and all the modern comforts you’ll need.
Regency Sealine Camp, InLand Sea Off Rd, Qatar
Explore: The picturesque desert of Inland Sea
This is the perfect accompaniment to any itinerary of desert adventures – the camp facilitates activities like dune bashing, quad biking and camel riding across the sand. Alternatively, trek along the dunes of the Inland Sea at sunset for the most picturesque views of this desert that you can imagine.
Stay: Mondrian Doha
The minimalist trend is all well and good but we do enjoy a statement-making aesthetic. Case in point: the Mondrian Doha. The lobby is unabashedly luxurious with sparkling chandeliers and intricate spiral staircases you can stroll down while wearing a gown; plus, the spas are decidedly fun, sporting bold checkerboard floors and cocoon swing seats made of rattan. The rooms are an equally luxe surprise – check out the penthouse and bridal suites for the most stunning experiences.
Mondrian Doha, West Bay Lagoon, Doha 24685 Qatar
Explore: The cultural journeys at Katara Cultural Village
This iconic landmark takes you on a journey through arts and culture for a peek into the country’s roots and heritage. Fun fact: Katara was the first name given to the peninsula in 150 AD. This village is also a cultural hub, with exhibitions and performances from across the globe.
Stay: Banana Island Resort Doha
Will we ever get tired of a resort holiday? Probably not – so of course we had to add a resort option to this list. We’re spotlighting Banana Island Resort Doha, which boasts breathtaking views and a convenient location that’s just 20 minutes from the city. Aside from waking up to a scenic view of the glittering waters from your overwater villa, the resort also has rejuvenating spa treatments at the Anantara Spa to look forward to.
Banana Island Resort Doha, PO Box 23919, Banana Island Doha, Qatar
Explore: The waters of the Arabian Gulf
If you were just planning to spend your time above the water, we suggest you rectify your itinerary, pronto. There are way too many activities to rule out adventures on and in the water entirely – including banana boat rides, diving, kayaking and paddle boarding.
This post is in partnership with Qatar Tourism Board.