Category: Qatar

Business class with Qatar Airways, cocktails in Cuba, the beautiful Four Seasons Seychelles and a little R&R in Nantucket

Business class with Qatar Airways, cocktails in Cuba, the beautiful Four Seasons Seychelles and a little R&R in Nantucket

Wow… another month has gone by which means it’s high time for me to provide an update from my fellow members of the Luxury Travel Blog Network. How time flies when you’re having fun! Whilst I’ve been exploring Athens and, at the tail end of month, been to Shanghai (links yet to come), here’s what […]

Floating hotel designed for Qatar World Cup

Floating hotel designed for Qatar World Cup

Finnish-based Sigge Architects have come up with a design for a floating hotel, with the aim of accommodating fans for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Such a hotel could be moved to another coastal location after the competition, thus catering for other major events around the world. It would be fully location independent, complete with its […]

Top 10 places in the Middle East to take your loved one this Valentine's

Top 10 places in the Middle East to take your loved one this Valentine’s

Often overlooked as a holiday destination, the Middle East is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Whether you are looking for an urban getaway to celebrate Valentine’s Day or simply wish to relax in the tranquillity of the desert, here’s a varied of selection of places to stay that’ll help […]

The best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region

The best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region

The annual Luxe List showcases DestinAsian‘s picks of the best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region. This year, the region’s best new places to stay is as alluring as ever, spanning a dozen countries and featuring no fewer than 30 hotels that truly stand out from the rest. From sumptuous private islands in the Maldives […]

World Travel Awards – The Grand Final

World Travel Awards – The Grand Final

Doha in Qatar was host of the Grand Final of the 2011 World Travel Awards last week, which saw the best of the best throughout the world of travel awarded for their services to the industry.  The Wall Street Journal recently dubbed the awards as the ‘Oscars of the Travel Industry’, and it’s not hard […]

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

Qatar Airways, the 5-star airline, offers a private premium terminal for its First and Business class passengers at its hub at Doha International Airport. Qatar Airways’ Premium Terminal offers fine dining with specially selected wines and champagnes, some exclusive to Qatar Airways. Business travelers may utilize free wireless internet as well as meeting rooms that […]

Middle East hotel market turned on its head by W Hotels

Middle East hotel market turned on its head by W Hotels

W Hotels  has marked  its entry into the Middle East with the opening of the highly-anticipated W Doha Hotel & Residences.  This new hotel merges  traditional Arabian imagery with the contemporary cool design of the W brand with a hotel lobby that combines water features, ceiling-suspended seating and modern hand-blown hanging lanterns. Symmetrical designs, clean […]

Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Qatar

The end of Ramadan is nearing which means it’s time for Muslims to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr. Luxury hotels in Qatar are getting in on the act, and offering lavish meals and entertainment programmes for those looking to enjoy the  holiday to the full. Here’s just  a selection of what’s on offer: Sharq Village & Spa: […]

World Airline Awards 2007

World Airline Awards 2007

The World Airline Awards are based on the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax and the results  are just out. Among the 2007 winners are: Singapore Airlines (Airline of the Year and Best Business Class Award) Qatar Airways (Best First Class, and Best Airline and Best Cabin Staff in the Middle East) Malaysia Airlines (World’s […]

The Sharq Village & Spa in Doha

The Sharq Village & Spa in Doha

Inspired by generations-old Arabic culture, design and traditions, The Sharq Village & Spa, which  recently opened in Doha, offers each guest an authentic interpretation of the rich Qatari past, introducing them to a hotel experience unique to the region. Operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company B.V., this is the award-winning global hotel company’s second property […]

Large tents at luxury Doha hotels for Ramadan

Large tents at luxury Doha hotels for Ramadan

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from sunrise  until sunset. However, once night falls, they make up for that abstinence, and restaurants, hotels, cafes and especially Bedouin tents brim with activity. Qatar’s Sheraton Doha has erected a huge Bedouin-style air-conditioned tent overlooking a lagoon. Not wishing to be outdone, The Doha Marriott […]

Qatar’s first five-star golf and spa hotel

In 2009 Qatar will welcome its first five-star golf and spa hotel thanks to a deal between Taj Hotels and Resorts and Palaces and Qatar Sports Investment Company. The development  will be at the Doha Golf Club, the only PGA standard 18-hole golf course in Qatar, and will be called the Taj Exotica Golf and […]

W Hotels sets sights for Doha, Qatar

W Hotels sets sights for Doha, Qatar

W Hotels is heading for the Middle East once more. In addition to the already planned W Dubai Festival City, details have emerged of plans for a second hotel in Doha, Qatar. W Doha will feature 292 guest rooms, including 31 suites and 154 W Residences, multiple signature restaurants, a poolside outdoor shisha lounge, champagne […]

Is Doha the next Dubai?

Is Doha the next Dubai?

According to the Qatar Tourism Authority, there’s currently over 100 buildings and towers under construction in Doha, a city with a currently modest skyline of just 20 or so high-rise properties. One notable development is the $2.5 billion  Pearl-Qatar, a residential land reclamation scheme consisting of a string of offshore islands  on the edge of […]

MENA Travel Awards 2006

MENA Travel Awards 2006

The MENA Travel Awards held earlier this month celebrate the best of the luxury travel industry in the Middle East and North Africa (hence the MENA bit). There were many nominees and awards so below I’ve given a short summation by listing only the platinum winners; the United Arab Emirates dominates the honours: Platinum winners […]

New first class lounge from Qatar Airways

New first class lounge from Qatar Airways

Last week Qatar Airways revealed its new on-board first class lounge product. Showcased at the ITB Berlin travel convention, the airline’s new A340-600 fleet (delivery of which  will commence  later this year) will be equipped with  a dedicated first class lounge. Features include a stand-up bar with drinks rack and spotlight mood lighting, and cream […]

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