When Shangri-La Hotel, Doha invited Marhaba to try their ‘Chi and Chai’ wellness offer, little did we know what was in store!

It is not just another day in the spa, it is a complete package – it gives a full day access to the hotel’s pool, gym, sauna and steam rooms, Jacuzzi, 30 minute outdoor  hydrotonic pool in addition to full body scrub, mini facial and a traditional massage! Not to mention the one of its kind ‘Bottle Tree Tea’ afternoon tea!

Highlight of the Chi and Chai package. Details below!

Tip: The Chi and Chai package makes a perfect gift—be it a wedding, birthday, graduation, anniversary…!  It is like a day pass to access the hotel from 9 am—9 pm. Read on for the full experience! 


Shangri La Doha Qatar Hotel

We started our day with a relaxing session by the pool, before we headed to the state-of-the-art gym. The pool at Shangri-La Hotel Doha is an oasis on the 7th floor! You could spend a whole day relaxing by the pool, but there is more to explore and experience when you have signed up for the Chi and Chai wellness treatment.

Highlights: Shaded children’s pool, tree-line pool deck, curving outdoor pool with a swim-up bar! Steam and sauna rooms and the gym are also located on the same floor.


Workout with a view at the ladies gym on level 41

A quick workout in the gym before we move to the outdoor hydrotonic pool.

Women seeking privacy can work out, relax and enjoy stunning views at the ladies-only fitness centre, located on level 41.


A Shangri-La Doha exclusive, the hydrotonic pool is a one of its kind experience! Recommended just before the spa treatment, the 30-minute pool session is more like a water massage. You can get the help of a therapist, or just explore the various settings of the pool on your own. Settings? You can regulate the water jet with the well-placed control switches in the pool.


Questions of chakra and its connection to wellbeing were buzzing in our head as we entered the spa. Empa, one of our therapists for the day, was more than happy to clear our doubts.CHI SPA and Shangri La doha Qatar Spa Treatment (11)

Chakra is an energy center within the human body, something like a spinning vortex that takes in bio-energy (chi) processes it and spins it out. When your chakra’s energy is slow or blocked, it can show up as a physical ailment or emotional issue. Working with chakras accelerates emotional healing and thereby relieves stress.

The Chakra Wellbeing Therapy at CHI, The Spa focuses on deep relaxation of the nervous system, lymphatic drainage and subtle healing of seven main chakras.

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Our lovely therapists Orange and Empa

The treatment starts with a foot scrub followed by body scrub, it then goes onto a rigorous body massage that firms the skin. A combination of sea salt, eucalyptus drops and tea tree oil is used in foot scrub, while Himalayan salt is used for the body.

All set for foot scrub
All set for foot scrub
Treatment room
Treatment room
A very comfortable bath
A very comfortable bath

After a quick shower we were back on our treatment beds for the Kunye massage—an ancient Tibetan massage that has been practised for around 5,000 years! Benefits of Kunye include stimulation of lymph flow, elimination of toxins from the body, increased energy and vitality, release of physical and mental tension, and above all complete relaxation of the body.

This was followed by a flash facial using ilā products.

And the best of all! Pouring of warm oil on the 6th chakra aka forehead. This improves mental clarity and comprehension, and is greatly relaxing.


Five stars to this!

The highlight of the day! Bottle Tree Tea, served at Lobby Lounge, comes inclusive of:

Savories: Peking duck and pomegranate, Chicken and zatar, Prawns and coriander, Pickled cucumber and onion, Dill salmon curd
Sweet: Carrot and coconut, Marble cake, Chocolate fudge, Pavlova orange curd, Rose water profiteroles
1 Hot drink of  your choice: Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate

Pavlova orange curd
Pavlova orange curd
Yummy tree!
Yummy tree!
Love this!
Love this!
Carrot and coconut
Carrot and coconut

TIP: You will be dripping in oil after the spa session. If you don’t mind the oil, you may keep afternoon tea session to the end. Or, you can try the tea first and head to the spa for the treatment. Choice is yours. Just give your plan for the day when you sign up for the treatment at the spa.

Marhaba was a guest at Shangri-La Doha. The Chi and Chai session is priced at QAR888 per person. It is a great all-inclusive deal! Highly recommended.

For information and reservations, contact Shangri-La Hotel, Doha, Level 7, Conference Centre Street, West Bay. Phone: 4429 5000, email [email protected].

Photos: Ayen Molina, Shangri-La Hotel, Doha; Text: Lubuna Jeffin