If you’re looking for a truly urban and sophisticated yet cultural retreat in Qatar, Park Hyatt Doha should be your choice.

The five-star Park Hyatt Doha is the tallest hotel in Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project. Indulge in a carefully curated treatment at their tranquil two-storey spa, and take part in an exquisite culinary journey when you dine at one of their unique restaurants.

We stayed in a King City View Deluxe suite where we experienced luxury in this 50 sq m room featuring one king bed, floor to ceiling windows, marble bathroom with rain shower, and a deep soaking tub. The view is remarkable, bringing the old and new Msheireb together to your windows. The ongoing development in the area is inspiring. A warm note from Park Hyatt Doha welcomed us to our ‘home away from home’.

Once we checked in at 3 pm and explored our room, it was time for lunch at Anis, which is an all-day, healthy food eatery offering delicious, handmade, nutritionally balanced food (including gluten-free options), coffees, juices and smoothies. Boasting a direct street entrance, the restaurant is a social hub for health-conscious locals, office workers and visitors to MDD. Anis additionally offers al fresco dining on Sikkat Wadi, perfect for enjoying the milder weather during Doha’s winter months with family or friends, or simply people-watching in the heart of MDD.

In this beautiful cool weather, we dined al fresco, looking at the picturesque MDD and the multicultural people walking around it. Our lunch at Anis began with a delicious Cajun Roasted Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad, which also had broccoli, cooked onions and yellow peppers, and pomegranate. Then we had The Boss Burger – big and tasty, served with three onion rings on the side – and Fish and Chips – the fish was white, clean, soft and crunchy with plenty of potato wedges on the side, served with lemon, rocket leaves and tartar sauce.

After a delectable lunch at Anis, which instantly became a favourite, we took a stroll down MDD. Park Hyatt Doha is seconds away from Doha Design District, a minute away from Msheireb Galleria and M7, as well as Barahat Msheireb, which is the heart of MDD and piazza-style – it is the largest open-air covered square in the Middle East featuring the biggest retractable roof in the region.

With our back, legs and whole bodies aching, we needed time to relax and unwind at The Spa at Park Hyatt Doha, which treats each person individually, measuring treatments designed to address your needs and lifestyle preferences. The Spa also offers exceptional facials, body scrubs, and wellness programmes, and as well as hair and nail treatments. We opted for a Detox Ritual, which combines a kneading and cupping massage to help dissipate toxins and drain excess water from the body. It’s not a full body treatment as it focuses on your problem areas. However, it was one of the most interesting spa treatments with the cupping massage truly feeling like toxins were dissipated. Prior to each massage, you are able to choose your body oil massage. I chose the fine pearls detox oil, which I did not want to wash off my body. Most importantly, the massage bed can be moved to keep your head or upper body higher and your legs lower, and the massage bed is can also release to keep your body warm as you sit back and relax. We also chose The De-Stress Body Massage, which is a signature relaxing massage treatment and a time-out for the body, leaving you feeling relaxed and de-stressed. Thanks to Agnes and Sonum for exceptional and memorable treatments.

We were truly ready for bed for deep uninterrupted sleep, but it was time for dinner.

On the 21st level is the sophisticated, rooftop Japanese restaurant and lounge, Sora, which has quite a speculator panoramic view of downtown Doha – the Doha Palace, Green Mosque, Souq Waqif, Corniche and West Bay skylines. With a balance of small sharing dishes, sushi, sashimi and the unique culinary art of Robata (meat grilled over charcoal), Sora is easily one of the finest Japanese restaurants in Qatar. It also has one of the most charming outdoor dining terraces, where a pre-dinner sundowner in the golden light of the sun is not to be missed.

Our Japanese dinner began with Taiyaki Japanese Waffles, which are complimentary, warm, soft and moist fish-shaped pastries traditionally filled with a red bean filling. We were awaiting a Wagyu M5 Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Chicken Crown, and SORA Maki – all dishes to be looked at first, admired and taken pictures of before indulging in them.

The SORA Maki is unique – deep fried maki rolls with caviar, truffle, salmon, tuna, crab meat, onion and egg. The SORA Maki rolls came covered with a flat circular squid ink cracker decorated with different colourful sauces and edible flowers.

The Roasted Chicken Crown (340 mg) was three pieces of the softest chicken I’ve ever eaten, each perfectly marinated, and came with teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, squid ink cracker and truffle with three sweetcorn balls.

The Wagyu M5 Beef Tenderloin (200 g) came in a smoke-filled glass cover that was later removed to release the smoke and delectable aroma. The beautifully decorated plate of tenderloin was topped with soy sauce, chilli and sesame, surrounded by two grilled aubergines with dried bonito.

For dessert, we enjoyed a chocolate taco filled with berries, with more fruits on the side and passion fruit sorbet – a very light and sweet ending to a delightful dinner at Sora.

For breakfast, we went to a Marhaba favourite, Opus, which is a composition by Michelin Star Chef Jean-Francois Roquette of Park Hyatt Paris in celebration of French and Qatari cuisines, prepared in an open kitchen, served sharing-style – the way food is meant to be enjoyed. Opus features a magnificent outdoor dining terrace, where you may dine in the first rays of morning or amid the light of Arabesque lanterns. Diners may otherwise retreat to the exclusivity of private dining rooms, ideal for special occasions or corporate entertaining.

Opus’s breakfast buffet is open from 6:30 am – 11 am. Their buffet has everything from omelettes to waffles, fruits and salads, with a selection of bread and pastries. It’s where you can have a great start to the day with a breakfast that’s light yet filling. For those who are gluten-free, there are many options including waffles made from buckwheat.

After an enjoyable breakfast at Opus, we decided to take a walk to Souq Waqif, which was only five minutes away from Park Hyatt Doha. It was a beautiful, vibrant Friday morning at Souq Waqif. People were there enjoying breakfast, taking pictures of Doha’s century-old trading market, or just taking a walk like us. Park Hyatt Doha is also minutes away from the Gold Souq, Doha Corniche, Al Bidda Park, National Museum of Qatar, and the country’s largest station, Msheireb Metro Station.

The pathway to Souq Waqif via MDD

Once we returned, we sat back and relaxed, and enjoyed the room some more. The spacious marble bathroom is stunning with a rain shower that leaves you feeling soothed and rejuvenated, and a deep soaking tub with a TV room. After a beautiful and warm shower and bath, we read a few interesting books offered by Park Hyatt Doha on the world’s natural wonders and treasures. We took in the view one last time before checking out at noon. As we walked out, we reminisced how we enjoyed everything, from our room to the food to the spa to the warm, friendly staff. We look forward to visiting the marvellous Park Hyatt Doha again in the near future.

Anis
Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 11 pm
Friday 1 pm – 11 pm

Sora
Monday to Saturday 4 pm – 11 pm
Sunday: Closed

Opus
Breakfast 6:30 am – 11 am
Lunch 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Dinner 7 pm – 10 pm

For more information or to make a reservation, call 4009 1234.


Author: Ola Diab

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