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August 7, 2013

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, Qatar

By Chris Boyle

Al Matbakh Rooftop Grill resizedTaking home the title of Qatar’s “Leading Boutique Hotel” at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2013, the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels collection is as buzzing with life, colour and culture as its unique surroundings – the Souq Waqif, one of Qatar’s greatest landmarks.

An exclusive collection of five-star boutique properties, namely Arumaila, Musheireb, Al Mirqab, Al Najada, and Al Jasra, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels was launched in a grand opening last year, following which the hotels continued to become the destination of choice for leisure and business travelers alike.

In addition, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels recently announced at the Arabian Travel Market that it will be launching two more brand new hotels, Al Bidda and Al Jumrok, as part of the collection.

Speckled across the historic Souq, the boutique hotels have inherited their traditional names from nearby residential neighborhoods.

From leisure to fine dining, the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels collection offers a rich variety of opportunities to experience Qatari hospitality. Through their individual designs, style and atmosphere, the hotels embrace and complement the traditions of Souq Waqif and the history of Qatar.

The hotels also offer guests the opportunity to embark upon scenic tours on traditional dhows, offering live entertainment accompanied by exquisite dining options, while sailing past the glittering Doha skyline. 

Dining at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels

At Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, guests are rarely short of choices – whether they prefer casual or fine dining, there is something for everyone with the group’s seven themed dining outlets.

Al Canteen, for instance, serves a variety of soups, salads and quick meals prepared with high-quality ingredients. Located in Arumaila, Al Canteen is popular among the young and trendy circles of Doha. Arumaila also houses Al Matbakh – Rooftop Grill, where guests can enjoy fresh grilled food, while looking over the Corniche and Doha Skyline.

Other casual dining choices across the hotels include The Courtyard, an informal hip and funky café located in Al Najada, famous for its light alfresco meals and fusion cuisine. Guests can also experience traditional Moroccan cuisine at Argan, an authentic restaurant located in Al Jasra, serving delicacies such as harira soup, mezze, tagines, homemade sweets; while those who prefer fine dining can visit The Dining Room, an à la carte spot renowned for its 7-course degustation menu, located in Al Najada. 

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Al Jasra SpaUnwinding at the Luxurious Spa Facilities

In addition to a wide range of stay and dining opportunities, the hotels offer lavish spa services where treatments can be tailored based on guest preferences. For instance, a traditional Moroccan Hammam experience can be enjoyed at Al Jasra. The Moroccan Hammam at Al Jasra boasts a sensational design that reflects the true heritage and tradition of the time-honoured cleansing bath and uses indigenous natural based oils and soaps that is an age old custom in the Middle East.

Spa retreats are exclusively available at Arumaila, Al Mirqab, Al Najada and Al Jasra boutique hotels. The individual spas have been themed upon the natural landscape of Qatar, depicting classic features such as mangroves. The spa’s décor and offerings are specially tailored to provide guests with a truly Arabian experience.

Spa treatments range from massages and skincare to body treatments and hair rejuvenation options. Several packages featuring combined treatments such as warm water rituals, herbal facials and body wraps are also available.

The spa services at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels are provided by Anantara Spa – the official spa partner of Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels. With origins in Thailand, Anantara Spa supplies the unique boutique destinations with luxurious spa and wellness facilities. 

Ultimately, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels aim to offer a culturally rich experience, offering guests a unique blend of authentic Qatari hospitality and modern facilities, accompanied by service excellence of the highest standards.

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