FEBRUARY IS CELEBRATED ALL OVER THE WORLD AS THE MONTH OF LOVE AND ITS NO DIFFERENT HERE IN DOHA! WE’VE GOT YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY PLANS AND PRESENTS SORTED WITH DINNER DATES, ROMANTIC ESCAPES, AND ALL THE THRILLS TO TREAT YOUR SPECIAL SOMEONE…..
WHAT: Romantic Valentine’s Night
WHERE: Beach Lounge, Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas
WHEN: February 14
Let the cool breeze brush past you as the stars light up the night’s sky! Take your celebration to this 5-star hotel’s Beach Lounge where a special evening awaits. On Valentine’s night, bask in a special romantic setting for an unforgettable experience with a five-course set menu for two, a glass of bubbly and exclusive service, all designed to impress your loved one. Whether you just want some alone time to enjoy the peace and quiet of each other’s presence or you’ve got a whole lot of conversation topics to catch up on – do it in a stylish, love-filled atmosphere. For a cool price of QR1,500 – this is going to get you in the good books!
Call 4448 1234 for reservations and more information.
WHAT: Romeo & Juliet Dinner
WHERE: El Faro, Marsa Malaz Kempinsnki, The Pearl – Doha
WHEN: February 14, 7pm to midnight
Nothing says I love you more than a dreamy Spanish-style setting and the sounds of a live band for entertainment. You can get your perfect Shakespearean ambience with a dim-lit dining space and beautifully-decorated tables at the one and only El Faro. A Spanish food feast made up of five courses will take your Dia de San Valentin celebrations up a notch. A winning choice to fulfill both your love for each other, and your love for really good food! QR450 per couple, including soft drinks and QR650 per couple, including unlimited sangria. Ladies will receive a rose each too.
Call 4035 5011 for reservations and more information.
WHAT: Picture Perfect Dinner
WHERE: La Veranda, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel
WHEN: February 14, 7pm to 11.30pm
Want to do something that blends together an intimate setting with a social vibe? This place is the answer! La Veranda sits perfectly to provide a romantic ambience by the glistening waters of the Arabian Gulf. It’s where you can comfortably catch up on everything from how both your days were to what your future plans entail. Accompanying this picturesque mood is a delicious Italian set menu featuring all the dishes you need to bring that extra excitement to your sparkling night. QR490 per couple, including soft drinks and QR780 per couple, including a bottle of bubbly.
Call 4485 3000 for reservations and more information.
WHAT: Special Romantic Dinner
WHERE: Al Liwan, Sharq Village & Spa
WHEN: February 14, 6.30pm to 11pm
Inspired by the best-known love story of the Middle East “Kais o Leila”, Al Liwan restaurant invites guests for a romantic escape for one night only. Creating a very special ambiance and upgraded couple’s dinner buffet, you and your mr or mrs special can tuck into a food spread fit for royalty. Expect beautiful romantic details on the table and an Oud player entertaining diners with Arabic love songs from the past. This is Valentine’s with a melodic Middle Eastern touch! QR290, food only and QR370 with house beverages.
Call 4425 6999 for reservations and more information.
WHAT: VALENTINE’S SPECIAL SET MENU
WHERE: HUNTERS LOUNGE, THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA
WHEN: February 14
For a relaxed yet classy Valentine’s dinner, Hunters has got you covered. Take a seat with your loved one and get ready to feast on an exclusive three course dinner menu and bubbly, prepared by the talented chefs. Promising you an unforgettable evening in a mood-lit, romantic ambience, Hunters will set you up for a night to impress with mouthwatering fare. QR245 per person, including soft beverages; QR295 per person including bubbly. Great food and sips plus good convo – yes!
Call 4492 1555 for reservations and more information
WHAT: Valentine’s Night
WHERE: Bentley’s Grill, Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha
WHEN: February 14, 6pm to 11pm
If you’re both steak fans, this is the place to unleash your love of good meat! Experience the warm atmosphere of Bentley’s Grill featuring rich hues complemented by a crackling fire. Chef Jurgen’s menu focuses on premium steak crafted from the finest Wagyu beef. On Valentine’s Day, indulge in an extensive gourmet à la carte menu at one of Doha’s finest grill rooms. There’s also complimentary chocolates and roses for the ladies – now, what more could a girl ask for?
Call 4428 1555 for reservations and more information.
WHAT: A Greek Valentine
WHERE: Mykonos, InterContinental Doha
WHEN: February 14
It’s one of the most beautiful places and cultures on earth and if there’s one thing that the Greeks know how to do well, it’s love! Love for people, family and, especially, great food. Celebrate in a casual yet stylish setting at the most popular Greek restaurant in town; Mykonos and go Mediterranean with a set menu of sharing mezze followed by a special main course and a delicious sharing dessert. Priced at QR275 per person including a glass of Kir Royale and live entertainment from the famous Bouzouki players.
Call 4484 4919 for reservations and more information.
WHAT: New York Romance
WHERE: Astor Grill, The St. Regis Doha
WHEN: February 14, 6pm to 11pm
In a warm, inviting and relaxed dining environment, Astor Grill offers simple food that’s packed full of flavour. The open-kitchen restaurant serves prime cuts of meat and fish paired with hearty rustic sides that tantalise taste buds. For Valentine’s Day, a scrumptious three-course set menu awaits, served with confidence and flair. Guests who prefer time alone while sipping on a beverage will find the lounge area quite alluring. An intimate food experience is what you’ll get!
Call 4446 0105 for reservations and more information.
WHAT: Valentine’s Afternoon Tea
WHERE: West End Café, Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha Hotel
WHEN: February 8 to 18, 2pm to 6pm
Enjoy this Gourmet Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at West End Café featuring strawberries and cream, divine pink pastries and a heavenly chocolate fondant to mark this loving occasion. Treat that special someone to this sweet temptation and let the afternoon tea do its magic this Valentine’s. Make sure you go hungry because the sweet treats are simply delightful. QR125 per couple.
Call 4419 5000 for reservations and more information.
WHAT: Special Romantic Afternoon Tea
WHERE: Al Jalsa, Sharq Village & Spa
WHEN: February 14, 2.30pm to 5pm
Valentine’s Day at Al Jalsa is going to be a sweet affair. Ideal for those looking to pamper themselves and their other half with something laid back yet fun and yummy, this very special afternoon tea is coupled with delicious beverages, beautiful decoration and other surprises to discover on February 14. Served at Al Jalsa Lobby Lounge for QR145 with a welcome drink followed by a family-style set menu.
Call 4425 6666 for reservations and more information
WHAT: Sweetheart Afternoon Tea
WHERE: The lobby LOUNGE InterContinental Doha The City
WHEN: Daily in February, 3pm to 5pm
At this elegant Lobby Lounge, sweet and savoury delicacies range from the classic to the decadent alongside opulent tea options. For Valentine’s Day, the unique afternoon tea for you and your sweetheart is set to be a memorable experience. Enjoy the modern and comfortable seating amidst the soaring lobby atrium – the perfect spot to snap your V-Day selfie.QR95 per person.
Call 4015 8888 for reservations and more information.
WHAT: Romantic Treats
WHERE: Café Murano, Marsa Malaz Kempinski – The Pearl, Doha
WHEN: February 14, 2pm to 10pm
Café Murano turns romantic for Valentine’s and offers its delicious pastries and Red Velvet creations with a Valentine’s twist. Eat in or take away, the venue’s famous foodie items will brighten up every diner’s day of love. Sip on your choice of beverage with a fine piece of cake or pastry and let the exceptional tastes complement your heart-toheart conversations. Prices are a la carte.
Call 4035 5011 for reservations and more information.
Couples who WORKOUT…
InterContinental Doha: It’s often true that there’s no better person to support and motivate your fitness goals than your partner! So grab them by the hand and head to The Bay Club for Body Combat. This is a high-energy martial arts-inspired workout that is totally non-contact. Punch and kick your way to fitness and burn up to 740 calories* in a class. No experience needed. Learn moves from Karate, Taekwondo, Boxing, Muay Thai, Capoeira and Kung Fu. Release stress, have a blast and feel like a champ. Bring your best fighter attitude and leave inhibitions at the door. QR35 for members and QR60 for non-members. Sunday at 7pm, Wednesday at 5pm and Saturday at 6pm (45 minutes classes).
Call 4484 8550 for more info
Couples who brunch…
Doha Marriott: A culinary journey like no other, discover an array of live stations and specialties from the Restaurant Gallery, featuring live cooking stations with worldfamous and favourite dishes. Highlights from the weekend brunch include a wide selection of fresh Sushi, Peking duck, Fajitas, Oriental Grills, Pizza, Curries, Biryanis, fresh Seafood, Ice Cream and more. This is one brunch where both your cravings will be satisfied! From 12.30pm to 4pm, priced at QR270 for the soft drinks package and QR375 for the bubbly package.
Call 4429 8499 for more info.
Couples who cook…
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha: Do you both love to whip up the best food in the kitchen? Embark on an epicurean learning journey at The Ritz- Carlton Culinary Academy with the team of international chefs who will guide you step by step through the art of cooking and baking in a fun, hands-on and interactive format at the open kitchen studio. Exclusive private classes can also be arranged! La Dolce Vita classes take place on Saturdays from 10am to 12noon; priced at QR200 for one class; QR570 for three classes; and QR900 for five classes. Prices are per person. On February 11 the class is themed Let’s Prep- to-Cook A Romantic Dinner; on February 18 it’s Cooking is fun with Canapés & Hors D’oeuvre; and on February 25 you’ll get Vegetarian, Organic and Superfood Cook-Out!
Call 4484 8550 for more info.
Couples who party…
Wahm, W Doha Hotel & Residences: If you’re a pair that digs house music, this night will be right up your street. An extravagant musical affair awaits at the refurbished WAHM! It’s time to #Takeoverfridays in style with sublime sounds of Nu Disco, Deep and Tech House from some of the world’s most respected and sought after DJ’s. Friday’s will never be the same again! Each week, the venue will welcome a special guest to TAKEOVER the decks at WAHM with their signature International sound. Every Friday from 4pm to 2am.
Call 4453 5323 for more info.
WHAT: Hot Stone Massage
WHERE: Saray Spa, Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha Hotel
WHEN: Open daily from 9am to 9pm
Drawing on the mineralrich properties of the Dead Sea, this wonderfully serene and luxurious hotel spa offers traditional Middle Eastern treatments and products. One of the best treatments to treat your special someone to, is the exclusive fragrant Hot Stone Massage and Pomegranate Express Facial. The experienced therapists will use smooth, heated volcanic stones to melt away tension, followed by a renewal facial treatment giving your skin a radiant glow within minutes. 80 minutes | QR580
Call 4419 6090 for reservations and more information.
WHAT: Special Offers for Couples
WHERE: Jaula Spa, Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas
WHEN: Throughout February
Why would you celebrate love for only one day when you can celebrate it for the entire month? Every day in February, Jaula Spa offers a 90-minute couples’ massage, which includes complimentary 30-minute access to the private whirlpool. Just call and choose your time and date! Similarly, Jaula Club is offering a Couple’s Day Pass for anyone who wants to make the most of enjoying the beautiful beach and pool facilities with your partner. Spend the day on a 400-metrE beach with three swimming pools to choose from. QR175 for a single day pass or QR280 for A couple’s day pass on weekdays. On weekends, it’s QR275 for a single day pass or QR440 for a couple’s day pass. Can you think of a better way to relax?
Call 4448 1056 for reservations and more information
WHAT: Cupid and Heart
WHERE: Spa by Clarins, Marsa Malaz Kempinski – The Pearl, Doha
WHEN: Throughout February
A perfect romantic set up with roses and candles awaits you and your special half in the luxurious couple’s suite. Breathe in the minty steam to open your pores and revive your senses. Uplift your mood with a sensuous chocolate wrap followed by the Clarins moisture rich express facial treatment. Slumber away into a dreamland with the rhythmic movements of the aromatherapy relaxing massage. You’re then left to relax in the spa lounge with some delicious fruit bubbly accompanied by chocolate and strawberry macaroons – yum! 120 minutes | QR3500 per couple including full access to all spa and wellness facilities.
Call 4035 5555 for reservations and more information.
Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Anantara Hoi An Resort is inviting all couples to feel the love with their Romantic Getaway Package. The package includes three nights’ accommodation or more in a room or suite, daily breakfast for two, one Dining by Design experience for two, and one 60-minute Aromatic Bliss Massage for two. Airport transfers are also included. Couples looking for exceptional relaxation can enjoy a range of nourishing scrubs and wraps, heavenly massages and rejuvenating facials. Drawing on the centuries-old Vietnamese wellness techniques, signature Anantara Hoi An spa treatments incorporate natural ingredients such as local herbs, coconut milk, black sesame, coffee, aloe and local mineral mud for an experience firmly rooted in regional traditions. Starting from AED 753 per room per night.
www.hoi-an.anantara.com for prices, reservations and more information.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu will offer its guests the chance to revel in romance at the backto- nature eco-resort. The day starts with a bubbly breakfast, served in the comfort of the private villas, or on the white sandy beach. A mouthwatering Valentine’s beach barbecue dinner is hosted, and those seeking a more private affair can enjoy a classic and intimate barbecue dinner with tantalising tastes in their villa with a private chef and server. Romantic spa options have been designed for some R&R together as a couple, whether it be the ‘Be my Valentine’ ritual to relieve tension, the calming and stress relieving ‘Pick and Pamper’, or ‘Revive and Relax’ encompassing a traditional Balinese massage to release
ension – the choice is yours.
www.cococollection.com for prices, reservations and more information.
Mandarin Oriental, Paris, France
Guests booking this February’s Be My Valentine by Messika offer will receive a gold and diamond bracelet from the renowned Parisian jeweller, Messika. Upon arrival at the hotel, Be my Valentine by Messika package guests will be welcomed with romantic treats and discover an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of Paris. The Be my Valentine by Messika package is priced from EUR1,250 per night and includes: daily breakfast for two, in-room orat Camélia restaurant; accommodation upgrade at check-in, from room to room, or suite to suite (subject to availability); an exclusive white gold and diamond Move Uno bracelet from Messika valued at EUR490; VIP welcome at the Messika store on 259 Rue Saint-Honoré; a scented candle by Messika; one Louis Roederer bottle of bubbly and chocolate dipped strawberries; early check-in or late checkout until 4pm; and one-way limousine transfer for suite bookings. Package is available until February 28, subject to availability, and rates are based on two people sharing for minimum two night’s stay.
www.mandarinoriental.com for prices, reservations and more information
Corinthia Prague, Czech Republic
With all the ingredients for a romantic St Valentine’s Day break, the Corinthia Prague is a stunning hotel perched atop one of the city’s several hills, giving panoramic views of Prague from all sides of the property. Expect to find a location in one of Europe’s favourite destination cities, five-star service and amenities, specially-decorated rooms, sparkling vino and treats on arrival and a sumptuous threecourse dinner. The city of a hundred spires is a wonderful backdrop for Corinthia Prague’s St Valentine’s Day package. Book by February 15 for stays between February 3 to 19 and enjoy accommodation in any chosen room category, including suites (price reflected in the rate); full
buffet breakfast; Valentine settings in-room; free access to the luxurious Apollo Day Spa with pool, sauna, fitness centre and more; bottle of sparkling vino and romantic treats in the room on arrival; a three-course dinner for two with sparkling vino; free WiFi and VAT and city taxes. Package is priced from EUR170 per night.
www.corinthia.com for prices, reservations and more information.
Via Ferrata Experience Alila Jabal Akhdar,Oman
Mark your love from new heights at the thrilling Via Ferrata (iron path) – the highest of its kind in the entire Middle East! Alila Jabal Akhdar, which lies 2,000 meters above sealevel in the Al Hajar mountain range of Oman, has drawn on its dramatic surroundings to offer guests the chance to see the region with several new trails for exploration ranging from scenic treks to high energy exploits through a Via-Ferrata – protected climbing route. Offering different experiences at Level 2 and Level 5, this is perfect for adventure seekers and especially for couples who want some excitement this Valentine’s Day. These treks were built according to international standards and all guides/instructors are Omanis.
VIA FERRATA CAVE EXPERIENCE
Adrenaline junkies will love the Via Ferrata Cave Affair. After completing a short trek, guests will cross an exposed 20-metre high rope, walking over a cave mouth, traversing along the side of the canyon and ascending into a steep gully. The adrenaline-pumping route is interspersed with gentle hiking through the wild olive trees and mountain greenery. It is led by expert guides who share stories of the local region whilst assisting with the climb. Finally, the hike winds its way back up the mountain so guests can spend the rest of the stay enjoying the hotel’s stunning views from their own private balcony. The new Via Ferrata Cave Affair Experience starts from OMR 35++ / US$ 90++ per person for a 2-hour experience. It is level 5 and requires a degree of fitness.
THE ADVENTURE TREK
Guests still wanting to enjoy the spectacular views from the Via- Ferrata without the hair-raising heights of the Cave Experience will love this 90-minute trek. After the initial steep decline down the mountain face, guests will follow a path which gradually leads down into the wadi, passing throughsome of the most spectacular mountainous scenery. Here discover Al Khutaymi, a hidden village within a cave in the wadi floor. After trekking for a further 15-minutes, guests will have the chance to enjoy a refreshing dip in a stunning pool, in the Green Mountains, before hiking back to the hotel for some well-deserved R&R. The new Adventure Trek Experience starts from OMR 30++ / US$ 78++ per person for a 1.5-hour experience. It is level 2 and requires some level of fitness.
GO: Visit www.alilahotels. com for reservations and more information.
TOP 3: CHEAP DATES
Showing how much your Valentine means to you needn’t break the bank. Here are three things to impress your other half and your wallet…
Picnic in the Park:
Sometimes, the sweetest gestures are the simplest and most thoughtful. A fool proof plan to impress without causing any distress to yourself and your wallet is to get a quick homemade hamper of food goodies together and head out to one of Doha’s many beautiful green parks; lay down a blanket under the late afternoon sun and have a romantic picnic at sunset. Head to MIA Park for a beautiful spot where you can stroll, participate in activities or just gaze at the Doha skyline from one of the best vantage points in the city. Who needs fancy cutlery when you can eat with your hands and lay on the cool grass?
Cycle at Aspire Zone:
Get your partner and hire a couple of bikes to cycle around the awesome Aspire Zone track. Part of its commitment to encourage active lifestyles in the community, Aspire Zone has a circuit which can be used by those who have their own cycles or people can hire a cycle from Aspire Zone. Take it slow and ride side by side whilst enjoying some quality me-time and great conversation or have some competitive fun and race each other en-route. Whatever your cycling style, it’s a great way to get away from the bustle and your gadgets to work up a sweat and keep fit with your special someone.
Katara Cultural Village:
There’s absolutely no doubt that this is one of the first few places that you’ll have visited in Qatar – and rightly so. Katara is not only a lively hub for meeting up with friends, it’s a fantastic location to walk and people watch as well as visit many free cultural activities like art exhibitions and festivals. Stopby the Roman amphitheatre with your Valentine and test the amplifying acoustics by standing in the middle of the stage and speaking in a normal voice – what better opportunity to say I love you? A hot cup of karak or a stop for dessert is the perfect way to round off your evening and won’t set your wallet back too much either!