When you think of the word Palatial, what comes to mind? We imagine a beautiful sandy beach, blue waters, lavish pools and rooms that are simply too comfortable to leave. When the FACT team walked into the elegant lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, it was clear that our staycation game was about the get a brand new player where 5-Star status is taken to a whole new level of hospitality. Let’s explore…

Considering that we’re in a part of the world where five-star means the utmost luxury, a brand like the Four Seasons fits right in. High expectations, attention to detail and a sense of local is what this hospitality giant is out to achieve. And we can now attest that it does just that! The Four Seasons Hotel Doha is completely unique in comparison to other top hotels in the Qatari capital. Located in the most perfect place – both close to the heart of West Bay and the ample things to see and do along the Corniche and neighbouring areas, it’s no wonder that both business and leisure travellers use it as a base from which to conduct work as well as explore Doha. We check in to the incredible Ambassador Suite to indulge in tourist-cum-trade life (hoping to attend some meetings during the trip and get some much-needed relaxation time in, too).

SUITE LOVE

Walking into the Ambassador Suite is like finding your perfect home on the first viewing. It’s big, bright, spacious and has ALL the luxuries that you’d expect from a room type of this prominence. The hotel describes the suite as “a balance of privacy and luxury” and that couldn’t be more accurate.

Open up the doors to the two step-out balconies (one o the living room and the other in the bedroom) whilst you’re going about your holiday. Sprawl across the mega-comfy king bed and catch up on emails whilst admiring serene views of the Arabian Gulf, all from the comfort of the u y duvet. For more blissful moments, make yourself an espresso – or other beverage of choice – from the private bar and sip on a warm cuppa as you take in the homely vibes of this amazing suite.

It was the blend of practicality, space and comfort that really had us in awe every time we’d gone out and come back to our little sanctuary. There’s space for EVERYTHING. Literally, bring as many suitcases full of clothes, shoes and accessories as you want because this place has some seriously good storage!

The French Empire-style furniture is utter elegance, further enhanced by the Marte chandelier in bronze fusion with 24-karat gold plating (yes, you heard right!). There’s a dining table with cushy sofa-style seating and a lovely desk area for those who prefer to keep work life and sleep time separate.

The marble bathroom is a whole different ball game. A deep- soaking tub is all the insta-worthy goals you’ll need, alongside the double vanity and the standalone shower, which was refreshing every time! Luxury amenities add to the already wonderful service. For those who are into their music and entertainment, there’s a DVD/CD player, iPod docking station, at screen TV with a number of channels, and you can even get game consoles on request. So, tell us, why would you even want to leave the suite life? We certainly didn’t!

FOOD ENVY

You shouldn’t be surprised to hear that we almost immediately fell in love with the dining venues at Four Seasons Hotel Doha. After all, most of them are highly-acclaimed and award-winning, and our high standards were met from the get-go. Breakfast in Elements was a sensory a air; eat every type of egg concoction, delve into dim sum, gorge on pastries and pancakes galore, go for healthy cereals, fruit juices and SO MANY more yummy treats.

The REAL life-changing food experience, however, came in the evening at the one and only Nobu Doha. It’s the largest Nobu restaurant in the world; the brainchild of celebrity Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, serving up his signature new-style Japanese cuisine. Start your evening at the beautiful bar where every liquid potion is a blend of flavour and skill unlike anything you’ve tasted before. In the cooler climes, the stunning rooftop lounge is ideal for after-work and weekend catch-ups, whilst the main dining room is a breath-taking centrepiece of lively chatter, excellent food and on-point service. In total, there are seven stylish entertaining spaces, and you’ll get the best glittering views of the West Bay skyline from most of them – SO MANY selfie opps!

Some of the standouts included the Spicy Tuna from the Nobu Bites menu; Beef Tenderloin with Dry Miso and Salmon Spicy Ponzu from the Cold Dishes; Mixed Seafood Ceviche; King Crab with Tomato Salsa Tacos; the signature Black Cod Yuzu Miso from the Hot Dishes; Rock Shrimp Tempura and a pretty much every single Sushi Roll on the menu. If your inner foodie was sleeping a while, this exquisite fare at Nobu Doha will awaken them, SO fast. Service at the restaurant was one of the best we’ve ever experienced, in any restaurant – and we’ve been to our fair share of classy fine-dining joints. Even though it’s an upscale place, the atmosphere is super friendly and welcoming, with staff being completely knowledgeable on food and drinks. No sign of stuffness here!

LEISURELY LIFE

We can testify that the Four Seasons Hotel Doha is the only place we’ve ever stayed at that has motivated us to get up and go to the gym every day of our trip. Why? Because the fitness facility is out INSANE! There’s every machine you could dream of, the views are picturesque (even the walk past the pool to the gym will inspire you to be healthier) and the team is very helpful and accommodating. The same goes for the impressive spa with its 11 treatment rooms and luxurious Sodashi facials and massages. For head-to-toe rejuvenation – it’s the most perfect icing on the cake to end our mind-blowing staycation on a HIGH! ✤

CALL +974 4494 8888 OR VISIT WWW.FOURSEASONS.COM/DOHA FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.