Laura Morris enjoyed memorable experiences on a visit to Park Hyatt Doha.
They say one should never compromise when looking for an escape from the everyday grind. Well, when it comes to modern luxury, this hotel certainly does not compromise on its offering of a sophisticated, wellness retreat. The Park Hyatt brand dedicates itself to creating exceptional, intimate and memorable experiences. Just a short stroll from Souk Wakif, in Msheireb Downtown, Park Hyatt Doha is a landmark in its own right and a lesson for us all in in what a glamorous get-away truly means.
Stepping foot into to the secluded lobby area, a profound sense of exclusivity enveloped us, emphasising the importance placed on privacy here. It was abundantly evident that we had embarked on a journey into a realm of opulence and sophistication. In a testament to the meticulous attention to detail that defines this space: a thick-set marble counter stands as a symbol of quality artistry, its gleaming surface reflecting the soft, ambient light, casting an ethereal glow upon the understated surroundings. Each piece of furniture seems to have been carefully curated to ensure maximum comfort and aesthetic harmony.
Amidst this symphony of modern luxury, a collection of artwork adorns the walls and hallways. The pieces not only captivate the eye but also convey a profound sense of cultural and artistic richness, another nod to the impeccable taste of the establishment.
It was clear from the moment we entered our room that everything had been tastefully chosen, exuding slick sophistication that perfectly aligns with the overall tone of the hotel. This seamless blend of modernity and comfort creates an environment that nurtures both relaxation and productivity. A glance around revealed tables adorned with carefully considered books, inviting a peaceful moment of reading. The bed, of an extraordinary size, promised indulgent slumber and unparalleled comfort. The room’s technology was nothing short of exemplary, allowing effortless control of the lights, blinds and music system with the mere touch of a button; raising the privacy screens revealed an awe-inspiring vista of the entire Corniche. The bathroom, an oasis of opulence, boasted a designer marble interior, featuring a deep soaking tub that tempts you to relax and let the worries of the day melt away. A double vanity sink added a touch of indulgence, while luxury amenities and toiletries invited us to indulge and revel in the exquisite details. The striking combination of high-end, designer furnishings and a warm, homely ambience set this room apart from the competition.
The expansive two-floor spa at Park Hyatt offers a chance to indulge in some relaxation of a different kind. With separate male and female floors, it is easy to enjoy complete privacy while exploring the various facilities on offer, including a Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, experience shower and a shared outdoor pool area. A 60-minute massage experience here can only be described as pure bliss, in a setting that is a haven of tranquillity. A soothing ambience envelops you like a cocoon of relaxation as you enter the spa, with every one of the senses treated to some calmness. From the subdued lighting to the rich fragment scents filling the space, you are being invited to chill from the moment you arrive! It did not go unnoticed that the therapist took the time to understand my specific needs, and applied just the right pressure to invigorate both body and mind. The use of hot scented oil added further sensory indulgence to my session. Now, I’m going to say it: the therapy bed has to be one of the most comfortable I have ever experienced! This massage really was an unforgettable journey into sublime relaxation and rejuvenation.
Upstairs, the gym offers guests and members the chance to participate in an invigorating, ‘Workout of the Day’ (with a personal trainer) lasting for a compact, but intense, 30 minutes. Approachable and informative staff are on hand to offer skilled guidance and clear instructions, ensuring you give your best performance. Take note, the friendly professionals are adept at adapting exercises to match individual skill sets, guaranteeing comfort and progression, so this really is an opportunity for anyone to have a go. Weights were switched when needed and the exercises thoughtfully planned. The gym boasts an open-plan layout, adorned with top-of-the-line Techno Gym equipment. The experience exceeded expectations and left us feeling exhilarated, refreshed and ready to conquer the day! Outside, the pool area, complete with cabanas and wooden loungers, offers a delightful space to relax and bask in the sunshine.
Anis is known for its artisanal, well-balanced, delicious meals. Slick interiors and an attractive menu marry together to create the perfect place to grab a healthy bite.
The Power Lunch offers a vibrant and varied set menu that feels naughtier than it really is and it’s certainly value for money too! Starters included the Caprese Salad, Beef Bresaola and Smoked Salmon Sandwich, served on a warm chunk of brioche and presented impeccably. Moving on to mains, a Crunchy Cauliflower Salad was served warm, in the form of breaded balls, with a smear of cauliflower puree to add some creaminess to the otherwise crisp textures. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, then go for the Fish and Chips – delicious cod fingers served with a generous helping of potato wedges. In the cooler months, you can savour your meal al fresco, making it an ideal dining experience in the heart of vibrant Msheireb Downtown.
Opus restaurant seamlessly merges French and Qatari influences, crafting an extraordinary gastronomic adventure. Their breakfast menu entices with a lavish buffet featuring a variety of offerings to tickle everyone’s fancy. A range of à la carte dishes can be ordered, alongside an extensive buffet boasting a wide range of delicate, fresh pastries and artisanal bread, all to be washed down with an aromatic coffee of your choosing. The pièce de résistance is the raspberry-filled croissant, a flaky, buttery masterpiece.
At Opus, you are not merely a guest; you are a spectator in a captivating culinary performance. The open kitchen allows you to witness the artists in action as they whip up dishes with finesse and precision. Listen to the tantalising sounds of chefs crafting the perfect Hollandaise sauce for Eggs Benedict, while the aroma of spinach and avocado toast fills the air. A recent addition to their offerings, The Truffle Menu elevated our evening dining experience. A full menu is dedicated to highlighting this key ingredient in an elegant and unique way. The showstopper here was the deliciously earthy Mushroom Risotto, made with four types of mushrooms, together with carnaroli rice and parmesan shavings, it offered a harmonious flavour that we savoured to the last spoonful! The spectacle of skill and creativity was a true feast for both the eyes and the taste buds and is well worth a visit.
Sora, perched on the 21st floor, is the true standout and we headed there for brunch. The restaurant exudes an atmosphere of sophistication and charm. High ceilings give a sense of grandeur, while the hanging pink lampshades create an inviting glow, which is only enhanced by the entertaining saxophonist who welcomed us. Having recently undergone a stunning redesign, this brunch now boasts an open buffet style. Here, an outstanding selection of delights awaited us. Offering everything from sushi and sashimi to brisket and tempura, the stunning international buffet was a sight to behold! The part that had us going back for more? The Robata grilling station, where chefs were on hand to prepare succulent cuts of meat, paired with your choice of exquisite sauce! Save space for dessert, as you’ll want to try it all! (I’d go for the Saffron Milk Cake myself, but sample the lot if you have the space.) The choice of food and drink options was extensive and, coupled with the breath-taking view of West Bay from the terrace, you could easily while away your Friday afternoon here. The shift to an open buffet style encourages exploration and creates a brunch that brilliantly blends global flavours with Japanese influences. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a beginner, it’s a culinary journey worth savouring.
Park Hyatt Doha: A place where you’ll undoubtedly experience some of Doha’s world-renowned hospitality, visit exquisite restaurants and bask in the opulence of your surroundings. With elegance at its core, this venue is as much about luxury as it is about relaxation. ✤
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