By Jessica Beck
Doha
Qatar
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Situated along the coast of the Persian Gulf, Doha is a beautiful city filled with spectacular views that only Qatar could offer. It is the capital of Qatar and its largest city. Doha mixes traditional Arabic culture and themes with modern architecture, allowing an environment to please any eager tourist.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to visit the city of Doha, Qatar.  The major international airport, Doha International Airport (DOH), is located approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the heart of the city. EscapeWizard.com wants to assist you in your travel planning by making your flight search easy.  Simply click on the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) and let us work our magic! After we have found your perfect flight options, allow EscapeWizard.com to search for convenient and affordable hotel options to fit your itinerary and budget. Click on the following link to be directed to our hotel search page (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan your trip to Doha today!

An EscapeWizard.com favorite and must-do is Dhow Cruising.  It is one of the most popular recreation activities in Qatar to relax both your spirit and your mind—perfect after a long flight. It is the best way to view the city and its surroundings while having an unforgettable experience in the process. A dinner cruise is also an available option.  It is the perfect way to capture the beautiful nightscapes of Doha while the moon shines down on you as you feast on a delectable meal.

EscapeWizard.com suggests a visit to the Museum of Islamic Art.  The building itself is an architectural marvel and the authentic and intricate Arabic art housed within is well-worth experiencing. You will get a feel for the eye of the Arabic artist as well as Islam’s artistic and cultural history. From there, a stride on the Corniche is highly recommended. It is a promenade extending about 4 miles along the bay of Doha. The modern city’s infrastructure lines your path on one side, and to your other side, the bay offers breathtaking views of the sparkling sea. You will also stumble upon interesting old fisherman boats docked along harbor alcoves. Just south of the Corniche lies another architectural marvel waiting for you to explore—the Grand Mosque. It is one of the largest mosques in Qatar and contains many domes. It blends together both traditional Arabic and Modern architecture. 

If you love historic ruins, located just 15 kilometers (about 9 miles) north of Doha is Umm Salal Mohammed which contains two historic ruins sites.  The first contains an old fort comprised of two remaining towers, an interesting mosque, and another remaining architectural structure. The second site is a tower located a few minutes away from the first site.  It is situated amongst palm trees adjacent to a mosque. As you will notice, the bottom portion of the tower was used as living quarters. There are also steps leading to the top of the tower; although not accessible to the public, the steps are still thought-provoking to observe from below.

Are you a shopaholic? If you answered yes, Doha is the perfect destination for you. With tons of malls and shopping arenas to choose from you will be blown away by all the fashions Doha has to offer. An EscapeWizard.com favorite is the Villaggio Shopping Mall. When you step into this Venetian-style mall you will be immediately transported to the Italian city of Venice.  A canal with floating Gondolas flows straight through the Villaggio. In true Italian fashion, feel free to hop on one of the Gondolas and ride it throughout your shopping adventure.  Each area of the mall is dedicated to a specific time of day so be sure to take a stroll at sunset with your special someone.

EscapeWizard.com promises you a trip of a lifetime to the culturally-renowned city of Doha, Qatar.
Hotels in Doha
By Kelsie Sinagra
St. Regis Doha
Doha West Bay, Doha, Qatar
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As the heart of Qatar, Doha stands as both the cultural and commercial center of this rapidly growing country.  The city boasts a myriad of museums and shopping attractions, and the St. Regis Doha shines with a regal presence within the city’s remarkable West Bay area.  Once arriving to the Doha International Airport, travelers enjoy the ride through the renowned Corniche Bay until being welcomed graciously by the accommodating St. Regis staff.  The hotel includes free on site parking, and offers a Hotel Chauffer Service for a fee if preferred.  

Upon checking into the hotel, guests are immersed in the uncompromising luxury that the St. Regis name so proudly boasts. A personal escort, courtesy of the “St. Regis Butler Service” leads travelers to one of the 336 ornately decorated guestrooms and suites.   A prominent feature of a St. Regis establishment, the butler is available around the clock for a truly tailored stay. There are a variety of room types and bedding options available, all of which include a 42-inch LCD television, complimentary wireless internet access, and windows that open to reveal soothing views of the shimmering Arabian Gulf.

The St. Regis Doha boasts an unmatched array of five-star amenities.  Within the hotel bounds lies an Olympic sized outdoor pool, tennis courts, water-sport rentals, and direct private beach access.  Dining at the St. Regis is also a must.  With ten outstanding restaurants and lounges on site, there is no appetite the world-class chefs of the St. Regis cannot satisfy. 

If one cares to venture off-site, a quick consultation with the St. Regis concierge will have guests enjoying the many attractions of Doha in no time.  Within kilometers of the hotel are two golf courses, several shopping plazas, and two recreation centers.  The more culturally inclined traveler can visit the Katara Cultural Village, The Museum of Islamic art, and the Pearl of Qatar, all within minutes of the St. Regis.

Amid soaring sand dunes and classic Arabian architecture of centuries past sits the stunning modern metropolis of Doha.  Should this seaside gem be your destination, be sure to enjoy it from The St. Regis Doha.  Book today through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Doha
By Joanna Lee
W Doha Hotel & Residences
West Bay, Doha, Doha, Qatar
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W Doha Hotel & Residences is roughly a 25 minute drive from the nearest airport, the Doha International Airport. To reach the hotel from the airport, rental car service and taxis are available. Hotel transfer service is also provided. Check in begins at 3 p.m. and check out at 12 p.m. Complimentary parking and valet parking are available to all registered guests.

There is an extensive array of rooms and suites for guests to choose from, each better than the last. Choose from the Spectacular Room (474 square feet), the Marvelous Room (474 square feet), the Cool Corner Suite (700 square feet), the W Suite (1,173 square feet), the Wow Suite (1,367 square feet), and the Extreme Wow Suite (3,262 square feet). There are even apartments, the W Residences, for those so inclined. Standard amenities include refrigerator, individual climate control, iPod docking station, complimentary newspaper, and more. A safe deposit box is available on request at the front desk. Some amenities may not be included in all rooms and some fees may apply. Internet access is complimentary with suites. Accessible facilities and services are
available.

Plan ahead by calling the hotel to make reservations or special reservations or be spontaneous and head out to see West Bay Doha’s attractions, such as the Corniche Promenade, City Center Shopping Mall, Education City, Heritage Village, and the Souq Waqif. If you’ve brought the entire family (including the dog who you can entrust to the Pet Are Welcome for a charge), childcare service is available for parents wanting a little quality time, whether that be out seeing the sights or a day of relaxation and pampering in the W Doha. Guests can unwind at the WET, the hotel’s heated pool, and BLISS spa. Stay in shape at the 24 hours FIT gym or treat yourself to a new look at CUT, the hotel’s salon. When you’re hungry, just head on over to one of the many restaurants and lounges, like the poolside WET bar, Spice Market, or La Spiga by Paper Moon. In-room dining is available if you decide to stay in for the night.

Experience the magic of the desert with the W Doha Hotel & Residences. To get started, go to this link through EscapeWizard.com: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Doha
By Jessica Riegel
Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel
Al Corniche Street, Doha, Qatar
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Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel stands a great pyramid alongside Doha Bay. It’s just a fifteen-minute drive from Doha International Airport and parking is free for those traveling with vehicles. Check in at 3 p.m. or arrive early, store your luggage, and visit The Gate Mall. Located a few minutes away, this new shopping paradise provides a taste of the modern side of Qatar’s Capital. Of course there is plenty of history in Doha as well with The Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif, a traditional market.

Stay in an air-conditioned room with either a king bed or two singles. Dream in comfort as the hotel prides itself on its rich fabrics. Many rooms have balconies with picturesque sea, pool, or garden views. The bathrooms have a separate bath and shower as well as a bidet. While there is a fee for internet access, the hotel provides complimentary in-room movies. The plasma televisions also feature cable and satellite channels. During your stay, enjoy 24-hour room service.
 
There are many amenities to appreciate at this Sheraton. You will find a business center, florist, beauty salon, and a fitness center right inside the hotel. Lounge by the heated outdoor pool or play on the squash, badminton, or tennis courts. Relax on the private beach and look out over the lagoon. Walk through the incredibly well-landscaped gardens. Retrieve a schedule of live entertainment from the concierge. Dine at one of the many on-site restaurants including Italian, Middle Eastern, seafood, snacks, and sweet options. If you decide you actually need to leave the hotel, a tour desk is available to assist in planning excursions.

Sleep in on your departure day because check out is not until 1 p.m. To get the best rates for Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel, follow the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) provided for EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Doha
By Jessica Beck
InterContinental Doha
Al Isteqlal Road, West Bay Lagoon, Doha, Qatar
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Located close by to major businesses and corporations, situated in the heart of downtown Doha, and resting on Doha’s longest private beach—stretching a distance of 500 meters—this resort is the perfect place for a getaway or business trip. Offering over 250 guest rooms, there is a room waiting to suit your every need and desire.

Take a dip in the one of the largest swimming pools while taking in gorgeous ocean views. Hit the 24-hour fitness center for a rejuvenating workout. Lie back in the soothing whirlpool or enjoy a detoxifying steam in the sauna. Pamper yourself with one of the numerous spa treatments available to you. Allow your kids to splash around in the children’s pool or burn off energy on the playground. Enjoy services at the on-site beauty salon or pick up a beautiful flower arrangement at the in-house florist. Listen to nightly live entertainment while sipping on your favorite cocktails. Grill out using one of the barbeque grills available to you. Be sure to ask the concierge about the many exciting recreational water activities and land adventures available. Beat your friend in a tennis match or enjoy a fun game of squash on one of the on-site courts. Be sure to check out all eight restaurants and bars for an array of cuisines to satiate any picky palate.

Enjoy your luxury amenities in your guest room. Start your morning with a cup of coffee from your in-room brew station while reading the daily WorldNews newspaper. Enjoy a relaxing bath and snuggle up in your plush complimentary bathrobe after. In true European fashion, each guest room also comes with a bidet. For your convenience, each guest room comes fully-stocked with a mini refrigerator, mini bar, plates, glassware, pots, pans, serving dishes, and silverware. Stay connected with your in-room high-speed internet access and get work accomplished at your spacious work desk. Upgrade to a deluxe room and enjoy a complimentary breakfast, and free dinner snacks, drinks, and lunch snacks. Upgrade to a suite and be showered with additional amenities such as a butler service, a kitchenette, dining table, and a separate hanging closet. Also, kick back in your in-room whirlpool or on your sofa-bed located in a separate living room area.

Check-in to the InterContinental today and be showered with luxury. Book your stay with EscapeWizard.com today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).