Raffles, Fairmont now accepting reservations

Blue Cigar at Raffles Doha provides a glimpse of the opulence

The ultra-luxury Raffles Doha and luxury Fairmont Doha – which herald the entry of the aspirational Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brands to Qatar – are open for reservations after being exclusively reserved for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 guests.

The dual-branded five-star properties, housed within Doha’s iconic Katara Towers, offering seven food and beverage outlets, four located within Raffles Doha and three in Fairmont Doha. Enjoy next-generation gastronomic experiences at Raffles Doha’s Alba, which is the first overseas outpost for the celebrated restaurant by three-star Michelin chef Enrico Crippa; L’Artisan, which celebrates the art of modern dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Blue Cigar, a lounge which boasts 6,000 literary classics including some first edition classics as well as bespoke cigar collection; as well as Malaki Lounge, which spans the atrium lounge and ground floor and is the perfect venue for afternoon tea.

Diners can head to Fairmont Doha to savour the progressive Indian cuisine at Masala Library, the concept by restaurateur, television host, and author Jiggs Kalra, and Latin American cuisine of Vaya, a vibrant restaurant with open kitchens and interactive service stations and where south American inspired dishes and drinks are prepared table-side. Guests can also choose to visit Dôme, a stylish chic Tea lounge that is the perfect place for afternoon tea and French-inspired bites and sips.

Not just the dining but “the entire guest experience at Raffles and Fairmont Doha is lavish and opulent,” the Christian Hirt, Managing Director, tells us. “Raffles is moving Qatar’s accommodation dial with its 132 suites offering palace-style grandeur. Guests have personalised butler services, bespoke amenities, a gallery wall with a highly curated book collection and an in-suite boutique featuring customised beverages and refreshments. Individually configured and themed suites are the epitome of sophistication with features such as a marble wine cellar, beauty salon, barber, cinema, sauna, private pool, gym, and outdoor lounge.

“Fairmont Doha meanwhile provides truly breath-taking stays and outstanding leisure experiences which make for lasting memories. The luxury experience begins as soon as guests enter the impressive lobby dominated by the world’s tallest chandelier suspended high above. Fairmont Gold members have their own pool bar and dedicated pool and loungers, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, social events, and butler service.

“Guests benefit from comprehensive exercise facilities, including a climbing wall, immersive spinning classes, indoor lap pool and a studio room which are complemented by the Fairmont Spa with a vitality pool, treatment, and relaxation rooms and a hammam where guests can unwind and embrace the spirit of a strong body and mind.”

Scheduled to open this year, exclusive for Raffles and Fairmont Doha guests, is Qatar’s only hotel floating island- Privée. 

“Both hotels have Qatari and Arabian heritage woven throughout their design, making them at one with the local culture. They will also both leverage the worldwide networks of their brands to cross-market on a global level.

“Each property has its own design features, atmosphere and distinctive service culture which sets each apart,” Hirt says.