If you’re planning on jetting off somewhere this Eid and are looking for hotel bliss close to home, why not check into the W Doha, which we think strikes the perfect balance between a chic boutique vibe and pure extravagance. The moment you set foot in the lobby, you’ll feel the stylish hotel’s vibrant energy, which is totally infectious.
After check-in and obligatory room checking out, head straight down to Crystal; the stylish in-house bar is one of the city’s go-to night spots, with ultra flamboyant decor (we don’t know if we love the giant disco ball or the glam chandeliers more) and resident DJs attracting the city’s most stylish dwellers and guaranteeing a great atmosphere all night long.
If you’re looking for a more low-key evening, chill out in the Living Room, which has bright pink and purple touches and a sleek white bar, and is a great spot to relax with a long drink. Also make sure you dine in the hotel’s signature restaurant, Market by Jean-Georges, as the creative, souq-inspired menu is packed with mouth-watering Middle Eastern dishes that have been reinvented with international, cosmopolitan flair.
But all-in-all, our favourite thing about the W Doha has to be the beyond-stylish rooms – they’re rated as ‘Spectacular’, ‘Marvellous’ and ‘Cool’, depending on their luxury level; and there’s even a ‘Wow’ suite which comes with floor-to-ceiling views of the Arabian Sea, while hanging curtains are draped around the luxe circular bed, making it a striking room that you’ll be very reluctant to leave!
Of course, it would be remiss of us not to mention the more-than-impressive swimming pool, which comes complete with colourful fibre-optic lights and underwater music, so the party doesn’t even need to stop while you do laps. After you’ve spent a few hours lounging poolside, make your way through to the nine treatment-roomed Bliss Spa, which has a menu that reads like a what’s-what in R&R. Take our advice and try the Triple Oxygen Treatment to feel super-refreshed, energised and ready to head back home.
If you’re flying to the W in the Maldives, via Qatar, make sure to book a night’s stay in the W Doha. With the special stopover package, you’ll receive an automatic room upgrade as well as airport transfers, breakfast at Market and two welcome drinks in Crystal. It’s a perfect way
to break up the journey (offer valid until December 25).
Rooms from Dh970 | West Bay, Doha | +974 4453 5000 | whoteldoha.com
Katsuya, Los Angeles, USA
Everyone from Jen An to Bradley Cooper has been papped leaving super-stylish Hollywood sushi spot, Katsuya. The sleek eatery is the brainchild of chef Katsuya Uechi, and is a great place to visit to experience A-list glam, but also a typically chilled Hollywood vibe. The signature bites include Crispy rice with spicy tuna and Miso-marinated black cod. Plus, our LA insiders have spilled that the Wagya tobanyaki is Jessica Simpson’s dish of choice whenever she swings by.
11777 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles | +1 310 207 8744
Hesperia Lanzarote hotel, Spain
Now that the hustle and bustle of tourist season is winding down, the Spanish Canary Islands have become the perfect place for a relaxing break. The temperature is sitting comfortably in the mid-twenties, you’ll find yourself alone on the long sandy beaches and the Hesperia Lanzarote hotel is the perfect place to check into. Think swimming pools looking out over azure Atlantic waters and a luxe spa that offers the ultimate treat – candlelit beach massages (that’s some bucketlist stuff, right there).
hesperia.com | +34 91 398 46 61