Gulf Times

Raffles, Fairmont make debut in Qatar

■ Hotels officially open for FIFA guests and VIP delegation ■ Restaurant­s open to public by reservatio­n only


The ultra-luxury Raffles Doha and luxury Fairmont Doha – which herald the entry of the Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brands to Qatar –are now open exclusivel­y for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 guests and VIP delegation.

The dual-branded five-star properties, housed within Katara towers, have welcomed their first guests while supporting the nation’s historic FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 by delivering exemplary service and truly exceptiona­l experience­s in both hotels, a statement said.

Seven outstandin­g food and beverage outlets and restaurant­s have opened to the public, four located within Raffles Doha and three in Fairmont Doha. Through advanced reservatio­n only, nonstay guests can now book to enjoy next-generation gastronomi­c experience­s at Raffles Doha’s Alba, the first overseas outpost for the celebrated restaurant by threestar 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 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, the perfect place for afternoon tea and French-inspired bites and sips.

Raffles Doha, an opulent 132key ultra-luxury property and Qatar’s only all-suite hotel, offers an awe-inspiring suite experience and décor, paired with views of the Doha skyline. Each suite experience is enhanced with personalis­ed butler service, bespoke amenities including an exclusive scent from Frederic Malle, a gallery wall with a collection of curated books and an in-suite boutique. Raffles Doha furthermor­e features the marvellous Katara Hall, a dazzling space at the heart of the hotel which set new aspiration­s for lavish events, with 22m high ceilings, making it the largest ballroom with daylight in the country. The hotel also has advanced beauty and well-being offers with nine spa and fitness suites, each equipped with their own state of the art treatment rooms and some offering private outdoor terraces and plunge pools.

The luxurious Fairmont Doha contains 270 rooms, 92 suites, four themed suites and one presidenti­al suite, all inspired by the interiors of luxury yachts along with an exclusive lifestyle hotel floor, Fairmont Gold, which is a privileged hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Featuring gold mosaic wall tiling and rich wood panelling, the rooms present an outstandin­g visual spectacle, spacious layout and incorporat­ion of elements inspired by Qatari design, which boast a separate guest bathroom and a large furnished terrace offering panoramic coastline views.

Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha will welcome guest room reservatio­ns post-FIFA World Cup 2022, the statement added.

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