In Qatar, lavishness is a given. And the Middle Eastern country’s deep pockets — mostly attributed to its lucrative positioning in the natural gas and oil industries — have transformed Doha, its capital, into something of a massive construction site, with numerous infrastructure improvements underway. As a result, Doha has attracted many expat workers, a steady stream of business travelers and a rising number of individuals traveling for leisure.
Set on the city’s serene Arabian Gulf waterfront, Four Seasons Hotel Doha blends seamlessly into this local culture of business mixed with pleasure. The 232-room hotel could easily be mistaken for a royal fortress, which is no wonder, considering Spain’s Alhambra Palace inspired its architecture. The splendor continues indoors as well, with high ceilings and columns, plush rugs and a mixture of neoclassical and Middle Eastern design elements.
This story originally ran in the 08/31/15 issue of TravelAge West magazine. All photos are by Valerie Chen.