Despite our undying Europhilia, we’ve admittedly found ourselves spending more time in the super zeitgeisty environs of the Persian Gulf region of late (specifically Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi) drawn by the heat, the energy and, well, the freewheeling spending on cultural and hospitality projects.
One of those projects is the fittingly extravagant new Mandarin Oriental, Doha, located very much action-adjacent in the Msheireb Downtown area. Not just another standard issue luxury property, the David Collins Studio interiors nod to Qatari tradition and heritage, while at the same time hewing to MOHG’s vigorous devotion to uncluttered, contemporary style.
Rooms, for instance, elegantly blend chic Asian understatement with regal, stately color schemes and accoutrements. In other words, opulent…but restrainedly so.
As one has come to expect of Middle Eastern bastions of luxe, there will be (no kidding) nine dining options on-site, including the sleek Mediterranean hotspot IZU, the nine-kitchen Mosaic – offering dishes from Indian to Japanese to Arabic – the stylish Ambar lounge, and a gelato bar simply called…Gelato. A rooftop restaurant and bar arrive later in the year, sure to be 2019’s people watching perch par excellence.
Said rooftop also sports a pair pools, with private cabanas and far-reaching Gulf views. And no surprise, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Doha will be a plush as they come – with two VIP suites, a couple’s suite, and a high-tech fitness/wellness center.
Not that we needed all those reasons to get us back on the next Emirates flight to Qatar’s buzzy capital. But don’t be surprised if you stumble across us roaming the corridors of the new Mandarin Oriental, Doha – we wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else this spring.