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Pool and Beach Access at Sheraton Grand Doha.

March 2, 2016
Sheraton Grand Doha

In a few months (maybe even days) summer will be upon us and if you’re living in the Middle East, it’s not really a good news. We only have a few months left to enjoy the perfect weather that we now have so better to make the most out of it. One way to do so is to avail one of the day passes offered by the numerous hotels and resorts in the city, lucky for you that I’m willing to be your guinea pig and try out as much resort access as I can and give you my insight for each property – not that it’s so hard for me to do so.

First resort on the list is the pioneer in Doha, Sheraton Grand Doha. I have to admit that although we’ve been in this property one too many times (mainly to have a meal at La Veranda), I haven’t really seen their pool and beach until yesterday. From the photos that I’ve seen, the pool area at Sheraton Grand Doha looked rather small but photos, in this case can be deceiving as it was a decent size for a pool. It might because we practically had the pool to ourselves up until around 1pm since we visited on a Monday, either ways – I don’t think the photos I’ve seen gave justice to what it actually looks like. And frankly, the photos I have won’t give justice to it either.

Sheraton Grand Doha

Sheraton Grand Doha

Sheraton Grand Doha

Sheraton Grand Doha

The water was of the right temperature, not hot and not cold. It was a bit windy when we visited and the slightly warm temperature of the water was definitely something we needed that day. I also love the view from their outdoor jacuzzi, the sea and the city skyline of old Doha is mesmerizing. They have two sides for the beach – one small cove and another bigger cove. Both had stunning views and a breakwater surrounding it so the water on each side was very calm. Unfortunately, it was too cold to swim in the sea so we stayed in the pool area.

Sheraton Grand Doha

Sheraton Grand Doha

We had our lunch at the Pool Cafe and sat at one of their outdoor dining tables. I wasn’t really expecting good food from it because it’s a pool restaurant after all, they’re supposed to serve stale and forgettable dishes. Imagine our surprise when the club sandwich arrived with heaps of fillings – cooked and prepared close to perfection. It had grilled chicken, turkey bacon, omelet, tomato and cheese. We had a special request to add some lettuce in it which wasn’t a problem for them. Both my friend and I agreed that it was probably the best club sandwich we’ve ever had.

Sheraton Grand Doha

Sheraton Grand Doha

We left the resort at around 3pm, 5 hours of lazing by the pool and a great lunch? I think it’s safe to say that it was a great day for us. Here’s a very short video of our pool and beach access day at Sheraton Grand Doha. For more photos, you can also visit my Flickr account – Pool and beach access at Sheraton Grand Doha.

Sheraton Grand Doha Day Pass

Rate: Outside guests are welcome to use the resort facilities on a weekday. The pool and beach are reserved for Sheraton Grand Doha’s in-house guests during the weekends. Ladies and children (between 5-12 years) can access the resort for QR100 per day while male guests will have to pay QR250 per day. Rate includes complimentary bottles of water.

Facilities: Sceninc jogging route around the resort beach area and gardens, outdoor pool, outdoor kid’s pool, jacuzzi, changing rooms with lockers, steam, sauna and showers.

Food and beverage: Pool Cafe serves light snacks and lunch for the guests by the pool or in one of their outdoor/indoor tables. Club sandwich price was QR75 while the mocktails were priced at QR30 per drink. Alcohol is served. Smoking area available.

Contact details: +974 4485 4600

My friend and I were guests at Sheraton Grand Doha during this visit however as always, photos are my own and opinions stated are genuine and in no way influenced. Lunch at Pool Cafe was paid for by ourselves.

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51 Comments

  • Reply Sophia March 19, 2017 at 12:36

    Nice clicks !!
    Thanks for sharing your experience .Keep sharing !!!

    Sophia

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  • Reply Nick March 11, 2016 at 18:57

    OMG!!! Hats off to the photography!!
    These pictures are amazinggggg!! It might be so relaxing there.. I really want to spend a weekend out there having a glass of beer chilling out the beach side.. Hope dream will come true asap!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply Bumble Bee Mum March 10, 2016 at 10:17

    Looks super relaxing!! You make me feel like going for a staycation again!! #TravelTuesday #Citytripping

  • Reply Cathy (MummyTravels) March 10, 2016 at 00:35

    As I’m desperately waiting for summer to arrive (even spring), it’s so funny to think how you must be counting the days left when it’s not too hot. This looks a gorgeous place to spend a Monday! #citytripping
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 10, 2016 at 07:28

      Oh yes! Hahaha! We are dreading the summer here. It was raining for two days here and everyone’s saying how glorious it is! Lol.

  • Reply Sally@Toddlers on Tour March 9, 2016 at 02:55

    I can’t believe you photos of no one else using the pool, it does have a lovely outlook I can imagine it quite relaxing lasing about on the sun lounges.
    BTW that club sandwich looks amazing!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 10, 2016 at 07:30

      I was thrilled to see that we have the pool to ourselves for the first few hours! I couldn’t stop taking photos. :p

  • Reply Diana Elle March 9, 2016 at 00:19

    I was unaware that these day passes existed, so it’s nice to know, will be checking this out some time! It sounds like a nice way to escape!
    Thanks for linking up with #TravelTuesday
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 10, 2016 at 07:31

      Definitely is, kinda like a staycation without the commitment of the overnight stay. :p

  • Reply Jess March 8, 2016 at 22:22

    Looks gorgeous. We’re SPG members, so we’ll definitely have to check it out at some point.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 10, 2016 at 07:32

      If you ever find yourselves in this city then you definitely must! 🙂

  • Reply Melanie March 8, 2016 at 20:19

    This place looks beautiful!! And that sandwich? It may be because I haven’t eaten lunch yet, but my stomach started growling as soon as I saw it!! I may have to go just to see if it’s as YUMazing as it looks!!

    I have a Travel Tuesday linkup going on if you would like to join in. This post would be perfect!! http://www.lifessweetwords.com/2016/03/central-florida-boondocking-three-lakes.html
    Have a beautiful day!!

  • Reply Grey World Nomads March 8, 2016 at 19:28

    Day Passes are a good way to go. We were able to do the same at a resort at coast in Kenya. #TravelTuesday

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 10, 2016 at 07:36

      Yes! Definitely, getting access to pool and beach is actually good enough for me to consider a staycation. :p

  • Reply Christy Swagerty (whatupswags) March 8, 2016 at 19:16

    Pool days are the best! Looks like you guys really had the place to yourselves, what a fun day! And YEAH, those club sandwiches looked AMAZING! The video looked like it was fun to make, as well. It would be rad to have your post over on Travel Tuesday, too, just go to my latest post for the link-up! #citytripping
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  • Reply Elizabeth (Wander Mum) March 8, 2016 at 16:21

    Looking like a tough job!! I didn’t realise you could get resort access for hotels. That’s great…I think the pool – and beach – look great. I can’t believe you had the place virtually to yourselves. That club sandwich looks something else…no wonder it’s the best you’ve had. Love your video too. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 10, 2016 at 07:37

      Tough job it is! Seriously though, it was tough to be going around taking photos while my friend is already working on her tan and did a few laps in the pool. Lol.

  • Reply Cynthia March 6, 2016 at 22:11

    Wow this place is absolutely stunning! How did you manage to capture both the pool and beach completely empty? (No one was lounging on the beach, even if the water was too cold haha!) Also that club sandwich looks sooo good!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 7, 2016 at 19:31

      Hahaha! We went there on a weekday so there was nobody else in the pool and beach except for us. :p

  • Reply marie March 6, 2016 at 19:11

    I usually just change flights in Doha, but your article makes me think I should stop over next time!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 7, 2016 at 19:35

      You should definitely let me know when you do that, would love to show you around. 🙂

  • Reply Lyn (aka) The Travelling Lindfields March 5, 2016 at 23:54

    I have never been to Doha but your photos make me think I should add it to the list – and stay at the Sheraton while I am there.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 6, 2016 at 14:05

      Oh thank you, I’d definitely take that as a compliment as I was able to convince you to visit Doha. 🙂
      Thank you for dropping by.

  • Reply Jen Morrow March 5, 2016 at 23:49

    Great photos! Yes, the pool day pass is such a brilliant idea! I have found often, if you book a spa service (facial, massage, etc) a day pass to the pool is included, so you get spa service and pool access for a complete day of pampering! I admit, I had to look up where Doha is located, the middle East is still a bit of a mystery to me.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 6, 2016 at 14:07

      I laughed out loud on your last sentence, hahaha. You should definitely travel by this area soon, include it in your bucket list. Hopefully I’d still be here when you finally decide to travel to this side of the world.

  • Reply Arzo Travels March 5, 2016 at 22:38

    First of all: The pictures are great. The pool looks nice. But what does surprise me the most is…the beach! It looks stunning, didn’t know about that nice beache in Doha 🙂
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 6, 2016 at 14:10

      They do have a lot of beaches here in the Middle East too but I do have to admit, I’m not very keen in visiting any of it. I’m from the Philippines with 7000+ islands and white sand beaches with palm trees surrounding it so I guess nobody can really blame me if I have a different idea of a beach. :p

      However I do agree with you though, this beach by Sheraton Grand Doha is really very pretty. I was (slightly) surprised myself. :p

  • Reply Marisol@TravelingSolemates March 5, 2016 at 20:40

    Hi Noemi, nice to come across another fellow Pinay blogger.
    Your post made me crave more for sunshine! We’re at the tail end of winter and look forward to the warmth and brightness. I enjoyed vicariously basking in this lovely resort pool and beach. Nice to know about this resort in Doha and look forward to more future hotel/resort reviews. A travel to Doha is in the horizon. My brother current works as a company doctor over and we plan to visit while he’s still there.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 6, 2016 at 14:12

      Oh wow! I’d be more than thrilled to meet you once you’re here that is, if we’re still here then. Hopefully! 🙂 Thank you for dropping by the blog and yes, do spend a day in Sheraton Grand Doha’s grounds. I have more resorts to visit and write about in the next few days so maybe that could also be a good guide for you to choose the best pool and beach day. :p

  • Reply Traveling Cats March 5, 2016 at 15:32

    You can’t believe how much I loved looking at these pictures. Now I really really really want to go on holiday 🙂

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 6, 2016 at 14:13

      That’s how I always feel whenever I visit some other travel blogs. Hahaha.

  • Reply Ruth - Tanama Tales March 5, 2016 at 03:02

    You are always discovering the nicest hotels and dining places. I need to hang out with you ;0) The pool in this hotel may look small but I think it is very pretty. Wouldn’t mind spending the day there (and eating at the restaurants on site).
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 5, 2016 at 14:16

      Hahaha! I try to visit all the nice hotels and dining places here in Doha but it’s quite impossible to do that since there’s a new one practically every month. :p

  • Reply Hung Thai March 5, 2016 at 02:11

    That is one AMAZING view of the city from the Sheraton. I’ve always liked staying in Sheraton hotels and this is just another great hotel in their nice collection.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 5, 2016 at 14:17

      The view is definitely amazing from this hotel. Can probably stay hours in that jacuzzi just by looking at the view. :p

  • Reply Sophie @ Sophie's World March 4, 2016 at 20:51

    I actually wandered into this hotel a few years ago, just to get out of the heat. Didn’t know about the day pass, though. Good to know for next time we’re passing through. 🙂
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 16, 2016 at 17:28

      Oh wow seriously? Did it look the same as before? :p
      I’m sorry I’m just replying to you now, your comment went into may spam folder. 🙁

  • Reply Sophie March 4, 2016 at 20:50

    I actually wandered into this hotel a few years ago, just to get out of the heat. Didn’t know about the day pass, though. Good to know for next time we’re passing through 🙂
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  • Reply image-in-ing: weekly photo linky March 4, 2016 at 12:35

    This looks amazing! What a stunning place.
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  • Reply Anda March 4, 2016 at 10:31

    Sheraton Grand Doha looks like such a luxurious resort! Ah, that pool is so inviting. To say nothing of the food that really makes me drool …
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  • Reply Linda Bibb March 3, 2016 at 19:30

    That’s a beautiful pool; I got a sense of its size in the photo where you included the hotel. Actually, all your photos are great, especially the one of that sandwich – it looks amazing. (For American readers, it costs about $20, which is not unusual for a high-end hotel.)
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 4, 2016 at 10:19

      Yes, that sandwich was glorious! And so good to hear that the cost is not unusual even for American standards. I find everything here always very expensive. :p

  • Reply Photo Cache March 2, 2016 at 21:58

    The resort looks awesome. The water is pretty inviting too. I’m glad I’m going to a resort in a couple of months just in time for summer heat to appear.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 4, 2016 at 10:20

      I have a lot of other resorts to visit in the next few days but I certainly think your experience would be much better than mine. :p

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