If I can only use one word to describe the pool of Sharq Village and Spa, I’d say it’s CLASSY. The stylish and sophisticated design of their main pool fulfills its 5 star rating as a luxury resort. Don’t get me wrong though, it may be classy but definitely not a snob – the impeccable hospitality in terms of service from their staff who’d go out of their way to make you feel comfortable during your stay wouldn’t make you feel intimidated by its surroundings. Its definitely the classiest and at the same time most relaxed pool and beach experience I’ve ever had so far for this Doha’s pool and beach access series.
Sharq Village and Spa defies the common notion of hotels near the airport. To start of, it’s most definitely not an airport hotel. You can’t possibly stay in this property for a night as a stopover as you simply have to spend at least 3 full days in it. It’s a destination on its own and I’m pretty sure, should be on the list of must-see places in Doha.
I arrived on a Sunday morning, first day of the week in this region. Considering that it was a weekday, I was quite surprised to find a few other people enjoying the pool of Sharq Village and Spa. It didn’t feel crowded though as most of the families stayed by the free-form pool with the kiddie pool in it.
It’s beautifully designed with its grotto-style falls on one side, a swim-up pool bar on the other and a jacuzzi in a white dome separate from the main pool. Made me feel like I was on a real holiday even though my house is just a few minutes away from this oasis.
The beach on the other hand wasn’t up to my liking however as I’ve mentioned over and over again, that’s my general opinion of the beaches here in the Middle East. I’m not a big fan of a beach with buildings as my view. Nothing is comparable to the beaches that we have in the Philippines which offers an endless sea as your view or probably another island.
I stayed mostly by their main pool, dotted with palm trees around it with the majestic backdrop of the hotel itself – it made me feel like I was in a palace of a Sheikh. One can’t help but indulge in the sheer elegance of this pool and because most of the people were in the free-form pool, I practically had this one to myself.
The only thing I didn’t like about this experience was the water was too cold which was not at all refreshing. My jaw would clench every time I enter the pool and I needed to immediately move around so as to even out my body’s temperature to the water’s – if that even makes sense.
The staff would go around from time to time offering each pool guests either a freshly squeezed juice or a refreshing Evian facial spray. I also love how the staff would check on me from time to time to ask if everything’s alright or if I need something. They do it in a non-intrusive and non-annoying way.
For lunch, I had a club sandwich which was delivered to my lounge chair from their Al Seef Snack Bar. I stayed a couple of hours more after the filling lunch before I left Sharq Village and Spa with a heavy heart. I truly enjoyed my short but very relaxing stay here. Hopefully next time though, the water won’t be ice-cold. 🙂 Highly recommended to anyone who’d like to receive a royal treatment during their pool day.
For more photos, please visit my Flickr album: Sharq Village and Spa Pool and Beach Access
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Sharq Village and Spa Day Pass
Weekdays: Single 250 , Couple 400
Weekends: Single 350, Couple 600.
Children aged 3 to 12: 50% discount on the above prices.
Children below 3: Complimentary
Children above 12: Adult prices.
Facilities: 300-meter private beach, 2 outdoor pools, 2 kiddie pools, outdoor jacuzzi, locker and changing rooms.
Food and beverage outlets: Al Seef Snack Bar and Al Liwan Restaurant.
Contact details: 44256666
I was a guest of Sharq Village and Spa during this visit however as always, photos are my own and opinions stated are genuine and in no way influenced.