Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

At the edge of our little island home, ‘The Pearl’, attached by a long walkway protruding out into the Persian Gulf, lies another, smaller secluded island surrounded by palm trees. And in the centre of this little piece of land stands a building of palatial dimensions.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

Welcome to the new Kempinski Hotel in Doha: The Marsa Malaz. Isn’t she a stunner?!

In just two years, this typically Arabic-looking piece of architecture has risen from the sand at a rate of knots while Rich and I looked on with interest, at first speculating what on earth this gargantuous building was going to be, and later, when the website was launched and the sign was erected outside, when it was going to open.

Well, it seems that time is nearly upon us. With its official ‘soft opening’ today, the hotel has now officially opened its doors to the public. And before this happened yesterday, we were lucky enough to be welcomed inside for a little tour.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

We traipsed through bustling new kitchens and work-in-progress restaurants, bars that were nearing completion and nightclubs that were still under construction. Our guide asked us to keep our cameras tucked away for the majority of the time so that we wouldn’t spoil the big reveal, but take my word on it that if you live in, or are planning on visiting Qatar in the near future, then you are going to be in for a treat.

Let me show you some of the reasons (that I am allowed to show you!) why.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

The hotel’s entrance hall is the biggest, brightest and grandest I have ever seen. Your footsteps tap on the shiny marble floors, and echo off the marbled walls. Plant pots the height of two full grown men frame the entrance to the staircase at the far end. There are panoramic views of the turquoise sea outside from the gigantic windows. An enormous silver hummingbird chandelier hangs from a huge domed ceiling above your heads.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

The interiors of this hotel take grandeur to the extreme. It promises to be an ‘ultimate luxury hotel’; a ‘premier destination’, and even though the corridors are currently void of people and atmosphere, there are already whispers of it fulfilling its promises.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

We were taken up in a service lift to the top of the hotel, where the elite nightclub, Illusion is under construction. When this beautiful space is completed, it will exude Hollywood glamour, and I have no doubt that it will be ‘the place to be and be seen’ in Doha. I was happy to discover that there are also a few surprises in store up here, which I will leave for you to discover for yourself when it opens. However, the greatest surprise of all was the breathtaking view that hits you when you walk out onto the enormous roof terrace at the back of the bar.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

It was a beautiful sunny day, with clear blue skies reflecting off the shallow azure seas. From this vantage point, we could look out over the different facades of the hotel, and beyond to the islands of the Persian Gulf. I could have stayed up there for hours. 

But alas, our guide is a very busy man, and he had business to attend to.

Thanking him for our tour, we headed back down to Cafe Murano on the ground floor for refreshments while we looked through our photos.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

This pretty cafe serves delicate cakes and pastries.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

Interesting coffees.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

And my absolute favourite – white hot chocolate.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

Gooey, creamy and thick, it was just what hot chocolate should be. I shamelessly scraped the bottom of the cup clean with a spoon.

Keen to make the most of the sun before it disappeared again, we headed outside to catch a few rays.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

As we rounded the side of the hotel, we almost bumped right into this 18 metre tall beauty.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

I enjoyed photographing his handsome features against the backdrop of the similarly handsome hotel for a while, before we settled in for a little chill time.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

We both agreed that we couldn’t wait to return for the full opening.

To enjoy the cuisine at one of the world class restaurants…

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

Or just for another excuse to explore those opulent corridors once more.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

This place, and all of the staff that we met, exudes passion from its core.

Pre-Opening Review: The Marsa Malaz, Doha

Follow the Marsa Malaz on Twitter or Facebook for updates and details as the hotel opens its doors to the public.

10 Comments

    • January 26, 2015 / 6:21 am

      Sooo beaut hey Carmen?! That white hot chocolate was something else. Want to know the best thing about it? It's only a 5 minute walk from my house!! Dangerous.
      Polly xx

  1. January 25, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Wow! So gorgeous! I especially love the views, and the cafe looks like it serves incredible goodies.
    I love your new layout, too!

    • January 26, 2015 / 6:22 am

      It's stunning isn't it? I am so shocked at how quickly it's been built, and that there is still so much attention to detail inside! Thanks so much, I'm so pleased you like the new design! 🙂
      Polly xx

    • January 26, 2015 / 11:27 am

      Me too. Because it was so empty, I felt like I actually felt like I was snooping around someone's (very grand) house!
      Polly xx

    • January 29, 2015 / 9:02 am

      I know, that entrance hall made me want to shout as loud as I could to see how much it echoed…Luckily I managed to restrain myself!!

      Polly xx

    • February 7, 2015 / 1:45 pm

      I know, I can't wait to go back!!!

      Polly xx

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