Let’s Talk About…Marsa Malaz Kempinski

I have always admired the Marsa Malaz Kempinski for its gorgeous architecture and luxurious interiors. Whole weekends have been dedicated to spending every mealtime in one of its seven world class restaurants and lounges.
If the ambience and food wasn’t enough, the hotel is now pulling out
all the stops to bring its visitors high quality entertainment too.
Following on from my run-down of Intercontinental Doha The City’s top restaurant offers last month,
this month I’m listing all of the reasons why the restaurants of the
Marsa Malaz are November’s places to be and be seen in Doha.

1. Acclaimed singer Jennifer Grout comes to Al Sufra

For those of you that haven’t heard of Arabic
singer Jennifer Grout, she has an inspiring story to tell. Born in
America, she fell in love with Arabic music aged 23 when she discovered a
clip on YouTube. Several months, a one-way flight to Morocco and some
intensive study of Arabic language and music later, the talented
musician had reached the final of Arabs Got Talent and gained millions
of fans around the world.

And now she is singing every
Monday through to Saturday from 8.30 – 11.00pm in the beautiful
Levant-inspired restaurant Al Sufra. I’ve watched her perform, and her
silky-smooth voice is the perfect accompaniment to a night of authentic
Arabic dining in the ornate surroundings of this unique restaurant.
She’s here until December, don’t miss Grout.

Let's Talk About...Marsa Malaz Kempinski

Let's Talk About...Marsa Malaz Kempinski

2.  El Faro is making a song and dance about their food

if the drama of the never-ending Friday & Saturday Spanish
Brunches, bottomless Sangria and delectable dessert platters wasn’t
enough, the diner’s experience of El Faro has now been enhanced by the
addition of impressive flemenco duo Laura Rodriguez and Joti de Jerez.

that the weather is perfect, you can sit out on the restaurant’s pretty
terrace to enjoy panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf while tapping your
feet to Hispanic beats. Ariba!

(Side note: make sure you set aside several hours to enjoy everything this restaurant has to offer – we were at brunch for five hours last weekend and only managed to make our way through a tiny proportion of the menu available to us!)

Let's Talk About...Marsa Malaz Kempinski

Let's Talk About...Marsa Malaz Kempinski


3. Brunching in true Friday-style at Sawa

has always been one of my favourite brunches for the choice, quality
and presentation of the food on offer, but until recently the atmosphere
has been disctinctly lacking. Cue the addition of talented singer and
guitarist, Jessica Gibson to add a bit more of a party vibe to the Marsa
Malaz’ Signature Brunch.

Plaudits to the Marsa Malaz for finally getting in tune with what the brunch crowd is looking for!

Let's Talk About...Marsa Malaz Kempinski

Let's Talk About...Marsa Malaz Kempinski

It’s definitely shaping up to be a fun time to visit the
Marsa Malaz, especially as they’ve now opened up all of their numerous
outdoor terraces to diners who are wanting to take advantage of the
cooler weather and impressive vistas. My bank balance is taking a
beating however, because the hotel just happens to be just across the
road from my apartment…


Costa Malaz Bay, The Pearl, Doha, Qatar | 4035 5555

Follow Your Sunshine was a guest at Marsa Malaz Kempinski for some of the above, but as always all views are my own.


  1. November 10, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Definitely going to treat myself to an early Christmas present with one of these brunches. It looks divine!!

    • November 11, 2016 / 4:21 pm

      Ahh you should, and it would be well deserved too! My advice is to go for the Sawa brunch, as it has a great play room for the little ones.

      Polly xx

  2. November 10, 2016 / 11:29 am

    I ve had good n bad experiences. But you might have convinced me to go back..

    • November 11, 2016 / 4:23 pm

      Oh, I'd be interested to hear what your bad experiences were. I've always had good experiences here almost without exception. But definitely go back and give them another try! They're just getting better & better at the mo.

      Polly xx

  3. November 11, 2016 / 6:49 am

    I passed by Sawa when I went to Marsa Malaz. The interiors are so beautiful!!! Can't wait to go and try their brunch.

    • November 11, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      I knooow, my favourite thing about that restaurant (apart from the food of course) is the floors! So pretty. I'm yet to try brunch there but it's one of the most romantic restaurants I've been to in Doha in the evening.

      Polly xx

  4. November 11, 2016 / 11:34 am

    I liked reading about Jennifer Grout's story. It is no easy feat to master a language and then learn their music!!

    • November 11, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      I know, I love what she did! Very inspirational. She's got a stunning voice too.

      Polly xx

  5. November 11, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    I say this time and and time again! I love how you write!!!!!! <3

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