For this pampering session, Kay Woodward steps into one of Spa InterContinental’s 16 treatment rooms and discovers a world of relaxation.

Doha isn’t short of iconic hotels. But InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa is perhaps one of the most cherished by residents and visitors alike. Why? Because this stylish hotel has it all: the city’s longest beach; an unbeatable view of Doha’s stunning skyline; lush landscaped gardens; myriad recreational facilities featuring a free-form swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym and padel court; and no fewer than 14 restaurants and bars – including the fabulous La Mar by Gastón Acurio. There’s even a metro station just a short walk away. But as the hotel’s name suggests, there’s another reason to wend your way here – the Spa InterContinental.

I’ve never visited Spa InterContinental before today, but a discerning friend waxes lyrical about their treatments, so I can’t wait. I find it easily – nestled on the lower ground floor – the spa has its own regal entrance and lobby. It’s so chic. Chandeliers cascade and soft hues glow all around. There’s a feeling of calm serenity – this is very, very promising.

I’m welcomed by Arie, the Spa Director, who tells me I’ll enjoy a Balinese Massage and an Oxygen Rejuvenate Infusion Facial. It’s just hours since I stepped off a flight, and I feel pretty creaky and dehydrated, so this is the best news. Arie goes on to tell me a little about the spa. There are both female and male areas, with 16 treatment rooms, including two suites for couples (I spy a Honeymoon-Delight package in the brochure that sounds rather fabulous).

Tini, my therapist, leads me through a calm, relaxing hub (where guests can treat themselves to the divine products used by Spa InterContinental), then past private treatment rooms named after exotic flowers: Narcissus, Tulip and Orchid, to name a few. Cleverly, the initial letters of the flowers spell out the name of the hotel. It’s such a wonderfully understated touch.

All spa treatments begin with a Relaxing Foot Ritual, which involves exfoliating feet and lower legs, followed by a pressure massage that’s designed to relax body and mind. Hibiscus juice quenches the thirst.

I’ve ticked ‘deep pressure’ for my massage – it was a very long flight. The spa table is a work of some considerable genius. Made in Germany by Gharieni, there seems to be little that it doesn’t do. My arms are lowered to a more comfortable position.

Later, it will be tilted to bend my knees and raise me up. It’s even heated – if that’s your sort of thing – but as it’s quite warm outside, I forgo that treat.

Now for the Balinese Massage. Goodness. Sometimes, massages don’t deliver. This one absolutely does. It’s intensive. It’s energising. It’s amazing. There’s a combination of thumb and palm pressure, long strokes, and so much expertise and strength. Afterwards, I feel so supple and relaxed – especially my back and shoulders – that I’m sure I could somersault across the room. However, it’s time for my next treatment, so I decide to give the gymnastics a miss and remain on the spa bed, which is tweaked into a brand new and ultra-comfortable position.

The Oxygen Rejuvenate Infusion Facial is perfect for anyone who longs for glowing, deeply hydrated skin. It’s also said to reduce fine lines and wrinkles for a visible lift. But did you know that it’s performed using the latest technology? Intraceuticals oxygen facial treatments are recommended by skincare professionals and used by A-listers the world over. They combine oxygen under pressure and cutting-edge hyaluronic-acid technology. But rather than figuring out how it works, I suggest simply trying it instead. Suffice it to say that it feels fabulous and, afterwards, my skin looked fantastic too.

After I’ve thanked the lovely Tini, I sip peppermint tea and nibble dates in the beautiful central hub. I reflect upon my experience at Spa InterContinental. The treatments have been, without question, out of this world. And there are so many more to try: a swathe of oxygen infusions; a smorgasbord of classic facials to plump, lift, detoxify and brighten; a selection of body treatments to slim, firm, exfoliate, scrub and polish; and a multitude of massages.

But there’s a very important reason why this award-winning spa is one of the very best: the wonderfully friendly and talented people who work here. It’s no surprise whatsoever to hear that many, many guests – just like my discerning friend – return week after week to visit their favourite therapist.

For more information or to make a booking, please call
Spa InterContinental at InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa
on 4484 4444.

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