St Regis, Doha makes for a stunning wedding venue

Written by Arati Thapa 03 May 2019
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The first impression of St Regis, Doha, is that it is huge, magnificient and standing tall in a country that is getting its infrastructure in place. There are roads being built and construction work for massive stadiums going around for the FIFA around Doha, but the St Regis stands as an example of how stunning the country can be and IS actually, once the constructions are over. Already Doha is luring tourists with its beautiful buildings and malls, with its history and heritage merged with the contemporary, but even more it is prepared for the Indian weddings that it is looking forward to host.

Doha is fast emerging as the wedding destination for us Indians, looking for exotic destinations to host weddings that can last almost a week. We need lavish ball rooms and stunning decor and smaller venues for haldi and sangeet ceremonies and we need beaches and resorts for the mandap.  St Regis with its beautiful art sculptures right from the entrance to the lobby and to the rooms has 336 rooms and suites. Each suite comes, part and parcel with a butler, who will take care of your smallest requests.

My first visit to Doha and I got to stay at this hotel and the hospitality was needless to say exceptional. Even though I was not able to use the butler's services during the day he would make sure to remind me that he was available and close at hand by leaving small hand written notes. I found that extremely sweet.  The hotel is located at the Heart of West Bay near the Pearl Island. The lobby displays a stunning sculpture of a Ferrari and absolutely insta worthy. Rooms are facing the beach of the city. The beach here allows you to get a view of the city while still enjoying the stunning view of the Persian Gulf.

The hotel provides Al Maha services which is their fast track Meet and Assist services which is so relevant during a wedding considering the fact that a large number of guests and families are part of the wedding. This service is provided according to room type and they need 24 hours prior notice for the same. During my stay there as the guest of the hotel and Visit Qatar I had the privilege of also seeing important landmarks in the city that included souqs, mosques and the newly built, The National Museum of Qatar shaped like a desert rose.

Another important fact for an Indian wedding is that the hotel does have an Indian chef whose advice and suggestions are taken for weddings. The hotel also has amazing restaurants . The ten destination restaurants reflect a proud heritage and culture of excellence. At the same time, they introduce guests to a visionary epicurean world that draws from both local flavors and the celebrated international cuisine of world-renowned chefs. From the ultimate English Afternoon Tea at Sarab Lounge and traditional St. Regis offerings at Astor Grill, the options are endless, and augmented by visionary additions, like organic, artisanal cuisine and wine at Vine Restaurant and Caribbean steel band music and fresh seafood at Oyster Bay & Bar. Additionally, Gordon Ramsay, Opal by Gordon Ramsay, Al-Sultan Brahim, and Hakkasan add international renown while the Vintage Bar presents a selection of signature and classic cocktails, as well as premier wines and spirits. Don't forget to visit the RoofTop bar that is alive with special cocktails and DJ spinning out the latest in club music.

The Envelope announcing the FIFA World Cup 2022 displayed prominently at the  National Museum of Qatar

The National Museum of Qatar

The butler a sweet reminder that he is around

The stunning Ferrari sculpture in the lobby of the hotel

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