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• STAYCATION SPOTLIGHT or good book. No matter if you don’t have a book as this lounge has a mini library of literature to choose from. There are work stations if you don’t have your own computer device and particularly noteworthy is the fact that the lounge has a large outdoor terrace facing the sea with sofas to sink into and while away time. Few hotels have that, and at InterContinental Doha, it’s definitely a unique selling point. On my first night there, I paid a visit to the Belgian Café which happens to be one of Doha’s biggest, best and most popular drinking haunts with its pub like interior and long sprawling terrace filled with an eclectic crowd of locals, expats and tourists. It boasts an all-to-rare unstuffy vibe. There is a food menu which is not exhaustive but rather Belgian in theme as is the beverage menu which is a lot longer but wouldn’t look out of place in Brussels. We enjoyed some mussels and a classic fish and chips supper with some well-renowned hops. Being a long-established property, they got in early and boast the longest beach of any hotel in Qatar. I enjoyed a crisp swim in the sea and did not have to fight for a lounger on the beach. The gym is rather large too and has a decent mix of machines and free weights. Though I did not use the pool, it too is large with plenty of space to enjoy a dip and take in the rays. Families feel very at home here with the vast space to safely roam around for the kids and gorgeous grounds that feel like a gentle oasis so near to city centre which is just a short drive away. The hotel offers few reasons to leave it unless you have to. I spent a glorious afternoon in the newly-renovated lobby lounge which is notable for its gold dividers that create a cute cubby hole of sturdy arm chairs and comfy sofas where visitors can enjoy a high tea in the afternoon with a custom prepared selection of savoury and sweet treats that are accompanied with a preference of tea or coffee. The same venue has an in-house pianist who twinkles the ivories on the grand piano in the evening, utilising the acoustics and offering a gentle wind down before bed. Additionally, the hotel has great restaurants like the enduringly popular Mexican outlet, Paloma, the

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