Qatar

Mark and David's verdict
Over the past few years, Qatar has transformed itself from a convenient stopover in the Arabian Gulf to a world-class destination offering stunning five-star hotels, private beaches, art treasures, exotic souks and an array of activities from dune bashing to kite surfing. Qatar is easy to reach from the UK with direct flights from London, Manchester and Edinburgh, and onward connections across Asia, but don't rush through, because there is so much to see and do here.

Recommended tour operator: Tropical Sky

Tropical Sky says

There aren’t many destinations in the world that can boast ultra-luxurious hotels – many with their own private beach – plus sophisticated shopping malls, a rich cultural heritage, exciting activities from desert safaris to kite-surfing. Not to mention guaranteed winter sun, less than seven hours from the UK.

  • Luxury hotels
  • Family-friendly
  • Art and culture

Qatar has a unique culture that perfectly blends authentic Arabian charm with world-class hospitality. Whilst all the hotels are pristine five-star international brands, Qatar also has plenty of character with a bit less glitz than some of its Gulf neighbours.

When it comes to things to do, you don’t have to travel far. There are some fascinating and architecturally-impressive art galleries and museums in the capital, Doha; you’ll also find colourful souks brimming with spices and fabrics as well as international shopping brands.

Adrenaline junkies can head out for some dune-bashing in a 4×4 or have a go at sky-diving, wake-boarding and kite-surfing; there’s also excellent scuba-diving at Othman Reef, Zeytuna Reef and a couple of man-made reefs and a wreck dive closer to Doha.

As well as the family-friendly beaches and parks, kids will love a trip the Museum of Illusions, the Al Thuraya Planetarium, Angry Birds World and other theme parks and augmented reality entertainment zones.

Dining out is an experience in itself whether you opt for one of the themed hotel restaurants or more traditional eateries serving traditional Bedouin cuisine.

All the hotels we feature have beachfront locations so the choice comes down to your taste. There’s the blue and white styling of the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, giving it a Mediterranean vibe, or the family-friendly Mara Malaz Kempinski, reminiscent of Arabian palaces.

The Ritz-Carlton Doha is one of our Platinum Collection hotels whilst the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort is set in more than 70 acres of beautiful gardens.

Whilst Qatar offers plenty of options and activities to keep you busy for a great fun-filled holiday, it also makes an ideal stopover to or from the Indian Ocean, south east Asia and Australasia. Our expert team has created some lovely two-centre holidays combining Qatar with Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Seychelles for example. We can tailor-make your ideal combo.

Find out more about our holidays in Qatar.

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