Photos: Qatar National Tourism Authority
Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) announce the launch of two new hotel and leisure destinations, opening late 2020 and early 2021. The country is currently undergoing an extensive tourism development strategy, as it works to diversify and build upon its offering for visitors, ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM.
The two new openings, Hilton Salwa Beach Resort and Villas and Zulal Wellness Resort, will each bring something different to the broad range of amenities and experiences already available to domestic and international tourists.
His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Secretary General of Qatar National Tourism Council and CEO of Qatar Airways, said of the developments: “Throughout this year and in the run up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 TM, we are expanding our tourism offering to ensure guests can enjoy the very best in Qatari hospitality. Extensive hotel and resort development is key to our strategy, and we are pleased to have two outstanding developments underway, including our partnership with Hilton Hotels and Resorts with the Salwa Beach project.”
The seventh Hilton hotel opening in the region, the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, is located 84 kilometers from the capital, Doha. With no expense spared, the resort is set across 3.5km of picturesque private beaches and features beautiful and spacious beach villas, each with private pools and gardens for a luxurious yet secluded getaway. Thirty villas are now available for bookings, with a further 246 deluxe hotel rooms and suites due to open in early 2021.
Guests can enjoy a range of exclusive features and spectacular restaurants during their stay. From the locally inspired Souk Kitchen to the stylish Octa seafood restaurant, there are over 20 eateries on site with a cuisine to fit each and every palate.
Those looking to sit back and relax can indulge in treatments at the Eforea Spa. Set across two floors, the tranquil relaxation and wellness center is home to eight luxurious treatment rooms, as well as a fully equipped VIP room with a Rasul mud chamber. Guests can opt to receive the best spa services available, including a restorative Volcanic Stone Massage or a calming Honey Hammam, before unwinding in the steam room, sauna, tropical showers or ice chute.
Active families seeking adventure can explore the Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park. The world-class water park’s site sprawls 57,000 square meters and features 28 slides and rides, including torrent rivers, surfing dunes and Whizzard mat racing. Those wanting to stay dry can get a thrill from go-karting and laser tag.
Outside of Abu Samra, the Zulal Wellness Resort is set to be the largest wellness destination in the country and the first wellbeing resort in the region. Partially opening in late 2020 before its complete opening in early 2021, the resort will be located in the north of Qatar and will offer treatments and facilities for sun-seeking families or couples looking to escape to the Arabian dunes.