Al Messila, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa transports guests to their own private palace in Doha’s oasis district
The Luxury Collection recently announced the opening of Al Messila, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Doha, marking the debut of the brand in Qatar. Located 25 minutes from Hamad International Airport and 15 minutes from Doha’s city centre, West Bay, Al Messila is an urban oasis designed to respect the area’s natural surroundings. The ‘private palace’ setting is a retreat in the heart of the desert, offering service infused with Qatari hospitality and an ethos anchored by holistic wellness and epicurean journeys.
“Doha today is a world-class city with a burgeoning arts and culinary scene, rooted in tradition and a rich heritage,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “True to our brand’s mission and informed by Qatar’s foresight and commitment to sustainability, Al Messila offers global explorers a palatial retreat in a lush haven.”
With an expansive botanical backdrop in Doha’s historic ‘oasis’ district and fringed by native Mimosa and Acacia tree, Al Messila is a visually dramatic presence on the horizon. Guests arriving through the porte-cochere are transported to their own private palace, where a three-story, light-filled lobby adjoins a lounge offering expansive views of the resort. Sculpted marble sits alongside mashrabiya, detailing original Arabic patterning that infuses modern design with Qatari accents.
The resort has 152 rooms and suites, including 30 premium villas, each with its own pool, garden and personal butler service, and a whopping eight dining venues overseen by Michelin Star Chef Pino Lavarra are available. Snøull features a Nordic gourmet experience inspired by friluftsliv, the Scandinavian philosophy of ‘reconnecting with nature’, with dishes crafted using naturally nourishing, raw and biodynamic produce. Veritas offers a refined Northern Italian menu inspired by seasonal ingredients, and Caravanserai serves up hearty, comforting dishes that reinterpret the flavours of the Maghreb and Europe for a contemporary audience. At down-to-earth Greek estiatorio, Siga-Siga, a healthy menu of mezze and seafood is available, complemented by a signature Deli Kitchen where guests can shop, learn and enjoy under the same roof.
The resort’s comprehensive, female-only Al Messila Wellness facility is the region’s largest wellness retreat of its kind with no less than 26 treatment rooms. Advanced hydro-thermal facilities including three therapy pools and four hydro wellness ‘Worlds’ – Oriental, Mystic, Mineral and Floral – equipped with flotation tanks, cocoon beds, oxygen rooms, Kneipp walks, Hammams, salt rooms, and an elite range of exclusive treatment products and protocols are on offer.
Al Messila also hosts the innovative Little Explorers’ Club – the first ‘edu-tainment’ facility of its kind in Doha for the little ones. This includes a gym with kids-fit equipment, a cinema, an educational play area, an outdoor playground with interactive water fountains, and a shaded outdoor pool with hot-dip trampolines.