DOH Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge

While Hamad International Airport is a spectacular facility to explore and appreciate the architecture, I had other plans.

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It is a grand entrance up the massive escalator to an open lobby seemingly without a ceiling. The entrance itself depicts the opulence of this one of a kind first class lounge.

After admittance off to the right is a duty free shop area that I wouldn’t be able to pay the duty, let alone buy whatever is in there.

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So I entered the lounge. This lounge is something you have to see to fully appreciate.

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Space wise it is probably the largest lounge I’ve ever been in, but with the fewest chairs and most open space.

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When you enter if you turn left there is the bar and dining room where you can order off a menu as well as this water feature.

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There were more dining tables off to the right.

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Even though I said fewest chairs, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of chairs. It’s just the place is so big.

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Throughout the lounge are attendees who ask if you need anything, want to eat or visit the spa. They aren’t intrusive, just there to help.

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Off to the right is the Spa as well as a game room and kid’s area.

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Most of the spa treatments are at a cost. The spa attendant gave me a tour. There were various massage rooms.

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This one looked interesting, a massage on a warm bed of sand.

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Pedicure room.

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This is the jacuzzi room which I opted for. There is no charge for this. No duck though! What I found strange about this room is there are 2 showers opposite the jacuzzi but no toilet in the room.

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And a relaxation room after your warm bath.

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The spa was very tranquil with the sounds of this gentle flowing stream of water.

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After the jacuzzi I continued my tour of the facility in search of food. Tucked away in the back of the lounge is a typical lounge buffet style area for a quick bite in case you don’t have time to for a sit down meal.

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But I had time so I headed to the dining room. There was only one other person in the room, a lady at the bar who was headed to Sydney as well.

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I know I took a photo of the menu, but I must have deleted it by mistake as it’s nowhere to be found.

This Saint Julien is not something you will find in a typical lounge.

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Not wanting to eat anything too heavy I opted for the vegetable tart. It was delicious.

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And the waiter recommended the Pistachio cake.

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And it was as good as the presentation.

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This is a magnificent lounge. If you are flying first class on Qatar do your best to either arrive very early or have a long layover. I’d put this lounge on par with Lufthansa’s FCT, minus the ensuing walk to end of C concourse to catch QR908.