A Recap of our next three days in Qatar! – Stuck in Customs

A Recap of our next three days in Qatar!

Qatar Recap

Once again, I stayed in a place not long enough! Right after three nights in Oman, we came here for another three nights. This was all meant to be sort of an “amuse bouche” of the Middle East for the family… just enough to get everyone excited enough to want to come back!

We arrived at the Sharq Village & Spa in Doha. Actually, it was amazingly close to the airport. I think it took us less than 10 minutes to arrive! And then, upon entry, we met our personal butler. He was a heck of a nice guy from Serbia. He took us to our room, showed us around, and showed us all the various surprises they left for us. There was so much fruit it was insane. And every day they kept bringing more fruit. It was Very Nice, but at some point I had to say, “ENOUGH WITH THE FRUIT I LOVE IT BUT IT’S TOO MUCH!” haha it was so funny… it just kept coming!

Anyway, one of our first stops was to the old souk, which was absolutely incredible. I was amazed and blown away by the feel of this souk. I could have shopped in there forever. Then we went to an amazing Iranian restaurant called Parisa. You’ll see some of the intricate glassworks in a photo below.

Besides more great spa treatments, yoga, and food, we also had an incredible cooking class from the head chef of a new restaurant that is supposed to open there called Al Dana. It’s one of the only beachfront restaurants in all of Doha… and wow was that chef Evangelous Liakouris ever nice!

Qatar Videos Recap

Here’s the highlight video from Qatar!

Qatar Photos Recap


This is the Sharq Village and Spa at night, a view as we are walking back to our room.

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Here the kids are in their cooking class with the head chef of Al Dana, Evangelous Liakouris.

The End Of The Call To Prayer

A man emerges from a mosque as the call to prayer is ending…

from Trey Ratcliff at https://stuckincustoms.com

There are actually two Ritz-Carlton in Doha. I had a chance to go over to this other one for an INTENSE Italian dinner that was beyond description called Porcini. The kids even got to go into the kitchen to make some pizzas!

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Approaching the souk…

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The action inside the souk!

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One day we came back and our butler surprised us, taking us to the beach where there was a camel named Jamilla! Isabella loves ALL animals so she would go back to visit Jamilla again and again and again 🙂


Daily Photo – Sharq Village & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Doha, Qatar

And here’s the inside of that most incredible restaurant, Parisa. The manager told me that a bunch of women flew in from Iran to do all the glass decorations and it took them over three years. And guess what, this is JUST the hallway! Wait till you see the main room! I’ll save that for a later post.

Sharq Village & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Doha, Qatar

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-02 23:38:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias