Airline first class lounges often have something interesting in them. I’ve experienced a foot massage in Cathay Pacific’s The Pier in Hong Kong, and of course a massage in a spa suite with a living wall in the Qantas first class lounge in Sydney. Now I can add a jacuzzi to that list.
Qatar Airways operate a first class lounge in Doha called Al Safwa. You mainly need to be flying first class to access it, and Privilege Club Platinum members gain access as well on eligible business class tickets. Others on the same types of business class tickets can pay in for 600 QAR, which is about €154 or US$164 or AU$254 or £130.
The Al Safwa Lounge Spa
Upon arrival in the lounge, I quickly headed off to the spa to enquire about the jacuzzi. A friendly lady at the desk took my boarding pass and advised that it would be a 45 minute wait for it to be filled.
The spa itself offers a range of treatments that you can pay for, which are listed here. I only wanted a swim in the tub, so I headed off for a wander around the lounge while I waited.
The Jacuzzi Experience
At the appointed time, I headed back to the spa and was taken to the jacuzzi. When ushered inside, I was shown where everything was and then the staff member retired, leaving me to it.
The water was quite warm, so I added some cold water to it to adjust the temperature to my liking. I relaxed, drinking some water and enjoying the space. There is plenty of room when you’re travelling alone and you’d easily get two in there without any issues at all. In actual fact, considering there are two robes, two bottles of water and two shower suites in there, it’s very much tailored for two.
After a very lovely soak, I washed up, dressed and headed back to the lounge. Pleasingly, it wasn’t too hot in the jacuzzi room, which meant I wasn’t sweating afterwards. At times the airline shower places in warm countries can leave you feeling hot afterwards due to the humidity and lack of ventilation, but not so here.
It is quite decadent to have a jacuzzi in an airline lounge and perhaps more so in a desert country. I couldn’t help but think of that 45 minute filling time and the amount of water being used.
Qatar Airways have made it a lovely room within the spa in the first class lounge and it was very relaxing after my flight from Dublin. I would recommend it if you have the time – in my case, I had just enough, thankfully!
What do you think of the jacuzzi in the Al Safwa lounge in Doha? Have you used it before? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.