Now, how cheap would cheap be in Doha?
Back in the Philippines, I could get a massage for as low as Php 200 (QR 20) for an hour. That’s pretty cheap by my standards. But, as many would come to know, if you want the whole therapeutic deal (outside of a tennis ball rolling on your back in between concrete walls – see youtube for reference) in Doha, you may just have to raise your pricing standards a bit.
I have tried a couple of hotel spa massage offerings in Doha and here’s how I’d rate them:
1. Intercontinental Doha – Damage would be around QR 600 – 650. I went there twice, one was a treat by my generous boyfenemy (yes, I just made that word up). I had a filipina masseuse, very slender but can push all those knots out of your back well. Not going back. Too expensive for my pocket. I only went there cause I was really sick and was longing for the traditional “hilot” (how, we, Filipinos term massages back home). Overall rating: Performance – 4 stars. Price – 3 stars.
2. Crowne Plaza – Damage would be around QR 500. We got promotional vouchers, which means we could have a two for one price massage. The massage was disappointing. I got the deep tissue massage. My masseuse was thai, medium built but lacked the strength for deep tissue, no matter how respectfully I say to give it a harder push. Not going back, mainly because the performance was blah. Performance – 1 star. Price – 2 stars. (Based on regular pricing, not worth it).
3. Wyndham Hotel – Angsana Spa – I got the massage as a birthday gift this year. This was the most expensive massage I have ever had, the damage would be around QR 1,000 – 1,500. That was one long spa treatment — 4-6 hours long. The treatment included a body scrub, 9 rain water bath and then a fragrant rice massage. The ginger tea was also a big plus as they brew it fresh and really spicy. The masseuse was Indonesian and she was really good. Performance – 5 stars. Price – 2 stars. It was expensive but really worth checking out if you have the money to do so, or somebody is as generous as my partner-in-crime!
4. Holiday Villa – Amoaras Spa – I am saving the best for last. This is where I get my mini luxuries every month or every other month if I am really short on cash. This would only cost you QR 200. The place is clean. And my masseuse is Indonesian, big built and REALLY REALLY GOOD! I normally go there when I have really stiff muscles and it would seem like I’d about to be struck by fever. The massages are healing. And the price is understandable and affordable for Doha Hotel Range. They also offer you very good ginger tea at the beginning and end of the massage. Performance – 5 stars. Price – 4.5 stars.
Of course, you guys can surf around qatarliving and find good prices offered by individuals online, I haven’t tried that though as I am quite concerned about safety issues. I have tried a house service from a church friend of a house mate. She charges QR 100 and you just have to fetch her and bring her home. But her schedule is too full as she only do massages over weekends or free periods after her regular work. So I have not tried calling her again. That, and performance-wise, I’d have to rate it as average (3 stars).
Where do you get your massages in Doha?