The Secret Garden

DOHA

Home is where the heart is, and one with a garden is just an added bonus. Doha is a city based on the east coast of Qatar, surrounded by dessert on one side and water the other. Green outdoor space is not a familiarity here and especially one you can have a party in. Therefore, when word came out a few years ago that the Kempinski on the Pearl island was about to open a garden rooftop, the word quickly spread. It’s now a hotspot for people to enjoy the great views, cocktails and music.

So recently we were kindly invited by the Secret Garden to check out the vibe, food and drinks with a fellow blogger friend Gerald Sarmiento from Blue Hamburger. We went to the Secret Garden on a Tuesday, one of its less crazy nights but this way we were able to truly appreciate it for what it is.

The garden is accessed via the car park of the Kempinski hotel, or you can always be whizzed around by a golf cart from the main lobby. The Secret Garden does have a strict ID requirement, so please ensure you bring your Qatari ID or a passport otherwise you will be refused entrance.

Now away from the legal stuff, once you enter the hallway via the lift to the rooftop you are greeted and escorted to the garden area by some real service with a smile. On entering the garden you will make your way through the enchanted forest walkway with hidden lounge areas to the side. At the end of the walkway, you come to the bar and dining area. There is plenty of space for dining and drinking, with tables and lounge areas providing ideal spots to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the beautiful Arabian sunsets. The open space is unfortunately adverse to the dust and windy conditions so please ensure your hair is in place and you are dressed for it.

When the sun goes down, the beautiful backdrop of the hotel, lights and domes, just makes the garden stand out. The well-lit garden features and the hanging lights gives it the look of a cool garden party that you are lucky to have been invited to.

The staff are super creative with drinks and they are on the ball with their mixology of flavours, both with spirits and without. We had the pleasure of being served by Justin and we can gladly say he just kept us on the go. One of our two favourites was The Illusion Sour: vodka, passion fruit, vanilla and lime was both refreshing and just hit the spot. Our other favourite was their take on the G&T (Grapefruit & Thyme) which contained gin paired with citrus – bitter cordial and premium tonic was what they would say is “just what the doctor ordered”.

The great thing about a Tuesday night (or any night other than Monday, Thursday or Friday) is that you are able to just chill and relax with friends, loved ones or colleagues. It’s a perfect place to just enjoy the soft music without the need to go crazy. It also allows you to enjoy life away from life itself, relaxing in the comfort of a garden in the middle of the hustle and bustle that is Doha.

On the other hand, if you are after a party vibe, I would highly recommend a visit to the Secret Garden on a Monday, Thursday or Friday. Each of those nights has something special lined up, which we have detailed further below, and you can also move on to Illusion next door to carry on the party until 2am.

The biggest plus for us when we visited was the ability to savour as well as indulge in what could be the best kept secret of the garden – its mouthwatering dishes. For more on that, we introduce you to our friend Gerald who will take you on a culinary journey of the garden through his world. Click here to see for yourself.

Opening times & Events

Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday from 6pm till 2am. Friday from 5pm till 2am. Closed on Sundays.

Monday nights
The Secret Garden comes alive for the evening, where it hosts one of the hottest ladies nights in town. Everyone is out to enjoy the glorious views and sip on some of the best drinks in Doha. And as a lady you will be spoilt by the choice of complimentary mixers as well as a special drinks and food menu.

Thursday nights
Thursday is the start of the weekend in Doha. So at Secret Garden and Illusions, they really get the party started. With a live DJ playing the best sounds to the lively crowd, it really doesn’t get much better than that.

Friday nights
Friday in Doha is known to most as a day to brunch. Whilst most brunches take place in the afternoon, Secret Garden hosts an evening brunch during sundowners from 5pm to 8pm, providing guests with great food, drink and a DJ making you sway with the music.

For making sure you reserve your place at the best spot in town you can contact:

reservations@illusiondoha.com
+974 4035 5757

Please note:
1. Please dress smart casual to avoid being disappointed.
2. Please note the Secret Garden is closed on Sundays and during the holy month of Ramadan.
3. Finally, smoking is permitted.

 

Thank you to Illusions Doha for the use of photos and hospitality! Please note, we were invited by the Secret Garden to come and blog with a complimentary night out but with that said all opinions are our own.