Stay at Bahrain hotels for these discount rates in the summer
Time Out Bahrain staff
Whether you’ve got a great overseas trip planned or you’re braving the heat to stay in Bahrain, there’s plenty of time to spare during the slower summer months for a well-deserved staycation. We have some fantastic hotels and resorts on the island to enjoy so we suggest forking out for a mini holiday, as there are lots of affordable deals to avail this season. These are just a few of your options…
Al Areen Palace & Spa An intimate desert oasis
The hotel: This elegant resort features 78 pool villas which ooze Arabian charm and each boast an open-air, heated swimming pool, jet-pool, master bedroom and infinity bath tub. The 56 desert pool villas have three more rooms, an outdoor shower and entertainment amenities. Finally, the 22 epic royal pool villas is practically your own desert house. Elsewhere, you’ll find dining options and a luxurious spa with extensive hydrothermal facilities.
Why you should go: This desert oasis is far from civilisation and perfect for a real escape. The deal: The deal through Ramadan is you pay for two nights and get three. It includes a free iftar and suhoor, one extra bed and late 7pm check-out. The rates per night start from BD180++ for the desert pool villa. Al Areen Palace & Spa, www.alareenpalace.com (1784 5000).
ART Rotana The family getaway
The hotel: The newest five-star hotel and resort in Amwaj Islands is this 331-room, ocean-facing haven. There’s no need to leave the comfort of this hotel with its eight food and beverage outlets, kid’s club, beach club and numerous swimming pools. Why you should go: Aside from the stunning sea views and beach access, there’s the Flipper’s Kids Club where children can get involved in arts and crafts activities, play indoor and outdoor sports, and meet other guests their own age. Meanwhile, mum and dad can enjoy the beach club, adults-only pool or one of the many fine dining establishments at the hotel.
The deal: Average room rates start from USD55 (approximately BD21!) per room, per night until October 3. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands, www.rotana.com (1600 0111).
Crowne Plaza Bahrain Unwind and recharge The hotel: Conveniently located in the central Diplomatic Area, Crowne Plaza Bahrain offers both classic elegance and modern amenities within their newly renovated rooms. There are 246 rooms altogether, complete with everything you would need for a comfortable stay, and the hotel also boasts six food and beverage outlets and a state-of-the-art health club called bFit with a gym, treatment rooms, outdoor swimming pool, tennis and squash courts.
Why you should go: The dining outlets serve up some great dishes while the nightlife venues are known for putting on great themed evenings. The health club is also second-to-none with fantastic facilities to take advantage of during your stay.
The deal: Running until December 31 is the ‘Unwind and Recharge’ weekend package for BD65++. This includes complimentary breakfast for two, a free massage for one, 20 percent off all food and beverage in their outlets, and a late check-out (4pm). Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area, www.cp-bahrain.com (1753 1122).
Gulf Hotel Local flavour
The hotel: The stalwart Gulf Hotel has been around since 1969, in the heart of Adliya, offering top notch service and true Bahraini hospitality. They have 361 well-appointed rooms and suites, a whopping 16 restaurants, lounges and bars, plenty of recreational facilities such as the lagoon-style swimming pool, kids play area and health club, as well as a premium executive residence.
Why you should go: Firstly, for the local flavour emphasised by the delightful Arabian hospitality but also because you’re in for a relaxing stay thanks to the luxurious rooms and incredible facilities. Not to mention, the hotel offers an outstanding culinary journey through its diverse food and beverage venues from India to Thailand, Britain to China, Japan to Italy and then right back to the Middle East. You certainly won’t be deprived of anything here.
The deal: From June 15 to mid-September, room rates start from BD32++ per person, sharing a double room. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya, www.gulfhotelbahrain.com (1771 3000).
Elite Resort & Spa Bay side views The hotel: Overlooking Muharraq Bay, Elite Resort & Spa offers an oasis of tranquility where you and your family can leave day-to-day life behind. Its location is ideal, near the airport and right beside the world-class Bahrain National Museum, and not at all far from Adliya’s restaurant district or Seef’s shopping malls. With extremely spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, which are fully equipped and each have stunning sea views, the resort also has three food and beverage outlets, as well as popular Sparadise and Elevation Health Club.
Why you should go: This is perfect for a family retreat with its huge suites, outlets and other great facilities. The views from your room are also wonderful and promise to transport you to a desert island paradise.
The deal: Until September 20 (excluding Eid Al Fitr and peak periods), the hotel is offering one-bedroom suites for BD53++ and two-bedroom suites for BD100++. This price is inclusive of a breakfast buffet, VIP amenities and complimentary internet connection. Elite Resort & Spa, Muharraq, www.elitegroup4u.com/elite-resort-and-spa (1755 8200).
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Suite and spa
The hotel: The Mövenpick’s amazing location, right next to the airport, makes it a great stopover place before or after a long-haul flight when you’re still in vacation mode. This five-star hotel has plenty of other strings to its bow, however, such as the 106 lavishly furnished deluxe and superior rooms, leisure facilities and some very popular, themed culinary events. Not to mention the recently revamped, luxurious European spa.
Why you should go: Just a short hop away from the airport, any trip to the Mövenpick is like a mini break. It’s fun, with plenty going on in the few outlets, and it’s beautiful with stunning sea views and a tropical outdoor pool escape. For relaxation, the lush Rimal Spa offers unique treatments and transports you straight to Europe.
The deal: The ‘Suite and Spa’ experience package includes the diplomatic suite, with its lovely terrace, a complimentary one-hour massage, breakfast buffet, free wifi and airport transfer, all for BD280++. Alternatively, all summer they’re offering 30 percent off average room rates, which are forecasted at BD72.5++ (not including discount), subject to availability. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, Muharraq, www.moevenpick-hotels.com (1746 0000).
Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Luxury city escape
The hotel: This five-star hotel brand offers spacious, modern rooms and suites, which range from 45 square metres to a whopping 125 square metres in the Ambassador Suite. The hotel also features seven excellent food and beverage outlets, and state-of-the-art spa and fitness facilities at Reborn Spa.
Why you should go: The rooms are beautiful with fabulous views of the country, offering an exclusive luxury escape for affordable prices this summer. Dining offers abound, as do opportunities for recreational relaxation around the hotel.
The deal: Until September 16 (excludes Eid), the Premier Rooms are BD45++ (single occupancy) or BD53++ (double) while the Deluxe is BD55++ and BD65++ respectively. The Ramee Club Room is BD70++ and BD80++ while the Grand Suite, for two adults, is BD115++. The lavish Ambassador Suite can host a family of four, or four adults, at BD140++. Rates include a breakfast or suhoor, and other amenities. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Seef, www.rameegrandbahrain.com (1711 1999).
The Palace Boutique Hotel A boutique break The hotel: The team behind Bahrain’s first ever boutique hotel are also the brains behind award-winning restaurants such as Masso and Polo Gastropub. The standard and executive rooms feature contemporary furnishings and earthen tones, and all the proper amenities. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.
Why you should go: The ambience is reminiscent of five-star boutique hotels in major cities around the world – the service is top notch, facilities are outstanding and the dining outlets are second-to-none.
The deal: During the summer months, the hotel has partnered with local companies to offer two packages ‘A Day at The Beach’, which includes a day at Coral Bay, and ‘A Day in Bahrain History’, a chauffeur-driven, customisable package taking you around cultural hot spots. During Ramadan, the room rates start from BD40 net for single occupancy or BD45 for two and includes a set suhoor menu and iftar tray for fasting guests. The Palace Boutique Hotel, Adliya, www.thepalace.com.bh (1772 5000).
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa A touch of France
The hotel: In reality, Sofitel Bahrain may only be a short drive from the city centre but, once you’re there, you feel as though you’re a world away from the bustle of real life. This stunning five-star resort is perched on the Arabian Gulf coast, offering 262 sea view rooms, and boasting the only Thalassa Sea and Spa in the GCC. The French savoir-faire of the Sofitel brand is present at every moment whether you’re dealing with the professional staff, relaxing by the pool or in the spa, or dining at one of their numerous outlets.
Why you should go: Aside from the service and beautifully decorated, luxurious rooms, the hotel also offers so much more including nine top quality restaurants and lounges, and the exciting spa that features thalassotherapy (sea water therapy).
The deal: Throughout summer, get 20 percent off on the best available rates with breakfast included. Le Club Accorhotels members also get an extra 10 percent off this discounted rate and earn triple the points. The average standard room rates from June to August start from BD90++ per couple. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Zallaq, www.sofitel.com (1763 6363).
The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Packages abound The hotel: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain is easily one of the most noted hotels on the island. Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the hotel boasts 245 rooms and chalets across the 20-acre resort complex which encompasses The Royal Spa, health club, tropical swimming pools, beautiful beach area and floating island, as well as nine outstanding restaurants and lounges.
Why you should go: It’s the ultimate urban resort on the island offering a bevy of opportunities for rest, relaxation and plenty of fun. If you’re looking for the true holiday feel, then look no further.
The deals: Summer rates start from BD120++ per room, per night. Bahrain residents receive 20 percent off best available rates (subject to availability and a valid CPR is required). The ‘Let Us Intrigue You’ package starts from BD185++ per Deluxe Room, per night where you pay for two nights and stay for three (includes breakfast). Meanwhile, the ‘Let Us Rejuvenate You’ package on Deluxe and Club Rooms starts at BD185++ per night (minimum two-night stay) including one lunch, one Tai Chi or yoga session and a 45-minute massage. This offer is valid on weekdays until December 31. The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, Seef, www.ritzcarlton.com (1758 0000).