Take a tour of the Art Rotana and Four Seasons Bahrain Bay hotels
Time Out Bahrain staff
This five-star property, based on Amwaj Islands, opened to much fanfare right at the end of 2014. The sparkling, glass-encased building rises from the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, offering 311 luxury sea-view rooms and suites targeting business travellers, residents and holiday makers alike. Uniquely, the hotel has been built with reflections of the Middle East in its design, paying homage to local art through a collection of works called ‘A moment in time’.
Food and beverage outlets For a spot of all-day dining it’s Choices you should head to, a restaurant which offers a variety of dishes from across the world for breakfast, lunch and dinner in buffet style, a la carte, or from live cooking stations. Alternatively, The Gallery Lobby Lounge, centrally located in the hotel, offers a place to sit back, relax and enjoy a sip of coffee, afternoon tea or savoury snack.
The sweet tooth among us will gladly welcome Patisserie Art where fresh pastries and cakes are made every day and can be enjoyed in the hotel or to take home, and be catered for.
Flames Steak & Seafood’s menu features grain-fed aged beef, seafood delights and other steakhouse classics, providing a meat-eater a brand new haven in Bahrain. Meanwhile, Wu Bar, Restaurant & Lounge serves up five Asian cuisines – Malaysian, Chinese, Thai, Korean and Japanese – in small portions, perfect for sharing. Then there’s Rosso, the Italian restaurant, which promises Mediterranean favourites, served theatrically in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Finally, Cellar 59 pairs tapas style food with beverages to a backdrop of DJ music in a contemporary, vibrant venue.
Health and fitness The hotel introduces a host of family-friendly fitness facilities in the form of Bodylines Fitness and Wellness, which encompasses a number of massage and steam rooms, alongside three swimming pools, a private beach, outdoor Jacuzzi and Flippers Kid’s Club and water park.
Other facilities There’s the Thuraya Ballroom and other function spots, as well as eight state-of-the-art meeting rooms that are available for conferences and events, complete with music, sound, lighting, projection and conference systems. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands, www.rotana.com/artrotana (1600 0111).
Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
Rising up towards the blazing Bahraini sky, at a whopping 68 storeys, the H-shaped Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain Bay is raising the bar in the island’s luxury hospitality industry from this month onwards. The property rests on its own manmade five hectare island with interiors inspired by luxury sea voyages, each of its 273 rooms and suites enhanced by works of Bahraini art.
Food and beverage outlets The biggest talking point of the Four Season Bahrain Bay’s dining offering is the three outlets by Michelin-starred chef Wolfgang Puck – steakhouse ‘CUT by Wolfgang Puck’, the contemporary ‘re Asian Cuisine | Wolfgang Puck’ and the sophisticated but laid back ‘Blue Moon Lounge | Wolfgang Puck’ with Moroccan influence. But it doesn’t end there; on the lower lobby level you’ll find the international all-day dining buffet restaurant Bahrain Bay Kitchen, on the lobby level there’s the everyday Bay-View Lounge, as well as a spot for sundowners in CUT Bar & Lounge. Then, nestled by the poolside are the Italian inspired Vento and the down-to-earth Azure where you’ll find snacks and shisha.
Health and fitness The Spa at Four Seasons Bahrain Bay measures in at a whopping 3,485 square metres, encompassing 17 treatment rooms, five pool experiences and two fitness centres (which are open 24 hours). There are separate unisex and women’s only facilities where they use Sodashi and ila product lines, and which include relaxation lounges with juice bars, locker rooms and whirlpools. On top of that, there’s a steam room, salt inhalation room, beauty salon and barber shop, and Turkish hammams, all of which is overseen by spa director Chandarella Luzon.
As for the pools, there’s four outdoor pools including an infinity, the Azure, saltwater experience and dedicated kid’s pool. Inside, there’s the 148.5 square metre indoor spa pool to enjoy.
Other facilities and programmes Upon check-in, children get an invitation to visit the Kids For All Seasons Club which is fantastic for families with kids aged four to 12. The complimentary, fully-supervised programme includes plenty of activities including arts and crafts, face-painting, movies, puzzles and more. Meanwhile, they can also enjoy their own dedicated pool area within the fitness facilities.
For meetings and events, there’s a 923 square metre ballroom, Al Bahrain, as well as the smaller 432 square metre Al Manama, alongside four additional meeting rooms and two boardrooms. Exclusively, they also offer an enclosed music studio which can feed tunes into the ballrooms; a special bridal suite with private entrance, photography room, pantry, living room and companion suite; and a business centre.
Four Seasons’ fun facts
• Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the designers of Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, also designed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. • The Bahrain property’s spa is the second largest in the whole of the Four Seasons portfolio. • The team plan to introduce one of the first anti-gravity yoga programmes in the region. • There are more than 75,000 crystals, which have been imported from the Czech Republic, incorporated in the hotel’s ballroom chandeliers. • The amount of reclaimed land the hotel has been built on totals 500,000 square metres or 5.4 million square feet.