UAE, Egypt, Nepal, Sri Lanka and more short breaks to try
Time Out Bahrain staff
This Eid, take advantage of the fact that Bahrain is so central to make the most of the three-day holiday without breaking the bank or spending half your trip in the air.
Whether you’re looking for beach or mountains, city or countryside, we’ve found a trip to suit and nothing is more than a few hours away.
Less than 2 hours
Travel time: One hour 10 minutes Why go? It’s slightly quieter than its Emirati neighbour but a hub of cultural activities with some great eateries and walks along the Corniche if you want to relax. If you really want peace and quiet try Qasr Al Sarab desert resort or Sir Bani Yas desert island resort. Where to stay: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi has rooms from BD50 www.rotana.com. (+971 02 697 9000). Getting there: Gulf Air flies direct, return from BD88. www.gulfair.com.
Travel time: One hour 15 minutes Why go? The bustling Emirate is a has-to-be-visited destination from Bahrain. Offering plentiful dining and nightlife options come sun-down – Movida at the Radisson Royal on Sheikh Zayed Road is the latest exclusive hangout for the city’s beautiful people (the club’s only open Wed-Fri, 10pm-3am), while Mahiki at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a more laidback, but equally fun. Or just go for the shopping. Where to stay: Ascott Park Place Dubai offers serviced apartments for BD69 per night for one bedroom until Aug 31. www.the-ascott.com (+971 04 310 8503). Getting there: Fly Dubai flies direct, return from BD51. www.fkydubai.com.
Travel time: 35 minutes Why go? Take at look at where the 2022 football World Cup will be held, visit some great souqs and take in the stunning Museum of Islamic Art Where to stay: W Hotel might not be the cheapest but it really is quite special managing to be both welcoming and cool at BD90 per night. www.whoteldoha.com. (+974 4453 5000). Getting there: Bahrain Air flies direct, return from BD35. www.bahrainair.net.
Travel time: One hour 30 minutes Why go? Oman’s beautiful, there are proper waves on the beaches, it’s green, there’s superb diving and the Omanis are really friendly. Where to stay: Crowne Plaza Muscat won’t break the bank at BD90 per night. www.ichotelsgroup.com (800 00 880). Getting there: Gulf Air flies direct, return from BD74. www.gulfair.com.
Travel time: Three hours ten minutes Why go? Alexandria is Egypt’s most cosmopolitan city, with Belle Époque architecture, Roman ruins and grand squares. Where to stay: Check into the Four Seasons; rooms from BD110 per night. www.fourseasons.com/alexandria (+20 581 8000). Getting there: Bahrain Air flies direct, return from BD135. www.bahrainair.net.
Travel time: Two hours 30 minutes. Why go? To check out the Roman ruins of Jerash (dating back nearly 2,000 years). Also, don’t miss the magnificent city of Petra – it’s only two and a half hours drive from the city. Aim to get there in the morning to see the stones change colour. Where to stay: Barakat Hotel Apartments offer self-contained apartments from BD26 per night. www.barakatapartments.com (+962 6 569 7348). Getting there: Bahrain Air flies direct, return from BD159. www.bahrainair.net.
Travel time: Two hours 50 minutes. Why go? Experience art, culture, nightlife, shopping, history and the harsh realities of a long civil war in this vibrant, gritty city – the fantastic old French architecture is still peppered with bullet holes. Where to stay: Try the basic but modern 35 Rooms in the bustling Hamra area. It boasts free Wi-Fi and in-room kitchenettes. From BD43 per night. www.35rooms.com (+961 1 345 676). Getting there: Bahrain Air flies direct, return from BD132. www.bahrainair.net.
Travel time: Three hours Why go? The island hosts a seductive mix of inviting beaches, mountains trails and historical sites. Where to stay: For a blend of coast and comfort, try the Pyramos Hotel in Paphos, located just 200 metres from the beach. Rooms start at BD32 for a double room. www.pyramos-hotel.com (+357 2693 0222). Getting there: Gulf Air flies direct to Larnaca, return from BD254. www.gulfair.com.
Dead Sea, Jordan
Travel time: Two and a half hours to Amman, then about 45 minutes by car to the Dead Sea. Why go? To float effortlessly in the world’s lowest body of water and relax in the sun. Where to stay: Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea offers rooms from BD98 per night. www.kempinski.com (+962 5 356 8888). Getting there: Bahrain Air flies direct to Amman. A taxi from Amman to the Dead Sea is about BD10.
Galle, Sri Lanka
Travel time: Five hours to Colombo Why go? Enjoy the colonial charms of Galle, its wood carvings and gems. Where stay: Splash out at the Amangalla in Galle, rooms from BD180. www.amanresorts.com (+94 777 743 500). Getting there: Sri Lanka Airlines flies direct, return from BD156. www.srilankan.lk.
Travel time: Four hours ten minutes Why go? The Bosphorus, the bazaar, the Blue Mosque and the old city centre, partially listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Where to stay: Rooms at the opulent Opera Hotel start at BD 67 per night. www.opera-hotel.com (+38 044 581 7070). Getting there: Turkish Airlines flies direct return from BD161. www.turkishairlines.com.
Travel time: Four hours 45 minutes Why go? Check out the Boudhanath Stupa (a famed Buddhist holy site) and hang out with beardy backpackers on Freak Street. Alternatively, head to the Himalayas with a trekking company. Where to stay: The Thamel Eco Resort is ideally located; rooms cost from BD20. www.thamelecoresort.com (+977 1 426 3810). Getting there: Gulf Air flies direct, return from BD198. www.gulfair.com.
Travel time: Four hours 40 minutes Why go? Kerala is famous for its houseboat tours through backwaters surrounded by tropical flora and fauna. Where to stay: Embrace the forested surroundings in a tree house. Ebenezer Holiday offers stays in a number of districts. www.paradisekerala.com (+91 484 280 2808). Getting there: Bahrain Air flies direct to Kochi (Cochin), return from BD239.www.gulfair.com.
Musandam, Oman Just a short trip away, Musandam offers great diving and snorkelling (and the chance to spot whale sharks). Al Boom organises trips and scuba options.www.alboomdiving.com.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Lose yourself in the Osh bazaar or marvel at the ‘White House’ palace.