Come on Time Out, we’re on an island. What’s so special about a beach?
Well, actually, despite our island status, there aren’t many pristine public beaches around, and Al Jazayer beach is one of the best stretches of shore.
And what exactly makes it a must-visit?
The soft, white sand and clear, shallow waters which are great for snorkelling, mainly (although there is no lifeguard around, so be careful). There are also some concrete chalets, which you can pitch up at and use (first come, first served). Gather your family or some mates, light up a barbecue, and make a day of it. The kids can also play on the swings and slides at the entrance.
Okay, okay, sounds pretty decent. But what else is there?
The Bahrain Sailing Club is definitely worth a visit. Inside, you’ll find there are more chalets and barbecue areas, as well as basic rooms you can rent for the night. They also have kayaks, which you can have a go on, and they even run sailing lessons. It’s a fairly basic facility but it’s a little gem in this ‘hood.
Great! You keep talking about barbecuing though. What if I’m lazy and want someone to cook me a five-star slap-up meal?
You’ll have to leave the immediate vicinity and drive five minutes down the road to the Al Areen Palace & Spa, where, among other venues, they have the Asian fusion spot Keizo (highly commended as Time Out Bahrain’s Best Romantic restaurant in 2015), which has just launched a brand new Friday brunch. Just under ten minutes in the other direction, you’ll also find Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, which boasts top notch seafood, tapas, Vietnamese, Italian and Arabic restaurants. Both hotels also have amazing spas, if you fancy a scrub down or massage.
Yum. Anything else worth checking out while we’re miles out of town?
The area is also home to the world-class Bahrain International Circuit (hosts of next month’s 2016 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix), the very fun Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark, and the much-visited Al Areen Wildlife Park. All in all, it’ll be a great day out for you and the family.
Only on Al Jazayer beach
Bahrain sailing club
If you’re a budding sailor, then this is a great place to bone up on your laser dinghy skills, as they run lessons throughout the year. Amateurs can also rent a kayak for a mere BD3 (on top of your BD3 entrance fee to the club). Tired of all the exercise?
Book a room for the night and have a sleep over. It’s just BD20 for two or BD40 for four people.
Call 17 836 078.