Al Areen Palace and Spa
If you want to go all out on your trip to Bahrain, head to the Al Areen Palace and Spa. Each villa comes with its own open air swimming pool and jet pool, meaning you can spend all day by the pool without ever being disturbed. You can also choose to take part in a wellness programme at the spa complete with yoga classes and meditation, or enjoy a spa treatment.
Al Areen Palace and Spa, Hamad Town (1784 5000).
Crowne Plaza Bahrain
Choose this hotel if you’re all about location, location, location. Situated in the diplomatic area, and just 15 minutes away from the airport, you’ll be perfectly placed to explore the best that Manama has to offer. And if you don’t fancy leaving the hotel, there are three restaurants, two bars and a cafe for you to choose from.
Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (1753 1122).
Another well-situated hotel, the Downtown Rotana is right next door to Bab Al-Bahrain and the famous Manama Souq. Make sure you head to Alto, the restaurant and bar on the 25th floor, for incredible views over the city.
Downtown Rotana, Government Avenue, Manama (1311 9999).
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
With the exception of the World Trade Centre, the Four Seasons hotel in Bahrain Bay is surely the most iconic building in the Manama skyline. Every room offers incredible views over the city, but if that’s not enough, head up to the Blue Moon Lounge by Wolfgang Puck on the 50th floor. If you want to catch a tan while in Bahrain you’re in luck, as the hotel recently opened up a private beach.
Four Seasons, Bahrain Bay (1711 5000).
Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention and Spa
If you’re after a hotel that has it all, head to the Gulf Hotel. Businessmen head here for the meetings rooms, stressed out folks stay here for the spa, and everyone else visits for the restaurants. There are ten inside the hotel, including Thai and Iranian food, and the hotel boasts Rasoi by Vineet, the first fine dining restaurant run by a Michelin-starred chef in Bahrain.
Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention and Spa, Road 3801 (1771 3000).
Jumeirah Royal Saray
Fancy some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the city without travelling miles? Head to the Jumeirah Royal Saray. This hotel complex has a gorgeous private beach and plenty of eateries – including the fantastic Japanese restaurant Bushido – to keep you entertained.
Jumeirah Royal Saray, Avenue 38, Seef (7770 7070).
The Merchant House
This hotel has just 46 suites, and you’ll be gutted if you miss the chance to stay here. The owners of Merchant House converted an old building and kept a number of original features, but added in hundreds of paintings and photographs throughout the lobby, corridors and even the rooms, creating a very unique space. The real highlight here is definitely the rooftop restaurant and pool, which will be perfect for the winter months.
Merchant House, Government Avenue, Manama (1667 1000).
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
The Ritz-Carlton is yet another 5* hotel that you just won’t want to leave thanks to its range of restaurants, including the scrumptious Cantina Kahlo, which offers up Mexican food, and the exclusive La Table Krug by Y which seats just 16 people a night. As well as this, guests can make use of the gigantic private pool and the private lagoon and island.
Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, King Mohammed VI Avenue, Seef (1758 0000).
Sheraton Bahrain Hotel
If luxury shopping is what you want to do in Bahrain, the Sheraton is probably the best place for it thanks to its connection to the MODA Mall, next to the World Trade Centre. Those who are after cultural experiences will also be happy with the hotel’s central location, making it extremely easy to travel to all the sights.
Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, Palace Avenue, Manama (1753 3533).
Hotel Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
The Sofitel in Bahrain is further out than all the other hotels featured on this list, but we promise it’s worth it. The suites and rooms offer amazing sea views on Bahrain’s west coast, and you’ll love the swimming pools and spa, which is the only Thalassa sea and spa across the Arabian gulf.
Hotel Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Zallaq Highway (1763 6363).
Every room in this iconic building boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, meaning you’ll have fantastic views over Bahrain Bay and beyond. Facilities inside include two restaurants, two swimming pools and a spa. If you plan on staying with your family, head here for the only 5* unlicensed hotel in Manama.
Wyndham Grand, Road 4611, Manama Seafront (1711 6116).
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