Bahrain is a rich country both in luxuries, as well as culture and history. Despite its small size, the tiny Arabian Gulf country boasts massive appeal as a modern-day oasis and perfect travel destination among the GCC countries. The country’s wealth is reflected both in its offerings as well as the diverse expat population of its capital, Manama. For anyone traveling to Bahrain and seeking unpretentious, royalty-worthy luxury and a comfortable stay in some of the world’s finest 5-star hotels, you don’t have to go looking far in Bahrain to find true gems. Here are our picks of the finest hotels in Bahrain.
Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain
Beachfront elegance and luxurious finishes dotted wherever you look – that’s what life is like at the Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain. This beautifully rich 5-star hotel has everything you could possibly ask for – world-class cuisine in marbled halls, a lush and indulgent spa, outstandingly plush and opulent interiors and staff that truly understand the meaning of first-class service. Offering unmatched relaxation on the Arabian Gulf, this hotel, of course, comes with its own private stretch of white-sand beach, where guests can relax under the swaying palm trees and enjoy the gentle breeze and sea views.
The interiors are nothing short of royal-worthy. Rooms and suites are adorned with plush furnishings and the interiors are kept in a lovely cream color palette with a few gorgeous accents in the form of either sapphire blue velvet pillows or delicately wooden-laced coffee tables. And after a day of enjoying the Bahrain sun, you are invited to immerse yourself in ultimate relaxation at the Jumeirah Royal Saray spa which offers unique and modern treatment options, aromatherapy sessions and floating pools. Need we say more?
Al Areen Palace & Spa
The Al Areen Palace & Spa is just as royal as it sounds. The resort is a true palatial sanctuary for comfort, relaxation and rejuvenation in the most luxurious setting and comes with 78 luxuriously appointed villas, each featuring a private marble courtyard, swimming pool and open-air jet pool. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the stark desert panorama and wrap yourself in sheer luxury as you discover a perfect blend of relaxation and pleasure.
The hotel truly is a haven for privacy-seeking travelers who appreciate discreet service and complete seclusion from the outside world. Each private villa showcases the resort’s mesmerizing Arabian charm, while sophisticated elegance is a signature element wherever you go. That said, each villa is fully contemporary with all the modern-day amenities you could possibly ask for. The color palette of the resort is both seducing and calming, as rich, warm tones and calming lights put you at ease and you can feel the time slow down. The hotel offers great dining options in the most romantic settings. Whether you choose the Saffron restaurant offering fusion cuisine or Keizo Gazebo for a completely romantic private island dining setting, you are guaranteed to enjoy an unforgettable meal.
Hotel Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
Residing on the pristine beaches of Zallaq and overlooking the Arabian Gulf on the West coast of Bahrain, the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa boasts the only Thalassa Sea and Spa in the GCC countries. This awe-inspiring new resort and seawater spa blends French art de vivre with traditional Bahraini styles. The hotel’s 262 luxurious rooms and suites have spacious balconies and sea views that allow guests to fully take in the stunning surroundings without compromising on comfort. The Arabian interior design is matched with a luxurious color palette and topped off with elegant dark hardwoods, creating a welcoming contemporary oasis and an inviting setting.
The hotel gently curves around the pristine white-sand bay and offers expansive vistas as far as the eye can see. Polished marble floors in the lobby create a palatial feel and your eyes are guided towards the alluring potted palms and exquisite Dilmun artworks. Enjoy a taste of dual heritage with a complimentary Arabic coffee or a French macaron from the patisserie. Meanwhile, the award-winning La Mer restaurant presents exceptional seafood in a sumptuous French style.
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
Instantly recognizable in the surrounding landscape, the Four Seasons Hotel at Bahrain Bay is like something from a sci-fi fantasy. The building is a dominating structure perched on its own man-made private island in the middle of the bay, meaning the Four Seasons Hotel at Bahrain Bay soars as a destination in its own right. It’s a truly bold statement by the architectural firm SOM.
At the same time, it’s much more than just a hotel. It’s a cosmopolitan oasis that combines the very best of a beach holiday and an urban getaway. Wake up to 180º views of the Arabian Gulf or Manama skyline. All rooms and suites are generously sized, creating the perfect ambiance for a home away from home. The interiors are modern and comfortable, and there are bold accents scattered throughout the rooms making a stay here the perfect choice for both confident individuals and acclaimed business professionals. The hotel is also home to one of the finest restaurants in all of Bahrain – Cut by Wolfgang Puck, a modern American steakhouse with superb food and glorious views. On top of that, there are generous relaxation options at the Four Seasons spa with signature treatments that will make your skin glow and lift your spirits.
Reef Resort & Spa
The magnificent Reef Resort & Spa is located on Reef Island overlooking the sprawling lagoon and set in the middle of lush greenery. The luxurious 5-star resort is the perfect location to pick for your stay in Bahrain as everything is within easy reach, from busy business districts to shopping and leisure opportunities. The resort offers ideal convenience of a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday in the heart of the city.
There are 11 two-bedroom villas, as well as 91 rooms and suites in the resort. All are decorated in the most opulent manner to curate a stay that’s fit for royalty. On top of that, all villas, rooms and suites have their own private jacuzzis. Furthermore, the restaurant has seven themed restaurants so even the pickiest eaters will be able to find something to please their tastebuds feasting on delicious cuisine and enjoying pool or lagoon views. The spa offers both traditional and modern therapies tailored to each guest. The resort also has an adult-only infinity-edge pool with panoramic views.