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Bahrain

Bahrain
 
When you think of Bahrain, what do you think of? A stuffy, restrictive, desert of a place in the Middle East? Well, you could not be more wrong. Bahrain is a kingdom on the move, constantly updating itself both culturally and aesthetically making it a luxury holiday destination in the Middle East.
 
In its jaw-droppingly gorgeous capital city, Manama, there is always something exciting to do and the whole place is suffused with a wonderful atmosphere of vibrancy and welcome. Don’t worry about being overwhelmed however, one of the best things about Bahrain is its pace of life – it is as relaxed, or as active, as you choose to make it.
 
Set apart from its comparatively young neighbours Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Bahrain is an area of ancient culture that will certainly appeal to explorers and cultural enthusiasts. It even has archaeological discoveries that are estimated to date back to a time as early as 2000 B.C. Despite this, however, Bahrain has been internationally recognised as one of the most modernised and forward thinking areas in the Middle East with a beloved expat community that makes up more 55 percent of the kingdom’s entire population.
 
Not convinced? Surely the kingdom’s need for more than 300 hotels proves that travellers from all over the world are making Bahrain the place to be. This plethora of hotels provide a variety of entertainment that’s sure to make your stay exceptional. Transpose yourself into another realm of relaxation in the spa rooms of either Bahrain’s Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons or indulge yourself in a veritable feast of gourmet delights in one of their many restaurants.
 
If you’re looking for a thrill that can’t be found within the walls of one of these fantastic hotels, however, don’t worry – there is plenty beyond them to excite and entertain. For an extra shot of adrenaline in your getaway, head to the legendary Bahrain International Circuit and watch the F1. Get even more involved by taking a spin on the track yourself in one of the most powerful drag racing vehicles in the world.
 
Prefer golf clubs to cars? There are a number of excellent courses available for a quiet yet perfect game of golf. Take the Royal Golf Club, for example – an 18-hole championship standard course designed by legend Colin Montgomerie.
 
WINGED BOOTS WISDOM
 
To get the most out of your Bahraini experience head out between February and April. You’ll be able to enjoy idyllic warmth during the day and refreshing yet still pleasant temperatures at night. And what’s more, during April the kingdom plays host to the Formula 1 Grand Prix and Bahraini Heritage Festival.
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Good to know

  • Currency: BHD
  • Flying time to destination:
    6 hours 35 mins from London
  • After Dark Destination: Blue Moon Lounge by Wolfgang Puck at Four Seasons Bahrain
  • In A Word: Luxury

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 17°c   Feb: 18°c   Mar: 21°c  
Apr: 25°c   May: 30°c   Jun: 33°c  
Jul: 34°c   Aug: 34°c   Sep: 32°c  
Oct: 30°c   Nov: 25°c   Dec: 20°c  

Location

Bahrain in a Nutshell

Adventure Awaits
 
  • Forget being atop a galloping stallion at sunset, everyone knows that a camel ride along the beach is really the only way to get about. Luckily for everyone involved, the camel rides in Manama are designed for beginners meaning that no riding experience is necessary and you will be guided every step of the way by a group of well-versed handlers. 
  • Historical as well as hilariously good fun, the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark is one of the largest in Bahrain and is a wonderful day out with the family. Based on the history of the Dilmun period of Bahraini history the attractions include more than 18 slides and other fabulous activities.
     
     
Soak Up the Culture
 
  • If you want a real Bahraini shopping experience, then you have to visit the Manama Souk, a street market and essential cog in the Bahraini culture. The Manama Souk can be found in the stunningly twisted street behind the Bab Al Bahrain and is a must for all those holiday souvenirs.
  • To really get a feel for the traditions of Bahraini and Arabic life in general, then a morning spent in Manama’s Al Fateh Grand Mosque is vital. One of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world, the Al Fateh has the capacity to accommodate over 7,000 worshippers and was named after the founder of Bahrain.
Tastes to Try
  • If your meal isn’t complete without a bit of a show to accompany it, then you need to head to Upstairs Downstairs, an elegantly decorated restaurant with a menu of eclectic cuisines from curries to traditional French fare. Local bands give live performances over the weekend and there are a variety of other acts for your entertainment throughout the week – just call ahead to find out what’s next.
  • If you want to try a real taste of the Middle East, then head to Veranda Restaurant and Café which is a stunningly decorated and cosy eatery, providing generous portions of Arabic delights from soulful breads to melt-in-your-mouth skewers.
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