Bahrain might be the third smallest country in the Middle East, but it certainly packs a lot into its 295 square miles. Racing fans will know it as the first Middle Eastern country to host a Grand Prix, and historians as the UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the richest remains inventoried of the Dilmun civilisation.
Whilst you might not have held it at the top of your holiday hotspots wishlist before, this Middle Eastern island might just be the destination you didn’t know you were looking for.
Read on to discover what awaits you when you charter a Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Bahrain.
Where to stay...
Transport yourself to a tiny corner of paradise on the Amwaj Islands — a group of man-made islands in the northeast region of Bahrain and enjoy an ocean view from one of the luxurious suites at ART Rotana.
Guests here can try new water sport and fitness activities, or simply unwind at the spa, surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.
Alternatively, why not enjoy the buzz of the Kingdom’s capital at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manama. The hotel is a soaring architectural statement on its own exclusive island — convenient for both business and relaxing holidays.
It’s also the top destination for any foodies — offering the height of stylish dining at the Kingdom’s highest bar and restaurant on the 50th floor. Choose from a total of seven restaurants and lounges, including three venues by internationally renowned celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.
What to do...
Enjoy cooler temperatures and take a morning or sunset horseback ride through the desert that avoids the punishing midday sun. This age-old recreational activity will leave you amazed at the beauty of the desert, as you ride across the stunning skyline by the Karbabad beach and Bahrain Fort.
But it’s not all traditional activities. Bahrain is one of the most rapidly-modernising countries in the world, and the huge levels of investment have led to the most up-to-date leisure activities being offered — from Gravity sky diving to a thrilling round of go-karting at the Bahrain International Circuit.
What to eat…
Of course, in a country with such a rich and varied heritage, the culinary offerings are second to none. As well as the three venues by internationally renowned celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at the Four Seasons.
We’d recommend enjoying the grilled fillet seabass and black tiger shrimps on offer at the Play Restaurant and Lounge at the Jumeirah Royal Saray.
Or why not some retro Greek dishes including flaming cheese saganaki at Attic, in Block 338. And then, for those with a sweet tooth, finish your evening with the delicious date cake at Naseef restaurant.
For more information about visiting Bahrain, visit the Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority at www.bahrain.com