Ritz Carlton Bahrain Bed down in the heart of Manama’s Seef District, with a private beach, a gaggle of infinity-pool-toting luxury villas and award-winning dining at your disposal. You might even forget that the Grand Prix is taking place, thanks to the hotel’s mind-boggling entertainment options, which include 11 restaurants and bars, a shopping arcade and a private island. The hotel even has its own flock of flamingos.
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Occupying its own gold-and-blue private island, the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay showcases dazzling architecture and an unabashedly luxurious approach to hospitality. Unwind in the vast spa, pick from seven Manama restaurants and lounges (including three outposts by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck) and toast your trip in the Kingdom’s highest bar and restaurant, on the 50th floor.
Sofitel Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Home to the one and only Thalassa Sea and Spa in the GCC countries, this hotel sprawls magnificently across the glorious beaches of Zallaq, on Bahrain’s sparkling west coast. Sartorially, the hotel blends influences from the Continent with local flavours; there’s even a dazzling ballroom and a paradise private island.
Gulf Hotel Bahrain Experience the inimitable warmth of Arab hospitality at this stylish stay, home to a bewildering choice of restaurants, bars and cafés, including Royal Thai and China Garden restaurants and a Sherlock Holmes bar (‘Elementary, my dear Watson’). Rooms are styled with pearl, ivory, sand and honey hues, plus covetable furniture and furnishings.
Crowne Plaza Manama If you’re looking for luxury without a price-watering price tag, Crowne Plaza Manama could be the one. Crowne Plaza is sitting pretty in the diplomatic area, close to the business and finance districts and the just-opened Avenues mall. Enjoy opulent brunches at La Mosaique Restaurant; save room for succulent seafood at Waves.
ART Rotana Island-lovers will go weak at the knees for Art Rotana, which is sitting pretty in the Amwaj Islands: a group of man-made Islands in the northeast region in Bahrain, just a few minutes’ drive from the airport. The hotel has some impressive vital statistics: 311 ocean-spying rooms and eight tempting restaurants, ticking off global flavours from Italian to Asian. There’s also a fun-loving Beach Club and a spoiling spa.