THE HIDDEN GEM OF THE MIDDLE EAST

Inspiring Travel Company | 27 Oct, 2017

Mention ‘luxury holiday in the sun’ and the Middle East isn’t always the first place that springs to mind. Bahrain, where the old meets the new with a wealth of stunning architecture, ultra-luxe resorts and endless activities, is going to change that. This island nation offers a unique mix of ancient culture and contemporary attractions, ensuring there’s something to entice every visitor.

Bahrain can be reached from London in under seven hours (on a direct British Airways flight), and is just 1 hour 15 minutes from Dubai. Naturally, as an island in the Middle East, you’ll find plenty of golden sand and sparkling sea views, but there’s much more to discover on a luxury escape here.

Dating back to the ancient Dilmun civilisation, the country offers history buffs and curious visitors plenty to wonder at. Start at the excellent Bahrain National Museum, and be sure not to miss the 400-year old Tree of Life, a natural wonder which has flourished even in impossible desert conditions. Bahrain Fort is an amazing site with history dating back to 2300BC; enjoy the spectacular views at night, or visit in the day for an extensive museum experience with more than 500 artefacts on display.

From traditional souks to glossy modern malls, Bahrain’s shopping is some of the best in the world. Wander through the Manama souk and browse items from traditional carpets and spices to international products. As well as plenty of gold, you’re likely to spot lots of beautiful pearls as you shop in Bahrain – the country has a long history of pearling, with diving mentioned in texts dated back as early as 2000BC.

The 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix was the first Formula One World Championship race to be held in the Middle East, and in the years since the weekend at Bahrain International Circuit has become one of the highlights in the racing calendar. To get the adrenaline pumping, visitors might enjoy a visit to the Bahrain International Karting Circuit, where children and adults alike can have a go at high-speed carting; or for a more relaxing holiday, luxuriate at one of the many fantastic spas and wellness resorts to be found here. Why not embark on an exciting Land Rover excursion into the desert, or even a trip out to one of the more than thirty islands that makes up the Kingdom of Bahrain?

After a day of exploring history, engaging in some retail therapy and perhaps even experiencing high-octane racing, retiring somewhere peaceful and relaxing is essential. Fortunately, Bahrain offers visitors some of the most luxurious enclaves in the world. With renowned names Ritz-Carlton and One&Only having properties here, you know you’re guaranteed signature service and a world-class experience.

Guests at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain benefit from access to 600 metres of pristine beachfront and a choice of eleven incredible restaurants and bars. With facilities like the excellent Royal Beach Club and the superlative Ritz-Carlton Spa, it’s easy to see why guests might want to stay within the resort for their entire stay, but the hotel’s privileged location means exploring the rest of Bahrain’s wonders is easy.

One&Only Seef, which is due to open in early 2018, is another fabulous option with plenty of in-resort attractions and close proximity to many of Bahrain’s top sights. Indulge at the Givenchy Spa, be pampered at the Pedi:Mani:Cure beauty studio, or dine at one of the three outstanding restaurants.

Indeed, as well as the options at these exceptional hotels, there’s a bounty of dining and entertainment choices to be explored in Bahrain. International and local cuisine can be enjoyed at an array of restaurants, and Bahrain’s more relaxed alcohol laws means the nightlife here is among the liveliest in the Arabian Gulf.

So, with endless history, amazing culture, unrivalled shopping, plenty of activities, stunning luxury resorts and great entertainment, what are you waiting for?

Give our Travel Specialists a call on 01244 355600 to create a personalised, bespoke itinerary for your amazing getaway to Bahrain.

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