The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small island state located in the Arabian Gulf. Bahrain receives quite a lot of visitors every year, and the tourism sector has seen consistent development over the years, especially since Bahrain has started hosting one of the annual races in the Formula One racing circuit. There so many amazing things to do in Bahrain.
Middle Eastern countries are known to be synonymous with luxury and opulence. Bahrain is the smallest Middle Eastern nation, but, nonetheless, when we talk about some of the best hotels on the island, don’t be surprised if the word ‘luxury’ comes up quite often.
The Best 5 Star Hotels in Bahrain
These are 10 of the best 5 star hotels in Bahrain:
Mövenpick is the least costly of the 5 star hotels in Bahrain on this list, but if you are in transit through Bahrain and you are looking for a 5 star hotel close to the airport, Mövenpick is the obvious and most practical choice. This hotel is located right across the street from Bahrain International Airport, it has a 24-hour front desk and it offers some really good facilities.
The hotel has an outdoor pool of a very good size, a bar and a restaurant, a full-service spa, 2 outdoor tennis courts, and several facilities for families with children like a kids’ pool, a playground and free cribs in the rooms. The hotel offers free WiFi, free parking and airport transfer.
Mövenpick Hotel is located in an area called Muharraq, right across the street from Bahrain International Airport, but also right next to Arad Bay Protected Area and Park. This is a place that attracts fitness enthusiasts and people who want to spend some outdoor time. You might find here people walking, jogging, cycling, playing games, eating at one of the restaurants in the area, and so on. The bay is a safe heaven for migrant birds (including flamingos), shrimps and other marine life.
The Grove Hotel & Conference Centre
The Grove is one of the newest hotels on this list (it was open in 2018). It is the perfect hotel for a business trip, as it is not only a hotel but also a conference centre. The Grove has a 24-hour front desk, an indoor pool, a restaurant, a health club and several facilities for families with children like childcare, free cribs and kids pool. The hotel offers free WIFI, free parking and airport transfer.
The Grove is located in an area called Amwaj Islands, 10 minutes drive from the airport. Amwaj is known as one of the areas in Bahrain with the highest density of expats. Amwaj attracts its residents with its laid back atmosphere and its close proximity to water (Amwaj is built like a lagoon, and many residents here own private jet-skis and boats).
The Grove is situated right next to Lagoon Mall, one of the main attractions in Amwaj. In Lagoon Mall, you can find a large number of restaurants and cafes that cater to every taste, as well as a supermarket.
ART Rotana is also located in Amwaj Islands, but it offers facilities that are a bit different than the ones found at The Grove.
The most impressive feature of this hotel is, I think, the private beach, a perfect place to relax and unwind. ART Rotana also has 5 restaurants and 2 bars, 3 outdoor pools, a water park, a fitness centre, and a marina (where private boats and yachts are docked). The hotel also offers free WIFI, parking, airport transfer, and several facilities for families with children: free cribs, a playground, a free children’s club, and babysitting.
ART Rotana is well known in Bahrain thanks to the amazing outdoor parties and concerts that are being organized here sometimes. The hotel has a great location right next to Lagoon Mall, which offers many shopping and dining options.
The Domain Hotel and Spa
The Domain is located in the heart of Bahrain, in the Diplomatic area, surrounded by several important business headquarters, banks and governmental buildings. This hotel offers great service at a price that is quite low compared to its competition.
The Domain has 4 restaurants, a full-service spa, an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and offers a free shuttle to one of the largest shopping centres in Bahrain. In this hotel, you can get free WIFI and free parking, and families with children can enjoy in-room childcare or babysitting.
The Domain is located 5 minutes drive away from Bahrain Avenues Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the Middle East. The Avenues (as it is called in Bahrain) has a very wide and long corniche where people enjoy spending outdoor time (provided the weather is not too hot). The mall also has a cinema, and offers many shopping and al fresco dining options.
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
One of the landmarks of Bahrain, Four Seasons Hotel is located in Bahrain Bay, one of the newest and best positioned areas in the kingdom. The hotel is overlooking the Avenues Mall and the Diplomatic area, and the highest floors offer panoramic views of all Bahrain and of the Arabian Gulf. Before everything else though, Four Seasons Hotel has become well known thanks to its architecture: it is built in the shape of the letter H, as an homage to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the ruler of Bahrain.
Four Seasons Hotel offers a private beach, 7 restaurants and 3 bars, an amazing full-service spa, one indoor pool and 4 outdoor pools, a health club, a business centre, and many other facilities. Families with children can enjoy a children’s club, a kids pool, free supervised childcare and free cribs in the rooms. The hotel has free WiFI and parking, and offers airport transfer, if needed. Also, Four Seasons Hotel is one of the few places in Bahrain that is pet-friendly.
From Bahrain Bay, where Four Seasons is located, reaching some of the most important attractions in Bahrain is quite easy. While walking to The Avenues Mall is possible at any time of the year, you might want to take a car if you want to visit places like the Manama Souq, the Gold Souq, or Moda Mall (located in the Bahrain World Trade Centre).
Reef Island is one of the most exclusive residential areas in Bahrain, and Reef Resort is located by the water, right in the middle of Reef Island.
The resort offers villas accommodation, and is proud to offer its guests access to a private beach. Visitors can enjoy 6 restaurants, a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools and a business centre. For families, there is a free children’s club, and parents can request for supervised childcare or babysitting. The WIFI and the parking are free, and guests can also book airport transfer.
Reef Resort is a perfect place to spend a few days away from the hustle of the city life. However, if you decide to leave the peace and the quiet of Reef Island, you could choose to visit City Centre Mall, where the Wahoo Waterpark is located. Other attractions like Bab al Bahrain, Manama Souq and the Gold Souq can also be easily reached by car.
The Westin City Centre Bahrain
The Westin is a luxury hotel located in Al Seef District, an area known as the business hub of Bahrain. This area has a high density of banks, office buildings, malls and luxury residential towers. The Westin is connected to City Centre Mall, one of the largest and most visited shopping centres in Bahrain. So, the Westin could be the perfect hotel for a business trip or for a shopping vacation.
This hotel has 6 restaurants and 3 bars, a rooftop terrace, a full service spa, an outdoor pool, a 24-hour health club and a 24-hour business centre. The WIFI and the parking are free of charge, and the hotel can also arrange airport transfer for its guests. Parents can enjoy in-room childcare and free infant beds.
The Westin is separated by the City Centre Mall through a corridor, which makes it really convenient and fast for the hotel guests to enter the mall. City Centre offers a large number of shops, restaurants, cafes and well known brands, as well as a water park, kids entertainment area and a large cinema.
Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain
The opening of Jumeirah Royal Saray was highly anticipated by Bahrain residents and not only. This new 5 Star Hotel Bahrain welcomed at the end of 2018 was an instant success.
This hotel offers luxury accommodation and facilities. It has a private beach, a big outdoor pool and bar, 2 restaurants, spa services, and for guest who have kids, it offers a children’s club, free infant cribs, a playground and in-room childcare. The WIFI and the on site parking are free. A new nightclub has also been inaugurated recently as part of the hotel.
Jumeirah Royal Saray is located in Al Seef district, close to City Centre Mall, Seef Mall, and many high-end restaurants and cafes.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
One of the most appreciated and visited places in Bahrain, the luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel has everything one could wish for. This waterfront property has a private beach, a full-service spa, indoor pool and outdoor pool, 3 tennis courts, a business centre and a marina. The Ritz-Carlton is well established as one of the main entertainment attractions in Bahrain thanks to its 2 bars and not less than 12 restaurants.
The hotel also offers free WIFI and parking, as well as a playground, terrace and a garden.
The Ritz-Carlton is located in Al Seef district, very close to some very popular shopping attractions (City Center Mall and Seef Mall). However, the atmosphere of the hotel might charm you enough as to make you not want to go anywhere during your stay.
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq is the true representation of a beachfront hotel. Located on the West coast of Bahrain, close to Bahrain International Circuit, the hotel offers magnificent views of the Arabian Gulf in a relaxed, but still luxurious atmosphere. Sofitel Zallaq is well known in Bahrain for its great facilities.
Apart from the private beach, the hotel also has 6 restaurants and 3 bars, an outdoor pool, 2 tennis courts, and a business centre. The WIFI and the parking are free, and the hotel can also arrange an airport shuttle for its guests. Families with children can enjoy the kids’ club, the children’s pool, and other facilities like free infant beds, free supervised childcare and in-room babysitting.
Sofitel Zallaq is located near some of the most important attractions in Bahrain: the Bahrain International Circuit (where the Formula One race takes place every year), the Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve (the perfect place for a family visit, where you can see different species of animals and birds), the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park (a great place for a day spent splashing in the water), and the Tree of Life (one of the landmarks of Bahrain, a 100 years old tree that survives in the desert without a water supply).
So, if you plan to visit Bahrain, you’ll certainly find a hotel that fits your needs and requirements. These are just 10 hotels out of the large number of such properties that exist in the kingdom. Remember to always read the reviews and enjoy your stay!