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About Bahrain

Bahrain’s beauty lies in the shallow waters that lap its coastline. The word ‘Bahrain’ is derived from the Arabic for ‘Two Seas’ and historically its wealth came from the trade in the pearls that grew in the many offshore springs. The island interior is a little underdeveloped, which is why the best places to stay in Bahrain are on the coastline or in the cosmopolitan capital Manama. They are mainly large luxury resort style hotels with state-of-the-art spas, palatial suites, and enormous lagoon-style swimming pools that emulate its crystal shores.

The hub of Bahrain's activity is Manama, where business visitors from around the world congregate and most of the best hotels in Bahrain are centred here too. Manama has a skyscraper-spiked skyline, World Trade Centre, a wealth of nightclubs, white sand beaches and reclaimed land being built on to cater for the very wealthy. Like Dubai and Abu Dabi, Bahrain has its share of glitz and glamour, though Bahrain has a much more liberal social climate.

Beyond the ultra-modern, there’s much more to explore. Bahrain's fascinating history and culture are best discovered at Bahrain's National Museum and UNESCO listed Fort. While adrenaline junkies should venture out of the urban sprawl and enjoy the world-class watersports and diving around the Coral Reef on the West Coast at Sitra. Or if you're more of a wildlife enthusiast, visit the Al Areen Nature reserve.

The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Bahrain are mainly Five Star resorts located in Manama, Sitra, or Sakhir. And due to the great climate, excellent facilities and annual grand prix this is a very popular year round destination. So if you're planning a trip, get organised and book well ahead.

The best places to stay in Bahrain

For the luxury traveller

  • The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa is a superb 5* property situated in the heart of Manama, yet on its own island. Come here for the fabulous spa, beautiful suites, lagoon-style swimming pool, and direct access to the beach.
  • Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is situated overlooking the bay and boasts the only Thalassa Spa in Bahrain. Accommodation features chic suites with four poster beds, plus there's the spoiling sea water spa, and an award-winning Italian seafood restaurant.
  • Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre is a huge property in central Manama. Spacious accommodations are done in a sleek style and all come with up-to-the-minute gadgetry. There's an excellent choice of Italian or Arabian cuisine, and the Royal Suite is a stunning penthouse apartment.
  • Al Areen Palace & Spa is Bahrain’s first villa-style hotel. Romantic rooms and suites are opulent in style, plus there's an excellent spa and you're located next to the Al Areen Nature Reserve.

For families

  • Majestic Arjaan by Rotana offers a range of suites with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms making this a great choice for those travelling with children. Better still, it's only 2km from the International Airport.

For waterports

  • Al Bander Hotel and Resort features luxury cabanas situated on a peninsula plus a pristine white sand beach, enormous lagoon-style swimming pool, and plenty of diving, sailing or waterskiing.
  • The Gulf Hotel Bahrain is a predominantly business traveller hotel which also caters to leisure travellers with its enormous swimming pool, abundance of watersports, tennis and squash courts. Moreover, it's only a 15 minute drive from the main shopping areas and famous restaurant area Adliya.

For hip travellers

  • The Domain is a hip hotel where the emphasis is on socialising - it describes itself as a ‘socially charged members club’. Its fine dining restaurants serve Italian, Lebanese and French cuisine and lively bars host social events.

For a boutique

  • The Palace Boutique is a great little hotel with just twenty simple contemporary rooms in Manama. There's a lovely pool, garden, health club and restaurant. Excellent value, understated, refreshingly simple.

For an apartment or suite

  • If you'd prefer your own space, then visit our online partner Booking.com for a wide range of apartments and suites across both the urban centres and the coast.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Bahrain International Airport, situated a convenient 9.2km (5.7 miles) away from the bustling Manama area.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars
  • Best time to go: November to March. Summer temperatures can rocket as high as 50 degrees between May and September.

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Best Hotels in Bahrain

  • Majestic Arjaan by Rotana Manama, Bahrain 128 rooms from £72

    Business Hotel  -  Close to both the World Trade Centre and Bahrain Financial Harbour
    Families  -  Luxury apartments sleep up to 6.
    Sights nearby  -  Bahrain National Theater, Bahrain National Museum, and Al Muharraq Stadium.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    A good four star apartment hotel ideal for families or long term visitors. Contemporary classic suites have up to three bedrooms, kitchens, and dining rooms. Swimming pool and health club. Good value too. See More

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  • The Gulf Hotel Manama, Bahrain 357 rooms from £96

    Families  -  Three bedroom serviced apartments.
    City Style
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Overlooks the Grand Mosque and the Royal Palace
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    Bahrain's original Five Star hotel with rooms, suites, and serviced apartments. Enormous lagoon-style swimming pool, excellent business facilities, spa, and multiple restaurants. A great choice for families, groups of friends, and business visitors. Great value for money. See More

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  • The Palace Boutique Hotel Manama, Bahrain 20 rooms from £110

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Al Fateh Mosque, Bahrain National Theater, and Khamis Mosque.
    Restaurant  -  Mediterranean fine dining restaurant
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    A great hotel with simple contemporary rooms in Manama. Contemporary classic interiors are filled with clean lines and creamy furnishings. Lovely pool, garden, health club and restaurant. Excellent value, understated, refreshingly simple. See More

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  • Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Manama, Bahrain 460 rooms from £120

    City Style
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Spa breaks
    Spa  -  Pure Spa offers holistic treatments with organic ingredients.
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    A large Five Star hotel with all the facilities in central Manama. Huge modern rooms and suites with chic furnishings and state of the art technology. Excellent choice of restaurants, extensive spa, and close to lots of attractions. Ideal for business or leisure and very family friendly. See More

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  • The Domain Manama, Bahrain 131 rooms from £127

    Foodies  -  Three fine dining restaurants.
    Views  -  Superb city views
    City Style
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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    A stunning Five Star hotel members only club/boutique hotel. Stunning contemporary rooms and suites with unrivalled views and all the mod cons. Fine dining restaurants, state of the art spa, and designer chic living spaces. A grown-up spot for the luxury traveller. See More

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  • Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Manama, Bahrain 262 rooms from £150

    Foodies  -  Award winning Italian seafood restaurant
    Spa breaks  -  The only Thalassa Spa in the region
    Beach Life
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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    Luxury resort hotel overlooking the Arabian Gulf with the only Thalassa spa in the region. Romantic bedrooms combine french style with Arabic influences. Huge swimming pool, tennis courts and water sports galore. Ideal for an active beach break or a spot of spa pampering. See More

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  • The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa Manama, Bahrain 245 rooms from £270

    Foodies  -  Italian, Indian, Far Eastern, and Continental
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Beach Life
    Spa breaks
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    A Five Star hotel in the central Manama but on its own private island. Tranquil gardens, day loungers, outdoor restaurants. Romantic rooms and suites & villas in contemporary classic style have private balconies and all the mod cons. Excellent spa and multiple cuisines. Completely luxurious. See More

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  • Al Areen Palace & Spa Sakhir, Bahrain 78 rooms from £330

    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Spa breaks
    Romantic Break
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    An Arabian villa-style Five Star hotel close to the Al Areen Nature Reserve. Romantic rooms and suites have delicate furnishings, marble floors, high ceilings, and all the mod cons. Fantastic restaurants, state of the art spa, and enormous swimming pools. A luxury spot for couples and families. See More

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  • Al Bander Hotel and Resort Sitra, Bahrain 80 rooms

    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  Riffa Fort, University of Bahrain and Bahrain National Museum.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
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    A fantastic resort on the beach front. Cabana-style rooms, suites, and family suites situated on a private marina. Direct access to the beach and many water sports, kids club, many pools, spa, and multiple restaurants. Ideal for families and sports enthusiasts. See More

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