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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 luxury destinations 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 night clubs, 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; women can dress as they please and alcohol is completely legal.

What Not To Miss:

  • Explore Bahrain's fascinating history and culture at Bahrain's National Museum and UNESCO listed Fort
  • 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.
  • Visit Sakhir, home of the ultra-prestigious Bahrain Grand Prix, attracting fans from all over the world.
  • Spend time at the Bab el Bahrain souk for world-class shopping, including the opportunity to pick up some pearls for which the island is so famous
  • Cool off with the family at the Wahoo Water Park in Manama

The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Bahrain are mainly Five Star resorts located in Manama, Sitra, or Sakhir. Like Dubai, Bahrain lives up to its wealthy reputation. However, not all of it is surface deep, and the historical and sporting attractions around the island are its modern day pearls.

The best places to stay in Bahrain

For the luxury traveller

For families

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 - this predominantly business traveller hotel also caters to leisure travellers with its enormous swimming pool, tennis and squash courts. Also it's a 15 minute drive from the main shopping areas and famous restaurant area Adliya.

For hip travellers

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

For an apartment or suite

  • If you'd prefer your own space, then visit our online partner 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.
  • Best to avoid: Muslim holidays. Eid and Ramadan; there’s an influx of Saudi tourists who take up every room.

Still Not sure where to book?

Best Hotels in Bahrain

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Al Fateh Mosque, Bahrain National Theater, and Khamis Mosque.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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  • Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Manama, Bahrain 460 rooms from £120

    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.

    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Spa breaks
    Spa  -  Pure Spa offers holistic treatments with organic ingredients.
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  • The Domain Manama, Bahrain 131 rooms from £127

    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.

    Foodies  -  Three fine dining restaurants.
    Views  -  Superb city views
    Spa breaks
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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  • Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Manama, Bahrain 262 rooms from £150

    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.

    Foodies  -  Award winning Italian seafood restaurant
    Spa breaks  -  The only Thalassa Spa in the region
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Beach Life
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  • The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa Manama, Bahrain 245 rooms from £270

    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.

    Foodies  -  Italian, Indian, Far Eastern, and Continental
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Spa breaks
    City Style
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  • Al Areen Palace & Spa Sakhir, Bahrain 78 rooms from £330

    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.

    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Spa breaks
    Romantic Break
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  • Al Bander Hotel and Resort Sitra, Bahrain 80 rooms

    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.

    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  Riffa Fort, University of Bahrain and Bahrain National Museum.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
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