The Best Hotels to Book in Bahrain

Elite Resort & Spa offers a traditional luxury seaside experience
Elite Resort & Spa offers a traditional luxury seaside experience | Courtesy of Elite Resort & Spa / Expedia
Claire Turrell

This archipelago of 84 islands has a rich history that includes trade routes with Mesopotamia, pearl diving and Portuguese forts. It also has a 400-year-old lone mesquite tree – known as the Tree of Life which survives with no visible water source. So, where do you rest your head if you want to explore its golden shores? Just take a look at these hotels in Bahrain that include Arabic-style villas with private pools and penthouse suites in glittering skyscrapers – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Al Areen Palace and Spa, for a luxurious stay


A traditional Arabian room at Al Areen Palace and Spa with carved headboard, ornate lamp and marble floors
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Feel like royalty when you stay at Al Areen Palace and Spa – where 78 luxury villas can be found in the lushly landscaped grounds. The one, two or three-bedroom villas feature gold drapes, engraved wooden screens and vaulted ceilings – while the bathroom comes with a standalone black marble jacuzzi. If you want to spoil yourself, enjoy breakfast on a floating tray in your private pool.

2. Movenpick Hotel Bahrain, for water lovers


Movenpick Hotel Bahrain outdoor pool with date palms surrounded by loungers on a sunny day
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A waterside resort with a lagoon-shaped pool where you can step into the conservatory-like atrium decorated with an oversized birdcage and Alice In Wonderland-style topiary. Above this, you’ll find six types of rooms in dove grey, plum and gold shades. The most sought after is the Ambassador Suite that has a large terrace overlooking the Arad Bay Lagoon. The hotel also features the Rimal Spa – which has 12 treatment rooms offering 43 a la carte treatments using Harley Street Skin Care products.

3. InterContinental Bahrain, an IHG Hotel, for modern elegance


InterContinental Bahrain outdoor pool with cabanas and palms on a sunny day
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InterContinental Bahrain is an elegant hotel with harbour views – where the souks are just a short walk away. Rooms come with polished teak furniture, a Nespresso machine and lemon verbena-scented Agraria amenities. Enjoy high tea in the Noor lounge or a mocktail around one of the pools. If you want to catch some rays, relax on one of the white cabanas around the Element pool on the mezzanine – or if you’d like a workout first, choose the Technogym-filled fitness centre’s rooftop pool.

4. The Art Hotel & Resort, for a delightful spa day


The Art Hotel & Resort balcony with sea view and hot tub with a table set with drinks
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This glass-fronted pyramid hugs a private beach next to the marina – where sea views are guaranteed. There are 311 rooms to choose from: the Royal Suite makes a statement, though – from the arty swirl of red glass on the ceiling of the lounge to the indoor and outdoor hot tub. Once you’ve bubbled both indoors and alfresco, pamper yourself some more in the spa that has six treatment rooms and a Moroccan steam room.

5. Elite Resort & Spa, for stunning sea vistas


Elite Resort & Spa outdoor pool with hotel building behind and palms with seating area
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An all-suite resort with sea views, Elite Resort is a fool-proof accommodation. In the rooms, you’ll find soft leather sofas, a home theatre system and a kitchen with everything from a juicer to cutlery. Relax on your balcony or sip a glass of something chilled at the swim-up bar in the pool. There’s a coffee bar and restaurant on-site – or a barbecue area if you fancy a low-key cookout.

6. Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain, for central convenience

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Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain outdoor pool with loungers on rooftop surrounded by loungers
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Towering above Seef Mall, the Fraser Suites couldn’t be more convenient if it tried. The three-bedroom Penthouse Apartments come with a lounge, dining area and kitchen – but if you’re not in the mood to cook, simply order room service. If you need to work from home, there is also a study area with a Herman Miller ergonomic back-friendly chair.

7. The Domain Hotel and Spa, for sundowners in the infinity pool


The Domain Hotel and Spa candlelit area with gold decor and wood floors
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An urban retreat in the business district, the Domain makes for a modern change. Among the eight different types of rooms, you’ll find the Sofie Suite – which has a dedicated chef and personal butler service. The Vie Spa comes with a revitalising Himalayan salt stone sauna; a rainforest shower that mists you with cool sprays and a Four Seasons Lounge that lulls you into a meditative state. And if that’s not enough, on the 36th floor, there’s an infinity pool with panoramic views of the Manama skyline.

8. Nordic Resort, for family-friendly fun


An avenue of luxury villas surrounded by landscaped gardens, fountains and pools, this is a resort with a community-like feel. The largest villa is the four-bedroom duplex luxury villa that has its own private pool and jacuzzi. On the resort’s grounds, there’s a swimming pool, gym, and spa with hammam. But what the kids will love the most are the colourful waterslides and soccer courts.

9. The Grove Hotel and Conference Centre, for peaceful privacy


The Grove Hotel and Conference Centre rooftop pool with loungers with windows overlooking the city
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With 12 elegant rooms overlooking the Amwaj Lagoon to choose from – including the presidential suite that has ocean views, a private gym, jacuzzi and sauna – the Grove takes exclusivity to the next level. Among the four eateries is a sports bar – which features a bowling alley, billiard table and pool table. Make a splash in the rooftop infinity pool or, if you want to feel some sand between your toes, take a five-minute walk to the golden sands of the beach.

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