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The Arabian Island Escape – What’s New in Bahrain

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Bahrain, a gem on the southwestern coast of the Arabian Gulf, is redefining Arabian island life with a slew of fresh, enticing offerings. From luxurious new accommodations to exciting cultural experiences, Bahrain’s latest additions ensure an unforgettable journey through this enchanting archipelago. Comprising 33 islands surrounded by shallow, crystal-clear waters, Bahrain is a vibrant tapestry of culture, history, art, natural beauty, and delectable cuisine. We bring to you what’s new and exciting in Bahrain for 2024.

Team TTJ

Bahrain unveils a series of luxurious accommodations, delectable dining experiences, and vibrant events, inviting travellers to experience the endless possibilities of Arabian island life. Here is a look at the new and exciting offerings in Bahrain this year.

Luxurious New Hotels

Over 20 hotels have opened in the last 12 months, offering visitors a plethora of stunning, luxurious accommodation options. Some of the most exciting new openings include:

Raffles Al Areen Palace – Opened in December 2023

Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain

Imagine stepping into a sanctuary of pure luxury, where every villa is a private oasis. Raffles Al Areen Palace, an all-villa property, sits beside a lush wildlife reserve near the Bahrain International F1 circuit. With 78 private pool villas, the resort is ostentatious and epitomises opulence. Adorned with neutral tones highlighted by rich greens and gold, they feature elaborate arches and intricate designs inspired by Islamic architecture, and each offers an intimate escape, blending traditional elegance with modern comforts.

Conrad Bahrain Financial Harbour – Opened in January 2024

Elevate your stay at the Conrad Bahrain Financial Harbour, a towering 30-story property located right on the waterfront. Guests can indulge in panoramic views of Bahrain Bay from the comfort of their suites, each designed with floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise natural light and scenery. The rooftop pool offers a serene escape with unobstructed city views. Dining attains new heights at Sushi Samba, where guests can enjoy a fusion of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian cuisine while overlooking the stunning Manama skyline.

Hawar Resort by Mantis – Opening Q3 2024

Hawar Resort by Mantis

Discover the untamed beauty of Hawar Island with Mantis’ first luxury resort in Bahrain. Hawar Resort by Mantis is more than just a place to stay; it is an eco-tourism experience. Located on the west coast of Hawar Island, a 30-minute boat ride from Bahrain’s main island, this resort is set amidst a UNESCO-recognised natural habitat. Guests can explore the island’s diverse wildlife, including sand gazelles, vibrant coral reefs, and endangered dugongs. The resort features 102 luxury accommodations, five distinctive dining venues, and a plethora of sports and leisure facilities, all designed to immerse guests in the natural splendour of the island.

Culinary Delights

SUSHISAMBA – Opened December 2023

Sushisamba Bahrain

Perched atop the Conrad Bahrain, SUSHISAMBA blends Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian cuisines into a vibrant dining experience. Guests can enjoy a variety of sushi, sashimi, and ceviche dishes while taking in stunning views of the Manama seafront and Bahrain Bay. The restaurant’s bold décor and lively music create an immersive atmosphere, perfect for a memorable dining experience.

Cipriani Bahrain – Opened November 2023

Located in the prestigious Marasi Beach residential complex, Cipriani Bahrain offers a taste of Italy with its elegant and iconic dishes. Guests can enjoy classics like Carpaccio alla Cipriani and Baked Tagliolini in an intimate setting that combines classic and modern elements. The restaurant also features a pool, a beach area, and a spacious outdoor terrace with privileged views of Manama’s skyline.

Byblos – Opened in January 2024

Byblos

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay has introduced a new and captivating gastronomy journey through Lebanese cuisine with its new restaurant, Byblos. The new eatery, by oriental specialty Chef Tony El Khoury, approaches Lebanese food from a modern angle, featuring vibrant mezze platters such as pesto hummus and beetroot carpaccio salad. The restaurant, nestled along the hotel’s white sand beach, is reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea. It is designed with turquoise and white tones and is complete with outdoor seating overlooking the shore.

Roka Bahrain – Opened April 2024

Roka Bahrain

After celebrating its 20th anniversary earlier this year, Roka launched its first location in Bahrain last month. Found on the eighth-floor rooftop of Pearl House in Bahrain Bay, this sleek, award-winning sushi restaurant showcases a contemporary take on traditional Japanese cuisine. Designed with an alfresco terrace and Japanese paper cherry blossom hues, diners will also have front-row seats to the flaming theatrics of the robatayaki grill.

Time Out Market – Opening this year

Known for its expertly curated food and culture fairs across the globe, Time Out Market will make its debut in Bahrain later this year. Spanning over 35,000 sq ft on the top floor of City Centre Bahrain, the culinary hotspot will house 11 diverse kitchens, two bars, an outdoor rooftop, and over 900 seats on two levels. With an exhibition space and stage, the market will also be a hub for home-grown talents and artists.

Exciting Events

Celebrate Bahrain Season (1-31 December 2024)

Celebrate Bahrain Season

The Celebrate Bahrain Season is an annual celebration that lights up December, aligning with Bahrain’s National Day festivities. The jam-packed festival programme includes a wide variety of activities such as music concerts, live shows, games, carnivals, and colourful firework displays – not to be missed in any important celebration. The vibrant event offers the country’s richest heritage, achievements, and community spirit through a diverse array of activities, performances, and events, bringing together locals and visitors alike in a joyous celebration. A selection of hotels and shopping centres offer special discounts and exciting prizes for both locals and visitors. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a family looking for fun, or someone who enjoys live performances, there’s something for everyone at Celebrate Bahrain Season.

Autumn Fair (January 2025)

Bahrain Autumn Fair is an annual shopping extravaganza that presents diverse products from local and international businesses. The consumer exhibition is poised to showcase an extensive selection of products ranging from fashion and accessories to home décor and electronics. Visitors will have the opportunity to indulge in delectable treats from numerous food stalls, be entertained by live performances, and partake in a variety of interactive activities throughout the event.

Embrace the limitless possibilities of Arabian island life and create unforgettable memories in this enchanting kingdom.