Striking desert dunes, clear turquoise waters, 33 undiscovered islands, a history packed heritage rich in ancient culture meets one of the world’s finest resorts’. The Ritz Carlton, Bahrain is indeed a breath of fresh Gulf air.
With Bahrain’s popularity soaring, having recently witnessed a major spike in tourism over the last year*, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is the perfect place to explore the best of Bahrain in luxury. Desirably located on Bahrain Island’s north coast and just three kilometres from the enticing souk and style of Manama city centre, guests can lose themselves with an abundance of activities from pearl diving the Arabian coastline to boat trips through the Gulf’s stunning islands.
1. Diving for Treasure – and what you find, you keep
The oldest gem known to man, a symbol of purity, wisdom, beauty and wealth; Bahrain was once the supplier of 80% of the world’s pearl market. Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain can explore over 400 square miles of oyster beds and experience the truly unique and world-famous pearl diving of Bahrain. Believed to be the best pearls in the world, those who find a pearl whilst diving can take it home, making it a very valuable souvenir.
2. Island hopping and Dolphin Spotting
With 33 islands close by and a brand new marina, explore some of the hidden enclaves and sandy inlets that the Kingdom of Bahrain has to offer. The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is the ideal launch pad for boat trips. Two bespoke packages are available for 4-8 guests at a time for a dolphin-watching trip or a spectacular excursion to one of the kingdom’s best-kept secrets, Jarada Island. Explore the golden sands and crystal-blue waters of an Indian Ocean atoll and savour a delectable picnic prepared by the hotel’s master chefs. Or guests can simply choose one of the many local island-hopping experiences on offer – savouring the best there is of the stunning local scenery accompanied by the gentle rocking of the waves.
3. Formula One Family Fun
Go Kart racing on a Formula One track, Dune Safaris, and a wet and wild indoor Waterpark – The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is dedicated to helping families create memories that will last a lifetime. Bahrain’s International Circuit provides go-karts to anyone above the age of 12. Racing your family around the famous Formula One track is definitely one to remember. Those looking for an action packed water filled day out – Wahoo! Waterpark is the Middle East’s first ever indoor waterpark, with a number of thrilling rides and attractions that the whole family can enjoy. Ensuring the kids are never bored, Ritz Kids at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain welcomes children aged 4 – 12 to a host of exciting activities each day promising to keep the children entertained. From crab hunting, sand castle competitions and culinary master classes – they will never be short of fun.
4. An Arabian Safari – Explore the Wildlife
Animal lovers should make sure the Al Areen Wildlife Park is at the very tip top of their list. Bahrain was perhaps the first Arab country to realize the rapid decline of many native wild animal populations in the region and the urgent need to implement safety measures to ensure survival. Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve was as a response by the Kingdom of Bahrain to the conservation of wildlife in the Middle East. Enjoy visiting rare animals such as the Arabian Leopard, the Arabian Gazelle and the Oryx. And the Al Azizia Birds Kingdom is home to exotic birds and parrots that the whole family can enjoy.
5. Step Into Another World
Walk back through time at the prodigious Bahrain National Museum, which displays priceless artefacts highlighting Bahrain’s 6,000-year history. These include authentic ancient burial mounds as well as amphorae, copper pots and other objects from Dilmun, the ancient civilisation that blossomed over two millennia B.C. Among the precious pieces on display is a tableau depicting a scene from the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Mesopotamian epic poem believed to be one of the earliest known works of literature. Also arrange a car through the Concierge, to take you to the Ahmed Al-Fateh Grand Mosque, with its incredible fibreglass Dome, it is one of the largest mosques in the world, at 6,500 square metres, and holds more than 7,000 worshippers at prayer times.