‘Fit for a king’ are not just words at this property, it’s a lifestyle. With every room boasting a sea-facing view, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve escaped to the edge of the world. Located along the pristine waters of Zallaq and with the only spa on the island dedicated to thalassotherapy, this five-star property is perfect for a romantic getaway, especially for those chasing the sun. While the locals consider it a long drive, 30 minutes is hardly taxing for the uninterrupted sea view on offer.
The French hospitality brand has accommodated elements of Arabian décor throughout the property — with a focus on luxury. This opulent trait resonates in every space from the lobby lounge to the furnishings in each room.
To make the most of your staycation, book one of the suites themed on the culture and architecture of popular Middle Eastern cities, equipped with your own private garden and pool and exclusive access to the club lounge. Setting itself apart from other hotels in the Sofitel chain, the Bahrain property is incredibly generous on space, allowing each guest to feel like royalty if only momentarily. Even the undeniably comfortable beds and linens are exclusive to Sofitel.
Let’s Sea With the weather at its best this month, it’s wise to take advantage of the hotel’s al fresco offerings. Its seafood venue – aptly named La Mer – prepares the day’s catch to your preference. It’d be a shame to miss dining with a spectacular view of the endless sea. The seared scallop appetiser offers a delightful surprise, laid on a lemongrass-infused broth. If you’re treating yourself to several courses, then cleanse your palate with their signature banana sorbet.
Wok, Sofitel Bahrain’s Far East Asian eatery, is a treat for the senses. A short walk from the beach, this venue’s terrace offers the perfect setting to enjoy the island’s pleasant weather. The Friday brunch at Saraya restaurant is a local favourite.
Our Little Secret The Indian massage is a must-try. Mustard oil not only soothes aching muscles, but helps remove dark spots and is a natural sunscreen. (Make sure you’ve nowhere else to be as this leave-on oil has a strong smell.) The sea salt-based body scrub is worth taking home. Your skin will be glowing for weeks.
If you’ve the privilege of staying on the sixth or seventh floor, or you’ve booked an Opera suite, then the club lounge is your personal haven—perfect when you’re trying to escape the crowd, especially during breakfast hours.
Catch the sun rise and set in the comfort of your private balcony or terrace; the view is incomparable. Visit the Macaron boutique for a true Sofitel souvenir—a box of chocolate macaroons; sofitel.com