Apr 21, 2019 - Apr 22, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
The Kingdom of Bahrain sees millions of tourists per year. It's a popular regional vacation destination in the Arab world due to mild weather for about half of the year; most of the nation is located on one large island, so it's also home to beaches and all sorts of water activities. The local culture is also extremely ethnically and religiously diverse, making it a more welcoming destination for all types of international travelers than some other parts of the Persian Gulf.
Bahrain has invested very heavily in tourism in recent years, and has just begun development of a major entertainment center with an underwater zoo, virtual reality attractions, an artificial mountain climb and zip lines among other family entertainment options. About half a dozen new resorts are also planned or currently under construction.
Accommodations on the island range from basic budget hotel rooms and vacation apartments to five-star luxury resorts. The price range is diverse as the population; you can find something for anywhere from about $25 to $500 USD per night.
Though located on an island, Bahrain has a desert climate similar to its nearby neighbors. Tourism is highest during the cool season, which is from November to March. There is a brief shoulder season where temperatures begin to rise during April and May, and then the low tourism season is during the blazing desert heat from June to October.
Naturally, you'll find the lowest prices during the hot season, but be aware that Bahrain is both hot and humid during this time. The base temperature during summer averages 105 degrees Fahrenheit and can go as high as 118, but it feels even hotter than that due to the consistently high humidity. It isn't like the dry heat you experience in most desert climates, where simply getting out of the sun brings a great deal of relief!
The vast majority of Bahrain's hotel options are clustered in the northeast corner of the main island. This is where the capital city of Manama is located and is the most cosmopolitan and tourist-oriented area of the country.
Much of the rest of the island is entirely residential, but you'll find a small handful of hotels and resorts scattered in other locations (mostly near the coasts).
Unless you're flying into and out of the country, travel is done entirely by way of an over-water highway that connects to neighboring Saudi Arabia. There are a lot of lodging options over on the Saudi side, and King Abdulaziz Airport is also right nearby, but they tend to have similar pricing to what you'll find in Bahrain.
Bahrain has many resorts near the coasts that offer suites and villas with a wide range of amenities. There are also a number of four-star chain hotels that are considered among the nicest options in the country: these include the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Phoenicia, Westin and Marriott Executive Suites, all located in Manama. Expect luxury rooms to run about $180-500 USD on any given night at rack rates.
One of the nicest resorts in the country is actually located well off the coasts (and off the beaten path), however. The Al Areen Palace & Spa is located close to the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park in Zallaq.
Bahrain's most inexpensive lodging options will be the various budget and midscale hotels located in Manama. There are quite a few of these that are usually under $50 USD per night, and some go as low as $25 regularly.