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The facilities at the Ritz Carlton are hard to beat. It boasts award-winning restaurants, excellent sports facilities, opulent Spa and Turkish baths, a state-of-the-art conference centre and high-tech meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, some 20 acres of beautifully manicured tropical gardens and Bahrain’s finest beach situated on a network of private lagoons.
The spacious and sophisticated lobby – where guests can take afternoon tea while enjoying live classical music – overlooks the outdoor pool, adjacent to the hotel’s freshwater lake that is home to flamingos, ducks, herons and a host of migrating birds. A private island is yours to explore or hire for family gatherings, weddings or company parties and the Ritz also offers its own private marina complex together with a comprehensive boating and watersports centre.
And to think all this is just minutes away from Bahrain’s newest shopping malls and less than three kilometres from Manama’s downtown business and shopping districts. The Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain Fort, the Manama suq, the world-class Riffa Golf Course, Bahrain International Circuit and a host of heritage sites are all within easy striking distance – courtesy of a hotel driver.
As residents of Bahrain, for us, a stay at the Ritz Carlton was all about relaxation and ‘chilling out’, so we contented ourselves with the hotel’s own ‘sights’ and took in a spot of duck-feeding and a trek out to the private island for a bit of beachcombing before returning for brunch.