Things to Do - December 19, 2023

Raffles Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Bahrain at Al Areen Palace


Raffles at Al Areen Palace, Bahrain, is the country’s first and only all-villa property, offering a private and intimate experience for guests within its villas, culinary venues, wellbeing spaces, and beautifully curated gardens. Striking art, created in collaboration with local artists, adorns the restaurants and shared spaces, celebrating the vivid colours and eye-catching shapes of Arabic art and architecture.

Developed in collaboration with GFH Financial Group, the ‘palace of the secret garden’ is both spacious and intimate. Each of the 78 elegantly landscaped, secluded private pool villas—of one, two, or three bedrooms—has a space of 400 square metres or more. Visitors can escape from the fast-paced modern world and enjoy temperature-controlled private pools. Their butler service will ensure that their guests are taken care of in a personalised manner.

A secret garden under the care of their on-hand palace botanist will share valuable wisdom and host exclusive workshops for guests, from organic gardening to tree planting, date picking, and healing herbs. Guests also have the option to book well-being villas, designed to provide secluded wellness experiences.

All-day Mediterranean restaurant Palma, which includes a Palma outdoor terrace, features locally inspired fusion dishes and collaborations with internationally renowned chefs. World-renowned pastry Chef Yazid Ichemrahen, known for his artistic pastry creations at Ycone Paris, brings his sweet treats to Raffles Bahrain for guests to enjoy the best of French patisserie. Guests also have the option of dining poolside at the Raffles Pool Lounge or experience in-villa dining with a private chef, upon request, for an unparalleled level of bespoke luxury and privacy.

The palace’s secret gardens have been designed to host anything, from hidden-away romantic dinners surrounded by lush greenery to fairytale weddings. Raffles Bahrain is the perfect spot for destination weddings, providing carefully curated menus for every taste and locations for every type of occasion. For smaller events, guests can opt for in-villa celebrations for the utmost privacy or organise the event of the season in one of the hotel’s larger spaces.

Raffles Al Areen Bahrain will allow guests to discover an unexplored part of the Middle East, close to the namesake wildlife reserve, which is home to exotic animals, rare birds, and desert plants. The prime location of the resort makes it ideal for leisure and business travellers, close to major venues including the region’s largest convention centre, Exhibition World Bahrain, the Bahrain International F1 Circuit, the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark, and the Al Dana amphitheatre.

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