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White-sand beaches, turquoise waters and world-class cuisine make Bahrain’s capital city, Manama, an unexpectedly delightful Middle Eastern destination. Whether you’re learning about the country’s rich history with a visit to one of its many museums and cultural sites, exploring the Arabian Gulf during a boat tour or learning more about religious traditions during an excursion to a mosque, you’ll find a rich, informative experience. 

Day

1

MORNING
  • A Terrace Breakfast.

    Wake early to enjoy a quiet breakfast in the light-filled La Med restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. The restaurant, which overlooks the property’s pool and garden
    and affords views of the gulf, highlights Arabic and Mediterranean cuisines.

  • Qur’an Collection.

    Just 10 minutes from hotel, Beit al Qur’an, or the House of Qur’an, houses an extensive collection of manuscripts and also features a mosque, library and museum. The complex’s design, based on a 12th-century mosque, includes a massive, intricate stained-glass dome. Abdul Latif Jassim Kanoo began construction on the House of Qur’an in 1984 to accommodate his own massive collection of Qura’ans and manuscripts. It opened in 1990.

MIDDAY
  • Cool Comfort.

    Architecturally stunning and full of luxury retailers, Moda Mall at the Bahrain World Trade Center is a great place to shop in air-conditioned comfort. From jewelers and
    beauty shops to posh women’s wear and accessories shops, the mall offers something for everyone.

  • Lebanese Lunch.

    Mama Maya Restaurant and Café is a favorite among locals and visitors to Bahrain alike. Featuring authentic Lebanese cuisine served buffet style, as well as popular coffee and juice drinks, Mama Maya is touted for its excellent food and exceptional service.

MORNING
  • Hit the Beach.

    As a member of The Ritz-Carlton’s Royal Beach Club, you and your family have exclusive access to The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain’s private beach. This sweeping white-sand crescent borders a private lagoon with its own island. What’s more, membership affords access to the adult-only infinity pool, fitness facilities, four tennis courts, a squash court, and steam and sauna rooms. 

EVENING
  • East Meets East.

    At Bushido Restaurant, Japanese cuisine meets the Middle East. Richly appointed in dark wood and authentic silks, the restaurant includes a sushi bar as well as a main dining room. An upstairs lounge has one of the longest bar counters in the region, and servers are well known for creating elaborate cocktails — some of which they set ablaze for an extra bit of happy hour excitement. For dinner, try the Teppanyaki tiger prawns or decadent lobster tempura.

  • A Moonlit Walk.

    After dinner, wander the boardwalks of Reef Island. Although the area is touted as one of the newest residential areas on Manama’s north shore, an amble along its many walkways means you’ll see plenty of city lights along with the moon’s reflection on the gulf. Should you visit one of the island’s many restaurants for dessert, you’ll likely be treated to a waterfront table and a stunning view.