Hit the Links: Wake early to pair up for a round at the Royal Golf Club. This Colin Montgomerie-designed course pays homage to its desert setting — indigenous plants and grasses are a major part of the design — while incorporating challenging water features. The par-72 championship course is both beautiful and daunting.
Brunch in Style: After your round, enjoy a decadent brunch at Links. Should you sit near a window, you’ll be afforded a spectacular view of the course you just conquered. Regardless, though, the international cuisine at Links is photo-worthy. What’s more, on weekends, the restaurant hosts “jazzy brunch,” which includes live contemporary jazz and blues music.
Make New Friends: At Manama’s Royal Camel Farm, visitors have an opportunity to meet hundreds of “ships of the desert” — camels. This no-entrance-fee park takes little time to explore, and although rides aren’t allowed, the camels will certainly give you a reason to smile. Guides provide more of an education about the hump-backed ungulates than you ever might have imagined.
Go Kart: The Bahrain International Karting Circuit is a madhouse on weekends when sponsored racing events entertain massive crowds. But during the week, you and your partner can suit up, take a bit of training, then race each other around the enormous, elegant facility. Even though love isn’t a competition, a friendly little contest could determine who buys dinner.
A Sweet Treat: Cool off with ice cream from Le Chocolat, a local favorite for breakfast, lunch, and pastries. If sharing a sundae isn’t your cup of tea, chocolate cake, decadent Nutella brownies, and fresh fruit tarts are also available. What’s more, an offering of coffee drinks makes for a pleasant afternoon pick-me-up.
Unwind: Return to The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain for treatment in the elegant, tranquil spa. After such an active, busy day, consider the Secrets of Argan treatment. This 90-minute session includes a deep cleanse and exfoliation using a variety of natural Arabic ingredients. Afterward, your therapist will massage you with argan oil, prized for its healing and hydrating properties. The treatment will leave your skin vibrant and soft, just in time for dinner.
By the Sea: Indulge in the most romantic dining experience in Bahrain. The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain’s Romantic Dinner by the Sea package includes a four-course meal, a bottle of wine, a welcome cocktail, flowers, and more. Enjoy the sea breeze as you’re cared for by your own private butler for the evening, and watch the stars begin to shine over the Arabian Gulf — the perfect end to a romantic getaway.