Marking a new era for luxury travel in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain has opened its doors on the verdant Island of One Million Palms. Inspired by the wonders of horticulture, the Kingdom’s rich past and the enchantment of a secret garden, the palatial new resort invites guests into a serene world filled with exotic plants, historic date palms and sprawling gardens. Every whim is catered to by Raffles’ legendary butler, dining dreams are brought to life, and experiences immerse guests in the history and wonders of Bahrain – its pearl diving past and exceptional craftsmanship.
Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain guests are invited to stay in one of 78 private pool villas spread across the gardens and hidden by towering date palms. Creating an inimitable sense of peace and space, all villas are 400 square metres or more and boast either one, two or three bedrooms. As the only all-villa property in Bahrain, Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain provides the ultimate luxury experience in the Kingdom. All villas come with super king beds, Stearns & Foster mattresses made exclusively for the Raffles brand and a pillow menu that transforms night-time rituals with a choice of seven pillows – each serving a unique purpose.
Design plays a key role in the villas, creating a homely feel with coffee table books spanning culture, heritage, luxury, design, sports and much more, and in-villa scents tailored to each guest’s mood and preferences – from fresh ‘Wake-up’ to aromatic ‘Teatime’.
The epitome of modern and genuine Arabian hospitality, villa guests are tended to by the legendary Raffles Butler Service – an institution since 1887 – where complimentary experiences span welcome events at the pool and a host of in-villa wellness and bath rituals. Add-ons organised by the butlers include a wellness pool setup with treatment and juices, a party pool with decoration, live music and a pop-up bar, and an in-villa floating breakfast.
Dining options abound at Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain’s villas, with each villa’s terrace, poolside and gardens the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch or even a BBQ. Elsewhere, a world of exceptional culinary experience awaits at the property, championing Bahraini culture and paying homage to international and modern culinary techniques. The resort’s beating heart is the all-day Mediterranean Palma, inspired by the ancient sun-baked lands. Extending out onto a garden terrace, the gleaming space is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and sources herbs and beverages from local partners. Wholesome family-style dishes are available with meats cooked on the Josper charcoal oven and viennoiserie lovingly crafted by talented head baker Erwan Alleno.
Adding another dose of elegance, the hotel has partnered with Ycone Paris and world-famous pastry Chef Yazid Ichemrahen to bring a taste of the City of Light to Bahrain with an elegant Parisian patisserie. Three decadent desserts are on offer in the marble and greenery-covered space – Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brûlée, warm Banana Bread reminiscent of lazy Saturday afternoons, and the indulgent chocolate fondant reminiscent of Chef Yazid’s childhood birthdays. Dining by design also awaits, and Raffles butlers can organise romantic setups on the grounds, garden picnics and farm-to-table organic garden tastings – to name a few.
Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain invites guests into a world of experiences and adventures, but also deep relaxation, with various activities for nourishing the mind, body, and soul. Until the opening of the Raffles Spa later this year, treatments take place in a luxurious three-bedroom villa – exuding the feeling of a private wellness haven – with running water, lush foliage, a pool jacuzzi and a serene outdoor deck for yoga and meditation.
Guests are invited to nourish and expand their minds in the Writers Lounge, a partnership with the Ultimate Library filled with hundreds of books, Arabic artwork, and calligraphy. The space is also home to a pool table and offers an intimate, elevated and convivial escape within the resort. Activities like date harvesting, garden rituals, herbal workshops, tree planting, basket weaving, and garden cooking are available for the soul – connecting travellers with the Kingdom of Bahrain and nature. Children will delight in the enchanting Palace of the Secret Garden kids’ club and can enjoy kids’ spa treatments, creative workshops, and a children’s boutique.
Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain invites guests to indulge in an unparalleled journey, where luxury intertwines with heritage, culinary excellence, and boundless experiences. From the embrace of verdant gardens to the whispers of a legendary butler service, guests are immersed in a world where every moment is a celebration of Bahrain’s rich history and the artistry of modern hospitality.
For more information or to book a villa at Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain, please contact (973) 1784 5000 or [email protected]