Raffles’ world-renowned service meets the essence of Arabian hospitality with the opening today of the brand’s latest addition, Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain. This enchanting and graceful palace resort 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, luscious 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 space of 400 square metres or more. Visitors can escape from the fast-paced modern world and enjoy temperature-controlled private pools ensuring the utmost comfort and relaxation in every season. Raffles’ legendary butler service will ensure that guests are taken care of in an anticipatory and personalised manner.

Well-being and reconnection with the natural world are at the heart of Raffles Bahrain. A secret garden flourishes under the care of a palace botanist, who is on hand to 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.  

“I am delighted to announce the opening of Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain, our very first property in this vibrant kingdom. Raffles Hotels & Resorts is globally renowned for its exceptional hospitality, world-class wellness, exquisite cuisine, and an enduring tradition of legendary service. The brand has a strong presence in the Middle East and this spectacular new hotel will offer guests an opportunity to explore the enchanting allure of Bahrain like never before,” stated Omer Acar, CEO of Raffles & Orient Express.

Raffles Bahrain is also set to become a culinary hotspot. All-day Mediterranean restaurant Palma, which includes 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 finely crafted 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.

Setting a new standard for events in the destination, the palace will host celebrations of all sizes and styles in its stunning and sophisticated indoor and outdoor event spaces. The palace’s spectacular 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.

“Together with Raffles Hotels & Resorts, we are thrilled to debut this stunning new resort in the Kingdom of Bahrain. As the country’s first all-villa hotel, Raffles Bahrain will offer guests an experience unlike any other, seamlessly bringing together the storied hallmarks and highly-personalized service of the Raffles brand with Bahraini history and culture,” said Hisham Ahmed Al Rayes, CEO of GFH Financial Group.   

Located on the Island of a Million Palm Trees, Raffles Al Areen Bahrain allows 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.

Marie-Berengere Chapoton, General Manager at Raffles Bahrain said, “At Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain, modernity and tradition will come together to provide an unforgettable guest experience and a true feeling of Arabian hospitality. I am thrilled to welcome guests to this captivating resort, which will bring a completely new offering to Bahrain and allow guests to retreat from their busy daily lives and enjoy the privacy and sanctuary of this desert oasis.”

The first Raffles property opened its doors in 1887, and for more than a century, Raffles has been known and loved as one of the world’s most iconic brands for its refined welcome, authentic traditions, and gracious personalised service.  At Raffles properties worldwide, visitors are said to “arrive as guests, leave as friends, and return as family.” Raffles currently offers a collection of 20 elegant addresses in landmark international city and resort destinations. 

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