Amwaj Islands are a sought-after destination when looking for a place to enjoy endless crystalline waters. Lawson Misquitta went to The Art Hotel & Resort to take a break and enjoy the seaside vibes and a unique family-friendly destination.
Located at Amwaj Islands and a convenient 10-minute drive from Bahrain International Airport is The Art Hotel & Resort – a five-star property boasting 311 luxurious sea-facing rooms and suites that blends together top-end contemporary leisure with a touch of Arabic hospitality.
Driving up to the property, I was immediately captivated by the daring design choice of the hotel’s exterior which, to me, was reminiscent of an antiquated step pyramid, but here made predominantly using glass. It wasn’t difficult to be fascinated by its architectural grandeur.
As I stepped into the lobby, the vastness of the space at once caught my attention. There weren’t any classical columns or perfectly shaped domes framing the area, but an elegant abstractness to the design language of this space that was guaranteed to make you stop and take a minute to admire its uniqueness.
I was immediately struck by the special effort that’s been made to ensure younger guests feel welcome. There is a special kids’ check-in counter where little visitors are greeted by their own fairytale character. They get a gift and have a chance to get to know the hotel’s kids’ team while both children and parents learn all about the day-long animations and activities programme.
My own check-in process was handled quickly and smoothly and I noticed that service across the property was excellent and highly refined.
I was put up in the Art Room, which was spacious with a homely yet modern aesthetic. The room’s décor was minimal but elaborately detailed. Coloured in shades of cream, grey and ebony, the room had an elegant and stately mood to it, but a singular wall doused in a sensational mustard colour brought a much-appreciated liveliness to the space. Mounted on that wall was a high-definition 46-inch TV, and opposite it was a splendidly comfortable king-size bed. The room further featured a large bathroom equipped with a vanity counter and designated shower and toilet sections.
But the clear stand out was the breathtaking view the room offered; straight in front of me was the phenomenal private beach area that looked extremely inviting. On the left stood the stunning Bahrain skyline (that was even more incredible later at night), and to my right was the boundless Arabian Gulf stretching out far into the vista – a true taste of luxury!
I soon freshened up and decided to look around the place before heading out to the beach. On my path of discovery, I first came across the Gallery Lobby Longue, which seemed like a perfect place to sip on coffee, savour a quick bite or meet and socialise with some company. Then I spotted the excellent gym facilities, which were spread across a massive floor area and were comprehensively stacked with all the equipment and machines any fitness enthusiast would need.
On inquiry, a friendly concierge member also informed me that the hotel hosts a luxurious spa that features six treatment rooms and a Moroccan steam room where guests can receive bespoke wellness treatments that serve to rejuvenate and replenish their well-being.
After checking out the spa, I wasted no more time and went to the pristine private beach. The water was a stunning teal blue and calm, making it perfect for a quick swim. Plenty of shaded sun loungers and gazebos lined the immense 150-metre beach area (that will soon become 320 metres) allowing guests a tranquil oasis for relaxation in style. They are also expanding the property and will have two private islands along with beach swings, palm hammocks and eight equipped cabanas. For those of the more active disposition, there were specific areas for beach volleyball and football lovers to make the most of. In warmer months, I’m pretty sure these places get a whole lot of love from visitors.
The property also has a large family pool with plenty of sun loungers for poolside relaxing, and it neighbours a children’s pool. Adults are also allowed access to a private pool area that has an adjoining bar which makes for a more spirited atmosphere.
At the hotel, kids are the stars and are guaranteed a fun time with a piratethemed water park and a dedicated kids’ club with plenty of exciting activities throughout the day, such as darts, frisbee, toss games, hand colouring, pottery and more.
After thoroughly exploring the impressive amenities, all left now was to choose a place to dine. Among my options were Rosso – a rustic Italian restaurant with a wide selection of authentic preparations; Copper Leaf – a restaurant showcasing a bounty of exciting flavours through popular Indian dishes; and the place that I selected as my destination for the night, WU – a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with an alluring lounge that was situated close to the beach.
That night, the restaurant was hosting its weekly Sushi Night, and I looked forward to experiencing what was in store. As I took my seat, I was struck by the beautiful interiors with a perfect blend of contemporary design and comfortable elegance. I started my meal with a delightful bowl of miso soup with a deep savoury flavour enhanced with a salty-sweet richness. I then moved on to the plentiful spread of freshly made sushi options that lay stylishly spread across several artfully designed counters. Delicately prepared with attention to detail and along with the best ingredients, I thoroughly indulged in the delectable selection of Volcano Roll, Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri, California Roll and the Spicy Tuna Roll, among many others.
After the absolutely satisfying meal, I finally returned to my room and got some much-needed rest. On entering, I was pleasantly surprised; I found a tray with an assortment of cakes, dates, baklava and macarons on my counter. What an amazing touch by the hotel; I was most definitely impressed!
After a wonderful night’s sleep, I woke up and prepared for my departure. I then visited Choices Restaurant, which daily serves a great breakfast buffet style. It offered a wide selection of cuisines, including Middle Eastern, American and Asian options, along with numerous made-to-order stations. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off my day!
Before checking out, I took another walk around the property, taking it all in one final time. I left truly impressed and look forward to returning once again, not too far in the future.
Watch out for this month’s special offers at The Art Hotel & Resort:
Valentine’s dining on February 14:
- Amore Mio at Rosso Restaurant runs from 7pm to 11pm and is priced at BD18 net per person and BD23 net per person with enhanced beverages. The offer comes with a flower bouquet and a gift.
- Art of Love at Wu Restaurant & Lounge runs from 7pm to 1am and is priced at BD24 net per person and BD29 net per person with enhanced beverages.
- One Night to Remember at the Cabana Private Island runs from 7pm to 12am and is priced at BD160 net per couple.
Still in the mood for love:
- Love Is In The Air Brunch at Choices Restaurant & Terrace happens on Friday, February10, runs from 12.30pm to 4pm, and is priced at BD28 net per person and BD38 net for the enhanced beverages package.
- The Art Week of Love is available from February 11 to 18 and consists of a one-night stay in an Art Room with a romantic set-up and in-room romantic dinner and is priced at BD122 net.
- Friday Fusion Night at Cellar 59 every Friday from 7pm to 11pm.
- Queens’ Night at Cellar 59 every Monday and Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm.