After an extensive experience as owners and developers of other Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts properties such as Four Seasons Hotel London (Park Lane), Four Seasons Hampshire (England) or Four Seasons New York, Downtown, Bahrain’s Royal Family opened in their home country THE finest luxury contemporary Four Seasons hotel in the world.
Beyond an impeccable product using the finest materials and finishes with an incredible eye to details and focus on the ultimate comfort, Four Seasons Bahrain Bay boasts one of the most complex ultra-luxury dining and wellness facilities. The hotel has no less than five swimming pools, including an indoor heated pool with spectacular evening lighting and the picture perfect infinity pool which exudes an exotic environment such as the Maldives or the Caribbean.
In charge with all dining is none other than Michelin starred Chef Wolfgang Puck who operates its already known CUT steak house concept but also its very first Asian cuisine restaurant, RE ASIAN on the 50th floor of the hotel. It featuring Wolfgang Puck’s modern take on traditional Asian cuisine, this exclusive restaurant dazzles with innovative dishes, art-deco–inspired design and stunning views of the skyline.
There is also the BLUE MOON Lounge also conceived by Wolfgang Puck and inspired by Moroccan design, our elite 50th-floor lounge towers above the city. Indulging on handcrafted cocktails one could not resist being absorbed by the mesmerising floor-to-ceiling views from the 50th floor.
The location of the newly built hotel on a manmade island in the middle of Bahrain is not only an architectural statement but also provides all the features of a one-of-a-kind urban resort, the hotel having recently opened its over own sandy The beach curves along our private island’s sun-drenched southern shore. The 160-metre (525-foot) expanse of white sand beach offers a full spectrum of world-class amenities and seaside activities, making it the perfect retreat for your family.
One of the highlights of the hotel is its grand lobby with real two-century-old preserved olive trees, that recreate the most sophisticated atmosphere. Despite the abundant natural light of the huge glass wall overlooking the Bay, there are several more secluded alcoves which offer more privacy.
The lounge is ideal to experience at any time of the day, my favourite being the evening with live Jazz and Soul music, as well as piano. While the lobby itself could be anywhere in the world, the views are utterly unique. Yet, more recently, the hotel introduced a plant-based menu and experience, which complements the exquisite afternoon tea.
The hotel has an ideal accommodations inventory to ensure the highest standards of personalised service – with 216 rooms and 57 suites, designed by Pierre Yves Rochon who was in charge with the interiors of many Four Seasons properties. However, in Bahrain he not only seems to have had a blank cheque but also a very clear briefing on what the owners and the Four Seasons Hotels would expect.
Interiors are inspired by luxury sea voyages, with a colour palette reflecting the sweeping sea and city views from all rooms, enhanced by a bespoke collection of Bahraini art – you will not miss the bronze horse statue in the lobby right in front of the entrance. All rooms feature the signature Four Seasons bed, an abundance of marble and lacquered wood panelings instilling a feel of ‘hard luxury’, a subtle blend of contemporary and Art Deco which achieves a timeless inspiration.
Some of the other ‘standard’ amenities include bespoke hand-made Hermes bed-spreads, Hermes toiletries, UHDTvs, fast wi-fi and a flawless automatic control of AC (the most quiet I have ever experienced) as well as lighting, not to mention the serenity which was achieved by the impeccable sound-proofing, both indoor and outdoor (I loved the thick lacquered wooden doors!)
But above all, Four Seasons Bahrain Bay is the first Four Seasons property in the world which I stayed at (actually the 36th) with every single staff I encountered in any venue or department and at any time of the day who would greet me by name and often engage in very polite conversation about my experience of the hotel and Bahrain.
My favourite Illy Crema coffee was the best I ever had, not to mention the caramel ice-cream ‘salad’ with chocolate sauce and pop-corn being the best sweet I have ever tasted. Staff would remember every single preference and would effortlessly mention whether I would wish to have the same drink or dish and sit on the same chair at the same table as the day before. My favourite ‘hang-out’ was lounging barefoot on the beach in a chair a gazing at the views.
The relaxed and effortless ‘touch’ with all staff seemingly happy and serene were all achieved by hugely passionate young luxury hotelier Richard Raab, whom I would encounter at the most unexpected times and in the most unexpected venues. His biggest achievement is not only ‘being on the floor’ but also the fact that he has instilled his team to treat each other as they treat every single guest, even if is just a passer-by enjoying a coffee in the lobby or a long-time suite guest.
Even if I was journalist / media, it was a rare experience to see genuine smiles, the staff perfectly understanding the importance of being reflected equally by any type of client – word of mouth being much more valuable than ‘artistically’ crafted photos or videos.
Thanks to the unique dining and wellness offering (separate fitness floors for ladies and gentlemen), Four Seasons Bahrain Bay achieved from the very beginning what any luxury hotel strives for, which is equally and constantly attracting local patrons too. And the biggest achievement of Four Seasons is to have put Bahrain on the map as a luxury destination in the GCC region, with world-class standard facilities, both leisure and business, not to mention the wealth of heritage and culture (coming up Concierge section)
Oliver Petcu in Bahrain
Lesser known facts about the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay:
The designer of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is the same designer as Burj Khalifa in Dubai – Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
The Spa is the second largest spa in the Four Seasons portfolio.
The hotel introduced the first anti-gravity yoga programs in the region.
There are eight meeting rooms that overlook the breathtaking views of the Manama skyline and the Arabian Gulf.
There are indoor and outdoor wedding venues that include a bridal suite, a private band room and an outdoor terrace.
There are more 75,000 crystals in our ballroom chandeliers that are imported from Czech Republic.
The Hotel was built on reclaimed land in Bahrain Bay totaling 500,000 square metres (5.4 million square feet).
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