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I often choose to stay at the Sofitel Hotel in Bahrain. It allows me to escape from the active city life of Riyadh where life is non-stop for 24 hours and where I miss the freshness of the sea air.

The resort caters for both leisure and business travel and is the perfect place to unwind amidst views of the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf. The French décor blends with traditional Arab flair highlights, creating five-star hotel dedication; an exceptional haven from a bustling city.

My latest arrival was evening time so I was keen to discover the dining options in the hotel. I opted for the waterfront La Mer, the award-winning French seafood restaurant with endless views of the Arabian Gulf. The dining experience delighted me with delicate tastes of Sea Bass prepared by Head Chef, Mr. Ganow. He was keen to hear my opinion and thanks to him, I have reason to return again and again.

My room was the dramatic French décor Prestige Suite on the upper floor of the hotel. Arabian highlights furniture created a strong feeling of the luxurious environment intended. I enjoyed unique service and a private breakfast served on my balcony with 180 degree views of the Arabian Gulf.

One of the best things about the Sofitel Zallaq is the fabulous experience of the Thalassa Sea & Spa. Being the only hotel in the entire Middle East to offer thalassotherapy treatments, Sofitel Bahrain has created a space where both men and women can reap the health benefits of seawater treatments. My choice fell on the most glamorous package – Thalassa Escape with four Luxurious

Body Treatments based on natural sea water, recommended by hydro therapist, Salha.

By the end of the day I was enjoying the long and colourful sunset, relaxing and unwinding at Tapas Lounge by the sea; and thinking about which of the hotel’s restaurants to dine at that evening – Italian, Asian or International cuisine at Saraya restaurant?

On my final day, before driving back to Riyadh, I decided to spend time by the infinity pool. By the afternoon, I was relaxing in the shade enjoying the music of the hotel DJ. Perfect.

In my opinion, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is somewhere I wish to return to again and again. The hotel provides special offers at this time of year. One of their fantastic offers during the months of April and May is Magnifique Half Board which offers a Luxury Room with grand sea view, inclusive of lavish dinner and breakfast for two at only BD99 net. Accompanying kids up to 12 years of age (maximum 2 per room) are free of charge.

I look forward to visiting Sofitel Bahrain during Ramadan, to enjoy an award winning dining experience in their Ramadan Tent, Layali Al Zallaq. This will be set up by the sea and is very popular with locals and expats alike.

The resort is surrounded by a number of magnificent landmarks such as Bahrain International Formula One Circuit, The Lost Paradise Water Park and the Al Areen Wildlife Nature Reserve.

What’s stopping you?

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