When it’s time to immerse yourself on a relaxing getaway, understated beachfront luxury calls in Bahrain. The island’s newest five-star hotel brings sophistication and tranquility to its guests. Hadag’s Fernanda Langhammer spends the weekend at Address Beach Resort Bahrain amidst stylish surroundings that make for a truly refined stay.
The daily grind takes its toll on all of us here in the Gulf. And one of the best ways to unwind and recharge is to check in for a well-deserved getaway. Located within good proximity to Bahrain International Airport, one of the country’s newest hospitality choices is quickly becoming the talk of the town. We checked into the Address Beach Resort Bahrain located at Marassi Al Bahrain for what became an unforgettable weekend.
Whether you live in Bahrain and want a staycation or you’re looking for a convenient regional escape, Address Beach Resort is a great choice for solo travellers, couples and families alike. On arrival, we were greeted with a special welcome drink and my son was gifted a personalised colouring book and pencils while Bidisha was checking us in. The reception area is bright and beautifully decorated in tones of beige and blue. On the ceiling, a collection of leaf-shaped glass chandeliers looked like an art installation – simply stunning.
In no time, we received our room key, a cute wooden card, and lovely Febronia accompanied us to the sixth floor. The room was breathtaking. It was composed of a spacious bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, a guest bathroom and a massive living room with a round table and comfortable sofa and chairs, everything tastefully decorated.
Before heading to the balcony to soak in the uninterrupted view of the crystalline Gulf waters, my son spotted a teepee tent and went straight inside. What a thoughtful touch. While he was exploring his ‘new home’, I noticed a card welcoming us to the resort, signed by the Address’ General Manager, Ricardo Vale – chocolates, macarons and a fruit basket accompanied the message. So much care and attention went into the first impressions to start our mini-holiday. The space also had a modern minibar and a Nespresso machine. The drawers were filled with snacks, cups, mugs and all the necessary amenities. For those who love organised spaces, each item fits perfectly in tailor-made compartments – I loved that.
We finally reached the balcony and the view was splendid. In front of us was the vast sea; on the side, we could see the pool and the rest of Marassi beach. We changed into our swimsuits and went down for lunch at The Restaurant – aptly named – they also have The Garden and The Lounge.
The space was ample and gorgeous. We chose a table near the big windows to enjoy the ocean views while eating. There were big white vases with planted trees all over the place and the ultimate detail: lots of small glass pieces hanging from the ceiling, similar to those at the reception but on a smaller scale, adding extra oomph to the room.
We chose the artichoke and avocado salad with cherry tomatoes and parmesan. The artichoke was grilled and balanced with crispy green leaves and soft avocado. It was the first time my son tried artichoke and he absolutely loved it. We also ordered the vegetable dim sum. The parcels were very light but full of flavour.
Happily full, we headed straight to the beach. Before reaching the sand, there is a hut where you can get towels and Sum Bum sunscreen SPF 50 (in case you’ve forgotten yours) plus tissues, hand sanitiser and Evian Facial Spray. Satish, one of the staff members, asked if we wanted some beach toys and my son couldn’t have been happier, a bag with buckets, shovels and rakes – we were all set to build our impressive sand castle.
The seawater was chilly, so we opted to swim in the pool instead; the temperature-controlled water here was like entering a warm bath on a cold day. Sunset colours started painting the sky; so we went to freshen up before dinner. In the room, a well-stocked selection of Italian brand Lorenzo Villoresi Firenze toiletries was at our disposal.
In our best outfits, we chose a different table at The Restaurant for dinner. Friendly Tshering came to take our order. Our starter was the Falafel Beet Vegan Bowl with roasted carrot, pearl couscous, kale, pumpkin seeds and tahini dressing. Simply delicious. My son chose the Margarita Pizza, which was equally doughy and cheesy. I went for the Pappardelle Alla Norma with roasted aubergine, tomato sauce and ricotta, a divine dish with the right balance of sauce and pappardelle. The signature pina colada was a refreshing accompaniment.
Afer what can only be described as the most sumptuous night’s sleep, we woke feeling well rested. For breakfast, it was the avocado toast, poached eggs and a plate of seasonal fruits. The bread basket came with freshly baked pastries and my favourite – the croissant – was flaky and light.
It was time for my spa treatment. We went to QIX Club, the resort’s kids’ club, so my son had somewhere fun to play while I was getting pampered. The space is full of toys, books and even a video game. Monitored activities run from time to time and my son was excited to participate in the outdoor scavenger hunt. I left him with the lovely YangChen, knowing he would have loads of fun.
The Spa at Address is a calming space to leave all your tensions behind. I went for the Cellular Recreation Facial, a natural therapy tailored to each guest’s skin needs. It uses active ingredients and organic products from the Team Dr Joseph brand. Karma, my therapist, started the session with the foot ritual, where my feet were washed in a copper bowl with salt and ginger scrub. She then started by cleansing my face, applying toner and giving me a pressure point massage.
Next was the steamer, followed by a gentle scrub and cleaning. My favourite part was the serum and vigorous lifting massage. She then applied a mask and after removing it came the moisturiser, eye and lip cream. I spent a few minutes sipping a soothing peppermint tea in the relaxation room before picking up my son from the kids’ club, where he had a blast.
It was time to return to reality, so we packed our things, wrote some thank you notes and checked out. Address Beach Resort Bahrain will ground you in understated luxury – a secret that’s worth keeping but one that more people are beginning to discover fast.