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Contents

Valentine’s Day Guide

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5 Fun and Artsy Date Ideas

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Where to Buy Flowers

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Floward: The Official Sponsor of Love

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Where to Buy Jewellery

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Where to Buy Chocolates and Sweets

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5 Romantic Things to Do at The Ritz-Carlton

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February at Elite

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February at Sofitel

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Hearty Eats: Hotel Dining

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5 Outdoor Date Spots

Fashion

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Under Armour: Empowering Athletes

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5 OOTD Spots

Features

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Virtual Tours in Bahrain

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Adamas Motors: A New Retail Experience

Under Armour: Empowering Athletes

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Artsy and Fun Ideas for

Valentine's Day Yes, it’s that time of year again. V-Day approaches – and with it all that worry about what to do, where to go and how to celebrate this romance-filled day. Here are some great ways to spend it in Bahrain!

Travel back in time at Riffa Fort

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Built in the 1600’s, the fort was designed to be a stronghold against enemies that may invade Bahrain. Today, it is known as Sh. Salman bin Ahmed Fort. Marvel at this architectural wonder and learn about the relics of Bahrain’s past.

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Get your hands dirty at A’ali Pottery Workshop Don’t be afraid to get a little bit messy! Learn the basic techniques of working and building with clay at A’ali’s traditional pottery workshops.

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Have a date at Darseen Café After having an art-filled day at the National Museum, drop by this hidden gem for coffee, tea and some light bites. Darseen Café boasts its fantastic indoor and outdoor seating options, chic décor and relaxed ambiance.

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P.S. You can turn your coffee date into an outing! Buy a ticket at the café’s door, for a ‘boat ride’ for just BD1!

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Visit Bahrain’s old ‘Pearling Path’, in the heart of Muharraq In the heart of Muharraq, Bahrain’s former capital, the heritage site “Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy” relates the unique legacy of Bahrain’s pearling era. The Pearling Path can be experienced and visited at any point of its 3,5km stretch that snakes through the old alleyways of Muharraq.

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Go Karting at Bahrain International Circuit You’ll never have an excuse for planning a boring date again!

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Flower Shops to Order from on

Valentine's Day Finding it hard to say your feelings with words? Express it with flowers instead! Nothing else perfectly captures the feel of Valentine’s season more than a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Here are 9 of our top picks in Bahrain!

Floward

Alia Flowers

Fleur

Contact details:floward.com

Contact details: aliaflowers.com

Contact details: bleems.com/bh/ shop/fleurbahrain

Floward is an online store delivering beautiful floral arrangements, curated gift packages and more! Floward also offer cakes, chocolate and perfumes curated by the most exciting local designers. Express your love and plan your special surprise smoothly with their innovative offerings!

Alia Flowers is the biggest and most established florist in Bahrain. They are offering bright, bold and beautiful flowers or plants that are sourced locally and internationally.

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Fleur is dedicated to making every moment special and memorable by offering a wide array of beautiful blooms and more.


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La Marquise

Lalabella

Maison des Fleurs

Contact details: 7710 3444

Contact details: lalabellabh.com

La Marquise Chocolates and Floral art was established in 2002. The shop imports chocolates and fresh flowers which are very unique in color and quality.

Lalabella specializes in bespoke floral arrangements, seasonal gift items, giveaways and high quality chocolates.

Contact details: maisondesfleursbh. com

Ivy

Vase

Kaia

Contact details: ivybahrain.com

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Contact details: kaiabh.com

Vase is a floral and plant concept store located in Riffa.

kåia is a concept store in Bahrain comprising of a florist and home décor, as well as a mini-boutique retailing luxury linen robes, maternity and children-wear, first opening its doors in late 2018.

Located in Riffa, Ivy offers flower as well as chocolate arrangements.

Maison Des Fleur offers a full scale of floral design services. They also have mood boards, giveaway items and custom boxes.

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The official sponsor of love

The #Imagine campaign also includes an engaging and fun video and content revolving around the idea that Valentine’s Day without flowers is simply unimaginable and positioning Floward’s innovative services and gifting solutions as the answer to all Valentine’s Day needs. Head of Product Mix Taiba Al-Humaidhi said: “This year, Valentine’s Day is different than before with people not being able to travel, plan romantic celebrations and some actually being separated in different countries. At Floward, we wanted to give everyone thoughtful and easy ways to express their love and connect with each other on this special day.”

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loward, the go-to online flowers and gifts delivery store has launched a massive Valentine’s Day campaign dubbed #Imagine and an exclusive and wide range of new products and gifts to help its customers share their feelings this Valentine’s Day. The Valentine’s Day collection features beautiful floral arrangements, curated gift packages and pre-order and delivery options for February 13th and 14th to help customers plan their gifts and this special occasion smoothly.

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Established in 2017, Floward is a full-fledged e-commerce solution that offers prime fresh-cut flowers sourced from the best growers and farmers around the world arranged locally by a team of florists and designers. Floward also offer cakes, chocolate and perfumes curated by the most exciting local designers bundled with its flower arrangements and manages the last-mile same-day delivery to ensure the best customer experience. n www.floward.com


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Jewellery Stores Yo u N e e d t o C h e c k W h e n G i f t S h o p p i ng You can never be too prepared when shopping for gifts – especially during the Valentine’s season. We’ve rounded up some of the best jewellery stores in Bahrain that will cement your status as boyfriend (or girlfriend) of the year!

Asia Jewellers asiajewellers.com Asia Jewellers is a Bahrain-based luxury jewellery retailer with a commitment to enticing customers with some of the world’s most prestigious watch and jewellery houses. They have 12 boutiques extending from City Centre Bahrain, Al Aali and Seef malls to the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain and Moda Mall.

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Bahrain Jewellery Centre bjc.com.bh Established in 1978, Bahrain Jewellery Centre has grown from a small unit in the Souk to an exclusive dealer for the world’s most renowned Swiss watches, Italian jewellery, leather goods, gift items and fashion ware.

Lifestyle Fine Jewellery

Joyalukkas

Malabar Gold and Diamonds

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Lifestyle Fine is a premium fine jewellery and watches retail store founded in 1997. According to the group, they have finely crafted jewels inspired by special moments.

Gift your loved one with Joyalukkas’ dazzling array of traditional and contemporary jewellery. Their collections are diverse so you will surely find a match for your partner here!

Malabar Gold and Diamonds was founded in 1993. Here, you can discover a great range of jewellery for special moments of your life. They have gold, diamond and platinum jewellery collections.

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Sweet Surprises Planning for a sweet Valentine’s surprise? Here’s where you can buy them in Bahrain!

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here is a variety of ways you can show your affection for someone; but in this day and age, the act of giving sweets has been one of the faces of it. And for occasions like Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong by gifting your loved one with chocolates or even pastries! Check out our some of our suggestions below…

Haute Cupcakes Haute Cupcakes is a unique cupcake café concept in Bahrain offering pastries fresh from the oven and coffee in a state-of-art place. While the pastry shop slash trendy café is famous for its cupcakes, it sells a few other treats that are just as good! Cookies, cakes, cake pops, donuts, and delightful assortments – name whatever you like and Haute Cupcakes has that for you. They can even customize your own cakes and cupcakes! As always, Haute Cupcakes always brings the highest quality ingredients to ensure their creations are perfectly done.

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Floward Apart from beautiful flower arrangements, Floward offers a wide range of gifts including chocolates that is perfect for any occasion.

Cocoa Core

Leaves

If you are gifting a chocolate lover, opt for Cocoa Core’s Japanese-inspired soft chocolate which melts in the mouth! The brand is the first specialized soft chocolate concept in Bahrain. They have several flavors like caramel, marble, double chocolate and original.

Founded in 2005, Leaves’ chocolates are handcrafted in Bahrain by a small team of artisan chefs and customized by expert designers. Whether personalized arrangements or loose chocolates, you will definitely find a great gift at this shop!

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Maya La Chocolaterie Maya La Chocolaterie is an upscale chocolate boutique. For Valentine’s, they are offering several chocolate boxes. You can choose from chocolate covered strawberries, hot choco bombs and even coated almonds!

PARI PARI specializes in flower arrangements, exclusive design trays, special chocolate arrangements and more. They have a wide array of chocolate boxes which is super convenient especially in celebrations like Valentine’s Day.

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Bare Chocolates Bare Chocolates is an artisanal chocolate concept born in Bahrain and made in Switzerland. Their chocolates are made in an entirely ethical and sustainable manner which are factors that we definitely love!

Charbonnel et Walker

Läderach

Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain's earliest chocolatiers. Their chocolates are handmade to the traditional recipes of their founder, Madame Charbonnel. The brand is particularly known for their chocolate so you might want to pick that if your loved one is fond of it!

Läderach offers handcrafted Swiss chocolate and confectionary since 1962. They have a boutique at Al Aali Mall and is known for their FrischSchoggi (Fresh Chocolate) made without additives or preservatives.

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Romantic Rendezvous Here are 5 romantic and relaxing things to do this February at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain!

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arm your heart this Valentine’s Day with an array of romantic experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. With a multitude of fine dining restaurants, accommodations and lounges, the resort is the ideal destination for a romantic rendezvous!

Planning to visit? Here are the things that you need to try…

Have a luxurious staycation Start the celebration with a luxurious stay in one of the resort’s well-appointed deluxe rooms, suites or 3-bedroom villas for an extended romantic getaway. Whether you wish to bask in the sun, relax by the poolside or simply enjoy a change of scenery while watching the sunset with your loved one, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is the perfect address for an elegant staycation to

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Feature celebrate Valentine’s Day. Overnight accommodation starts from BHD 100 per couple per night.

Take your date to a romantic dinner Live your dream of a romantic dinner at one of the resort’s al fresco venues surrounded by flowers, soft lights, candles, and ambient music to set the mood. A 4-course set menu will be specially prepared for you and your loved one, including a bottle of grape beverage to complete a great evening. Romantic dinners are available at select outlets and outdoor venues, from 7 pm to 11 pm on Sunday, February 14th 2021.

Have a cup (or two) of tea Guests who wish to celebrate during the day should visit The Ritz Gourmet Lounge for a decadent Valentine’s treat, a special Afternoon Tea for BHD 25 per person, 3 pm to 7 pm. The Afternoon Tea includes delicious pastries, a dainty selection of savories, and your favorite tea varieties.

Express your love through some sweet treats

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is the perfect address for an elegant staycation to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

For a sweet Valentine’s gift, nothing else can express your love better than sweet treats from the Ritz Gourmet Shop. Choose from a selection of bite-sized cookies, colorful candies, decadent chocolates and individually wrapped heart-shaped cakes that are sure to delight adults and kids alike.

Pamper yourself and your loved one Indulge yourself with nothing else but a sensory set of spa treatments this Valentine’s Day including the spa’s signature facial, manicure and pedicure to bring out your inner sparkle. The “Pamper Me” package is available for 120 minutes at BHD 75 per person. You can also opt for a glamorous spacation! Book any 90-minute facial treatment or purchase a gift certificate and receive a complimentary spa gift product. Available throughout February. n For additional information or to reserve your stay, please dial +973 1758 6868, the restaurant reservations at +973 1758 6499 or visit The Ritz-Carlton website at ritzcarlton.com/bahrain.

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An Elite February Refresh your days with Elite Hospitality Group’s great and affordable staycation packages! Elite Salamatik ensures that every guest will have a safe stay with their family and friends. The hotels have taken various steps to protect their guests and their employees, to ensure that each stay is safe.

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Elite Seef Residence & Hotel If you’re a corporate or long term visitor, check out Elite Seef Residence Hotel’s spacious suites of either one or two bedrooms. The suites are fitted with fully equipped kitchenette along with living room and dining area which creates an ideal accommodation for short or long term stay guests. All rooms have Wi-Fi, breakfast buffet and an additional 20% discount on room services and laundry. Special promotion will be offered on all suite types till end of April 2021. If you want something different, relax under the stars at Captain Jack’s outdoor area by the pool from 8PM to 2AM. The hotel also has a promotion for ladies every Wednesday to Friday which includes 3 free drink coupons!

Elite Grande Hotel

Elite Grande Hotel has an ongoing winter promotion on one-bedroom suites for only BD30 per room per night. Elite Resort & Spa

Elite Grande Hotel has an ongoing winter promotion on one-bedroom suites for only BD30 per room per night. The rate already includes a breakfast meal for two people as well as VIP amenities and free late checkout. Moreover, the city view hotel offers a special promotion on room service menu with 25% discount on every order from 12 PM till 12 AM.

Enjoy Elite Resort & Spa’s breathtaking sea view suites while taking advantage of discounts on room service and restaurants. This February, they have a rate of BD33 net per room per night which includes breakfasts, free late checkout and VIP amenities.

If you’re looking for something fun, H20 pool side restaurant offers Happy Hours every night from 1 PM till 8 PM. They also have a “Fabulous Night” promotion every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 PM till 12 AM with a variety of selected cocktails. n

During the weekend, the hotel has a special menu at Al Naseem pool side for BD10 per person inclusive of soft beverages.

To view more on the hotels, please visit: www.elitegrouphotels.com

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Unique Eats This Bahrain resort has a cool dome by the beach!

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hen it comes to outdoor dining, several hotels and restaurants have been rolling some tricks under their sleeves. This resort, however, is doing something unique! Surrounded by the scenic view of the sea and the night sky twinkling above, Jaw Resort has several options set up for a romantic date with your significant other. Not to mention, the ambiance is also very Instagram-mable! For valentine’s the resort is featuring dining offers at their private transparent dome, tent, cubicle, and swing cabana – all of which are by the sea Jaw Resort & Spa features private and luxurious villas. The 200-metre expanse of white sand beach offers a complete spectrum of comfort and seaside activities, making it the perfect getaway for you and your family. n

Interested diners may check www.jawresort.com.

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February at Sofitel Celebrate the month of romance, bid adieu to city life and venture on an amorous journey!

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o start of the festival of love and setting the stage for an early romantic weekend getaway, Sofitel Bahrain presents their firstever Le Garden Valentine’s Brunch du Soir on Thursday, 11th February. Savour an assortment of international favourites and revel in the fairy-tale setup with classy live entertainment acts throughout the glamourous eve – starting from BD25net inclusive of selected beverages. Or indulge in the ultimate Le Garden Valentine’s Brunch du Soir Staycation Bundle from BD89net, inclusive of evening brunch and complimentary breakfast for two. Toast to true love the following day with Sofitel Bahrain’s iconic Grand Friday Valentine’s Brunch on 12th of February. Fiamma prepared special romantic candlelit surprises accompanied with a set menu at BD100net per couple inclusive of complimentary bottle of bubbles. You may also opt for an ultimate romantic getaway and book a sea view Luxury Room package for only BHD149net, inclusive of buffet breakfast and dinner for two in either Fiamma. If you are looking for a more intimate affair, then treat your soulmate to an outdoor, candle-lit romantic dinner in your very private Cabana by the beach. Your evening is further made special with a gourmet set menu. Advanced reservations for the romantic dinner in Cabana is required and it is available for BD300net per couple, inclusive of a bottle of grapes and special love-themed arrangements. Alternatively,

you could opt for the Valentine’s exclusive Thalassa Lovers Escape Package for BD160net per couple at the Middle East’s only Thalassa Sea & Spa. Pamper your soul mate during the month of love with a special Thalassa Lovers Escape package, courtesy of our newly reopened Thalassa Wellness & Rehabilitation Center. Embark on a relaxing retreat with your soulmate and rejuvenate all senses with a lovely 120 minute bundle for BD160 per couple, inclusive of complimentary romantic set up. This package includes: Seawater Hydro Massage 30 min l Couple Facial treatment 30 min l Couple Spa Manicure & Spa Pedicure 60 min l

Due to popular demand, La Plage Beach Digital Festival proudly returns for the second time with 40% OFF memberships for everyone starting from 25th February, for 15 days, until 9th March! Avail a flat 40% OFF Couples & Families La Plage Beach Club Memberships that includes unlimited pool and beach time along with exclusive discounts on best available room rates, F&B, Thalassa Sea & Spa, Le Salon topped off with a host of exciting benefits. n For bookings and more details, please call +973 17636391/92

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Fashion

Empowering Athletes

Location: Tree of Life Models: @filiparocha @aaks7 @salman.albader @iam.mojassim @ahmedabdulnabi818 Photographers: Jeremiah Dellosa Angelo Jose Post-processing: Angela Acosta

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Fashion

Location: GRIP Fitness

Just recently, we’ve collaborated with Under Armour Middle East to showcase how they are empowering athletes and fitness enthusiasts in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Explore the amazing results of our photoshoot!

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Fashion

Location: Bahrain Bay

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Fashion

Location: Tree of Life

Location: GRIP Fitness

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Fashion

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Karzakan Forest Take your long dresses out of the closet and pretend you’re a Disney princess at this whimsical spot.

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Stylish Snaps Check out these 5 OOTD-worthy spots in Bahrain!

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ahrain may be a small island but it has tons of things to offer – including potential backdrops for your OOTDs! Check out these Instagram-mable places around the country and snap away!

Bahrain National Theatre If you are into sprawling spaces and symmetry, visit the National Theatre! @yaki_ska

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Pearling Path Show off a vibe of traditional Bahrain by sporting some looks at the Pearling Trail in Muharraq. Block

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Bab al Bahrain If you want something that exudes more of a local feel in your OOTDs, why not try snapping some shots at Bab Al Bahrain?

Block 338 Apart from great restaurants, this block has a lot of artsy corners perfect for your OOTD pics!

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B a h r a i n

Virtual Tours Did you know that you can visit these Bahrain destinations virtually?

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ored at home? There is a way to get a little culture and education while you’re confined to the four walls of your house. Bahrain’s Authority for Culture and Antiquities is offering a bunch of virtual tours to broaden your horizons during this uncertain time. “Walk” through the Kingdom’s most interesting places, like the National Museum, Al Khamees Centre and more!

Scan the QR codes to visit virtually

Here’s a list of destinations you can visit virtually…

Al Khamees Visitor’s Centre Al Khamees visitor’s centre provides a permanent exhibition at the site of the oldest Islamic archaeological site and mosque in Bahrain. The visitor’s centre displays all the archeological artifacts that have been discovered on this site and provides visitors with the necessary information to understand the richness and historical importance of the mosque.

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Bahrain National Museum Conceived and designed by Krohn and Hartvig Rasmussen, the Bahrain National Museum is characterized by its white travertine marble façade. It is the repository of 6000 years of Bahrain’s history. The story of Bahrain comes to life in the Halls of Graves, Dilmun, Tylos and Islam, Customs and Traditions, Traditional Trades and Crafts, and Documents and Manuscripts. The museum complex is composed of two connected buildings with approximately 20,000 square metres of floor space. The main building houses the permanent exhibition area, temporary exhibition halls, an art gallery, a lecture hall, gift shop and café.

Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum

Bahrain Fort

Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum is located on the northern coast of the Kingdom, and is surrounded by a picturesque seascape and lush greenery that escaped urban encroachment. The museum’s collection showcases five different historical periods which are arranged chronologically, each within its own separate gallery.

The Bahrain Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located atop a 17.5-hectare artificial hill that has been built over more than 4000 years of continuous occupation. It is the site of the former capital of Dilmun and one of the most archaeological sites in the Arabian Gulf.

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Bab Al Bahrain Bab Al Bahrain is located at the entrance to the Manama Souk in Manama. Built in 1949, it once housed the government’s administrative offices and overlooked the sea. The souk is a vibrant collection of shops offering a wide range of goods from textiles, spices, incense, perfumes, handicrafts and souvenirs, as well as more modern products from all over the world. There are also a number of traditional coffee shops. The souk offers a unique shopping experience that brings to mind the style of commerce from days long past.

Block 338 Located in the heart of Adliya, Block 338 is a charming pedestrian crammed with international restaurants, art galleries and small boutiques. As Bahrain’s hot dining district, Block 338 offers a wide range of restaurants appealing to all ages and tastes, be it for a fancy meal, traditional Bahraini dish or just a soothing drink.

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Shaikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort Sheikh Salman bin Ahmed Al-Fateh Fort, commonly known as Riffa Fort due to its location in Riffa, is an historic landmark. The fort also houses the Saffron Café, which overlooks the picturesque AlHaniniya Valley, offering visitors the perfect ambience created by the site’s history and environment. n


Health

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Tis’ The Season For Couples Training Couples training can be beneficial for many reasons, and it’s not just for couples.

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raining with a friend also shares similar benefits. They do say the couple that trains together stays together.

The social support the two of you provide each other as you embark on your fitness journey, will keep you both stimulated and push you to try go that little bit further. If your running, or move just that bit more weight when you’re in the gym together because, as a couple, it can be even more effective.

This will not only provide your partner with a sense of achievement but, also you being there for them, in turn making you feel more motivated for future sessions. Your significant other, or training partner will expect you to be there to provide support, and reassurance when things get hard but, you will also act as their catalyst to push them over the line. This will not only provide your partner with a sense of achievement but, also you being there for them, in turn making you feel more motivated for future sessions.

Whatever the situation is, any type of training can be progressed or regressed to cater to each individual. No one couple has the same athletic abilities. Catering for each other needs will also help bring a sense of togetherness. Operate outside of your comfort zone. Another issue when training alone is that you tend to stick to your old ways of doing things. When training with someone else, it helps to bring fresh ideas to the table, and this could help to bring you to new levels of results you haven’t or even thought you could have reached. Finally, and possibly most importantly, is the fact that if you work out as a couple, or a team, it will inevitably bring you closer together. When you are pushing yourself to the very edge with someone who is right there beside you all the way, it can’t help but give you both a sense of deeper meaning together, and give your relationship a stronger foundation to push on from. Celebrate the closeness, and train together in one of HV Holistic’s joint sessions to bring you closer together. We wish you a happy month of love. n For more information on how we can help contact HV Holistic Health. on 1777 5544, @hvholistic or info@hvholistichealth.com

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A New Luxury

Retail Experience Adamas Motors to Launch Showroom in April 2021.

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damas Motors has opened a state-of-the-art Service Centre ahead of the launch of its showroom in Moda Mall scheduled for April 2021, to coincide with the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix. Adamas Motors enters the Kingdom with three iconic British marques, Aston Martin, Lotus Cars, and Morgan Motors, with a fourth to follow shortly after. Adamas Motors, based in the UAE, was established by CEO Mr. Karl Hamer in 2017.

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Aston Martin A British manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers. In 2013, Mercedes-Benz teamed up with Aston Martin allowing access to new cutting-edge powertrain and software technologies, including next generation hybrid and electric drive systems.

Lotus Cars A British manufacturer of sports and racing cars, known for their light-weight and fine handling features. Lotus has won the Formula 1 World Championship seven times.

Adamas Motors, based in the UAE, was established by CEO Mr. Karl Hamer in 2017.

Morgan Motor Company A British manufacturer of cars widely known for their unique and traditional style. Adamas Motors Operations Director, Chris Buxton and Country Manager, George Duncan deliver their roles to further the company’s success in the country. The Moda Mall showroom will offer a special motor show feel and retail experience featuring a coffee shop, boutique, perfumery and Majlis for Adamas VIP customers and guests. The cars offered will range from BD 19,000 to BD 752,000. Adamas Motors CEO Karl Hamer said: “We are very proud to open this facility and invest in Bahrain. We are proud and honoured with the welcome we have been given in the Kingdom and I am grateful for the hard work and support our team have shown to date”. n

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Hearty Eats Hotel dining listings in Bahrain for Valentine’s day.

Romantic Beach Dinner Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

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Going Out Al Areen Palace & Spa Valentine’s at Keizo Timings: February 14 Price: BD75 net Make this Valentine’s Day a special one. Dine in a romantic setting and enjoy majestic views against a lush garden space at Keizo restaurant. Inclusions are an a la carte dinner, unlimited selected beverages, a slice of cake and romantic setup. For more information: +973 3605 7494

The Art Hotel & Resort Valentine’s Brunch by the Fountain Timings: February 12, 12:30pm-4pm Price: BD23/30 net per person Celebrate love with a magical brunch by the fountain

at The Art Hotel & Resort on Friday, February 12 from 12.30pm until 4.00pm.

Italian Romance Timings: February 14, 7pm to 11pm Price: BD40/52 net per couple

performance and a Valentine’s set menu on Sunday, February 14 from 7pm-12am. For more information: +973 1600 0111

Downtown Rotana Savor the Romance Timings: February Price: BD59/69 net Wake up in the clouds this Valentine’s Day with a luxurious stay at Downtown Rotana. Indulge with your loved one in a selection of dining and relaxation experiences before adjourning to enjoy views over the city from your room. Book your Valentine's Escape now to enjoy the incredibly romantic valentine’s dinner in your room, romantic setup, and breakfast in bed. For more information: +973 1311 9999

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Valentine’s Tea Time Timings: February 14-20, 12pm to 9pm Price: BD17 per person, BD31.5 per couple

The Perfect Date

Guests will be treated to a choice between 18-loose leaf teas, an array of sandwiches and freshly baked scones, presented with clotted cream along with Bay View’s homemade jams. Expect some delicious patisseries by Executive Chef Imad. Enjoy a complimentary glass of rose juice and a chocolate box to take home.

Timings: February 14, 7pm to 12am Price: BD48/60 per couple

Romance at the Beach

Whisk your sweetheart away on an intimate, candlelit dinner overlooking the stunning Amwaj Islands beach at WU Terrace in The Art Hotel & Resort. Enjoy a dreamy Valentine’s setup with live musical

Let your private butler serve your intimate fivecourse dinner on a secluded stretch of beach as

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones at Rosso Terrace in The Art Hotel & Resort and enjoy a romantic evening with a tastefully selected Italian set menu on Sunday, February 14 from 7pm-11pm.

Timings: February 14, 7pm onwards Price: BD145/195 per couple

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The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

you enjoy the soulful serenade by our live band and saxophonist. Surprise your love with a bouquet of fresh roses and a delectable box of chocolates. Enjoy two complimentary day passes to our beach and spa wellness facilities and a 20% discount voucher on any spa treatment.

Romantic Dinner at the Pool Deck Timings: February 14, 7pm onwards Price: BD110/158 per couple Set against a backdrop of the breathtaking skyline, the Pool Deck is the ultimate spot to cozy up with your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Indulge in a five-course dinner, fresh roses, a box of specialty chocolates to take home, and live performances by our talented band and saxophonist. Enjoy two complimentary day passes to our beach and spa wellness facilities and a 20% discount voucher on any spa treatment. For more information: +973 1711 5500

Royal Golf Club Valentine’s Day Dinner Timings: February 13-14 Price: BD22 per person Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other with a four course dinner on links Terrace. Available Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th February 2021. BD 22 per person.

Family Valentine’s Day Timings: February 13, 4pm-7pm Price: BD19 net per person Celebrate Valentines as a family. Specially designed Adult and kids menus from 4pm -7pm on Saturday 13th February 2021 on Slice terrace. BD19 net per adult, Kids under 6 eat free. For more information: +973 1775 1262

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Movenpick Hotel Bahrain

Valentine Treats

Five Course Set Menu

Location: Ritz Gourmet Lounge Price: a la carte

Timings: February 14 Price: BD69 net per couple This Valentines, indulge your loved one with some fine-dining. Relish a five course set menu paired with wine. Sway to live musical entertainment then help yourself to your heart’s desire from the dessert selection. For more information: +973 1746 0017

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Nothing else can express your love better than sweet treats this Valentine’s Day. Choose from a selection of bite-sized cookies, colorful candies, decadent chocolates and individually-wrapped heart cakes that are sure to delight adults and kids alike.


Going Out Romantic Dinner Under the Stars

San Valentino Dinner

Timings: February 14, 7pm-11pm Price: Starting from BD150 per couple

Timings: February 14, 7pm-11pm Price: BD149 net

Live your dream of a romantic dinner at one of our al fresco venues surrounded by flowers, soft lights, candles, and ambient music to set the mood. A 4-course set menu will be specially prepared for you and your loved one, including a bottle of grape beverage to complete a great evening. Romantic dinners are available at select outlets and outdoor venues.

Discover an immersive evening under the stars as Fiamma returns with its trademark San Valentino Dinner, offering the finest selection of authentic Italian delicacies. Your intimate eve is further amped up with splendid melodic performances to elevate your dining experience.

For more information: +973 1758 6499

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Grand Friday Valentine’s Brunch Timings: February 12, 12:30pm-3:30pm Price: BD36 net Toast to true love at Sofitel Bahrain’s iconic Grand Friday Valentine’s Brunch alfresco on 12th of February and delight your partner with a romantic weekend treat in their picturesque environs. Your dreamy escapade is elevated further with live entertainment

acts that will make you fall in love all over again.

Le Garden Valentine’s Brunch du Soir

Romantic Beach Dinner in Private Cabana Timings: February 14, 7pm-11pm Price: BD300 net per couple Spoil yourself and your loved one to a breath taking outdoor, candle-lit romantic dinner in your very own Cabana by the beach with a bottle of sparkling. The evening features a gourmet set menu and romantic setup in the private Cabana to provide the perfect ending to your dreamy rendezvous. For more information: +973 3888 5789

The Westin City Centre Bahrain Valentine’s Dinner at Salero

Timings: February 11, 7:30pm-10:30pm Price: BD25 net

Timings: February 14, 7pm-11pm Price: BD30 per couple

Setting the stage for an early romantic weekend getaway, Sofitel Bahrain presents their first-ever Le Garden Valentine’s Brunch du Soir. Savour an assortment of international favourites and revel in the fairy-tale setup with classy live entertainment acts throughout the glamourous eve, for an impeccable start to your dreamy Valentine’s celebrations – starting from BD25net inclusive of selected beverages.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at our newly opened Salero Spanish Restaurant on 14th February 2021. A special set-menu will be prepared by Chef Juan Perez for this occasion. Price per couple is Bhd 24 with soft beverages and Bhd30 per couple with selected beverages. Sunday, 14th February from 7pm-11pm. n For more information: +973 1717 1300

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Date Spots with

Outdoor Seating If you’re like us who have been staying safe at home and would like to get out of the house for a little breather especially during this season, you might want to consider these restaurants with outdoor seating.

Note: Don’t forget to follow precautionary measures!

Jaw Resort Planning to take your other half to dine under the stars? Jaw Resort is the perfect choice for you! Celebrate the month of love with a touch of class, with an incredible array of romantic dinner packages to choose from. The resort has a private transparent dome, tent, cubicle, and swing cabana – all of which are by the sea. It can’t get any more romantic than that! Pro tip: Choose their Ocean Dome package and enjoy the scenic view of the ocean, bonfire, BBQ, a 3-course dinner as well as a cinematic movie experience.

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Coco’s

Via Brasil

This local favorite is always a good option for a date! The villastyle restaurant has an eclectic array of dishes ranging from salads and pasta to pies and burgers – all of which are reasonably priced and served in great portions.

If you prefer Brazilian cuisine, then Via Brasil is a great choice. Indulge in a Brazilian style all-you-can-eat barbeque restaurant, where you have unlimited meat cuts served straight to the table by our Passadores (meat waiters).

Pro tip: There’s always a queue at Coco’s so it is best to arrive earlier than your planned schedule to avoid the crowd.

The Passadores come to your table with knives and a skewer, on which speared various kinds of meat, beef, lamb, chicken, and even pineapple. You can then choose from a wide selection of salads; hot appetizers and side dishes and extensive drinks selection to compliment your meal.

Monsoon

Cico’s

Monsoon serves a blend of authentic Fare Eastern cuisine including Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese. The restaurant has a lovely outdoor seating area overlooking the pond. We love their Crispy Chicken Salad as well as their range of sushi and sashimi!

If you’re craving for an authentic Italian experience, head to Cico’s! This beloved trattoria has been on the island since the 70’s and they’ve just recently added an al fresco area which is super cool! n

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Going Out Are you wondering where to get some delicious shawarma in Bahrain? We did the research so that you don’t have to. Here are our follower’s top picks!

Shawarma

There’s a certain comfort of biting into warm bread filled with juicy meat covered in garlic sauce. Here are top ten places you must head to bite into the best shawarma in Bahrain.

Badawi Where: Hoora Badawi is more of a sit down restaurant and one of the most popular Lebanese spots in Bahrain. When buying a shawarma, you have a choice here of Lebanese bread, saj and brown bread.

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Shawarma Alley Where: Adliya Osama Bin Zaid Avenue, also known as “Shawarma Alley” is a popular choice for Shawarma lovers. Suraj, Zahlawiya, Al Catcoot and Haifa are some of the shops you can find here. No matter where you pick to eat, it’s going to be a delicious experience. If you don’t fancy sitting inside, you can just honk your horn and someone will come take your order.

Turkish Mazaya Where: Exhibition Road

Al Shoala Turkish Grill Where: Jid Ali

Al Adliya Gate Where: Adliya

Turkish Mazaya is a 24-hour cafeteria serving grills, pizzas and shawarmas. This casual place is a great stop by for a late night shawarma.

The next time you are in Jid Ali, here’s where you must head to bite into one of the best shawarmas in Bahrain. Al Shoala is a Turkish restaurant that is widely considered to be serving one of the best shawarmas in Bahrain.

Al Adliya Gate is an Arabic restaurant serving up some mean grills and shawarma. Easy, casual and a place to grab quick bites. Also a great place to try after a late night out.

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Burger Land Where: Budaiya, Adliya, Riffa, Sanad, Arad, Jannusan, Water Garden City, Busaiteen This one undoubtedly sells one of the best shawarmas in Bahrain. After all, it’s not for no reason that the shop has a lot of outlets on the island! Burgerland is popular for having great shawarmas that are tasty and juicy. Some of the restaurants only excel in either beef or chicken but both of these options are good in the restaurant. Not only this, according to our followers they also have amazing grills and sandwiches.

Franco Where: Adliya

IKEA Where: Salmabad

If you’re not a literal street food lover, Franco is for you! The restaurant has an amicable ambiance and great food choices. You can customize your own shawarma and pair it with crispy fries.

It’s very unexpected to find this local favorite at a furniture store but here we are anyway. IKEA serves up some shawarmas priced at only 100 fils each – the cheapest one in Bahrain! It’s tasty but you won’t feel full with just a piece since they’re tiny.

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Sameeh Where: Gudaibiya You’re sure to think twice to step into this restaurant, when you see it from the outside but it is actually one of the popular choices for locals and expats alike. The small cafeteria is crowded all the time, but worry not, you can place your order from your car. You can also get a pizza here that’s big enough for two for just BD1! What a steal, right?

Flamethrower Shawarma Where: Adliya This shop claims to have been the inventor of the world’s first flamethrower shawarma concept here in Bahrain. They also have burgers and other side dishes like Oman fries, chicken pops and loaded spring rolls.

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Feature Maya La Chocolaterie Maya La Chocolaterie is an upscale chocolate boutique serving a variety of chocolate desserts, bakes, chocolate drinks and artisan pralines. They specialise in anything chocolate so you can never go wrong!

Caribou Coffee Caribou Coffee is quite known on the island for serving up some of the best hot chocolate drinks. According to the cafe, their hot choco is made of real chocolate melted into steamed milk.

Where to go for really great

Hot Chocolate in Bahrain?

Winter is hot chocolate’s time to shine and Bahrain is full of great ways to get your cocoa on. Below are some of our favourite spots to get some hot chocolate!

Higher Grounds Higher Grounds is a veganfriendly cafe located in Tubli. Although the cafe has made their name for delicious healthy dishes, they also have a great selection of hot drinks including hot choco. Yum!

Hot Coca Bombs If you’re looking something more creative, check out Hot Coca Bombs! These bombs are chocolate spheres filled with choco mix and marshmallows that are put into a mug with steaming milk.

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Grind Located in Saar, Grind is a micro-roastery serving artisanal coffee since 2015. It is inside Hopscotch, a rustic kitchen and bakery. At Grind, you can get great drinks made by their talented baristas. The ambiance is also perfect for those who are looking for a chill place to lounge at.


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Bahrain Confidential - February 2021  

Bahrain Confidential’s February issue is packed with ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day – from decadent dinners to romantic treats. No matte...

Bahrain Confidential - February 2021  

Bahrain Confidential’s February issue is packed with ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day – from decadent dinners to romantic treats. No matte...

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