Bahrain is somewhat of a pearl in the Middle Eastern tourism offering, if a slightly more historic one that its Middle Eastern counter parts.

But, for those looking for a cheaper version of the luxury of Dubai, Bahrain might be just the ticket.

The region offers the same stunning weather at a fraction of the price of accommodation and food, making it attractive for those whose holiday dreams revolve around a sun lounger and a cocktail.

State of the art, modern hotels are one large draw and the Rotana offerings stand out.

Downtown Rotana, a five star hotel, is located in the heart of Manama’s bustling financial district.

Bahrain holidays: Pearl diving, Arabian horse riding and untold luxury in this hidden gem

It is ideally situated for tourists seeking out a little cultural enrichment, within walking distance of local businesses, historic sites and the famous shopping hub of Manama Souq where Britons can pick up spices and delicacies.

The hotel also boasts a rooftop bar with breath taking views of this unique landscape.

Guests can sip a late night drink here after dining in Teatro, which offers a dedicated sushi bar, pizza oven, open-kitchen duck oven and two tandoor ovens showcase the variety of fusion dishes available to diners.

Guests tired by a day of roaming the city or soaking in the sun will be soothed by local entertainment including singers and saxophonists.

For those who desire a beach side location, ART Rotana is an Art Deco-inspired building with a private beach and all rooms are ocean-facing.

Bahrain

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Pearl diver's train in Bahrain

Bahrain holidays: Good for those looking for a cheaper version of the luxury of Dubai (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

Manama Souk

Bahrain holidays: The region offers the same stunning weather at a fraction of the price (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

If your budget stretches so far the stunning Four Seasons in Bahrain Bay will suit travellers who priorities style and beauty above all else.

Impeccably designed, the tranquil oasis is the utmost is luxury – you will never want to leave.

Enjoy Asian cuisine from talented American import Wolfgang Puck.

The menu features Wolfgang’s signature, modern take on traditional Asian cuisine and provides a “re”-evolution of what the master chef has been passionate about for the majority of his career.

Two once in a lifetime activities come highly recommend for any trip to Bahrain.

Spices at Manama Souk

Bahrain holidays: Famous shopping hub of Manama Souq where Britons can pick up spices (Image: Express.co.uk)

Pearl diving in Bahrain

Bahrain holidays: Experts and amateurs alike can take part in pearl diving (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

The first is pearl-diving. Experts and amateurs alike can take part in one of the country’s oldest trades, plucking oysters from the seabed with experts on hand.

You may even find a pearl, and if not at least the oysters are freshest you can get for the bold among you with a taste for shellfish.

Horse riding to Bahrain Fort is another insight into an export of the country.

At this equestrian centre expert horsemen breed and train pure blood Arabian horse for the king’s own stable.

While one of these rare, beautiful animals may not be you steed, good quality, safe horses will lead you along a train to the sea.

Downtown Rotana, Bahrain

Bahrain holidays: Guests can sip a late night drink here after dining in Teatro (above) (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

After exploring Bahrain’s ancient culture travellers can get to know all that is modern about the country at Block 338.

The pedestrian quarter is crammed with international restaurants, art galleries and small boutiques.

It is here that you find the Western culture similar to New York or London, as a young Bahraini crowd drinks, eats and shows off designer garments and ostentatious wealth.

You may well find yourself dining next to a member of the country’s large royal family.

No trip to Bahrain would be complete without visiting the stunning Al Fateh Mosque.

It is one of the largest mosques in the world and encompasses 6,500 square meters, with the capacity to accommodate over 7,000 worshippers at a time.

View from Downtown Rotana rooftop bar

Bahrain holidays: Downtown Rotana, a five star hotel, is located in the heart of Manama (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

Horse riding in Bahrain

Bahrain holidays: Horse riding to Bahrain Fort is another insight into an export of the country (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

The mosque was built in 1987 and named after Ahmed Al Fateh, the founder of Bahrain. Architecture fans will love taking in the astonishing aesthetic designs highlighted with beautiful Islamic patterns in the peace of the hush reverie of worship.

Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) – For more information on the Kingdom of Bahrain, events and attractions please visit: www.btea.bh

Gulf Air – The national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a major international carrier serving 42 cities in 25 countries spanning three continents. Gulf Air flies twice a day direct from London to Bahrain. Return flights from London to Bahrain start from £370 including taxes.

ART Rotana – Stay at the five star ART Rotana in Bahrain from BD88 (approx. £167) per room, per night, inclusive of breakfast based on two adults sharing a Classic Room. To book or for further information, please visit www.rotana.com.

Downtown Rotana – Stay at the five star Downtown Rotana in Bahrain from BD53 (approx. £100) per room, per night, inclusive of breakfast based on two adults sharing a Classic Room. To book or for further information, please visit www.rotana.com.

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