Bahrain hotel lines up a royal summer


Room rates are set to be slashed by as much as 50 per cent in Le Royal Meridien's summer specials for an expected influx of Gulf and overseas holidaymakers.

Valid from July 1 to August 31, the deluxe standard room rate will start at just BD47 ($125) for single or double occupancy, the Bahrain hotel said.

Options within summer's Passport Plus plan include choosing a room with a city or sea view, breakfast at La MŽditerranŽe, having a larger studio room or selecting a sixth-floor Royal Club room.

The Royal Club room starts at BD75, boasts complimentary airport transfers, private check-in and check-out, a lounge serving complimentary continental breakfast, all-day coffee and tea and happy-hour beverages.

A fax machine, video and compact-disk player as well as a fruit basket and other deluxe amenities are part of the Royal Club room offer. A butler is on hand, too, to provide unique, personalised service.

Whether taking a deluxe room, studio or Royal Club accommodation, Le Royal Meridien has its own private beach or indoor-pool facilities as well as 11 restaurants and lounges, a fitness centre and spa facilities.

From the Royal Marina, guests can go sailing, take a fishing trip or go on a sundowner's cruise. Satellite TV and Internet are part of the room offer. Rates are subject to a service charge and government levy.

However, another princely option is Le Royal Meridien's 22 luxurious suites where summer rates are also due for a serious tumble to give you the advantage.

The hotel and resort on the shores of the Gulf is slashing rates by as much as 45 per cent for junior, senior, executive, diplomatic, royal and Amiri suites to offer an opportunity to those who would like to stay this summer in arguably the most exquisite hostelry in the entire region.

"Though rates are more attractive, the offer remains on an international-plus standard with all the prerequisites pertaining to these superb suites," said general manager Francesco Borrello.

The seaview junior suite, for instance, has a balcony, deluxe bathroom with Jacuzzi, bedroom with a king-size bed and a sitting area. The summer rate for the junior suite is BD120.

At the top of the scale is what is touted as "the most beautiful suite in the Middle East", the Amiri suite where kings and other nobility as well as some of the world's most celebrated people have lodged.

A superb vista across the hotel beach toward the Manama skyline can be enjoyed from this suite.

The suite is meticulously appointed with antiques and artwork reflecting Bahrain's rich cultural heritage. A palatial salon is complemented by a private dining room seating up to 18 guests.

The Amiri suite has a summer rate of BD 1,050. But the senior suite has a walk-in shower in a large bathroom, a guest cloakroom and a lounge that makes it ideal for meetings.

To holiday royally, the hotel offers the royal suite with all the perks of the diplomatic but with an atmosphere that would please the most fastidious of guests.