Travel in Class: Lounge Life
With dedicated Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounges in Bahrain International Airport, Heathrow Terminal 4 and the newest addition at Concourse D, Dubai International Airport, passengers are well taken care of with comfortably laid-out business, dining, and lounging facilities alongside TV areas in addition to the added facilities of the Quiet Lounge which holds private sleeping rooms with cosy beds, dimming lights and the Do Not Disturb option to rest in complete privacy. The sleeping rooms are also equipped with hi-definition TVs, with wireless headphones for those who want to watch their favourite programmes or listen to music in private.
Additional facilities include a cigar lounge and shower rooms with hotel-style towels and luxury brand toiletries and amenities. There are separate prayer rooms and secure lockers for those who want to use these services, as well as a modern, self-service buffet area offering a wide variety of snacks and meals, including an Italian coffee corner with the world famous Lavazza brand coffee varieties. Passengers can stay connected with free Wi-Fi throughout the lounges, discreet power sockets at every seat and a business centre that includes PCs, fax machines and printers. For families, the lounge offers a spacious family room with the SkyNannies in attendance, and a gaming room equipped with Xbox and PlayStation units.
In fact, the lounge is so appealing you may find yourself hoping for a flight delay. However, there’s not much chance of that happening as Gulf Air’s strong ontime-
punctuality is becoming yet another trademark of the airline, with an average annual on-time-performance of 89 per cent in 2015, further facilitating the carrier’s
seamless operations across its network. Gulf Air’s Falcon Gold Lounges seamlessly integrate contemporary design and architecture with Arabian influences, creating an environment that combines peace and tranquility with extensive modern-day business and catering facilities for the Gulf Air Falcon Gold traveller. The perfect way to start your travels, begins at Gulf Air’s sophisticated lounges.
New Look, New Dishes
Tiramisu Sushi anyone? Yes you heard it right. Maki’s newest creation! Inspired by a winning dish at Horeca Kuwait, 2016, this dish is prepared by assistant group executive chef Iskandar Abdullah. Sushi rice, red quinoa, and caramalised almond, topped with Nutella cream, tiramisu (lady finger) biscuit, shiso cress, edible flower, raspberry sauce, and cocoa powder. Add all these wonderful ingredients, and you have yourself a truly mouthwatering dish. In the Spring of 2010, Maki Bahrain opened its doors to acclaim from both foodies and critics. Winning the best Newcomer, then best Japanese restaurant – Maki solidified its position in the market as a leading culinary establishment.
So how did all of this happen? “It took passion, imagination, and commitment,” explains co-founder Amer Zeitoun. “When we opened our first restaurant in Kuwait, we wanted it to be something special. We wanted to hear our guests’ compliment our food. We simply wanted to see happy faces, and we did!” The brothers Zeitoun started by presenting new ingredients to traditional Japanese cuisine, items that were otherwise unknown to this very refined and vibrant cuisine. Extra virgin olive oil, wild thyme, balsamic vinegar, truffles, foie gras, exotic cress, red and brown rice, these are just a few of the ingredients that formed Maki’s menu which was simply second to none.
To this day, Maki chefs and founders continue to collaborate in presenting the most original dishes and ingredients. One recent delectable dish was the Jaber Maki. Made with tempura prawns, avocado and sushi rice, wrapped in soy bean paper,
then topped with chopped salmon, fresh wasabi, shiso cress, jalapeno, and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil – it has become a new guest favourite. Since Maki’s management is centered on attention to detail in both food and ambience, Maki Bahrain will soon undergo an extensive facelift in June 2016 which will enhance the already elegant setting of the restaurant. Book your table from now in order to sample Maki’s innovations and bask in the new look which should be ready by the end of June!
GO: Maki Bahrain is located at Bahrain World Trade Center , West Tower. Call 1752 2733 for reservations and more information.
Summer Surprise Month!
Dragon City, Bahrain’s flagship wholesale and retail shopping destination, launched its Summer Surprise Month in Dragon City, that will run until June 18. The summer extravaganza will offer the people of Bahrain and neighbouring countries the chance to immerse themselves in the beautiful intricacies of Chinese culture. The lavish, oriental themed nature of the Summer Surprise Month was embodied in and exemplified by its opening ceremony that encompassed Chinese tea-making experiences and different sections that taught the delicate, age-old art of Chinese calligraphy. During the month-long celebrations, Dragon City will be packed with fun activities, breathtaking events and captivating experiences in and around the pioneering establishment that is set to take Bahrain by storm.
To add a rewarding element to the exotic features of Summer Surprise Month,
various promotions will also encompass a major component of the festival with
over 240 outlets participating in this collective offering. During the Summer
Surprise Month, every purchase of BD20 in any participating outlet at Dragon
City entitles customers to win instant gifts. To add to the celebratory nature
of the festival, Dragon City will also be holding various other events such as
Cupcake Decoration, an Indoor Kids Cinema and a Selfie Station on different
dates throughout the month, amongst other exciting activities that will be revealed through the course of the Summer Surprise Month. If you love to shop, this exciting promotion is definitely worth checking out!
GO: Visit Dragon City at Diyar Al Muharraq. The Summer Surprise Month continues until June 18.
ART Rotana Awarded
ART Rotana Amwaj Islands celebrated yet another milestone after being named Luxury Stylish Hotel of the Year by the internationally-acclaimed Luxury Travel Guide Awards (LTG Awards). The LTG Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement in global hospitality, championing the best of the best in the industry. Winners of the LTG Awards are subject to rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by an in-house judging panel and a team of expert consultants, which ensures only the most deserving companies receive this prestigious accolade, gaining a place in the award’s winners’ guide which is distributed to over 500,000 professional and affluent individuals worldwide. The awards reflect the importance of current trends – including sustainability, technology and experiential travel within the hospitality sector.
Patrice Cornee, Resident Manager at ART Rotana, said: “This latest award truly reflects the passion that drives ART Rotana for hospitality excellence. We are in tune with the evolving trends and realise that customer needs are changing within the luxury travel sector. Guests are placing greater emphasis on the facilities, the restaurant offerings, the interior décor and the authentic experience.”
GO: Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.
Get Ready for a Royal Time!
No Brunch Weekends!
Have a break from tradition and take a rest from the usual expensive brunch. Experience instead a weekend of dining delights at the award-winning Links Restaurant. Choose from three fabulous traditional roast dinners with all the trimmings, available from noon every Friday and Saturday. Alternatively, dine
a la carte from the numerous menu options. To really make your meal go
with a swing, indulge in the special new beverage package – just BD15net per
person for unlimited selected beverages for three hours. (Only available when you
order a main course).
Give Golf a Go! Have you ever fancied giving golf a try but think it’s too expensive? Do you fancy starting a new hobby that will get you fit? If so, the Royal Golf Club has the answer – introductory group golf lessons for beginners for just BD20 each! Enjoy a fun, interesting and interactive two hour session under the guidance of a PGA instructor. The first hour will be spent learning the basics of golf, followed by a one-hour introduction to the Wee Monty par 3 golf course. Group lessons for beginners are available every Monday evening from 6pm and every Saturday afternoon from 4pm. The price includes tuition, equipment hire, golf balls and refreshments.
Summer Six Pack Take advantage of the Royal Golf Club’s incredible Summer Six Pack deal, available for purchase now for use in June, July and August. Receive six rounds of championship golf, six Titleist Pro V1 golf balls and six house beverages, all for just BD199. The rounds of golf may be played any time from Sunday to Thursday or after noon on weekends and public holidays, subject to tee time availability.
Gastro Club Membership Now is the ideal time to become a Royal Golf Club Gastro Member – enjoy access to exclusive members only dining areas throughout the year as well as a range of dining vouchers for use in the Club’s award-winning restaurants, and generous discounts every time you dine at the Club, plus many more benefits, all for just BD70 per year.
GO: Call 1775 1262 for dining reservations, and 1775 0777 for golfing enquiries and more information.