Over the past few weeks, the Two Crabs have been exploring Bahrain's many new tourism and retail projects, including not one but two new five-star hotels: The Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Resort (above), and the Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel. The Sofitel is one of only a handful of hotels that has a beach (many folks are surprised to hear that despite being an island-nation, Bahrain has almost no beaches). The Sofitel also is becoming one of our favorite new Friday brunches in Bahrain, with great selection of food and fun entertainment. The Kempinski just opened this week but promises to be very popular, especially by the fact that it is attached to the country's largest shopping mall, Bahrain City Centre.
Another welcomed addition to Bahrain's grocery scene is Waitrose! It actually opened earlier this year but we only recently had the chance to visit. For the uninitiated, Waitrose is the UK equivelent of Whole Foods in America. It was one of our favorite grocery stores in London. Bahrain's Waitrose, located at the still-unfinished "The Lagoon" complex in Amwaj Island, is much smaller than any Waitrose I've seen in England. However, it has by far the largest selection of pork products we've sene here including fresh sausage and other goods.
After three months of 110+ F degree heat, the temperatures are finally breaking to the low 100s by day and mid 80s at night. Looking forward to exploring more of our island during the pleasant winter months!
A few new scenes from Bahrain: