If it’s a little too hot outside, head for the indoor pool or take a plunge at the hammam – then head back out after sunset to see the beautifully lit hotel building in all its glory.
Other options include an infinity pool and dedicated space for children – and if you’re not staying in the hotel but still fancy going for a swim, day passes are available for purchase.
Address: Al Seef District, Building 112, King Mohammed VI Avenue, Manama, Bahrain
Contact: +973 1758 0000
The Merchant House
Small but mighty, the emerald-coloured pool at The Merchant House is tucked just out of view of diners at the Indigo Terrace rooftop restaurant, which also serves swimmers with light bites and cocktails.
Lined with palm trees and plush, oversized wicker furniture, the pool at Palmyard Hotel offers bohemian vibes and benefits from all-day sunshine.
At night, when temperatures are cooler, the Instagram-friendly poolside plays host to diners from buzzing Latin restaurant Circa.
But in the daytime, it’s a relaxed and easygoing place to while away the hours while listening to beats played through speakers hidden among the palm trees.
If you’re planning on using the pool regularly throughout your stay, be sure to book one of the Executive Pool Terrace rooms, which offer direct access via a private outdoor seating area that’s all yours to enjoy.